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Old 07-13-2018, 07:08 PM   #15
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My 9k motorhome is soon approaching the 15k mark.
The purchase price of any Airstream or Argosy motorhome is just the down payment...........be happy if you can stay below double over what you paid.....in other words $18,000 in repairs on your $9,000 purchase price.

It'll start to get expensive if you neglect the three major systems; fuel lines, (fire, total loss); water pump/ coolant/thermostat/radiator/hoses (overheated engine requiring at the very least head gaskets, or rebuild, $2,500 at the least to $14-$16,000); brakes (accident with irreplaceble damage to front end, leading to total loss).

Make sure you DOT your tires.......one blow out could cause $3-6,000+ in damage to wheel wells and aluminum bodywork surrounding the tire.

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PS I just did almost $7,000 CAN on repairs on a $1,000.00 US purchased 1975 Argosy.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:59 PM   #16
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Ouch! We are planning on taking it out in 2 weeks. No clue maintenance on these beasts was so high.
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:08 AM   #17
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Ouch! We are planning on taking it out in 2 weeks. No clue maintenance on these beasts was so high.
It's not necessarily the maintenance that is so high, it's all the work that needs to be done because previous owners didn't do their part to keep it in good running condition. Motorhomes tend to get neglected especially if they only get used once or twice a year.

Once you have it in good shape maintaining that condition isn't near as bad. It's getting there that's expensive!

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It's not necessarily the maintenance that is so high, it's all the work that needs to be done because previous owners didn't do their part to keep it in good running condition. Motorhomes tend to get neglected especially if they only get used once or twice a year.

Once you have it in good shape maintaining that condition isn't near as bad. It's getting there that's expensive!

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Especially if they haven't moved in 10 years........My Argosy hadn't moved in 15 years.

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Robrings    OuchWe are planning on taking it out in 2 weeksNo clue maintenance on these beasts was so high
As I alluded too......Maintenance isn't the expensive part, parts are actually quite cheap for these old beasts, but REPAIRS are very expensive.

We've had forums members buy old Classic/Argosy motorhomes that have gone off driving them without changing anything, only to be towed back to the shop time and time again to have very expensive repairs done that could have been prevented with maintenance.

Oh, and even if you put almost $7,000 in preventative maintenance into your 30+ year old motorhome, it doesn't guarantee nothing will go wrong; (I still had issues getting Gale home), but I knew it wasn't going to be major, just PITA stuff.

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Old 07-14-2018, 06:25 AM   #19
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OH, don't forget ball joints! You'll want to talk to Mayco about that one.

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PS We're not trying to scare you off having a Classic motorhome; on the contrary, we're trying to have you succeed and enjoy your purchase.
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I think cooling system critical otherwise you might face very expensive engine and gearbox repairs
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Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm, yes. ball joints
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Old 07-14-2018, 04:28 PM   #23
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My mechanic is going over everything right now. I only drove it 9 miles home. I've had ball joints go out on me before. Not fun.
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Theres more to that ball joint story.....as to the actual cause for the failure. Just saying, Regards, Bob
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Why does Tap keep popping up in my head when were talking about this negative stuff ????
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Well, my mechanic got the wrong brake parts in twice. Apparently my airstream is a P30 utility with 4 wheel disc so they sent him 10 lug front rotors instead of the 5 lug it has. He can't believe how clean the frame is. Says the front suspension is rock solid. All the rubber lines including fuel are in great shape. He says If i want the fuel lines changed he will do it but it were himself he wouldn't. It is going to have to go back at a later date for exhaust manifold gaskets as the rear bolts are broken off. Said it has been getting huge attention from other customers. Says I'll be like a celebrity driving it on the open roads.
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Well, my mechanic got the wrong brake parts in twice. Apparently my airstream is a P30 utility with 4 wheel disc so they sent him 10 lug front rotors instead of the 5 lug it has. He can't believe how clean the frame is. Says the front suspension is rock solid. All the rubber lines including fuel are in great shape. He says If i want the fuel lines changed he will do it but it were himself he wouldn't. It is going to have to go back at a later date for exhaust manifold gaskets as the rear bolts are broken off. Said it has been getting huge attention from other customers. Says I'll be like a celebrity driving it on the open roads.
If your mechanic says the fuel line is rated 30R7 then you're good to go. If it's not then for the money I'd replace it in a heart beat. Over the last year or two there have been several Classics burn up due to fuel line issues.
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Old 07-18-2018, 05:03 PM   #28
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So what do you other Airstream Motorhome owners thing the one I bought is worth? The only other one I see for sale in the US is 65,000. That seems pretty high.
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