Originally Posted by Jagiven
I have a coworker that has had a few campers with both electric and hydraulic levelers and slide outs drives. He has told me he never wants another unit with hydraulics again. He had numerous issues with hydraulics leaking, blowouts, and so forth.
I've had 3 motorhomes. Both of the units with hydraulic levelers had issues. One needed the pump replaced the second needed the hydraulic rams replaced. Both repairs were $250-$400 range (DIY).
I can't live without a slide, sorry... But they do add complication.
And yes, appliances may have their own warranties, but generally the replacement of an appliance is about 50% of the cost of the repair... And you can't USE the warranty unless you have a "certified" tech come check it out and diagnose it. That is, the warranty will save you labor costs that you're going to incur even if DIY.
The bigger question is - if you buy at a dealer what is the dealer's reputation for service quality and turn around time. We've got a bunch of dealers where I am, all of them have fairly bad service reputations and wait times. They'll do a great job at selling you an RV.. At fixing it, not so much...