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Old 08-05-2022, 12:57 PM   #1
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Sad end to FT

Ok this is not a happy post. We have now been full time for over 2.5 years and most time for the 2 years before this. While traveling east out of Oregon we had a total engine failure on our 2018 Tiffin RED 37PA. It only had 27,000 miles on it, all our miles as we bought it new. We got towed back to the Freightliner shop in La Grande OR only to find out we have a catastrophic engine failure and Cummings is replacing it with a new (not reconditioned one) engine. Bad news is that it will take 3-4 months to get this delivered and repaired. So we are not off the road for a while (maybe off the road for good) and heading to SC where we are looking at maybe purchasing a home. So plans are up in the air right now. We are gutted over the breakdown. We will keep you all posted as things progress.
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Yikes! Hope it works out well for you whichever way that might be
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Old 08-05-2022, 01:16 PM   #3
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I "assume" most of the 3-4 month estimate is to get the new engine ??
Why couldn't you have it towed (complete before any teardown) to a local campground that allows long term renters and just hang out until it's ready to be repaired ? Then have it towed back to the shop and fly somewhere for a vacation for a few weeks ? I know that all sounds simple....but something like that.
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Oh momdoc, one thing with owning an RV is many many things are sent to challenge our minds, hearts and pocket books for sure. In our earlier years with a brand new gasser we had breakdown after breakdown after breakdown. Every precious vacation week ruined with being towed here there and where ever. They tried to put the onus on us dirty fuel but it wasn't. Finally someone said what we described to a local auto Ford garage on the final breakdown and frustration in Milk River "I bet its a fuel pump issue". Limped overnights cooler weather into South dakota over next couple days and they did it under warranty due to my frustrations and never a problem afterwards in needing to be towed.

Except a handful years later $2 clip failed and rod punched holes throughout and we needed be towed 90 miles to Pocatello where we spent 10 days on their yard waiting for a reconditioned engine replacement. Then again 5 years later after having her in for a service at Great Falls Montana and asking check oil pan and anywhere else for leaks as we were adding a lot of oil were told all OK. Didn't even get half way to Helena and we lost our engine yet again due to losing all the oil. That one took three half weeks in 2018.

I do feel for your plight and the timeframe on lead time etc in this instance but ..... if you heart really is to continue RVing take a deep breath, consider the suggestion in an above post or rent cabins in places for a month at a time or longer where you can explore from via car and then resume your plans from before this happened.

Of course you do you, but I've followed many of your posts and you really seemed to be embracing the RV lifestyle living FT. It would just be a shame for you to anchor yourself into something (market might be on a decline as well we're experiencing here with higher interest rates happening), that's not as easy to resell if you decide you want to get back in the game.

Maybe just give yourselves a bit of breathing room for a month or two somewhere you'd enjoy exploring and let the anger and frustration of what's just happened wane a bit before making a huge commitment you wish you maybe hadn't a few months down the road. Just saying and absolutely you do you. I always say "if it's to be it's up to me" and "where there's a strong enough will, there's always a way".

BarbaraOK taught me more than two decades ago, keep an emergency fund roughly 10% of what you pay for your rig and add to it monthly. I've never forgotten that and it's what has kept us going with our rig over the years. Yeah for sure at the time issues happen it's annoying, anger and frustration, but a deep breath and "tis wot tis", we've persevered. Now health or issues outside of our control that could wipe us out the game totally well ......

Hope we still see you around the forums, and you let us know what you decide moving forwards.

The very very best with whatever you decide is the best course of action moving forwards for your best future.

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Sorry to hear this. Same happened to me only with a Ford V10.
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I'm sorry to learn this and would be sorry to hear you left the full-time lifestyle. I enjoyed your posts and you seemed to enjoy the travels.

I'd also second the above post to try to get the MH towed to a campground until they're ready for the repair or to rent something nearby. Give it another try.

I'm disappointed that vehicles don't seem to be made as they used to be. Perhaps too much electronics on them.

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Ok this is not a happy post. We have now been full time for over 2.5 years and most time for the 2 years before this. While traveling east out of Oregon we had a total engine failure on our 2018 Tiffin RED 37PA. It only had 27,000 miles on it, all our miles as we bought it new. We got towed back to the Freightliner shop in La Grande OR only to find out we have a catastrophic engine failure and Cummings is replacing it with a new (not reconditioned one) engine. Bad news is that it will take 3-4 months to get this delivered and repaired. So we are not off the road for a while (maybe off the road for good) and heading to SC where we are looking at maybe purchasing a home. So plans are up in the air right now. We are gutted over the breakdown. We will keep you all posted as things progress.
Sorry to hear this story, and others like it. We are full timers as well and have been since 2019. Wishing all of you who have suffered these issues the best.
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On our sixth year full timing and your story is my biggest worry.....big failure coupled with the supply and worker shortage. I am fortunate enough to have family stick stick and brick bailouts. Good luck and the choice you make will be the right one!
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Sorry to hear that. From what I've heard, it's pretty rare for Cummins engines to have issues.
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I "assume" most of the 3-4 month estimate is to get the new engine ??
Why couldn't you have it towed (complete before any teardown) to a local campground that allows long term renters and just hang out until it's ready to be repaired ? Then have it towed back to the shop and fly somewhere for a vacation for a few weeks ? I know that all sounds simple....but something like that.
The only issue with this, and maybe it could be worked out with park management, is that many places require the RV to be a running RV.
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When I read the title of your post, I expected something catastrophically bad. Aside from some logistical issues, I'd say you are very fortunate. No one's been injured, your MH isn't totaled and you're getting a new engine under warranty. Even though it's going to take some time, it could have been much worse. I'm sure you'll work out something that's satisfactory.
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We feel your pain. We had our engine replaced in spring 2019, under extended warranty. 4 months, using a long block. Most of the time was consumed by warranty company due to the high cost, but finally done. We stayed at our sons house, were glad to get back into the coach.
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