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Wife and I have been struggling this past year with our decisions going forward in our RVing adventures.  We have explored selling HDT and fiver and going to Motorhome from diesel pushers to those powered with a MDT, or buying new or newer 5er.  After much hand wringing we have decided we are really satisfied with our present setup.  Our conclusion is that our 2005 Mobile Suites has had very little problems, has a good substructure,  and with a small to moderate $$$ infusion could be made even better.  Here is a list of the improvements I feel need done: 1.  Need new a/c-heat pump in living area  2.  Convert current MorRyde IS to disk brakes and update to DirecLink controller.  3.  May need roof redone or coated (roof armor).  4.  Black tank sprayer/cleaner plugged and not usable. 5.  Wife wants dishwasher.

Now the questions.  Obviously MorRyde is best for hub/brake conversion.  Where would you go as a one stop shop for the other problems (looking for specific businesses to compare quality and costs)?  Do you think my cost estimates are close?  1. $1500-1700 installed. 2. $2500-3000 3. $6000-7000 4. $500-1200 if back tank needs replacing 5.  $1200. Total: ~$12-15,000.  Any real hand experience of costs with any of above?

Finally I realize these upgrades are not going to be recouped at trade-in or sale, but a new trailer would lose far more value in just a few years if purchased.

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I can't help you with the pricing but I have  few places to recommend for the rest of it. We have been very satisfied with D & R in Glendale AZ. They put you under an awning and have electric for you. We have also used West in Livingston, TX. Not sure if they have hookups for an overnight. Happy with their work also. Both places scheduled an appt and took us on time and went right to work. One thing to be aware of  is that not all places work on black tanks just like not all places work on propane.

If you decided on D&R make sure you look at a map. The GPS really messed us up. West is just north of  Escapee Hqs. Both are easy in and out.

I would not recommend MasterTech in Elkhart. They seem to blow hot and cold. We had work done by them, very happy, next time they wouldn't even acknowledge multiple emails.

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I highly recommend Kansas RV center in Chanute, Ks.

I had my gray and black tank valves repaired, they talked me out of using the electric setup I got, and I must say after 4 months of use full time they work just like they did when I left the factory, I also had them replace the return air grills to accept a cartrage filter, nice install, cleaned up after themselves, and it's a pleasure to replace the filters now.

You would have to hotel it or head home but still I am very impressed with the service work they performed.

Roger

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I would recommend Rolling Retreats in Elk City Oklahoma for the work you are considering.  They can do everything except the direct link controller.  They can do a new rubber roof, but I don't think they do the RV Armor style roof.  Slade and his team do top notch work (as good or better than the factory) and they do nothing but DRV's.  I can't say what the pricing would be, but send Slade an email to get an idea (or if you would like I can provide his cell phone number to you).  His email is listed on their website.  You can stay on their lot while work is being done.  They will move the trailer in and out of the shop each day.  You do need to schedule an appointment to have the work done (as I would expect would be true at any repair facility capable of this type of work).

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Carl,

Not sure if you've picked out the exact model of dishwasher you want, but if I presume you're looking at Fisher Paykel drawer models, know that there are two heights, and a couple of different control panel setups.  The "tall" models have a "T" in the part number, and I'm definitely glad I went that route.  If you go for the ones with the exposed controls (with the display visible when the drawer is closed), they have a locking feature that's kind of an Easter egg, in that it isn't in the normal owners' manual.  If you hold the lock button through 3 beeps, it will lock the drawer closed and keep it locked while power is off--just want you're after for travel.  (Fair warning though--it automatically unlocks when power is reapplied.  It means you never manually unlock, but may inadvertently unlock if you turn power on one last time...)

 

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Kansas RV Center X2.  Mike Mitchell, the owner, is one of the most honest fairest folks I know. They have done work for me in the past and if I had a major problem I couldn't fix myself I would drag from Arizona to Kansas to have them do the work.  After they closed Hitch Hiker they went into the renovation and repair business with the technicians that built the Hitch Hikers.

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Regarding the roof.....I had RV Armor coat our 37' fifth wheel (and the 4 slides @ $100 per slide) for a total of $4500 two years ago.  Its a lifetime warranty and no more caulking so no need to get on the roof anymore.  They will come to you to do the work and their warranty service is excellent.  They no longer coat slide roofs.  Your estimate of $6K to $7K is too high.

We have used Kansas RV Center (formerly NuWa) for all our service and upgrade work over the years and are pleased.  They have been selling DRV so are familiar with their service too.

We had the same dilemma a few years ago and also decided to upgrade our HitchHiker as it is a solid unit and we liked it.  We are very happy with that decision rather than getting a new RV.  Greg   

http://www.kansasrvcenter.com/blog/why-you-should-buy-your-next-rv-from-kansas-rv-center/

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Carl,  in Lagrange IN about 15 min from DRV in Howe is Interstate RV repairs. Paul and Kay Cross. 

Paul used to be at DRV in the early days as Service manager. 

They work on DRVs exclusively and also warranty auth. 

He does all the mods you are looking at.  Its where George had his 05 38RL3 redone. I forget George’s handle here but he had his truck built in TN by Pipe. You may remember all the posts and pics on the remodel  

One of the mods he does a lot of is the new style dining table/wall storage like in latest model units  

They do good work and are reasonable  

 

 

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4 minutes ago, billr said:

Carl,  in Lagrange IN about 15 min from DRV in Howe is Interstate RV repairs. Paul and Kay Cross. 

Paul used to be at DRV in the early days as Service manager. 

They work on DRVs exclusively and also warranty auth. 

He does all the mods you are looking at.  Its where George had his 05 38RL3 redone. I forget George’s handle here but he had his truck built in TN by Pipe. You may remember all the posts and pics on the remodel  

One of the mods he does a lot of is the new style dining table/wall storage like in latest model units  

They do good work and are reasonable  

 

 

Bill,

Paul had modified our unit prior to us buying it used.  He does good work.

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Carl her name escapes me but remember 'Quin the eskimo '?  his wife gave some of us a tour through their trailer at the last ECR they attended ,she mentioned a dishwasher was off the list on the next trailer ,got the impression it was a waste of space?

It was a fisher paykel,

each to his own I guess but if Donna wants I would try and get it for her.

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38 minutes ago, hone eagle said:

Carl her name escapes me but remember 'Quin the eskimo '?  his wife gave some of us a tour through their trailer at the last ECR they attended ,she mentioned a dishwasher was off the list on the next trailer ,got the impression it was a waste of space?

It was a fisher paykel,

each to his own I guess but if Donna wants I would try and get it for her.

Dish washer is definitely a personal preference thing.  We have one in our new DRV and now wouldn't be without one.  It makes my job much easier after dinner.  ;)

 

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41 minutes ago, hone eagle said:

Carl her name escapes me but remember 'Quin the eskimo '?  his wife gave some of us a tour through their trailer at the last ECR they attended ,she mentioned a dishwasher was off the list on the next trailer ,got the impression it was a waste of space?

It was a fisher paykel,

each to his own I guess but if Donna wants I would try and get it for her.

Hi Ralph,

When it comes to dish washers, I thought Donna had one of those high end portable units. I believe the model was a one off unit. The model number escapes me right now.

Al

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23 hours ago, Hewhoknowslittle said:

I highly recommend Kansas RV center in Chanute, Ks.

I had my gray and black tank valves repaired, they talked me out of using the electric setup I got, and I must say after 4 months of use full time they work just like they did when I left the factory, I also had them replace the return air grills to accept a cartrage filter, nice install, cleaned up after themselves, and it's a pleasure to replace the filters now.

You would have to hotel it or head home but still I am very impressed with the service work they performed.

Roger

Roger,

Do you live close to there. I am from Pittsburg Kansas, that is not far from Chanute.

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