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Old 12-04-2020, 08:45 AM   #1
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Rant - RV's unloved in storage lots - hard to understand

my first RV was a 1995 31' Holiday Rambler Vacationer class A
I was at the storage lot every weekend for six months redoing everything on it, the chassis and the coach. I gave it to my son.

next I bought a 1999 40' Winnebago vectra grand tour class A and spent every weekend working on it. eventually moved into it full time. sold it after upgrading.

currently fill time in a 2008 Phaeton 40' class A. it is in excellent shape but I still work on it every weekend

at the storage lot there were hundreds of RVs of every type. I was there every weekend all weekend. I rarely if ever saw another person there. All the RVs just sat & deteriorated. I can't imagine everything works when they go to use them.

my current rig is in excellent shape but I'm still constantly working on it doing PMs or fixing stuff that breaks. I don't feel i'm doing all the preventive maintenance really required.

I don't see almost anyone else working on their RV in the RV park I'm in.

I just replaced slide toppers, windshield power shades, side window day/night shades, shower skylight, slide gear box, etc, etc.

Do your RVs never break and its just me .....
Do most occasion RV users never work on their rigs & they just all work whenever they use it?
Do I live in a parallel universe?
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Old 12-04-2020, 09:11 AM   #2
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I suspect most people don't have the desire or the time to make their RV their hobby. Unfortunately, this means that the Preventative maintenance is not likely being done proactively.
One of the things that excites me about part timing or full timing is that I'll always have something to do on the coach.
Many people just want to "use" the RV and whatever works for them is great.
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Old 12-04-2020, 09:17 AM   #3
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I'd love to do that, but almost every storage lot in my area prohibits any work on the rig while on the lot. Insurance reasons.

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Old 12-04-2020, 09:22 AM   #4
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I stayed at Waters edge RV park in Fl. last week, There were many there in storage

So sad seeing them go to waste. Some owners have past and their wives wanted to sell it but had no clue how. Some have bought a home in the rv park and just let the rv die in storage. Some have sat there 5 years or more. What a waste.
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Old 12-04-2020, 09:23 AM   #5
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I'd suspect there's a certain "out of sight, out of mind" factor. Probably also problems with the downward spiral of decay. Comes a point with some folks where it's all just too much for them to take and they end end selling it cheap to someone with more interest and energy (ahem). Or sell it for junk. People.
I couldn't stand having mine out on a lot. I'm sure it would deteriorate too as I would have trouble allocating time to go there AND have all the tools and supplies I needed with me to do whatever. As is I'm lucky enough to be able to have mine in the backyard where I can easily take a few minutes here and there to give it TLC. If I knew I couldn't keep it on my property I quite frankly wouldn't have bought it.
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:08 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by swduns View Post

I just replaced slide toppers, windshield power shades, side window day/night shades, shower skylight, slide gear box, etc, etc.

Do your RVs never break and its just me .....
Do most occasion RV users never work on their rigs & they just all work whenever they use it?
Do I live in a parallel universe?
The things you mention are a normal replacement for a 2008 rig. It would not be normal at all on a newer rig. And some of us pay for repairs rather than doing it ourselves. In fact, we just paid for new slide toppers because one was torn and we wanted them to match. Some will say we spend good money when we could save by doing it ourselves. The thing is that today we have plenty of money, but we prefer spending our time doing other things. Thatís why we have a housekeeper every 2 weeks at the S&B, why we buy take out meals 2-3 times a week, etc. No oneís choice is wrong; it is just that: a choice.
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:26 AM   #7
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My coach sits in the far corner of the building I store it in. The building is full and there's no room for folks to wander around tinkering with anything. Once the building's doors are shut it's off limits. The owner doesn't want some nimrod working on something and damaging something else nor does he want someone starting a fire there.
I keep up with my maintenance throughout the season while I'm using my coach. If something does need attention I make a note of it and will address it in the spring after the coach comes home.
My batteries are home where I can keep an eye on them and I do use one in my race trailer during the winter.
The building's owner requires batteries be disconnected or removed from anything stored in the building as a precaution.
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:29 AM   #8
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:37 AM   #9
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Just my $.02, but...

Do your RVs never break and its just me .....
Do most occasion RV users never work on their rigs & they just all work whenever they use it?
Do I live in a parallel universe?

With all due respect, yes. It's just you.

There's no way to draw any conclusion about how well or ill folks maintain their rigs based on what you see on your weekend visits to your coach.
Consider the following:
  • Most folks don't do their own maintenance or repairs. For most it's a lack of skills/knowledge/physical ability. For others it's simply because they don't have to and prefer to let others do it for them.

    This is why RV service centers across the country are backed up by months. Here where I live the wait is 3-ish months, pushing towards 4. So lot's of folks are having their rigs maintained or repaired, just not in a way you can see.

  • I do all my own coach maintenance and upgrades, and most repairs. And yet, you'd rarely see me at the lot for the simple reason that I'm retired and usually go during the week.

    I do let professionals maintain the chassis for me.

  • For the next several (cold) months you won't see me much at all. The coach is winterized, lifted slightly on the jacks, tires covered, all blackout shades sealed tight, and batteries disconnected. I'll go for an hour or so once a month to run the engine and the genset, but won't do any serious work until the weather warms up.

  • Lastly, you seem to have made a hobby out of maintaining your RV. That's cool, and if it brings you happiness and satisfaction, great! But, "all weekend, every weekend" seems a bit excessive for just routine maintenance and the occasional repair. No criticism intended, just an observation that you seem to enjoy it and might be spending more time than is necessary - which is great - for you.

    I have a list of things I want/need to do to our coach, but nothing that would ever require the amount of time you like to spend with your coach. When I owned a Thor product there was more maintenance than I liked, and it took a lot of time, but even then, we're talking just several days a year. With the new Tiffin I do expect it to be less due to the much higher quality of the coach.

To be sure, there are myriad rigs rotting away in out of the way storage lots, fields, and behind the barn. But, there are also at least an equal number that are lovingly cared for, even if you can't see it.

We all do this our own way, and each is equally "right".


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Don't go out to a marina if watching things go unused bothers you.
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Old 12-04-2020, 12:26 PM   #11
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Don't go out to a marina if watching things go unused bothers you.


There are boats on our dock that haven't left their slip in the 10 years we've been on the dock ! The majority of which I've never seen the owners . Until the marina instituted the policy that all boats have to be currently registered , there were boats that hadn't been registered in over 10 years.

Of the 24 boats on our dock , there are 6 owners that are active boaters and I see them almost everytime I'm at the boat.

Since retirement , between the MH and Boat I'm busier than when I worked for a living.

I believe with boats , and it may hold true with MH's , that people buy them with the intention of using them , but life gets in the way . Then they can't let go because just the idea they might use it is greater than the realization that their toy is just deteriorating .

Sad . But as they say " whatever floats your boat ".
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Old 12-04-2020, 12:40 PM   #12
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Last winter while I had the MH in storage in AZ I spent a fair bit of time working on my new to me MH. Never saw anyone else working on theirs, but noticed some where used on weekends while I was there. Managed to get everything on my list done over quite a few days.
Over the summer while using the MH Full time I spent time fixing things that needed it and upgrading things the wife wanted done. This winter we are living in the MH and still find small things to keep myself occupied.

I believe most people prefer to use them and only fix what they need to work. I believe most people have not the skills to work on a MH or the inclination. JMO.

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Old 12-04-2020, 01:15 PM   #13
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Not really a stretch for me to recognize others donít do things the way I do ... I donít spend any time wondering why.
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I check mine almost everyday, turning all the garage lights on, making noise, and spraying repellants once a week. Personally, I can't imagine storing in a lot somewhere else.

Point is - we all do things differently for different reasons.
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