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This is an original before & after when we first bought the...

My new Lazy Boy & roll top desk

Custom Butcher Block cabinet 30 x 18 x 35 1/2 cost $750

Held a lot of stuff!

New cute little Butcher Block 21 x 15 x 34 1/2 $175...

New Flex Steele Hide-a-bed. Very comfortable. Has a foot rest on each...

Really opens up the living area. Need to find a lift top...


It is that time in all RV'ers lives when you need to bite the bullet and replace the tires on your road weary 40' motorhome. For us, that meant 6 new tires. We also needed the engine and chassis serviced and a number of other maintenance/repair items that needed attention. This includes a few other expenses like a new couch, etc. The following is the list:

Superior Tire, Eugene: FMCA/Michelin Tire Program Click for more information.

6 new 295/80R22.5 XCoach XZ152M LRJ tires for a total of $4163.76, plus $409.50 for mounting, balancing and new valve stems.

On the bill from FMCA they quote those tires at MSRP $1285.65 each. But were able to get a quote for $850. The actual price we ended up paying, after the FMCA discount, was $653.61 plus $40.92 FET. There is no sales tax. So, over-all, it looks like we saved about $200 per tire by going through the program. Nothing to sneeze at.

Total: $4573.26

Les Schaub Tire:

Replace/reprogram SmarTire sensors (one sensor was broken when the tires were replaced on the car in Feb. 2012)

Total: $150.62

Guarantee RV: Terry 541-998-4274 for paint

Slide-out paint chip (Warranty)

Roof inspected & sealed

Resealed large awning and door awning

Windshield blades $32.95ea

Total: $669.11

Davis Cabinets:

Cabinet pulling away from wall (the guys spent nearly 11 hours adding support and replacing the broken side panel that was broken in the process).

New cabinet doors for TV cabinet $75.00 ea

Drawer not locking

Knobs for new butcher block table

Total: $650.00

Premier Service:

Engine service

Chassis service

Hot water heater serviced

Coach water filter

Re-seal window driver's window

Check Brakes

Total: $1,070.00

Discount Tire: February 2012

4 New Michelin for our 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid

Total: $896.88

Independent Mobile Glass: March 2012

Repair fogged drivers window (R&R, disassemble, clean & reseal)

Total: $250.00

Amazon Purchase: March 2012

New, small, light weight Butcher Block Cabinet w/some assembly LOL

Total: $175.00

Dave & LJ's RV Interiors & Design:(FMCA Rally Indo, CA)

New Flex-steele sofa bed couch with foot rests installed

Total: $1,952.95

So we have had our share of expenses. Total $10,360.82 Ouch! That does not include living expenses.

The new sofa & butcher block cabinet additions is intended to open up our living space a little. The two Lazy Boys and my secretary roll top desk was cool, but just chopped up the living room too much. It was hard to have company visit. There simply was no place to sit. I love my original butcher block cabinet, but it was too big and very heavy. Both the larger butcher block cabinet and the original couch are on Craigslist for sale. JC's lazy boy chair was donated to the recycle bin. It had been a floor model and was well used. He inherited my Lazy Boy. which had been purchased new.



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