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Pat AKA mustski

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It becomes a relatively inexpensive way to travel when you hit the road for longer periods of time. We prefer a motorhome for that reason. The driving is much more comfortable and I can get up and make lunch while Bob drives. We do like to go for 4-5 weeks at a time. Sometimes we boondock and sometimes we stay at state parks. Only occasionally do we use "RV resorts" because the prices are so high. Ski season is the exception because RV resorts are often the only game in town during early spring. We bought a gently used rig 16 years ago and have definitely got our money's worth out of it. Now we are deciding whether or not to buy a diesel pusher bus for longer trips. Again, we will buy used and Bob is a mechanic so we don't worry too much about maintenance costs. If you have the time to travel and like to road trip, I highly recommend it.
 
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I think I am getting this thing nailed down. Last weekend I was able to pull in, level, stabilize, put the slide and awning out, out door stove and grill, tables and mat down in about a half hour by myself. Showers are getting longer now that I have a better idea of the water I am using. Still havent used the black tank much.

It is rolling this weekend also. First time up on real highway so we will see where the gas mileage lands. The state hwys that are 2 and 4 lane on and off with lights and hills that I have run on so far equal just over 7 MPG. I am curious where it will be on a longer rolling road where the speed will be pretty stable. Hoping for 9. Going to be a little lighter also.
 

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I think I am getting this thing nailed down. Last weekend I was able to pull in, level, stabilize, put the slide and awning out, out door stove and grill, tables and mat down in about a half hour by myself. Showers are getting longer now that I have a better idea of the water I am using. Still havent used the black tank much.

It is rolling this weekend also. First time up on real highway so we will see where the gas mileage lands. The state hwys that are 2 and 4 lane on and off with lights and hills that I have run on so far equal just over 7 MPG. I am curious where it will be on a longer rolling road where the speed will be pretty stable. Hoping for 9. Going to be a little lighter also.
How about repairs? I have close friends who have gone through 5 RVs in as many years. Each of these vehicles has presentsed them with major repairs each time they set off, thus their decisions to trade in and get something different. My impression of RVs in general for this reason is that they break down all the time; refrigerator, hvac, water, electrical system, tires, you name it.

Does your have major things breaking all the time?
 
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Varmintmist

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How about repairs? I have close friends who have gone through 5 RVs in as many years. Each of these vehicles has presentsed them with major repairs each time they set off, thus their decisions to trade in and get something different. My impression of RVs in general for this reason is that they break down all the time; refrigerator, hvac, water, electrical system, tires, you name it.

Does your have major things breaking all the time?
Nope. There are a couple things that it needs to go back to the dealer on. The antenna booster doesnt go off, the bathroom door latch pulled out, and one of the plastic rivets popped in the shower. Thats it. I did some research on models that are rated better and worse. Forest River, in the higher end units, is rated real well. I didnt get the top of the line, but it wasnt the Chevette on the showroom floor. My shooting season ends late Oct, so after that I will make an appt to take her in. I did get the warranty to cover the ac and fridge and such over and above the manufactures year warrenty, so I should be covered if something happens. I am also following the directions and not trying to run my AC on a 2000w gen or a 15 amp 120vac house current. I dont overload. It is run level with the right pressure in the tires.. so far so good.
 

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How about repairs? I have close friends who have gone through 5 RVs in as many years. Each of these vehicles has presentsed them with major repairs each time they set off, thus their decisions to trade in and get something different. My impression of RVs in general for this reason is that they break down all the time; refrigerator, hvac, water, electrical system, tires, you name it.

Does your have major things breaking all the time?
Our first one only had a couple of minor issues in the 2.5 years we owned it and they were repaired quickly by the dealer. Our new fifth wheel suffered a major failure of the hydraulic leveling system the third time out. It took me 10 days to get it out of the campground after the manufacturer of the components sent a mobile tech to work on it and even then the dealer had it for several more weeks to fix it. Major warranty issues are a hassle and a long process. The RV manufacturer was telling me it shouldn't take more than a few days for approvals and parts but the dealer was telling me 4-6 after having it 3 weeks already. I went to retrieve it so I could use it because was at least usuable when I dropped it off but when I did the part had failed again. I made a big enough scene in the middle of the service department that they pulled parts off another new unit to get it fixed and it back to me in 36 hours. I felt bad about being so hard on the service writer but his communication was poor making a bad situation worse. Besides when you drop $50K on something you shouldn't be expected to be without it for half of the usable season and for that to be considered normal.
 

Cameron

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How about repairs? I have close friends who have gone through 5 RVs in as many years. Each of these vehicles has presentsed them with major repairs each time they set off, thus their decisions to trade in and get something different. My impression of RVs in general for this reason is that they break down all the time; refrigerator, hvac, water, electrical system, tires, you name it.

Does your have major things breaking all the time?
Our first one only had a couple of minor issues in the 2.5 years we owned it and they were repaired quickly by the dealer. Our new fifth wheel suffered a major failure of the hydraulic leveling system the third time out. It took me 10 days to get it out of the campground after the manufacturer of the components sent a mobile tech to work on it and even then the dealer had it for several more weeks to fix it. Major warranty issues are a hassle and a long process. The RV manufacturer was telling me it shouldn't take more than a few days for approvals and parts but the dealer was telling me 4-6 after having it 3 weeks already. I went to retrieve it so I could use it because was at least usuable when I dropped it off but when I did the part had failed again. I made a big enough scene in the middle of the service department that they pulled parts off another new unit to get it fixed and it back to me in 36 hours. I felt bad about being so hard on the service writer but his communication was poor making a bad situation worse. Besides when you drop $50K on something you shouldn't be expected to be without it for half of the usable season and for that to be considered normal.
 

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