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The joys of owning an older motorhome. I have a 2008 Winnebago Aspect 26A on a E450 Ford. This trip has been interesting. The morning of a our departure we had to have our fully loaded vehicle towed out of our driveway to have a new starter installed for the motor. Then within a week we repaired the refrigerator (new card) and the generator (new fuel pump). $1,500 later I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed.

Everything has been pretty reliable before, except for some fairly minor repairs and routine maintenance. Those of you who have been here before, is this the beginning of the end, or just and inconvenient blip? Should I expect occasional issues or the start of a driving money pit? I don't mind occasional issues and would have changed the starter myself if it wasn't 15 degrees and snowing. We really like our Aspect, it's pretty unique and fits us just right. We are planning another trip to Alaska this summer. Just trying to figure out what my future might look like so I can better prepare.

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I have an 05 DP I bought new. There is definitely a ten yearish honeymoon period.

In the last five years two slide motors, fridge cooling unit, both ACs, dash ac slow leak,
two ride ht valves, water pump, foggy headlights, fogged windows.

Not to mention the full liquid replacement, hoses, tires, etc.

Fun stuff. The worst part isn’t the expense, it’s the time to get the work done and the inconvenience.

On the other hand, you going to trade every five years?


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We have had our 2004 Winnebago about 3 1/2 years. We fixed the dash AC that we knew was bad. We had to fix the leveling, one rear axle seal and rear brakes because a caliper froze up.We did most of the labor but the parts cost about $1500 so far. So that comes to about $40 a month since we got it. What class a could we get for $40 a month?





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Heh heh. We still drive our 2003 Fleetwood Revolution that we bought new. Runs like a top. Maybe 7 or 8 oil changes and greas jobs and one new exhaust manifold and a lift pump. 144500 km. Like new inside but the outside is starting to show its miles. Figure we’ll keep it past the 20 year point at least. Why fix what isn’t broke. [emoticon].

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Geeze, I think of older as being 1980’s, lol.


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Go here and ask your question since it will be brand specific:

http://aspectcambriarvforum.forumotion.com

Now we have a 12 Aspect and 2 years ago the fuel pump went out while going to our vacation destination. Cost me somewhere around $700 to R&R. We have GS roadside to cover tow, and the warranty to cover repairs. Part of the $700 was my deductable. But ended up with NEW battery, new fuel pump relay, new fuel pump, TPS, and a couple of other things. Big thing was inconvenience and cancellation of trip with my kids/grand kids.

Last year started having frig problems with it not cooling. Cost me $250 for analysis and replacement of 1 part again while on trip. Worked ok but then started again. Got home replaced the eyebrow controller and its been good. Did not use the warranty. Other than that no issues with the rig. They say to expect issues but it will depend on usage I guess. Anyhow the starter you said cost due to having to have it done and not DIY. So kinda hard to complain on that one particularly since you have I guess only put in $1500 over 10 years, not counting I guess FW&T items (tires, oil changes etc). I think if you ask others with the brand you will find you have not been overly taxed by issues not uncommon to all rv's. So go to the aspect site and ask/read what others have to say. I think I would rather put some $$ into something I know then spend the $$$$ for something newer but not necessarily better.

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We purchased our 1993 new in that year. It had items for the 1994 run.
We have maintained it and it is good for some time longer.
Yes, I have looked at newer rigs, but find quality and layouts have changed.
Each person will have good things to say and others will say bad things about the same vehicle.
I think it will depend on the person buying and maintaining the rig as to whether it is good or bad.


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Just bought a 2011. I figure I can fix everything in it for less than a new rig would have been. I doubt I'll spend 10% of that.


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Owning an older motorhome, like our 2006 Jayco Greyhawk, means more money spent on maintenance. As someone else mentioned, after 10 years the costs do start to climb. In the past couple of years we have replaced all the hoses and belts on the engine as well as installed new tires (the 3rd set, 2nd replacement). In the past year we have replaced the roof A/C and the refrigerator. All in all, we've spent just shy of $5,000 on the motorhome in the past 18 months.

There will be additional costs over the next few years but we don't expect to spend nearly as much as we have in the recent past. And of course, this money spent is small in comparison to the cost of a new motorhome!


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"Those of you who have been here before, is this the beginning of the end, or just and inconvenient blip? Should I expect occasional issues or the start of driving a money pit?"

Please don't shoot the messenger. I own a 1999 Class A F53 in which I full time. Not a week goes by that I don't face some type of maintenance/repair issue. I've been there before, I'm there now, and, I expect to be there in the future.

You own a complex vehicle. It has everything a house has, everything a truck has, the interface between the two, and the mobile interface (utilities) with the ground. Motorhomes require maintenance and they break/wear out. That's reality. When (not if) things happen, I try to repair them (upgrade) so that they rarely happen again, if possible.

You can either pay for it indirectly through depreciation in a newer motorhome, or, pay for it directly through maintenance/repairs in an aging RV, or buy an extended warranty(not recommended). Or, you can rent a motorhome, drop it off when you're done, and, avoid the issue.

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