Thanks all for the responses! I pretty much know the coach I want and do have a trade in, but have no problem selling outright either. So, sounds like I start fishing for the best deal and see who bites.......or causes me to bite!..........frankly buying cars/RVs, etc. is a such a pain! I'd rather have a root canal!! But I can always count on my RV.net folks to give sound advise and information!!
It's been a while since I bought a new motorhome and am now looking at something larger. Still a class A, but want to go up to 42ft........so my question is, how much of a discount should I expect on a new motorhome? Is there a standard percentage you should aim for? We are in no hurry and can drive anywhere for the right deal.....just need to know what you all would consider a "good" deal. The coach we are looking at lists for roughly $360K.
Thanks for you help!!
Another update on the weird oil blowing issue. After several months, up and down mountains, long days and short days of driving, hot days and cold days, the "rescue tape" fix is still working. Not one drop of oil blowing out......and since we now know there are two fuel filters and they are BOTH clean, the coach is running great.
Update on the breather tube issue!! After my quick fix with rescue tape (if you don't know what that is, here's the link to their site http://www.rescuetape.com ) We made it to Wyoming with no oil blowing out at all! We did have one issue coming into Lincoln, NE which caused a bit of a freak out for us. We started loosing power going up hills........and those hills aren't huge! So we pulled into a freight liner repair place and offloaded the dogs, some of our stuff, etc. anticipating the worst and settled into a hotel. I thought turbo for sure and maybe a trip cut short, but it turned out to be a bad fuel filter. Which confounded me, since we just had a new one put in and we ALWAYS do our regular maintenance on the engine. Well, it turns out to our surprise that there are TWO fuel filters, one further back in the engine and the mechanic explained that service folks are notorious for not changing that one and when he pulled the rusty old filter off if was the ORIGINAL filter! Are you kidding me??? In 8 years not one mechanic who serviced our coach bothered to change that filter???!!!! Needless to say, I am a lot smarter and our normal service dealer back home is going to get an earful!! Good news is, our coach runs like new now and all is good!! But our service place in Tampa is going to have a 5ft. tall bundle of fury to deal with when we get home!!
On another note, I've had this coach since 2004 and have had the same driving habits the whole time, I have over 80,000 miles on it right now and it just started, so I am thinking it's not really my driving habits! and I'm a She, not a He!! Bought the coach new in 2004.........bought the hubby sometime after that!! My dogs didn't like having one parent household!!
I go fast....but not THAT fast!! Maybe 75 on good open roads! Hubby was doing 70 mph when it happened again. Oil level was exactly the same as it had been for the past months when nothing happened. i don't notice any change in oil pressure or any anomalies in any of the other gauges when it happens. Everything looks perfectly normal, it's acts perfectly normal........then blammo, it starts! But I am hoping that maybe for some strange reason, that loose tube fitting was the answer........fingers crossed!!
Wel, it's been a long time since my first post about this problem, mostly because I haven't taken any big trips to test things. I've done some small trips, didn't tow my jeep and everything had been fine..........until.............we just left for a 3 month trip, jeep in tow and full compliment of dogs and all our stuff..........one hour out, we had a jeep covered in oil, as well as the entire back of the coach. I am sure you could hear my husband cussing up a storm all across the country! We were doing about 70mph when it happened. Sooooo, this is what we decided to do. Don't run it hard (max 65mph, which is hard for me, since I drive to darn fast anyway, even in the coach!) Got to NC from FL with no more oil blowing out. Hubby was still "bothered" by the whole thing, so he started poking around the engine one evening and low and behold, he discovered the newly installed breather tube fitting was loose. But the problem was you couldn't tighten it, because if you twisted it tight, it was then pointing straight up (maybe this was why they left it the way they did) soooooooo, I decided to use my favorite product in the world...rescue tape! I wrapped the loose joint up and sealed with the rescue tape (after cleaning gobs of oil off) and off we went. Still not driving above 65, because hubby says we aren't going to really "test" it until we are almost back to FL. But so far, clean as a whistle. So I am thinking that for some reason, the loose fitting at the top, plus the pressure of the engine, etc. might have been creating an actually suction and pulling the oil up and out the breather tube. We are headed to the mountains out west and I'm sure we will push it then and fingers crossed that my reduce tape trick works! I will let you know!! If you don't know about rescue tape, it's the bomb! I have made o-rings, fixed hoses, etc. The stuff is amazing!
Scott that would be great!! I was kind of shock that they took such a hard stance on this, as we always bring the letter with us. We have every service record from the day we bought the coach, so it's easy to see when the "miracle" happened!! Can you please send me a message with your email and I will scan and send it to you!! Thank you so much!! We are trying to be honest about this whole thing and we didn't even realize it had happened until a few weeks later. The Freightliner place didn't even know they had done it!! Hubby is happy now!!!
We have an unusual problem, that is now affecting my Good Sam extended warranty! We had work done on our coach several years ago for oil blowing out the back (I've also posted several times about that problem too!) and when the Freightliner repair place in Utah did the diagnostics and repair they somehow reset our odometer to zero. We had them write us a letter stating that they had done that and we always bring that with us to show that we have more miles than the odometer says we do. We bought a Good Sam Extended warranty and now they are saying they will not pay any claims until we get a signed affidavit stating the true miles. We've had it at another place that said that you can't just "erase" the miles and that the real mileage would in the "brains" of the computer, so they took a look and nothing, it just showed the miles that we had since the Utah Freightliner place zeroed it out.
So, what do we do? The Freightliner place says the letter is good enough, but Good Sam says no........I now have a useless warranty until we can figure this out. Suggestions anyone??