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Old 07-11-2016, 03:57 AM   #1
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Annual maintenance budget?

My wife and I are looking to buy a 4150 and I was wondering what I should budget annually for maintenance.
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:39 AM   #2
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My wife and I are looking to buy a 4150 and I was wondering what I should budget annually for maintenance.
A lot depends on how handy you are? Can you repack your own bearings, rotate tires, and adjust brakes? If not, that's $300 or so. List goes on. Insurance on mine is $900, I have an extended warranty, so I'm limited to $100 on repairs per episode on mechanical failures. For regular upkeep, it's less than $200 on supplies for cleaning, sealant, and the like. Bottom line, if you have to run it in to a dealer or repair facility, it can be pricey. If you're a do it yourself kind of person, it's not bad. Stay tuned to this forum. There are four or five guys here that could build a unit from scratch here. You'll learn a lot, and they'll walk you through most anything you have to fix. Pull the trigger and buy! Crappy investment but a great lifestyle and a lot of fun.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:27 PM   #3
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What Rusry said.

I spend less than $200 a year on the routine maintenance supplies. I do all my own maintenance on the truck. I've got everything I need for the rolling parts, except for a set of grease seals for the axles in my garage. Also got everything I need for the house part of the rig, except for a tube of self leveling sealant for the roof.

I buy absolutely no over-priced dealer stuff, there is pretty much nothing (except for appliances) that isn't used in other applications in the day to day world.

My local auto parts store has a great selection of RV supplies, Walmart has an RV section. I have a building supply company that sells EPMD roofing supplies. The list gos on, if you shop around you'll probably find that you have access to many of the same products. The prices are generally 30-50% less than the stealership.

A camper is just a big old hole in the road that you pour money into, but you have control over how much of your hard earned cash you pour into it.
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:45 AM   #4
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Jim and Rusty, hit it on the head, I am one of those that rebuild Truck Campers and now finding more about my 5th wheel, One of the main things is to do that maintenance, you don't have to do it all at once, I start on the roof, because water is the main killer of RV's After Winter, I start Waxing in the front and after I work on it (43ft) it summer, out to camp, then by the start of winter its done......I take my time 2 to 3 hours here and there, that way you don't get burned out.....I just finished redoing a Truck Camper that had some body damage, after I took apart the side wall, I could see some water damage, from the outside you couldn't see it, I checked the roof, they had a small cut in the rubber roof from putting a storage Box on top, He told me the box was up there 2 years ago, He didn't check his roof every year!!
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