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Posted: 10/08/19 07:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure why I'm posting this, but maybe it will help people looking at a class A. Now realize I'm one of those people who make sure everything works and takes care of his stuff. I don't like anything that doesn't work. I also like everything relatively clean. My costs over two years for people looking into the class A world. Your costs may vary.

Guess one good thing is I don't have any deprecation costs. Class a is the best way to travel!

Jacks 1000
Flooring 500 (did myself)
Fluids 600
Awnings- Slideouts 700
Tires 2500
Refigerator 1800
Batteries 200
Starter 550
Air Conditioner seal 125
Sky Light 125
Starting issue -Winter 2018 100
Oil Changes 200
Faucets 150
Spray Paint 30
Telivisions 200
Varnish 25
Total 8900

I'm hoping for 3 more years with reduced costs[emoticon]

* This post was edited 10/08/19 08:01am by angler *


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Posted: 10/08/19 07:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like you had a couple of repair and replace extensive years. I have found that since purchaseing our 2010 class A we have spent on average about $2,500 a year on maintenance and repair.

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Posted: 10/08/19 07:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

...and you bought a quality rv so you were already ahead. I’m glad you’re enjoying your motor home...hope you enjoy many more years. You’ve made some great upgrades. Safe travels.


As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.


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We too bought a used class A; 2006 National SeaBreeze LX, 33 foot. We've had it 18 months now, and have done the following:

1. New tires all around, $3000
2. New fridge - went with a residential - $1200 (my option)
3. New front TV - $350 (my option)
4. Suspension mods - $1000 (my option)
5. Fluids - $500
6. New transfer switch - $600
7. Re-seal roof - $400
8. Defog Windows - $900
9. New A/C compressor for V10 - $450

Total is $8400 so far - BUT - we love the MH. Most of these costs are not annual costs (tires come to mind) and some were my option to upgrade. I'm budgeting $3000 per year for required maintenance. We'll see if that is enough as we move forward...

Al

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Lot of upfront costs when buying an older used coach. Sometimes things just happen like refrigerators. Hopefully year 3 I'm around that 2500 mark.

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Wow, I feel lucky. In 2016, I bought a 2004 Itasca class A. Dealer had replaced tires, batteries, generator carb, awning, slide toppers.

In 3 years, I've done:

Rear camera replacement: $250
Oil/filter changes: $130
Air Filter: $15
Transmission fluid/filter change: $150
Heater control valve & heater hose: $18
Roof repair (the infamous Winnebago edge issue): $120
New DVD player: $65

Total: $748

Not bad for 3 years; $250/yr maintenance/repair. Of course, doing all repair/maintenance myself certainly saves cash, and we don't put alot of miles on it (only about 2500 miles per year). And yes, everything works and everything is clean.


I have made a few additions, but don't consider those part of the "cost of ownership" since they are 100% optional/upgrades:

Electrical monitors (120VAC, 12vdc house, 12vdc chassis)
USB ports
Trans temp gauge
Flag Pole/mount
LED lighting throughout
LED Light Bar in grille
Outside campsink/hookup
LPG hookup (for BBQ)
Interior/Exterior thermometer

Future upgrades planned:

New TVs (already in the works)
Solar
2nd roof A/C
Suspension (TracBar, Sumo Springs, shocks)

* This post was last edited 10/10/19 10:19am by 4x4van *   View edit history


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I bought a 08 HR Navigator 18 months ago and have put 10K miles on it. Other than 2 new from tires ($1300) most of the following are upgrades..,were not necessary.
$700...3 new LED TVs (2 smart TVs)
$1000..Silverleaf monitor system.
$700...2nd basement slideout tray
$1200..900W DIY solar system wit 80A mppt controller
$550...880AH of AGM batteries (lead/acid were OK)
$300...Induction cook top instead of oven/cooktop... additional storage under
$140...resew all 4 slideout toppers
$120...70+ led bulbs and 2 clearance lights
$60...adjustable mount for the Safe-T-Plus
$55....2 fuel filters and engine oil was changed before buying
$4650 in upgrades, $200 in repairs, and $1300 for 2 new front tires. Did a 6000 mile trip this summer and the fuel filters were the only repair...do not see any major expenses in the next year.


This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.

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Sold 04 Dynasty after 14 great years.
How I tow.
Towing a Prius without a dolly
How I spend the winter.

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I too recently bought a used 2002 Tiffin Allegro Bay 35DA w/8.1L and Allison. I've only taken a couple small trips but like it so far. So far I've replaced or fixed the following.

2 front tires
Dometic fridge rooftop cover
Resoldered loose connections on circuit board for rear BR slide
Replaced 2 house batteries
Repaired engine A/C - leak checked, pulled vacuum and recharged
Rewired power window on drivers exit door
Oil and filter change
Made new metal panel to replace broken plastic 12V panel by entrance door
Rewired 12V panel by entrance door
Rewired electric steps
Cleaned rust off propane tank and repainted
Polished plastic headlamp lenses that were fogged over
Replaced BR TV
Replaced broken rooftop antenna W/sensar IV
Resealed rooftop seams w/ self leveling lap sealant
Serviced generator
Replaced RF ABS sensor
Replaced gas cap
Approx. cost doing my own work $1500.

Still to do
Replace hyd. jacks (all 4) only one retracts. Already replaced all 8 return springs and through troubleshooting determined jacks are either bent or bad internal seals
Replace awning
Replace brake pads - they passed inspection but was told they'll need replacing by next year

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Guess I am lucky. I bought an 8 year old high end DP kept it 12 years and in all that time other than yearly service which averaged about $300 each year only did the following in 40,000+miles.
tires $1800
radiator $1500
injector line $300
This unit was never babied and seldom sat for more than a month. I have had its replacement for a little over a year now and had one repair that was there when I bought it and cost around $2000.
They are expensive but fuel and repairs are things you have to do if you want to use them and ride.

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Posted: 10/08/19 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ferndaleflyer wrote:

Guess I am lucky. I bought an 8 year old high end DP kept it 12 years and in all that time other than yearly service which averaged about $300 each year only did the following in 40,000+miles.
tires $1800
radiator $1500
injector line $300
This unit was never babied and seldom sat for more than a month. I have had its replacement for a little over a year now and had one repair that was there when I bought it and cost around $2000.
They are expensive but fuel and repairs are things you have to do if you want to use them and ride.


There is a good point "hidden" in your post - "...seldom sat for more than a month." I'm beginning to see the same pattern of use/repair that years ago I learned having a sportscar. If I drove it all the time it didn't need repairs. Let it sit for extended periods of time, and things start to break down. Now this is all observations on my part without any real data, but my thought is if your RV goes out a lot I'll bet it doesn't break a lot....I would love to see some real data to either back up or dispute my observations....

Thoughts anyone?

Al

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