Well...truth is you never know what's going to go wrong. You could send it
to the junkyard and get one 10 years newer and end up putting $1500 into it
and still not have one as nice as what you've got now. I guess motorhomes
could be a bit different, but it seems like travel trailers after a certain
point cease to lose value (as long as they are kept in good condition and
not rotting out, etc). At least that's been my observation with those in
the 18-20ft range or so.
You might want to spend a day or 2 shopping around to see what is out there
that you would like that might replace it...then based on the cost of
another unit, decide whether to junk or replace it...
Behalf Of awolkoff
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 5:39 PM
Subject: [classicrv] Should we fix this classic? Or? HELP!
We purchased our 1973 Grumman MH in 2004. This is one of the few
Grummans with an International frame and motor. Since that time it
has traveled many miles, from Arizona to Vermont to places in
Yesterday while on the way home from a trip, the right rear brake
seemed to "lock up." I was very close to home and so was able to
limp the coach there. Thanks to FMCA Road Service, the coach was
towed to my trusty mechanic, Thomas Motors in Lino Lakes, MN.
The mechanic has now inspected the coach and called with a list of
particulars. In summary, the lining of the right brake broke away
from the the shoe. A piece of this is what caught and lalmost
completely locked up the rear wheel. Due to the heat generated by
the locked wheel, all of the rubber parts melted.
The mechanic (who is very trustworthy/honest/qualified to work on
these old coaches) relates that the entire rear brake system is
obsolete and there are no parts available for it off the shelf. He
can get the shoes relined. He can also get the wheel cylinders
rebuilt on a custom basis (same process as for a street rod). The
return springs were adversely affected by the heat and have lost
their "spring." He thinks he can get these back to snuff. He also
estimates that a good bit of brake line may need to be replaced due
to age/rust etc. Bottom line for these repairs: approximately
$1,000 to $1,500.
Otherwise the coach is in pretty solid condition. The body is all
aluminum and is solid. The front and end caps as well as the roof
are fibreglass. These are also solid but show some
weathering/hazing/"crazing." The stove/oven and fridge are original
and work. The generator is an Onan with about 200 hours on it--also
works well. The heater works. The A/C unit is one year old and of
course is fine. It also has newer shocks, starter and batteries.
Should we bite the bullet and make this repair? Or is this the
start of the beginning of the end for major mechanical systems? Is
it time for the Grummy to go to pasture? Help--we're too
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