What’s the biggest bill you’ve received for repair work?

By Chuck Woodbury

I was talking to someone the other day. He told me about someone he knew who had blown a piston in his diesel pusher motorhome. He showed me a photo. Oh, it was ugly! It was a big ol’ mess that would take $40,000 to fix. That, I’d say, is one monstrous “OUCH.”

I think the most I ever paid for a single repair on an RV was about $4,500 for a bunch of work on my 2008 Winnebago View. I can’t remember exactly what it was for. But I wasn’t a happy camper about having to part with all that cash.

What about you? What’s the biggest bill you’ve ever paid for a single repair job? 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The poll was not working until 6:40 a.m., Saturday, June 2, Pacific Time, when we fixed it. So the number of responses is lower than normal. If you were unable to respond then, feel free to do so now.




21 Thoughts to “What’s the biggest bill you’ve received for repair work?”

  1. Bee O'Neil

    10K for a new radiator, recore the after-cooler, new fan blade assembly, and new A/C compressor on a ’03 Beaver Monterey diesel pusher,

    This all stared with the retainer nut ($2.00?) separating from the A/C compressor shaft, allowing the clutch assembly to fall into the radiator fan blade assembly and sent the shattered fan blades into the radiator and after cooler.

    Two weeks at the Cummins dealer in Omaha, NE. Fortunately they had RV spaces available on site for our use at night. Great service at the dealer.

    Had extended warranty and towing which helped….but always read the fine print, ie., a failed covered part does not cover damaged non-covered parts…..like radiators or the labor for the repair of non-covered parts.

    Happy trails!

  2. Traveling Man

    Another question to ask….How long did it take to complete those repairs? Did you do them your self or hire at an RV Shop?

  3. Dan

    Close to $5,000 on a front slide over a span of 6 years on a 36’ rig bought brand new. We complained about it from the get go. Trips to factory, local repair shop, several road serivice calls to help push it back in. Finally a trip to manufacture for a total rebuild of the slide mechanism resulting in a $2,300 bill. Knowing this was going to be short time fix, traded it 2 months after the last repair for brand new 36’ travel travel for our winter residence and a used 24’ Phoenix Cruiser for our other adventures. Conclusion most dealers are not equiped, or have the knowledge to repair a slide other than just replacing a motor, same goes for FACTORY REPAIR CENTERS. Thankfully we live 250 miles from Elkhart or we would have quit a long time ago. For me the $ repairs was enough to quit RVing, but my wife was born to travel.

  4. Bill

    We had to have rubber roof and awning replaced after windstorm. Luckily insurance covered the majority of it !
    So we had a $8,500.00 bill, insurance paid all but $800.00.

  5. Don

    Funny reading this today. I am on my way home to New York from Florida. The transmission went on our class A and we had to leave it on our way home in March. The bill was over $7000 but thanks to my extended warranty I paid only $1400, I opted for a Ford rebuilt transmission instead of the replacement the warranty company wanted to put in, so that accounted for an extra $800.

    Two days on the road, almost home!

  6. mike

    5,000.00 to replace a couple pistons in my 05 national seabreeze lx

  7. Bob

    For those of us with diesel pushers and pull the maintenance as we should get pretty high annual bills. I was surprised as the number of things my five year old pusher needed last year but it rode and performed noticeably better. Of course that does not preclude something breaking.

  8. Robert Pulliam

    $429 to replace poly vee serpentine belt on our 16 year old class A gas motorhome. That didn’t include what Good Sam Roadside Assistance paid to have it towed to the repair facility on a roll back trailer. 15 years ago I would’ve done the work myself but at 75 I decided to just pay the money and bite the bullet.

  9. Mush Sheridan

    Over $20k for a backing issue at about 2 mph. Those fiberglass end caps cost a LOT to repair ????

  10. Gary

    $6,000 dollars to install a new EPDM ROOF on a five year old 31ft travel trailer, that was maintained and cleaned three times a year, along with other things breaking down nickel and dime in me to no end.

  11. Bob

    Have not had a repair bill in first three years owning Phoenix Cruiser 3100.

  12. George C

    $11,000 to replace a failed Aqua-Hot furnace, and that was doing the work myself. Also had to spend $5,500 for all new injectors in the Detroit Diesel at about 100,000 miles.

  13. Steve

    Spent $6000 for reman trans for our 08 Dodge 3500 tow vehicle after 250,000 heavy miles. Do my own work on RV. God bless YouTube videos.

  14. Phil Atterbery

    Same problem with survey. $27,500 to replace a Cummins 300 ISB engine & the radiator that was 40% plugged up. Scheduled maintenance wasn’t done. Engine got hot, sucked a valve, you can guess the rest.

  15. Deanna

    About $1100. That was right after I bought my 23 year old motorhome. I took it into my mechanic and asked him to do an oil change and check it over completely. He found only one issue but an alignment would be needed as well. The alignment cost more than the repair.

  16. David & Linda

    We paid about $9500 when we purchased our used Prevost Marathon for repairs/maintenance on the engine, transmission, and air-ride system. We had budgeted for this in our purchase price.

  17. Bob Godfrey

    Exhaust valve spring broke on our way to Alaska on our Cummins 350 turbo diesel ….. long story short $17000 for repairs in Jasper, Alberta, Canada. OUCH!

  18. John

    Poll don’t load. $5900 when a hit and run driver did it to my class A.

  19. Martin

    I couldn’t get it to load either. I’ve had bills in excess of $15,000.

  20. Ed

    Poll won’t load in Firefox, IE or Edge. $1500 was my largest and that was the day after we picked it up in Minnesota. Fan belt let loose and we were towed into a shop in Ashland Wi.

    1. Chuck Woodbury

      Ed, we had some problems. Fixed now. Sorry ‘about that.

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