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Old 07-28-2012, 09:52 AM   #15
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Wish we could do it ourselves. If you have the time, talent & knowledge to do all the work on your MH, you are very lucky.
We read the forums for all the good diagnostic help we get here. Then when we have to take it to be serviced, we don't seem quite so clueless.
BTW, we completed (all by ourselves) 2 items from 92's list. Cleaned all the carpets & replaced the 2 analog televisions with 2 HD sets...

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Old 07-28-2012, 11:17 AM   #16
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Thumbs up Repairs

I have built up a long block 454 (heads and crank already installed) cleaned up and painted engine bay insulated bay installed engine hedders wrapped hedders and installed 700R4 OD tranny re plumbed coach installed fridge sink repair faucets wiper motors rear brakes had the drums turned at carquest new front brakes and rotate my own tires had the drive shaft shortened and balanced at a local transmission shop all the rest I did by myself. lot's of work but if I had payed to have it all done would have been more than I paid for the coach and like the others here I trust my own work more than someone I could pay. I like camping in it more than working on it though.

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Old 07-28-2012, 01:55 PM   #17
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Most of the modifications, upgrades and repairs, on our MH have been done by me and wanting to have things done right - I am particular enough to know my limitations. I'm not one that has to say, I've done all the work myself.Still like many have expressed, I feel the work I've done is at least equal if not better than the work that would have been done if I had paid for it. But I think most of us are in a similar situation, it would be difficult to afford a MH if you're not able to maintain some of it on your own.
gloran - 1993 LY MH 33' - Banks System, Steer Safe, IPD front stabilizer, Super Steer - Bell Cranks, Motion Control, Coil
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:21 PM   #18
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I have used mechanics for tires, a/c, transmission.
Depend on my reading skills to gain enough knowledge to do the rest, started with books, progressed to google, and now with an AS this forum.
When I took the AS in for refrigerator recall work, local shop had a sign quoting 99/hr and will not use anything but their parts, I can afford to spend the time researching problem and solution at those rates.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:45 PM   #19
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I guess it is safe to say: Do what you're comfortable doing and what time permits. Seek professional help if you have the money but not the time. Learn what you're willing to learn and have the time to spend. For me, working on my project is something I still enjoy but I will quite if it becomes a burden! Happy trails...
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:18 PM   #20
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I do all my own work on my 350LE. I did buy good Sam insurance in case of a flat tire. When I had a flat they told me it would be 3 hours before anyone could get to me so I changed the tire myself. Even when I pay to have someone fix my airstream I end up doing it myself. So I got that going for me. (Caddy shack)
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:17 AM   #21
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I had the $70K in change in my pocket but just couldn't find a new 68 Safari Twin. And I'm too proud to pay anyone (or admit) I'd pay good money for someone else to play with her. It is hard for me to confess that I can't fix something so I just go to this or some other forum and study it until I figure it out. This project is going to take a long time, but that's how it is with good relationships. And if I fail, well, I guess I can live with a little imperfection...I mean, after tearing this Airstream apart, I've found that she had a few birth defects to begin with.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:34 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by 92landyacht View Post
Just curious as to how many on these forums actually do their own wrenching and what systems they've worked on?............
Our motorhome is a very busy hobby. So far, I have done electrical work (added several light fixtures), cabinet work (added shelving in the wardrobe, added shelf next to bathroom cabinet, enlarged several drawers, changed hinges on DVD cabinet so that it opens upwards), completely re-upholstered entire coach, the list goes on and on.

I let someone else do the oil changes, etc. Don't have the equipment or facility to do that.

I also re sealed all the seams on the roof and re seated the front marker lights when we first picked it up five years ago.

It's a lot of work, but something I enjoy very much.

I am contemplating changing out my airbags after reading the blow by blow account from cesalie.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:00 AM   #23
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Those that know me and my thread will confirm that I will try to do anything and everything....

Rightly or wrongly, I was bought up and learned that "If a job is worth doing... Do it yourself!"
Whilst I am new to motorhomes, the last 2 years getting our 1984 345 up to spec has been a steep learning curve!

Having said that, there is nothing in it I have not done before, from engine and trans rebuilds to sheet metalwork and fiberglass.. Want to learn some basic trimming skills too... first on the list is to recover my worn steering wheel... $350 for a pro to do it... really???

My weakest skill is electrics... but I am learning..
Those of you that have older motorhomes, I suggest you buy 2 pieces of equipment, that I did... they will pay for themselves very quickly!
A Powerprobe 3 circuit tester..
It has about a 30' cord, and is awesome for the M/H.
PP319FTC Power Probe III ....?Powers up Components!?

And the ECT2000 short circuit tester, wire tracer..
ECT2000 Electronic Circuit Tester

If you shop well you would expect to pay about $100 each for them..
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:31 PM   #24
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I do pretty much everything myself. The last couple of items I had done by a "so called RV mechanic" were total screwed up messes! This stuff is all really straight forward if you do some homework first. I have installed a new water heater, fixed the fridge, fixed both roof air units, re-plumbed the coach with PEX, installed new shocks, installed new chassis brakes, installed new tag brakes, engine water pump, coach water pump, repaired hose and electric reels, installed new furnaces, etc, etc.
You can do it!

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