I searched for new RV air conditioners today. Of course I ended up on Camping World's site. It's the easiest site to navigate although not the cheapest. I found one that costs $670 plus tax. It is more energy efficient than my old one which I thought was great. $670 didn't seem that bad and I was thinking maybe I should just buy a new one.
After lunch the RV repairman called me and I asked him about installing a new AC. He said that because my RV is so old (it's a 1992 model) I would have to buy the inside control panel also since the bolts wouldn't line up with the new outside AC. That would add another $100. Add $200 for installation and I would be at $1,000. That is more than I want to do right now.
So he ordered a new fan motor and said he wouldn't charge me for the service call when he comes out on Friday per his verbal warranty on the used motor that he installed before. And he said he would give me $50 credit toward the new motor which is what the used motor cost. but even with all of the discounts I'm still going to have to pay around $250 for the new motor and labor. It's a bummer but not the end of the world.
Sounds like a good compromise to try to keep everything cool until you pay off the mortgage and figure out your long term housing.
I would have just toughed it out but I plan to stay in this RV one more summer. No way I could make it through the summer without AC. I hope it lasts that long.
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