Monday, September 24, 2018
Our next motor home
If you have a car that is valued at $2000 and the engine blows
Road service tows it. You bum a ride home.
Two hours later you get the call. You hear, " I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that engine is beyond repair, I can put a used engine in the car for $1400 or a new one for $1900!"
Everything is silent.
"Are you still there?" asks the caller.
"Oh yeah, yeah. I am just trying to digest what you just said. Can I call you back in the morning?"
"Of course, I will be here."
Now you sit down and try to make some logical sense out of the situation. What to do?
So that is much the situation on our Motor home. Our coach sold for $130,000 in 2000. When we saw it the owner was asking $80,000 +/- , we offered $60,000 and got it. The motor home is like your car, it loses value every year. I checked the NADA value of our coach a few weeks ago and it has a big swing value Low is $18,000 the High is $30,000.
Now for our situation. We received the bad news. A valve broke off in #3 cylinder. If fell into the chamber and did a lot of damage. The least required will be pull and rebuild the head. Then replace the sleeve and piston.
Now with the 'wonder' of the internet I found the good and bad things. Similar engine repairs varies from the least of $8,000 and the most of $32,000. I thought I could get a new engine for much less than the max.
Options... Pay the cost and enjoy the coach for a few more years,.
................Tow the coach to our back yard where it has been sitting and leave it for an extra bedroom (or my dog house, LOL)
................Tow it home, and slowly do the repairs myself (that would be a hard sell to my sweetheart who thinks I am too old to do anything. BUT I like this idea best of all. I could hire mechanics to help and young backs for the heavy work, I like it the more I think of it!
................Give the coach away to a friend who is a diesel mechanic and he could have a good coach for labor and parts.
All this is speculation, but I like to have a backup plan. The breaking point is right at $12,000 and we would not have to 'knock off a liquor store' as Rick would put it. LOL
Paula would suggest making a big planter out of it. she did that once with hubby Mel's old well digging rig.
I am open to suggestions. Mike the supervisor at Cummins is supposed to call in the morrow with the real estimate.
Life is still good, but every good road seems to have a pot hole or two. It will all work out. It is what it is so we will deal with it.
Or maybe this is our next motor home: