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Old 11-16-2015, 10:11 PM   #15
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Unfortunately, 25 years ago someone did something "insanely stupid" while filling a propane tank in an RV that I had rented. The RV burned to the ground.
Dare I say it? Yeah, I guess I dare. "Once burned, twice shy."
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:54 AM   #16
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RV fires can also be stated by electrical shorts. Then there is the greater risk of just driving on the road. Life has risks, but don't let that stop you from traveling and having fun doing it. I see plenty of people traveling in RVs well into their 70s and 80s. That's my plan.


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Old 11-17-2015, 12:42 PM   #17
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If you can afford it, do it. There will be time to sit and remember when you are unable to travel. Much better than sitting and wondering what it would have been like.
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:16 PM   #18
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Airstream makes very nice Class Bs, but I am not aware of a rental program for an Airstream Class B.

Advanced RV near Cleveland, OH offers a rental program for people to try out their very nice Class B coaches. Their units normally only have diesel and solar (no propane) as energy sources. Each coach they build is for the customer that buys it, with every one being custom.

Whatever rig you like, renting would provide an opportunity to try out the lifestyle.
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:59 PM   #19
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The B sounds like your answer. Go have fun!
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:49 PM   #20
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I was 68 when I started with an old Class A and am now on my second Airstream 30 ft. Classic. I was very unsure about getting in to all of this, but now 5 years latter I love it. It does take a while to learn the "basics" and just get used to it all. The freedom to pull into a beautiful camp site and get out ones chairs and relax is so great. We like to wake up in the morning and just look up from our bed and see trees, it gives us a thrill. Bondocking in some place on the spur of the moment. I am even getting so I like doing the little chores.
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Thanks for your input. I'm concerned less with whether I would enjoy the RV experience than I am with the reliability of these RVs. Granted that I'm still working through the issue of propane safety and I appreciate your comments on that subject; If you own or have had experience with either the Roadtrek with Etrek option, the Etrek or the Airstream Interstate, please share with me any reliability issues you've had on major systems. Much appreciated.
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If you own or have had experience with <snipped> the Airstream Interstate, please share with me any reliability issues you've had on major systems. Much appreciated.
* Water heater thermostat was defective when the van was purchased, warranty repair by Airstream dealer.
* Starter went out, replaced by MB dealer, after warranty expired. It was parked at home at the time, not on the road. Turns out a rat had gnawed on the wiring harness and shorted it out.
* House batteries drained stony dead, twice. First time my fault before I learned what had to be shut off for storage; second time was dealer's fault when it was in the shop for routine service and I couldn't pick it up right away due to my work schedule. Service techs didn't shut everything off after they were done checking it outó which wouldn't have been a problem if I had been able to pick it up right away instead of waiting almost a week. Still using those same batteries, by the way.
* Generator's voltage regulator fried itself, replaced by Onan dealer under warranty.
No other problems worth mentioning in almost four years of ownership and use. Only minor issues that did not impair safety or functionality and were not critical to have repaired right away. Such as the bathroom vent fan motor completely clogged by a dust storm in New Mexico, replaced over a month later by my Airstream dealer. Which is not a problem worth mentioning even though I did mention it.

My Interstate is a 2012 model, built on a 2011 Sprinter 3500 van. Fewer bells and whistles than newer modelsó no automatic-retracting awning or power blinds, for instance, neither of which I've had any occasion to wish I had.
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So I gather from your posts, that some malfunctions are to be expected at the starting gate. My Airstream dealer is 2 hours away. If I go forward, it sounds like I'd better be prepared to make multiple trips to the dealer.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:27 PM   #24
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So I gather from your posts, that some malfunctions are to be expected at the starting gate. My Airstream dealer is 2 hours away. If I go forward, it sounds like I'd better be prepared to make multiple trips to the dealer.
If everything was perfect straight from the dealer, we wouldn't need warranties. So yes, be prepared to make a trip or two to the dealer. And on your first few outings, make up a punch list of anything and everything that doesn't work right, so you can get it all fixed in one trip. Hopefully that list will be short.

And bear in mind that you may need a trip to a Mercedes Benz Sprinter dealer instead ofó or as well asó to the Airstream dealer. Not all MB dealers handle Sprinters, so check around and see which dealers in your area handle Sprinter vans.
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Thanks very much, Protaganist, for your multiple posts. You've been very helpful
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:59 AM   #26
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My two cents - if you DO get a Class B, get a newer one and then re-sell it before it gets too old, thus side-stepping the whole maintenance and repair issue (hopefully).

The thing you have to remember as a self-described non-handy person is that, at least in our area (southeast Texas), only fairly wealthy people can afford RV repair services, which are a consistent $120 per hour for labor. If you are a person of average means and you buy one of these things and are then forced onto the labor treadmill by undiscovered problems, you are finished financially - you'll just have to re-sell your Class B and wash your hands of the whole idea.

My husband and I bought a 2007 Airstream Interstate about 14 months ago. It had only 26,000 miles on it and had been so lightly used that many of the original stickers were still in place, including in the shower which had never been used. We paid a so-called RV inspector to evaluate it prior to purchase, and he found no problems. That inspection proved to be a total waste of money and within the first few weeks, we had to DIY a complete replacement of the gray water system (due to a design flaw, the tank had broken free of all three plumbing lines), repair a line break in the black water system, and also replace the electrical converter and the Lifeline battery that the original converter had ruined. We also have had to DIY a dead refrigerator replacement and do other non-elective jobs that I won't go into here.

We have also discovered several other major problems, some of which I haven't Forum-posted about yet because I first need to research the path forward in order for the stories to make any coherent sense.

Moral of the story is that, in the absence of considerable wealth, only someone with interest and skills in DIY would have been able to financially afford to do what my husband and I have done in the first year of ownership, because we did the labor ourselves (to date). My husband is a mechanical engineer by training and I'm a DIY enthusiast - I like to get away from my computer-based desk job and work with my hands when possible, so I was willing to learn how to fix an RV that proved to have many issues. I'm also physically fit in my 50's, as (among other things) I practice yoga which gives me the strength and flexibility to work both on top of the vehicle and under the chassis. Most owners can't claim that.

I don't know how the Interstate would stack up against other models such as Roadtrek - I don't know if they would be likely to have fewer problems or more problems. This is the only Class B we have owned to date.
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Thanks for sharing your experiences and sharing your insight, Interblog. While it's understandable that an older RV would need repairs, it's unacceptable to me that someone spending $100000+ for a brand new RV should have to deal with malfunctioning systems straight out of the factory. At those prices, I'm not interested in beta testing new technology for an RV manufacturer. Clearly, there are design issues and/or quality control issues that are not being addressed satisfactorily which places compromised RVs in the hands of consumers. I'm prepared to spend $120/hr to fix items that need repair 5 years from now, but I'm not prepared to acquire a brand new RV with unresolved design issues,failed systems, and poor quality control. Let me know what you think.
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Old 11-18-2015, 11:03 AM   #28
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Well, you have expressed enough self-doubt that I would strongly advise you to avoid RV ownership. These are hand-built vehicles, nary a robot in sight on the production line. There are few, if any, units that will drive off the lot and have no issues. Nature of the beast.

Personally, if I were to buy a new unit (either Class B or towable), I would pick it up at the dealer and then spend the next week camping and moving within a hundred miles or so. Then drop it back off with my "punch list". Of course, I am retired so have the luxury of time...

Mine is almost 30 years old and meticulously maintained. But, I bounce it down the road about 8000 miles a year, I park it outside in Florida, I live in it half the year so I probably do maintenance, either preventative or restorative, at least twice a month. None of it is rocket science and while occasionally tedious, it is seldom strenuous and sometimes even fun.

Clearly, you are not going to be happy with ownership. $100,000.00 will buy a lot of nights at the Holiday Inn Express and you get free breakfast!

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