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Old 05-20-2018, 09:31 AM   #1
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Who Repairs Your Motorhone?

To whom do you take your motorhome for repairs that you cannot or do not feel like doing yourself? I'm not talkin about minor DYI things or regular maintenance like oil changes but I am talking about repair or modification of the house and running gear.

After trying several local RV shops and not being very happy with the knowledge exhibited there in, I was lucky enough to find a heavy truck repair shop by an RV enthusiast.

Given the diverse equipment on our units, I'm curious what others do.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:47 AM   #2
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If You are in the Yuma, Az area CJ'S in the Foothills Area is very good, In WA, state Brazels, In Oregon Hendersons in Grants Pass, In Ca. Redlands All of these are very RV knowledgeable and also very Honest.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:54 AM   #3
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I take care of most all house repairs and modifications except body-shop-type work. I leave that to my trusted body shop.

On occasion, I have had the local RV shop make some repairs. Their most recent work was for a recall on the entry steps. I would have done the work myself, but the vendor would not allow it.

On the chassis side, the coach is a gasser, so I take it to the same mechanic I use for our cars. I have no problem working on chassis wiring- just the mechanicals.
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Old 05-20-2018, 03:10 PM   #4
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It depends on the repair / service. For most ENGINE (And drive train/chassis stuff) I have a regular mechanic. It's a local RV dealer and they have done well in past jobs Even fixed a few things in passing.

For "House" stuff. I have a couple of mobile techinicans depending on the state I'm in (SC or MI) They do SOME chassis work as well (RV specific chassis work) but no engine work, though one is a fully certified engine mechanic he just don't do it any more.

I found them by asking neighbors and getting recommendations.

Most of the minor stuff. so long as I have the tools even some of the not so minor stuff.. I do myself.. But then I'm a fully qualified handyman and mechanic myself.. Just don't have a shop or as big a tool box as the pros. .
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Here in the Chicago area, it is a RV maintenance desert. I have a tough time finding anyone to work on our class c mechanicals, just finding a dealer who will do the necessary maintenance on the drive train is tough. No dealers want to do work on motorhomes, those who have the facilities only want to work on trucks, not RVs. The one dealer in our area who did, will no longer work on RVs.
So I do what I can myself. Just got done doing a spark plug swap at 92,000 miles.
Most all house repairs I do myself, although I did have an electrical (generator) issue repaired at a generator shop.
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Old 05-20-2018, 03:24 PM   #6
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I have four good places for problems I can't handle but I don't think you'd be interested...Bit of a trip as I'm in California..

I grew up in Williamsport, not too far from you, and have a couple relatives with class A motorhomes back there...would you be interested in repair places around Williamsport?

If so I'll check with them.
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I have four good places for problems I can't handle but I don't think you'd be interested...Bit of a trip as I'm in California..

I grew up in Williamsport, not too far from you, and have a couple relatives with class A motorhomes back there...would you be interested in repair places around Williamsport?

If so I'll check with them.

Thanks for the tip! Absolutely interested!
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If it is something I can't do I use Mac's Campers in Waco Texas for the house. For the drive train I use Rush Ford in Dallas. For chassis and front end I use Mid Tex Frame and Alignment in Lorena Texas. For tires I use GCR Tires and Service in Waco, they are nation wide.
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I'm lucky, I do most myself but if there is something mechanical I don't want to do or can't, I have an older guy who works part time for me in the shop that will work on anything and is very knowledgeable. I still have to pay but the rate is half as much as any RV place.
I also met another guy through a friend who does work on the coach side and is very reasonably priced.
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Here in Baldwin county (Gulf Shores area in AL) we are lucky to have Lazarri Truck repair in the Fairhope/Daphne area. They do about anything to suspension/running gear/drive train/diesels.
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Thanks for the tip! Absolutely interested!
Sent them a message so will contact you when I get word back.
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I have an RV mechanic who lives about 15 miles from me. He knows what he's doing and his labor rate is cheap compared to most dealers. He does most of my work.

For chassis work there is Spartan approved service center about 30 miles from here. They do all my chassis work.
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Sent them a message so will contact you when I get word back.

https://www.rhonesrv.com/

Both relatives suggested this place.
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You can check out this site for service departments other people have used. It gives you a look at how other owners rated them. If you know of a good or bad facility you might want to write a review on them.

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