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I have found that while I am shopping for owner sales of Motorhomes that here is always a long list of repairs that they have done over the time they have owned it and adds up to quite a tidy sum of money and this is even more when it is a DP. It scares me off from buying such.


The reason I bought my 20yo rig was the number of items that were less than a couple of years old. I figured it was one less thing that I had to worry about.

I saw it as a positive


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Thanks for the useful thoughts already posted. Of course I now I have to pay to play. This is not my first rodeo. We have had many RV's. I am very interested in the experience of those that have had Class A's for awhile and what they are seeing in ownership cost.

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billy1davis wrote:

I have found that while I am shopping for owner sales of Motorhomes that here is always a long list of repairs that they have done over the time they have owned it and adds up to quite a tidy sum of money and this is even more when it is a DP. It scares me off from buying such.

would you be scared off from buying a home where the owner lists the repairs and upgrades?

yes, you will have maintenance bills...routine and unexpected. if you can do some or all yourself it will be less expensive. even with the problems we've had (virtually all of which can be traced right back to shoddy workmanship or c***py parts from suppliers) I'm amazed that modern RVs hold up as well as they do give the generally poor state of American roads. the solution is to properly budget for maintenance.

if you're going deep into debt to buy the RV it will not be a pleasant experience...more so when you factor in maintenance. IMO the key is to either pay cash or put enough down so that you remain right-side up on the loan for the expected life of the RV you choose.

if you're thinking of getting one of those insurance policies I'd think again. those policies are designed to separate most of the buyers from their money. do a few people make out? sure, but the vast majority don't. take whatever that policy costs and put it in the bank as seed money for a maintenance and repair fund. then add $X each month to that fund and use it only for repairs and maintenance. we've been doing that for 31-years now and have a healthy balance in our M&R Fund.

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I have found that there is a correlation between how much it cost new, to how much was spent on repairs.

Not sure I agree with this. I'm going on 14 years (bought a middle of the $$$$ DP at 6 months old) and other than one set of tires, 2nd set of batteries, LED TVs, and the refrigerator everything else is original. Yes, I've made some upgrades like AGM batteries, LED light bulbs and newer Sat dish...not a long list and not that much money. Granted I do my own repairs/maintenance/upgrades and do not buy into most of the things RVers think you have to do...oil change every year, new tires at 5-6 years.
Today there is no reason to buy a 6 month old DP, but back then quad slides were new...not any more. Now if you want to add in depreciation...$$$$$$$ or you can stay on the porch.


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billy1davis wrote:

And the correlation is??????? More spent on the new purchase means more was spent on Maint?

I think what he is saying is if you buy a quality coach over an entry level coach it should hold up better.
“you will also find in this forum that most of the folks that say that oil changes, etc. are not much more than a gasser, fess up that they do much of the maintenance work themselves.
bumpy”
This goes directly back to “How much work/maintence can you do verse taking to some one for every little thing” I do nearly all my own work/maintenance. Yes it is more expensive for a diesel but not that bad. You have a couple extra filters. My oil change/lube is Yearly or 15,000 miles. Gas coaches (depending on year /motor) yearly or? I have heard the new Ford’s are at 7500 miles?? I don’t know but if driven 15000 a year that would be 2 oil/filter changes to one.
The big difference is Where you have the work done if you can’t do it yourself. Some shops are up to $150.00 an hour shop time. I would look for a mobile repair service guy that has some references they are usually cheaper.
Billy1davis, if you are looking for a smooth ride for your wife, I would look at a nice older diesel and add air ride seat to the co piolets position.
Lots of good coaches out there
https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/used-rvs-for-sale/diesel-motorhomes/1997-newmar-mountain-aire_rv-36183
or this one
https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/used-rvs-for-sale/diesel-motorhomes/2003-monaco-diplomat_rv-37957
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We bought a 2001 Beaver DP 6 years ago and got a good deal on it.

Did it need work done, oh yes.

I do about 90% of my own work. I think over the 6 years I have spent roughly $12000 in replacement costs, ie: frig cooling unit, one roof a/c, generator repairs, 6 new tires, all new brakes, all new roof plastic covers, jack conversion from hyd to air, etc.

I took that into consideration when making my offer. We looked for over a year to get the best quality coach we could for the budget we had.

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Yes, the repairs on a DP are very high in part because it's a commercial vehicle. If the idea such things as a $4000 radiator repair scare you (like they do me) then this kind of rig may not be for you.


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I guess it depends if you know what end of a hammer to hold.
I guess this is how these threads disintegrate?
If you have something to contribute great and many of you have really helped but otherwise please don't bother!

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Specific information about actual cost over a specific time span really helps. That is great advice on not over spending and holding back some for the future is great. Also looking for the sweet deal ...all of this really helps. Thanks so much for you efforts and your help.

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I am debating whether to buy a MH or just build a house in the yuma or phoenix area. don't know which would be less a problem


Depends...if you build your house in Yuma then decide you like Phoenix better, you have to build another house. If you're in your RV in Yuma, you simply turn the key. Just sayin.... [emoticon]...Dennis


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