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Old 07-22-2021, 04:38 PM   #15
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Old 07-22-2021, 06:45 PM   #16
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Even though my stuff is mostly newer, there is always those anxious moments in the first part of a trip, where I worry about what could break. It bothers me right up to the point where I see an old moss covered motor home, with the exhaust hanging, all the windows open and the curtains blowing out of them on a 100 degree passing me at 70 mph. I figure, if he can make it, I can make it.

If you keep your coach well maintained, you need to be confident in it's use and enjoy the trip.
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Old 07-22-2021, 06:54 PM   #17
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You're getting lots of good advice here. I've also read that the overall quality of RVs in general has declined since "The Great Recession" of 2008:
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Old 07-22-2021, 07:57 PM   #18
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Confidence in your ride can be a problem.

My Winnebago has 80K+ on it. The Workhorse part should easily go twice that. The Winnebago part makes me wonder.

This spring I tossed out the water heater check valves, replaced the microwave door switches and replace the furnace blower sense switch (my name for it). Later in Montana I replace a leaking generator filter. I do my own work. So, the cost is reasonable. The repairs don't end. They just seem to be in new areas.

We are retired. We live in a real house. The MH is a toy. If we replace it, we will go smaller.
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Old 07-22-2021, 10:36 PM   #19
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Thank you all so much. Such good and thoughtful information here. We are a couple of years from retirement so we will spend some time prepping, maybe updating the floors, and do some shorter trips to build confidence up. As I mentioned the one break down we have had was quickly resolved. I'm going to quit worrying about it and get to work. Thanks again!
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Old 07-23-2021, 06:27 AM   #20
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Like the song says "You don't know what you've got till it's gone"

My coach will turn 20 this year. I bought it used, 13 years ago, and have tried to keep it maintained. I know most of the systems and have updated some of them.

To get ready for my current trip I spend about a month slowly going over everything and spent about $5K to get it ready to travel. Even with that I get nervous before I hit the road but the anxiety slowly goes down with every mile driven. Currently I've driven +3k miles over 5 weeks and (knock on wood) haven't had a major problem.

If your rig has been taken care of, and with the low mileage, it still should have plenty of life left in it.
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Old 07-23-2021, 06:58 AM   #21
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Every time I think about replacing my 2011, I run across someone having multiple problems with a newer coach. We decided this spring to replace the slide carpet & furniture. Had a mobile paint guy do some minor bodywork and paint touchups. Everything works and I do Most of my own repairs and maintenance. Why should I spend a $150k + this coach to have something else?
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Old 07-23-2021, 07:02 AM   #22
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Keep it!
Start using it, take trip.
Go RVing
My 2020 has 23,000 miles on it.
I bought pre Covid in March 2020.
You gotta catch up to me!
Next trip is in two weeks to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, we’re going to hike Mt. Washington.
Wait on the DP, in a few years there will be thousands for sale.
The newbies will get sick of spending $3000 a yr upkeep and insurance fees for a few weekends a yr. it’s going to be a fire sale in 2024-25
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Old 07-23-2021, 08:02 AM   #23
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Your concerns are normal.

I know about the confidence thing. When I was much younger, the brakes went out on my car and I went off the road. Fortunately it was a road through a park area and I didn't hit anything, but I just missed a power pole. For several weeks (months?) afterward I was always afraid it was going to happen again every time I put on my brakes (it never did).

Currently our MH has been sitting, unused, for over a year due to COVID and other issues and I've developed a certain amount of anxiety about "getting back on the horse" so to speak.
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Old 07-24-2021, 12:07 AM   #24
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Well, I posted my concerns earlier in the thread and it happened today. I was doing my monthly maintenance run today, had the generator running, and it quit about 30 minutes into the drive. Tried to restart and it would only run for a few seconds and die. Figure heat got to the old 18 year old fuel pump. Replaced it, along with the filter, and all seems well now. Not a biggie to repair at home but it's not something I would want to deal with on a road trip.
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Old 07-24-2021, 01:56 PM   #25
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Agree, "The new RV's added electronic stuff". Not sure what happens when this stuff starts to fail and manufacture starts to not carry spares.

We have a few or those orphans parts in our MH.
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