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Now I know why I buy a new car every five years.... bad enough changing from snow tires to summer tires.
The way I see it is repairs are way cheaper than car payments, higher insurance and taxes.

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I don't have the tools to do that anymore, I used to have a shop I could work in, but at 75 now, and hands that ache from tendinitis, I can't pick up a wrench w/o it hurting me anymore.

Yes, it cost me a whole month's Social Security check, but at least I know the job is done right.

And not owning a freon recovery system, makes it impossible to pressure up, find a leak, suck it back out.... I have to let it blow off to the air, then buy more of that expensive stuff.
Wish I knew you needed the equipment. I have everything you would need. I would have mailed it out to you.
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Wish I knew you needed the equipment. I have everything you would need. I would have mailed it out to you.
Appreciate that, but no shop to work inside of....
and those guys do it all the time, they could do it blind folded.


the shop owner wrote on the invoice, "compressor shelled out sending particles down the lines.

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The way I see it is repairs are way cheaper than car payments, higher insurance and taxes.
When I retired I budgeted $350 per mth for car payments, I dont buy the top end type car, usually the base model, accounting for increases in cost of living I manage to keep it within a few dollars.
I gave up scrabbling on the floor fixing shi$
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Funny this subject came up as I had compressor quit last Sunday on my M/H while returning from FL GWRRA rally and ordered new one from Spartan, $1100, and $950 for dryer, expansion valve, labor and other parts. Pick it up in AM in Eustis, Fl..


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Funny this subject came up as I had compressor quit last Sunday on my M/H while returning from FL GWRRA rally and ordered new one from Spartan, $1100, and $950 for dryer, expansion valve, labor and other parts. Pick it up in AM in Eustis, Fl..
$1100 just for the compressor?

Ouch!
they are only $350 on average, and that is what my repair shop charged me at his sales price.... I could have got it cheaper elsewhere if I wanted to do the work myself.

The Suburban is a lot easier to work on than a motorhome, but my bill came out at $1250 total parts & labor

yeah, all "those other parts" can add up a bunch, as they did on mine, half of the bill was "other parts"....

he was fair to me on the labor I thought....
I mentally checked a few parts prices weeks before I called him.... what I decided was that "if" the rear lines weren't bad, that the job would cost $950 total at a shop....

Well, he looked at the truck, called me and told me the job would be $935 total.....

then when he called to say it was repaired, he said "uh, the rear lines are leaking like a sponge, so we had to replace them.... the labor to remove the front grill, replace the drier, and both lines added another $300 bux

all in all, I still feel like he was good to me.

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