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What’s the biggest bill you’ve ever received for repair work on your RV?

Sometimes we ask poll questions that we fear will make us cringe. This is one of those questions. We REALLY don’t want anyone to click on any of the high number options below, but we know some of you will. As they say, “RVs ain’t cheap!” Actually, that’s what we say…

What’s the biggest bill you’ve ever received for any type of repair work done on your RV? Was it $1,000 or less? $5,000? $10,000? Dare we ask… $20,000?

After you vote, please tell us what repairs needed to be done for it to be the biggest bill you’ve ever received for repair work. Thanks!

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jillie
5 months ago

Camping World has always done the brake and et all inspection. This go round the string that forces the brakes if the unit separates from the unit which I cannot for the life of me how but had to be replaced. That was a big ow. Otherwise camper is ready for a go to Maine. Now I am talking myself out of this drive. Still recovering from another long drive.

Mark
5 months ago

Had to replace our A/C unit. While on the roof inspecting, they discovered a cracked frig vent, and holes in our rubberized roof cover. By the time they were done, the bill came in at just under $10,000!!

Jeff
5 months ago

New brakes , calipers, roters repack bearings brake lines front brakes only . I’m pretty handy and have done a lot of repairs myself .

Steven Noyes
5 months ago

I tell anyone that asks about getting into the “RV thing” that you have to either be handy or well off. If you aren’t handy enough to do your own maintenance then you better be well off so you are able to afford to pay someone else to do it.

jillie
5 months ago
Reply to  Steven Noyes

Or keep a savings account towards RV repair. We do.

Joe Brown
5 months ago

Greased up brakes from failed grease seals on my 2017 Grand Design Reflection. I could barely stop the thing and almost rear ended another vehicle I had both feet on the brake pedal and trailer brakes at maximum setting on truck and still barely stopped in time. Of course Grand Design denied any wrong doing so I had to get the problem fixed myself and pay for the repairs. A long list list of other problems with this piece of junk made me get rid of it and never even look at that brand again. Buyer beware can not be overstated.

Ken
5 months ago

Seven years ago we purchased a 12 year old Class A Ford chassis with 18000 miles on it. First trip -Mi to Fl- transmission went out. Replaced with factory rebuilt unit for $3,900.00. Did not have extended warrant but dealer we purchased from agreed to pickup half the cost which they did not have to do. That dealership is now a Camping World outlet. Would they have done that?

LHOUSTON
5 months ago

After a 3 month wait to get an appointment and a 5 month wait for the repairs I have spent $34,000 in repairs and big ticket maintenance items to my 2008 Winnebago Destination DP. Repairs included Replacing Hydraulic leveling jacks and controller, Replace 3 failed slide out locking mechanisms and related awning toppers, caulking and sealant, Norcold Fridge, Door latch, step motor, propane tank service, Engine and Generator Service, and a kitchen faucet. My out of pocket was about $13,000 for non covered maintenance and the excess labor rates….this was a time when an extended warranty plan actually helped !

Bob p
5 months ago

Broken serpentine belt, $357, my son is a school bus mechanic, he looked at the belt location and said the mechanic earned every $$ of that cost. Lol

Tim Slack
5 months ago

The largest repair bill I had to pay was $2200 a couple months ago for some brake work, replacing axle seals and a couple other things. The biggest I would have had to pay – but was (finally) covered by my extended warranty – was for an entire stabilizer system for our coach. The motherboard went out, and while the warranty said they’d pay for a new board, the Atwood installer asserted that a new model controller would NOT talk with the older-generation jack motors, and so would not fix the problem. The warranty people eventually caved, paid and saved me from paying $8000 for a new stabilizer system.

Wendy
5 months ago

Unfortunately right after we purchased our 2016 Newmar Dutch Star, we started leaking oil. We were hoping it was something minor but turns out the diesel engine was dusted and previous owners had only kept changing filters and never investigated further. The husband had passed away and so we purchased from the wife who had very little knowledge. Should’ve been a clue to us AND we made a fatal mistake thinking our bank loan inspection was an actual inspection AND we let the consultant selling it rush us! SO, a complete rebuild to the tune of 27,000 bucks to Cummins on a diesel with only 55,000 miles on it 4 months after we purchased. Oh, if I could go back in time….

Lee
5 months ago

Largest bill this year was $1800 but that was the 5 year service on of DP, not really counted as a repair. Our Tiffin has been very reliable since we purchased it new in 2016.

Vince Sadowski
5 months ago

Hydraulic motor that turns the fan for the side radiator seized and the shaft broke in two. Cummins replaced the fan, fan shroud, radiator, portioning valve, hydraulic motor and maybe something else I can’t remember. About $8000. Turbo and rear main seal replaced at Cummins $3000.
I now own a gas motorhome and am much happier. Way less maintenance and less expense, same fuel mileage, not as much torque.

Joe
5 months ago

We have a 2020 diesel pusher motorhome that we purchased in 2019 and for the most part has been trouble free (knock on wood). All of the issues that we have had were with the bolt on components and under warranty except for the last 2, such as switch to operate the front window shade, rear led brake light stopped working and a few of the LED’s in one of the fog lights are out. The build quality of the motorhome is good, It’s just the crappie components that are common to most if not all RV’s that suck. Everything that has gone bad is made in China or has major components that are made there! Luckily I can fix just about anything, it’s just hard to get at some of the issues.

Chuck Dunn
5 months ago

Two weeks before the warranty was up on our new (?) Class A we told the dealer about the roof on the RV leaking. They told us they could not get to it now and to call back and schedule it for repair. A few days later we noticed the roof had splits across it. Big cracks all the way, following the ridge of the supports. I finally talked the dealer to send someone to look at it. He came and looked and went back with the report that the roof had to be replaced. I called to schedule and found the warranty was 2 days past so I had to pay. I told them where they could put that and ended up replacing the roof with RV Armour, a lifetime roof which means the life of the RV. Over $5000 and if asked I will happily give you the name of the dealer. Both RV Armour and the Dealer.

Last edited 5 months ago by Chuck Dunn
Phil
5 months ago

About $600 for relatively new tires that started to have belt separations in the middle of a trip. It pays to have good credit and credit cards.

Paul
5 months ago

The bill, over $60,000, was the result of a collision and after the rebuild the coach has been as good as new. Insurance paid everything but the deductible and we continue to live and travel in the coach 5 years later.

Gary
5 months ago

All of the cross members on our 2013 Redwood had cracked or broken welds. We discovered this after our tail lights would quit working during every trip we made in 2017. It seems that the wires to the lights were always breaking. We asked our local technician if he could track down the problem. That’s when he discovered the issue with the cross members. Even though he felt it was a faulty welding job during the construction of the fifth wheel, we could not prove it and the trailer was out of warranty when we discovered the problem. So, after a $17,000 repair bill we were back on the road again. We have had only the occasional minor mechanical issues that all RVs have since then.

James Skellett
5 months ago

2004 Winnebago 40 ft with Cummins. Ended up having the power steering/hydraulic fan replaced after the dealer tore the engine down thinking it had a bad wrist pin. What should have been a less than 5000 repair became a nightmare. BTW my warranty company refused to pay.

Darla VanAlphen
5 months ago

We have a 22 year old Tropical by National and decided several years ago we wanted to invest into our coach because of it’s high quality and perfect floor plan for us. Last year we were hit by a tree branch and needed extensive roof repair. We put a Flex armor roof with a lifetime warranty and while we were at it replaced both 22 year old AC units and added soft starts. Just under $10,000 but much less expensive than new coach…which we can’t find one that we 😘 ve as much.

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