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Old 04-18-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Help - Used Motorhome Purchased Needs $10,000 Worth of Repair

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?

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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?

Jill
Just had brake rotors turned and new pads put on for $165. Fluid does not need to be flushed. He is feeding you a line of BS. Get it out of there.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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Ford dealer is most likely up selling you.


Was there any brake problems ? Pull left or right when hitting brake pedal ?
What did they "say" was wrong with the calipers ? Hoses ?
Brake fluid admittedly should be flushed per the owners manual but it isn't "that" critical.


What is the issue with the roof ? "did they say"

Not sure what "a/c" service is as I had a rooftop a/c on my truck bed camper that was 15 years old and never had the cover off it.

The converter either works or it doesn't for the most part.
Was your battery going dead ?

Lots of questions lol

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #4
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Herk also told you to repair not replace the roof since it wasn't torn. He suggested eternabond tape. Herk also told you the converter did not need to be replaced after he had you test it and it works. Herk also suggested doing the clean out of your A/C yourself, since that still worked you stated. The bottom line I got from your first thread about this and with OCs observation is that the place may be a scam. Have you looked into the other suggestions? Taken it elsewhere?
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If interested I have some everseal tape same as "eternabond" and cheaper for sale if interested .

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At the point of sounding flippiant...

Learn to do the work yourself.

$1100 for calipers and hoses? Sheesh! Calipers from autzone list at about $40 each. Lines are $20. Add $20 for fluid and sundries and you are looking at $140 for the whole thing. And I call BS on 'flushing the brakes" I have had plenty of WAAAAAYYY older vehicles and I never 'flush' the brake lines. Might have to bleed them, but not 'flush' them just for the hell of it. I have no idea what other test would be required.

New roof? Maybe. New A/C on a 13 year old camper? Doubt it. Maybe a cleaning and refrigerant recharge. Possibly the fan motor is bad. But unless it was ripped off by a low branch, I highly doubt there is enough wrong to warrant a complete replacement of the roof A/C.

Never trust the word of anyone who tells you of a problem if they are expecting to be paid to rectify the problem. i'm sure there are some honest mechanics out there, but they are few and far between. For all you know the ford mechanic really dreads working on your motorhome, so they inflated the estimate hoping you go away. I have seen that done more than once.

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:30 AM   #7
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Flippant is okay, but my husband is disabled and while he knows how to do the work and has done this type of work many times in the past, he can't do it now.
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Bodz, I understand and thanks for the reprimand. I am asking about the overall situation. I called the place where we purchased this from and spoke to the General Manager. He listened to the problems and said he would call me back later.

We are going to bring the coach to another dealer for the brakes as we know that is a real problem and not made up like some of the others.

We'll keep a roll of tape in the coach as well.

There was a recall on the refrigerator a few years ago that was never done and we had that work done. My concern is that if that wasn't done, obviously the prior owners did not take care of the coach as we were told, what else is wrong if they neglected the recall of the fridge?
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It would be easier to sort through if you kept one thread. Your nearly identical one with all the suggestions is "Used Camper Issues" posted recently. Good luck! I would follow the cost-effective advice from both posts here and take it elsewhere, perhaps with these suggestions in print.
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Tonk Mom I admire your grit! Hang in there girl! Bless you and your DH!
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