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Old 11-03-2019, 09:50 AM   #1
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Been reading a lot of threads and posts. Seems impossible to buy an RV without issues? Especially when considering the worst enemy is water. From faulty water tanks, valves to leaky roofs. Is it really that difficult to buy an RV without the major "water" issues ?
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All I can say is, whatever you buy identify and tackle any problems right away.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:26 AM   #3
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And that is no guarantee. We packed our new-to-us RV for a trip. That night, the ice maker line broke, and pumped the entire contents of the fresh water tank into the cabin.

We ripped out the carpet, shop vacc-ed the floor, replaced the line with copper tube, and left the next day!

There will always be something!

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Old 11-03-2019, 12:15 PM   #4
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Also keep in mind that you will hear an exponential amount of the bad, but not much of the good things about anything in most cases. Of course people are posting about their problems, they're looking for advice or help. People that aren't having problems with their RVs (like me) aren't posting more than once or twice about how good everything is going for them, but people with problems are posting every little detail about everything that is wrong.

There was a post on here about how the drain plug in the bathroom sink had to be removed completely because it always sealed shut when water hits it. It seemed to be the only thing wrong with the brand new RV.
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Go older used to get higher quality in your budget range. Pay for experienced 3rd party inspection. This will give you a much better chance of having a solid unit.
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If you base all of your decisions on most forums without keeping their quirks in mind you’ll end up hiding in your house day and night and expecting the world to end any second. There is great technical advice on here and a lot of folks wanting to help solve problems. There are others looking to vent or share their biases so if asked for an opinion that’s what it’ll be. There are millions of rv’s out there doing just fine who aren’t complaining. As to your post, it’s great to know of possible water problems and watch for those possibilities but they’re by no means a given. Like nearly everything else they point out the value of preventive maintenance.
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Pick you favorite brand of automobile, one that you generally hear nothing but good about. For the sake of argument let's use Toyota.
Now go to a Toyota forum, it'll be mostly the complaints there about whatever is going wrong with their vehicle.
That's what forums are for, to go to when you need help. You don't need help if there's not something wrong.
Yes, water is one of the enemies of a motor home (and also of a stick home). Yes things often go wrong. Yes you can absolutely get an RV without water issues, BUT you need to carefully check before you buy.
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What aver you buy when using rig fill water tank at destination and run off tank with rigs water pump. Turn off pump when not used and that will prevent lots of water issues caused by using city water. Stay away from ant used rigs showing any water damage and you will save a lot on repairs.

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And that is no guarantee. We packed our new-to-us RV for a trip. That night, the ice maker line broke, and pumped the entire contents of the fresh water tank into the cabin.

We ripped out the carpet, shop vacc-ed the floor, replaced the line with copper tube, and left the next day!

There will always be something!

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One of the reasons we never leave the pump on, but turn it on to use and then off again.

Had a ice maker line let go in the middle of the night, water running into the basement. Shut off the water to the ice maker (which we’ve never did activate again), cleaned up the basement, and went on our way.

No different that when a basement is flooded in a S&B.
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Pick you favorite brand of automobile, one that you generally hear nothing but good about. For the sake of argument let's use Toyota.
Now go to a Toyota forum, it'll be mostly the complaints there about whatever is going wrong with their vehicle.
That's what forums are for, to go to when you need help. You don't need help if there's not something wrong.
Yes, water is one of the enemies of a motor home (and also of a stick home). Yes things often go wrong. Yes you can absolutely get an RV without water issues, BUT you need to carefully check before you buy.
This is a good one!

You rarely see a post starting like ... My RV is perfect. On forums you read about the imperfect ones. Yes, there are some very good ones out there. We never had a water issue or any kind of repair issue.
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Roof, slide roof and floor. #1 any soft spots be suspiciois or walk. Walk the roof and every inch of floor can put a foot on. Most other things not a huge deal. Refriegerator make sure it switches gas to electric. Get basics squared away and the rest not bad.
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Been reading a lot of threads and posts. Seems impossible to buy an RV without issues? Especially when considering the worst enemy is water. From faulty water tanks, valves to leaky roofs. Is it really that difficult to buy an RV without the major "water" issues ?
My buddy got the "roof coating" right when he bought his back in 2012. It's like this elastic coat that does not leak. He ran water through the pipes for a while when he had the panels off. Everything looked good. He put extra seal on the connectors. He has not had a single water problem. He did have an issue with one of his batteries though. It fried at about 5 months old. Cost a bit to get another. He also had a stuck slide issue but it was just a one time catch issue I guess. It worked every other time so he might not have been totally even or what have you. He didn't know why it only caught up that one time. He does regular maintenance.

From what he's told me you need to run maintenance every month or so and test everything. It literally takes an hour.. So one hour a month to make sure everything is good!
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