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RE: Is a motorhome "Only For The RIch"?

They are NOT cheap to own OR operate. The cost to own and operate a 5er or trailer is Waaaay less than a motorhome. It is all about ease of use, IMO. Owning a house can be quite expensive as well. What with upkeep, mortgage, taxes and insurance it is quite expensive. I own a motorhome and I am VERY far from wealthy. Fortunately I can swing a hammer and turn wrenches fairly well so maintenance is not too terribly expensive for me.. Labor is my time and parts... well parts still cost money. I have been fortunate in that this rig has been fairly trouble free. I did have to do some extensive repairs to the siding last summer but fortunately I was able to do it myself and had the time.
deltamaster 11/01/14 04:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

That is great!
deltamaster 11/01/14 04:00am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Work Camping Opportunity - Baptist Church

Do you have time-frames for start and quit? Do you have equipment or tools other than basic hand tools? Do you have a budget for materials, acquisition sources, etc? Is the site full hookup (water, sewer, cable included)? When must the work be completed? Must the applicant be of the Baptist faith?
deltamaster 10/31/14 03:24am Workamping Forum
RE: caulking

I would suggest that if the rig is over 6 or 7 years old you remove ALL the trim strips that cover all the seams and re-caulk them all. Also examine the seals on the edge of the roof and all the sealant on the roof openings such as the vents, plumbing, skylights, etc. The reason I say this is because I noticed delamination early last summer and found that several seams seals failed on the driver side of my rig. When I pulled off the trim to effect repairs the butyl tape was insufficient and worn out... stretched too thin. I had extensive water damage that I had to repair with marine epoxy and fiberglass mesh mat. It took me over a month to repair everything as I had to leave some of it open to dry. My siding is fiberglass and the substrate is luan which is NOT water resistant. It crumbles when it gets wet. One section behind the rear tires that was approximately three feet long and two feet tall just fell off when I removed the trim. I also removed the compartment doors including the frames and found water damage there as well. I had to re-seal them all as well. I actually used the lap sealant for EPDM rubber roofs instead of butyl tape as I felt that since the lap sealant never actually dries hard and is flexible it would make a better seal. I squeezed it in to the joints of the fiberglass siding and then put a layer on the back of the trim and screwed the trim back on. Then I replaced all the plastic trim channel stuff with brand new as that was hard and not flexible any longer. I have not noticed any moisture in the rig any longer and hopefully there is no more water intrusion. The next thing will be to really clean the roof and remove and replace all the lap sealant on the roof. It is currently in OK condition but will soon need replacement.
deltamaster 10/29/14 03:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

Good question. I really would not know as mine is not wired in to an inverter and I must have 120v electricity either from shore power or the generator to use it.
deltamaster 10/27/14 12:12pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Complaint about a dealer

I wonder how many of those "supporters" would feel the same should something like that happen to them, or would they also come here to rant and blow off the steam of it all. As it is the OP has decided to leave the repairs in the hands of the facility he trusts and has willfully accepted that he will absorb the costs of repairs on his own. Matter of fact, he mentioned this earlier in this thread and then again later on. Sometimes peace of mind is the value and when trust is lost then peace of mind must be gained elsewhere, which is what it seems the OP has done. Still does not detract from his feelings and urge to rant. After all, that is the way things go. Get great service at a shop and you tell a lot of people. Get poor service and you tell the world.
deltamaster 10/27/14 01:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Complaint about a dealer

So the selling dealer makes your coach "Like New" by repairing the rig with parts scavenged off another (or multiple other) unit. That is fine for the A/C or even the leveling system but when it comes to the braking systems, you need some sense of confidence in the ability of the system to operate properly. Turning a three grand repair project in to a couple hundred bucks repair by possibly utilizing scavenged parts does not instill confidence in the ability of the unit to operate properly when needed the most, in the field. If the A/C fails again due to the scavenged parts then all you end up with is discomfort inside the rig. If the parking brake fails due to scavenged parts used to repair it then the consequences could result in property damage, injury or even death. If i have a manufacturer certified mechanic tell me the repair must be and can only be done properly in one manner and the selling dealer that is NOT manufacturer trained and certified telling me they can do it their way for a small fraction of the cost I tend to wonder who to trust and I am not likely trusting the guy that is cheapening out.
deltamaster 10/26/14 10:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

I just cooked a frozen pizza earlier this evening with the convection feature and popped microwave popcorn with the microwave feature a little while ago. Both turned out nicely.
deltamaster 10/26/14 09:43pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

Have you ever cooked on the heat of the vehicle engine? Years ago I read where a guy created an "Oven" on the exhaust of his vehicle. Would set things up before a trip and then when he got there it would be ready to eat. It was designed to never be in contact with the exhaust gasses but the heat from the exhaust system.
deltamaster 10/26/14 08:39pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

I vote for the convection/Microwave combo as well. I have one as my rig has no regular oven either. While I use the microwave most often it really is nice to have the convection feature as it cooks frozen pizza, toasts bread, bakes chicken, roasts meat and such much better than microwave.
deltamaster 10/26/14 05:41pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Decal

For the windows, just lay the decal over the window frame and trim it with a box knife or razor blade tight around the frame. For the awning, just extend the awning and remove the arms from the side of the rig at the bottom and rest them on the ground as you would to create an outdoor room.
deltamaster 10/26/14 02:36pm Toy Haulers
RE: Complaint about a dealer

I suggest that you get one or two more opinions involved in the argument you have going with yourself. The selling dealer has offered to fix your problem. You do not want them to fix your problem because of someone else's opinion/recommended repair. Since you do not trust the selling dealer then pay to have some one else fix your RV. The selling dealer has offered to honor his agreement. At this point you are the problem. Randy Bergen It is difficult to call the buyer the problem after the selling dealer decided that belittling and insulting and trickery were the best way to approach the buyer on all of his matters regarding the after-sale care. I can understand how you feel if you have not read the entire story but there is an issue of lost trust and confidence which lays solely on the shoulders of the selling dealer. If you have ever been in sales, especially the owner, you know there are times when you break ties with certain customers. You call the dealer insulting, belittling, and resorting to trickery. I see the dealer saying, "s**t or get off the pot". I would not have offered as much as the dealer has. When you called me and said you have another shop that can do a better job than my shop, I would have said "go for it" and back it up with your billfold. Please read the entire story. the issues regarding this dealer began before the issue with the parking brake. There is a lot more to the history of this situation than began with the brake failure which is where the buyer trust in the selling dealer began t deteriorate. I agree there are times when a business needs to fire a customer, however this is not the case here. The customer purchased a rig with a guarantee offered by the seller. The buyer then contacted the seller regarding issues that needed to be addressed and the seller told the buyer to go ahead and take the trip and make a list and the seller would take care of it when the buyer returned. The buyer did so and was then presented a bill for nearly three grand which the buyer contested. The seller did not make the buyer pay but DID lecture the buyer, which was in poor form. The seller self warranties the unit which was apparently not clear to the buyer who was afforded a warranty as part of the sales contract. The vehicle was taken to a certified repair center and given the previous encounter with the seller regarding repairs the buyer is already on shaky footing over trusting the seller. So we have a certified repair facility disagreeing with the seller over the adequate and effective repairs of the brake system. Who does the seller believe, a selling dealer who has already degraded the trust or a documented certified repair facility. Which mechanic should be trusted, a certified and trained mechanic or the mechanic at a local RV dealership garage? It is a difficult situation at best but had the selling dealer not previously presented a not so professional attitude the buyer might have been less reluctant to believe them at this point. What would be key here at this point is fort he brake manufacturer to present with the true opinion of the proper repair per their specs. As for the selling dealer being prepared to honor his part, that is a bit under debate as the certified repair facility is suggesting that what the selling dealer wishes to do may not be possible or may not be adequate. Now, IMO and if this were my situation I would likely agree and me happy for the selling dealer to perform the repairs if they performed them tot he specifications outlined by the brake manufacturer which would save the selling dealer in Labor charges which I am sure are a large chunk of the bill from the certified repair facility.
deltamaster 10/25/14 06:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Decal

Decal removal with a hair dryer is not too bad as long as the decals are not dried and cracked. If they are then it becomes a cumbersome chore to the point that the eraser wheel is about all that will work. The wheel does not last as long as I expected and throws off a lot of rubber crumbs that look like sawdust. I used all those techniques on mine. Some sections came off quite nicely with a heat gun and a scraper but the cracked sections were a real PITA! I noticed the dark blue decals were not cracked and dry like the black and dark gray ones. The blue came off fairly easy but the black did not. The yellow decals came off in two sections, first the yellow colored vinyl peeled off and left behind a rubbery gray substrate which had to be removed with acetone. I had to use the eraser wheel on most of the black/gray. YES! The decals are installed before the windows and doors. I know this as I had to remove several due to water intrusion damage and found the decals went right up to the edge of the cutout.
deltamaster 10/25/14 04:27pm Toy Haulers
RE: Complaint about a dealer

I suggest that you get one or two more opinions involved in the argument you have going with yourself. The selling dealer has offered to fix your problem. You do not want them to fix your problem because of someone else's opinion/recommended repair. Since you do not trust the selling dealer then pay to have some one else fix your RV. The selling dealer has offered to honor his agreement. At this point you are the problem. Randy Bergen It is difficult to call the buyer the problem after the selling dealer decided that belittling and insulting and trickery were the best way to approach the buyer on all of his matters regarding the after-sale care. I can understand how you feel if you have not read the entire story but there is an issue of lost trust and confidence which lays solely on the shoulders of the selling dealer.
deltamaster 10/25/14 03:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Complaint about a dealer

Give it up. You are being a PIA now. x2 You have pissed them off and they have told you so. Pay to get it fixed. You are never going back to the selling dealer and they do not want you back. Part ways and get on with life. Certainly an option. Thing is that the OP payed for a service when he purchased the rig. Should the OP just abandon that which he paid for? At this point the trust is gone but the contract still exists. Granted the selling dealer is willing to fulfill their end of the contract, however there is a loss of percieved reliability on the part of the selling dealer considering the manner in which they dealt with the customer. Instead f impressing confidence in the work to be performed and the abilities of the dealership to attend the customer's concerns they have impressed animosity toward the buyer instead... from the outset. The selling dealer was initially quite understanding and cooperative until the first "bill" was tendered. When the buyer contested the bill things went south from there through condescension. Instead of addressing the buyer's concerns in a positive and confident manner the dealer instead used veiled threats and "Yelling" to get the point across that the buyer does not know what they are talking about or need. This does not instill confidence in the ability of the selling dealer to properly repair the brake system.
deltamaster 10/25/14 04:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Complaint about a dealer

After eating the popcorn and drinking a beer, I can see both perspectives I understand where you are coming from but sounds to me that you are trying to tell the dealership how to fix the problem, because you are talking to another service center. I have build custom ski boats for 13 + years and I would not like it if someone was trying to tell me how to build it that has never built one before and the only information he was getting is from another person. Be like me tell you have to do your job!! Take it to them if it does not fix the issue then its up to the to fix again.. That's my opinion.. Hope it all works out for you.. I can understand you perspective if it were just some "Joe" off the street, however, in this case the OP is relaying the opinion and experience of an authorized service center to the selling dealer. It seems to me that all the Op wishes is for the system to be repaired properly. Sure, if the selling dealer does not repair it properly then the OP can get it done again but most people do not want to have to go back time and again for the same repair. Seems to me that the OP wants to have it done properly and effectively the first time. It also seems to me the OP does not wish to be surprised at some point if the repair is not effective and the parking brake fails and the rig starts rolling around uncontrolled. What if the selling dealer cobbles together a repair that works in the shop but fails in the field? What if it fails while the OP is in a store and the rig is parked in a sloped lot? What if the rig rolls in to another parked vehicle and causes several thousand dollars in damage or injures or kills someone while he is blissfully shopping away in the store? The OP wants some peace of mind at this point and feels the selling dealer needs to pay for it or at least part of it since the selling dealer is self warranting the unit.
deltamaster 10/25/14 04:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Complaint about a dealer

Wow! This is a shocking reply. All caps so you are yelling at me. How do you suppose that makes a two time customer of yours feel? Or perhaps you don't care. All I am trying to do is understand what needs to happen. Mark at Coffmans sent me the excerpt of the Workhorse manual. I want the repair done correctly. Mark has a call into the RV Dealer Owner and I really hope they talk. Meanwhile can you please detail what you feel is the fix so I may understand since you seem to have your own idea on the solution? I received this last email form the RV Dealer owner: I understand your concern, and yes I was yelling at you. Trying to get the point across that you are not a mechanic and we are. We fully understand the park brake system and can repair it to proper function for a few hundred dollars not a few thousand. Enough explaining I did get the voice mail from Mark, I disagree with his thought of putting a whole new brake assy. On . If you want it fixed and working bring the motorhome here. I have not replied yet as I am thinking about what I want to say. Suffice to say, I am through with this dealer! I am capable of paying the repair bill. If I couldn't, I would not own an RV! He has successfully shattered any remaining trust in what he/they can do for me. I would rather pay a large bill than to come begging for a couple hundred dollar repair! This whole experience has drained me and I am just tired. By the way, the service center I have the RV to which you have seen mentioned is Coffman Truck Sales in Aurora, Illinois. They are considered one of the best truck repair facilities in the area. The have been in business since the 1940's and service everything from small trucks up to tractor trailer trucks and yes, they service many brands of RV's and are a Workhorse service center. many of my friends and family have had vehicles serviced there with no issues. I have the utmost confidence in their work. I will follow-up after I decide to send my last email to the RV dealer. I really need to think about what I wnat to say and I will be sure to share it here. I am still hesitant to say who the dealer is but will think on that as well. More to come in a day or three!! All this makes me wonder if your selling dealer would be willing to sign a liability waiver holding them responsible for any damage, injury or death as the result of the parking brake system failure subsequent to their "Couple hundred dollar" repair that they suggest. If the part can not be sourced without the pump then where are they sourcing the part? Are they scavenging it from another failed unit? THEN they mention a deductible? What deductible? Is there a deductible in the contract? I would think the unit should have worked properly more than just the first time out... the first time you used it. I also agree that it was poor form for the selling dealer to yell at you "Trying to get the point across that you are not a mechanic and we are." Good idea for them to belittle the customer! Just because you are not a mechanic does not mean that you are not educating yourself in these matters. For all intents and purposes I could very well say I am more of a mechanic than you BUT that is a far stretch for me to call myself the world's most knowledgeable mechanic in these matters. Rubs me a little wrong when someone uses such language to promote themselves and their abilities after the previous dialog. That is not to say they may or may not be able to effect an appropriate repair. How long will it last, though? How long will they warranty that repair? What do you do if it fails again? What do you do if the next time it fails someone is hurt or something is damaged? What if you set the brake, go away for a while and return to find your rig has rolled in to a tree or a bus full of Nuns or kids? Who deals with the aftermath, you or the repairing dealer? Will the workhorse certified repair center guarantee their work? Will the selling (and warranty holding) dealer guarantee his work? Brake systems are not something to fool around with. Were I not fully confident in my abilities I would NOT repair or replace the brake parts on my own vehicles. Fortunately I have decades of experience and practice working on car and truck brake systems so I am confident in my abilities, however, given the complexity of your system as you describe I would be leery of repairing your parking brake system for you. I might do it for myself but still, the moment I was in over my head I would find someone that knew exactly what they were doing. Short of that I would defer to the service manual and if the manual says to replace all the parts including the pump I would suck it up and do just that. I am not liking the selling dealer's attitude in this and if I were you and I finally decided to let the selling dealer effect repairs I would likely be right along side watching and documenting every step of the repair just to CMA. I know this sounds extreme but if I park on a slope and set the brake I want to be confident it is and will stay set to prevent any damage or injury.
deltamaster 10/25/14 04:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Complaint about a dealer

Dennis, you are correct in your points and it is great tht you are seeing things from the dealer's side as well. Thing is, there should have been someone responsible for the issues and it should have been clear to the service writer that these were warranty repairs so that the customer would not get the bill OR would get the bill that stated NO CHARGES, just to outline the fact that all the items on the list were addressed. IMO the comment at the end about charging to chase down non-issues was uncalled for and only instilled a bit of animosity in to the mix. I can understand some of the frustration but not all.. In retrospect in reading my own post and having time to do some reflection during my writing sessions, I think my frustration is multi-parted in that: 1) we traded a perfectly working coach. But, an OLDER coach. There's a REASON why YOU traded. Generally that reason is to get something nicer or better suited for the owner's needs than what they already have. Not necessarily just because the previous unit is older. 2) we had many issues that we did not expect with this new (to us) coach. It's a REPO..NOT a NEW coach. Expect issues with any coach. Your expectations were too high. I disagree. The dealer sold a used working coach regardless if it was a repo or not it still needed to be working properly and needed to be clean. Sure, there should be expected that things will be worn or bulbs might be burned out but the systems should all work and whoever cleaned it should have opened and closed the blinds and cleaned them as well. 3) The way we were treated for the work that was done, that I feel should have been taken care of before we even received the coach was unprofessional and not called for. Cleanliness varies. What's clean to others may not be clean to you. True, but at least they could have cleaned the blinds. That should have been part of basic cleaning. 4) It seems at every turn, something is going wrong with this coach giving us the feeling of owning a lemon. I know they require maintenance but we didn't experience this many issues with our Damon. Bad Kharma..the more you resent the Fleetwood, the more 'issues' will bother you. Time to accept the new (to you) coach. Yes. Must accept the rig but also must accept it as properly working which at this point it is not. That fact, coupled with all the other little things and the dealer's attitude is what has the OP thinking about now owning a lemon. While that is not necessarily true, the dealer's attitude (IMO) has led to those feelings. 5) My anger towards my RV Dealer is directly related to two things a) their promise to deliver a 'like new' coach was not fulfilled 'Like new' to you differs from what 'like new' is to the dealer. and b) after telling me to log the issues and that they would take care of them (which they did) but then to turn around and bill me for it, then rescind the bill only after complaining about getting the bill in the first place and then give me a lecture via email on what is and is not covered in a warranty and what my expectations of the warranty is. Sounds like "assuming" took place on both sides. Assuming? Yes, the buyer assumed the dealer would correct all the issues as found and make it right. The buyer assumed there would be no charge as many of those issues were found within the first few hours and maybe should have been found during the inspection process. We all know how that goes. Both parties are anxious to get the rig off the lot. The buyer is anxious to go play with their new toy and the dealer is anxious to get the ink dry on the contract so they can turn the inventory over and get that thing out of there! As for the dealer assuming something... do you actually believe the dealer assumed the brand new buyer would be pleased to pay for all the little and big things that they found right away after the dealer told them to write it all up and bring it back? You bought the coach used, (don't know if you got a 'killer' deal) and expected a 'like new' coach. Like new is not 'perfect'. No, it should not have been perfect but it should have been clean and all the systems should have been properly working. There should have been signs of normal wear and tear but the dealer should have gone through it and fixed everything that was broken. Since the dealer offered the warranty then the dealer should have addressed the issues in the first list under the warranty AND as part of the initial inspection process. The bill should never have been charged to the buyer and the buyer should not have had to wage a complaint. You turned in a list to the dealer asking them to fix those items. Probably irritated the tech by asking them to fix a burned out lightbulb, but they fixed your list and billed you for the repairs. If the tech is irritated by replacing a burned out light bulb on a unit for a REPEAT customer then maybe the tech needs a new job somewhere else. Remember, different individuals doing different things within the company. (Lack of communication between billing clerk, service mgr and owner) Sounds like owner cleared that up but wasn't going to continue giving you a blank check for future repairs. Could have gone about it in a more tactful manner, rather than issuing a bill and then chastising the buyer after they complained about the bill. The warranty you received specifies what needs to be done in the event of a failure. You didn't follow protocol. They, most likely have some of the parts you need in their facility. Maybe from a previous fix. So are they using left over parts that they toss in a bin somewhere in the shop and dig from when they need it. Brake systems are important and should be repaired properly. I agree that the buyer should have taken it back to the dealer but int he same respect, given this dealer's history at this point I am not sure I would be able to trust they would perform the repair properly IMHO, you've got to give them the opportunity to fix your issue. The only other solution is to write them off and move on. You'll get nothing from any government agency. The dealer will show they acted in good faith by completing your previous repairs and eating the cost of those repairs. If you want the dealer to fix your issue under their warranty, you'll have to take it back to them. Otherwise it's on your nickel......Dennis True. The dealer must be given an opportunity to fix things otherwise the dealer will prevail in a complaint. That is why it is imperative that the buyer accurately document everything and find out from the brake manufacturer the PROPER repair procedure for the brake system and then ensure it is done properly.
deltamaster 10/24/14 01:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Complaint about a dealer

In retrospect in reading my own post and having time to do some reflection during my writing sessions, I think my frustration is multi-parted in that: 1) we traded a perfectly working coach. 2) we had many issues that we did not expect with this new (to us) coach. 3) The way we were treated for the work that was done, that I feel should have been taken care of before we even received the coach was unprofessional and not called for. 4) It seems at every turn, something is going wrong with this coach giving us the feeling of owning a lemon. I know they require maintenance but we didn't experience this many issues with our Damon. 5) My anger towards my RV Dealer is directly related to two things a) their promise to deliver a 'like new' coach was not fulfilled and b) after telling me to log the issues and that they would take care of them (which they did) but then to turn around and bill me for it, then rescind the bill only after complaining about getting the bill in the first place and then give me a lecture via email on what is and is not covered in a warranty and what my expectations of the warranty is. OK... confirmation of my earlier post and suspicions. I would also have some trust issues with the selling dealer as well. That is why it is best to get information from the brake system manufacturer as to why they include the pump in the kit and what their take is on the proper repair. If the mechanic can only get the kit with the pump then how will the selling dealer's mechanic make the proper repairs without purchasing the kit? Do they manufacture the parts themselves? Do they source and purchase the individual parts from some other place and cobble the thing back together?
deltamaster 10/24/14 01:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Complaint about a dealer

UPDATE ON THE BRAKE ISSUE. When my RV dealer states it can be repaired, they mean that since the brake pump runs then it probably does not need replacing. I called my service center and asked them if the pump was included in this replacement to which they said yes. I then asked them if they could do the repair, minus the pump and they said that the repair kit includes the pump and that is the only way they get the parts. As someone said, I might have to take the coach to the RV dealer to get it fixed, minus the pump. If the repair shop is being honest and the brake system manufacturer only sells the repair kit WITH the pump then there might be a good reason for that. MAYBE the manufacturer of the brake system will not warranty the new brake system installation without a pump replacement due to some unforseeable internal issue or damage. Maybe there could be metal shavings or other debris in the hydraulics that could damage the pump. Who knows. Has the brake system manufacturer responded to the OP as yet?
deltamaster 10/24/14 01:05pm Class A Motorhomes
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