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Old 09-13-2022, 06:01 AM   #1
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Full timing is NOT cheap!

Took my 2015 Entegra Anthem in for it's 7 year service (yes, I pay for service, I cannot do it myself); Radiator needs replaced again (2016 & 2018 replaced) so I will be on my 4th radiator ... this one needs to make it until the "end". And ... all 8 of my house batteries need replaced. After all is said and done, will probably have close to $10,000 in "repairs & maintenance"! And no, my extended warranty ended last December But, it is still a wonderful life!
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Yea, MH living is very expensive.

I see you have 2 drive trains to take care of.
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Old 09-13-2022, 07:57 AM   #3
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Yes it is expensive. My engine failed this year at 33,000 miles and 7 years old. $18,000 for it to be replaced. $5,000 more in hotel living while the rv was at the shop waiting for an engine and not able to live in it.
Luckily I had a $50,000 emergency budget for such instances.
After this though I am exiting the full time life as I've found it is really for people with deep pockets and don't want to risk my remaining emergency budget.
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Old 09-13-2022, 09:10 AM   #4
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Itís not like B&M living is cheap. I just had to replace our double wall ovens to the tune of $5K. Furnace/AC replacement will set you back $6-8K. Water heater replacement costs a fortune, because of labor. Letís not even think about a new roof.
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Took my 2015 Entegra Anthem in for it's 7 year service (yes, I pay for service, I cannot do it myself); Radiator needs replaced again (2016 & 2018 replaced) so I will be on my 4th radiator ... this one needs to make it until the "end". And ... all 8 of my house batteries need replaced. After all is said and done, will probably have close to $10,000 in "repairs & maintenance"! And no, my extended warranty ended last December But, it is still a wonderful life!
I'm not trying to de-rail your thread, but I find it odd that you have been through 4 radiators in such a short amount of time.
Those batteries should last you longer though. Safe travels!
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Old 09-13-2022, 09:18 AM   #6
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Be thankful its not a boat..........$5000 for a haulout and bottom paint every 3 years, $3000 personal property tax every year $1500 bottom cleaning and zincs every year and $2000 wash, wax and polish every year, etc...........and that is not even fulltiming.
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I also find it strange that you've had 4 radiators in 7 yr. We full-timed and traveled constantly and had no radiator issues in 8 yr.

Ourselves on the topic ..... we didn't find it more expensive than owning a home. I think it just depends on how you do it. We love volunteering and boondocking on public lands or dry camping in public parks so we saved a lot of money by doing that.

We're not into going to major attractions with a hefty entrance fee. Our activities are found by living in nature; not around big cities. We don't do expensive restaurants. A few times we've spent a season just moving around within one state on the backroads so didn't use the fuel that long continual drives would take.

We also had our maintenance done but honestly, never any repairs needed.

I still feel it's a less expensive lifestyle than owning a home.
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Old 09-13-2022, 11:03 AM   #8
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Over the last 11 years we have been full time traveling in both a diesel pusher (3 years) and fivers. I can tell you that no matter what the repairs and maintenance on large DPs is much more expensive, along with everything else. We bought our 43' tag axle coach brand new and had to have the DEF tower replaced and a new oil pan gasket installed the first 18 months. We sold it just before the 8 batteries and six tires would have been getting close on replacement.

It is pretty easy to find a Ford dealer and pay $90 to $140 for my service (depending on fuel filter change).

Everyone makes their own choice on how to live the FT lifestyle, but I agree that if you don't have some serious funds set aside then a large class A might not be the way to go.
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I don’t remember hearing someone saying “Full timing is cheap”
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Part-timing is not cheap either.
But, as long as interest rates get to 5% or higher, I’ll be better off
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The most expensive way to travel/RVl by land is in a MH.
If you want to full-time for less, switch to a 5th wheel trailer and truck. Then don't move as often.
I've read of some who are full-timing on $2,000/month.
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I've read of some who are full-timing on $2,000/month.
..... much less for some.
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Four radiators is crazy, I've never heard of that...ever.

Were they replaced by the same place every time?

Did they say what was wrong with them?
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I agree. 4 rads? They might be taking you to the cleaners.
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