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Old 04-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #31
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Not sure what was meant here but it seems like I have irritated you in some way. If I made a comment that was none of my business than I missed how forums work.
Not in the least, I was just addressing Jill in the exorbitant cost of the brake estimate and the needless item of flushing as it was an added cost.

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Thanks, bodz. What is CGs?

My attorney actually suggested we do this as to not throw good money after bad. We tried for a modification, but those are few and far between and end up better for the bank anyway. One of the factors is that the homes here went down so low (one of the worst hit areas) and people who normally could not afford to buy, bought in this little development so we are not living in a very desireable neighborhood. Most don't speak English, but that is not what is the worst part, they live many in a unit, let their kids run in the street and play let's see if we can get hit by the car, there are drug dealers and prostitutes living in here. Homes used to be $350,000 plus and then for a while sold for less than $100,000, so you will get a different class of people. I still owed $200,000 on my townhouse and could not justify paying that when I had already paid $200,000 on the unit (down payment plus interest for five years). Not to mention the upgrades we did after we moved in. It was a very, very hard decision and I didn't sleep well for months until I got used to it. I'm the type of person that doesn't buy something if I can't pay for it up front, which I now see is stupid since I lost my savings and people who were irresponsible and put down nothing to minimal and lived among their means, lost nothing when they walked away. The bank won't budge on a modification, so short sale or even foreclosure, I just don't care anymore. No compassion. But, with our age and with jobs so scarce, you have to make a decision to continue with your obligation and overpay/run out of money or do what is best for your survival and have money in your pocket. I lost my job two years ago and no one was hiring. It happens.

I also realized that most of the money I put into the RV with the exception of a new toilet, bed, faucets, tvs,I would have put into a new one anyway as they weren't for repairs, just stuff, like the fire pit, BBQ, things I thought I would need if I stayed in it 6 months.

So, we will bring the RV to the other mechanic tomorrow and it the price is not horrible, we will let him do it, otherwise my husband will do it. He knows how, he just thinks he might not be up to it.
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This may or may not be helpful...but I'll toss it out there anyway.

It sounds like you guys bought a "starter" RV because, considering your financial situation last year when you were shopping, that was what you could afford. Fair enough. But being new to the "lifestyle" (and BTW, I thought that term was reserved for another, uhh, recreational pursuit unrelated to camping,) you have to realize that you either need to be able to do stuff yourself or be prepared to throw money at the RV for everything. Now it does sound like you maybe have a better mechanic than the first rip-off shop, and he may well get you on down the road for a reasonable amount of $, but consider this: that '98 RV is going to continue to nickel and dime you, possibly to financial ruin, if you aren't able to do work on it yourself long-term.

If you're in a better place financially now, I'd suggest taking the bath on it and trading it for something that's newer, in better shape, etc. Otherwise, you're going to be resurrecting this thread in 6 months with a new set of problems that need to be fixed, and you might be out on the road in the middle of nowhere when it happens. If you could do the work yourself, it wouldn't be such a big deal. But you need to consider what is your time worth, and what is the aggravation worth when you're on the road and having issues and can't fix stuff yourself. You might lose $ on the transaction, but I'd be looking for something newer and more reliable. It will be worth whatever you lose to gain the peace of mind of having a reliable unit under you. Good luck either way!
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Thank you for those kind words and it is a very good suggestion.
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Personally, I would do something similar to the above poster, but everyone knows best what is right for them.

I would work on stability. I would sell the RV and buy a mobile home in a nice senior park (50+), pay the lot fee, have a more durable home in a community where you can keep established doctors, etc. Maybe in FLA mobile homes are expensive. But not everywhere. I've seen them even for free on Craigslist. They would need some fixing, but you'll have cash from your RV sale. And, any RV will need more repairs and maintenance.
They are just not made as durable as a real mobile home. CG fees and gas will be an expense more than a mobile home lot rent. Make it close to stores so having a car is not such a big deal. Start small. Be stable. Work on your e-business. That's my true advice.
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Wow ~ looks like you've got your hands full. I confess, I did not read the entire post; having said that, I would start with safety issues and find the most reasonable, reputable dealer possible.

Wishing you the best!
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Here's an example of a very affordable, but nice mobile home for only $3k.
Located in Rochester Hills, MI. Trust me when I say that Rochester Hills, MI is a very nice community! I just checked my local craigslist to provide examples.

350 Tourangeau - Mobile/Manufactured Home For Only $2,999!.
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We have been looking to buy a mobile home, but the prices have been rising and the lots fees are outrageous. We seen $75,000 home price with $1,000 lot fee and we have seen $135,000 with $600 lot fees, so we are trying to find foreclosures or short sales, but the problem with that is the mobile home dealers are really mobile home investors and snatch up all the low priced homes and flip. We are looking in LA as I am very home sick and need to go home. Prices there were good for a while and I did not act fast enough and we are really priced out of anything. The regular homes were really good prices and I couldn't get a realtor to help me in my price range as they didn't want to do the work and not make a huge commission and then the investors came along and purchased in bulk. It is a different time, people with money are desperate to get as much as they can even if it means putting others out on the street, so they can die with more money than anyone. I think it is like a contest now.
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Thanks, bodz, but I have no desire to live in Michigan and that home is teeny tiny. I need the warmth all year round and my friends are in LA.
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