Originally Posted by Tonk Mom
Hi all. My husband and I purchased a 1998 Coachmen motorhome last year to use so that we could drive across the Country and have a place to live while looking for a permanent home since we are losing our home here.
We purchased an older unit because money was a huge concern because of losing our home and not showing anything of value on our record because banks will go after us for a deficiency.
We were told the coach was in good conditon and a great buy at $11,000 with 46,000 miles. We have kept it in a lot and are getting read to make the trip and brought it first to an RV dealer and then to a Ford dealer to check the motor and chasis.
The RV dealer told us we needed a new roof, A/C service and a new converter which is very costly at around $7,500.
The Ford service rep just called to tell me we need new Front brake calipers and Front brake hoses so that they can do some other test, which I forgot what he called it. He said it looks like the brakes had never been flushed. This alone will cost $1,100.
This $11,000 plus tax $12,000 RV will now be more expensive than had we purchased new. In addition we have already sunk about $4,000 in customizing (satellite, tv's new faucets, toilet and other stuff).
We don't have this kind of money to put into a 1998 RV.
Any thoughts, suggestions?
As I understand it - you used a couple terms that make me think you are in bankruptcy. You decided to buy an RV, but a cheap one, to try and avoid paying the deficiency in your bankruptcy. You then sunk 4K cash into it for necessities like satellite TV...
Now you have decided this is not such a great idea after all.
You have gotten a wealth a good advice to address your specific problems, which it sounds like you have mostly ignored.
Now you want "suggestions."
Perhaps a new orientation on what you have gotten yourself into is in order. For many people, the RV lifestyle is just that, a lifestyle. It is often not a means to en an end, in other words not something you do because you lost your house, but rather a choice made to engage in something that takes a bit more work, but has higher rewards. It is also a lifestyle that requires both practical knowledge and the physical ability to maintain and repair your RV. Or in the alternative, the money to hire others to do that for you.
It frankly does not sound you are cut out for the RV lifestyle. If the suggestions Herk posted either seem like to much work, or simply too complicated, you really need to evaluate your decisions.
Yes - from the little information you posted above, it sounds like some of the services you mentioned were being overbilled. Without sufficient technical knowledge to understand the items that need to be repaired or replaced, it is hard to know if you are being screwed.
Perhaps you should post your location and look for advice on a reputable shop in your area to contact from other members here. That is the most positive suggestion I can make.