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Old 09-23-2005, 10:28 AM   #1
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I recently had a blowout on the R-front tire that did considerable damage to the support strut and side panels in the area. While my preferance would be to have WRV do the repairs, the insurance co. (Progressive) is baulking at WRV labor rates which they claim are about $25 per hour higher than other shops in the area.

Progressive wants to have Butler's Welding & RV bid on the job.

Has anyone got experience with them, their abilities and quality. My understanding is the total job will involve replacement of the structural strut, the damaged side panels and door, followed by the necessary painting.

Unfortunately, I am presently in Southern California and not in position to visit or monitor the work.

Appreciate any feedback. Thanks, Ian
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Old 09-23-2005, 10:28 AM   #2
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I recently had a blowout on the R-front tire that did considerable damage to the support strut and side panels in the area. While my preferance would be to have WRV do the repairs, the insurance co. (Progressive) is baulking at WRV labor rates which they claim are about $25 per hour higher than other shops in the area.

Progressive wants to have Butler's Welding & RV bid on the job.

Has anyone got experience with them, their abilities and quality. My understanding is the total job will involve replacement of the structural strut, the damaged side panels and door, followed by the necessary painting.

Unfortunately, I am presently in Southern California and not in position to visit or monitor the work.

Appreciate any feedback. Thanks, Ian
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Old 09-23-2005, 05:17 PM   #3
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Want to update the original posting.
To their credit, Butler's Welding declined to bid on the job. Their reason was that they were concerned that they would have difficulty duplicating the WRV paint job.

So now I wait to see what Progressive's reaction will be.
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Old 09-23-2005, 08:12 PM   #4
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Hello Ian, welcome to our forum.

Hopefully some of our members from this area can help you find a good shop.
I'll be in Yakama in a few weeks for Homecoming, I will check on your progress while i'm there. If I can do anything to help contact me.

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Old 09-24-2005, 12:34 PM   #5
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IanMac,

I live here in Yakima and have had several occasions to use a body shop. My most recent contact was with:

D&G BODY WORKS AND PAINTING
315 SO 2ND AVE
YAKIMA, WA 98902
509-577-9333

I was referred to this shop by an auto dealer friend who uses them; they were superb in every respect and work with progressive.

Butler's does great welding, but not a good place to have this kind of work done. They have no paint booth.

You can call D&G; if, for some reason they can't take your job, I'm sure they will refer you to an equally good shop.

If you need more help you can contact me directly at:frankerouse@charter.net
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Old 09-30-2005, 02:07 PM   #6
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We just had a blowout on the passinger front and it took outside panel and some structural panel in front of the area containing the hydraulic pump HWH system. What a shock at 65 mph and bang!!!! glad to MH handles as well as it did.
not looking foward to the battle to get repairs needed. tires have only 30,000 miles and 2002 model year front end was aligned 4,000 miles ago.
Replaced all 6 tires with new Toyo M127Z 295 75R 22.5.Pete's Road Service Inc. in Fullerton Ca. Did the roade side service 1 tire to get to their shop and installed the additional 5 at their shop. they did a great job at at a fair price and very timely.
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