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Old 08-10-2015, 06:22 PM   #1
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My own best RV technician

My local guy in Long Beach has been sooooo busy the past year I've given up and it's probably a good thing.
In the past few months I've needed a new door switch for my steps, a/c service for the 3rd time(he's serviced it twice) and tracking down a blown fuse on the jake brake.
Within the past week I've serviced all of these items. I ordered the door switch for my kwikee steps in Amazon, I traced and found the blown 5 amp fuse for the jake brake. This weekend I dove into the a/c system. He had it charged to 80 pounds! The fan had 3 blades missing and was inoperable. I bought the a/c gauges and the new electric fan at Haps auto supply. Total cost for the a/c repair, switch was less than $100.00. I bled the system down to the acceptable operating range.
I've enjoyed getting to know my coach a little more intimately, my wife even crawled underneath to hold the fan while I affixed it to the a/c radiator.

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Old 08-10-2015, 06:44 PM   #2
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That's awesome and rewarding. I've had to learn how to work on my Aerbus, primarily because nobody in the Denver metro area wants to work on older class A's and if they do, they charge an absolute fortune. I've learned a lot and it is a rewarding experience.

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Old 08-10-2015, 08:25 PM   #3
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I have done all my own repairs because I live 2 1/2 hrs. from the dealer.
It gives me something to do and I just keep a running list of things that need to be done. It is good to know your rv inside and out. Youtube is very helpful.
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:35 PM   #4
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I have tried to do pretty much all my own repair until May of this year. I had a catastrophic radiator and had it towed to a Cummins shop. Luckily it ended up being covered insurance since the cost was ~+$7K. Hind site being 20-20 I could have done it myself but the cost to me would have been +$4.5K. But next time I will know.

In the last couple years I had to replace 1 roof AC blower motor, the EMS control board, and the surge tank on my coolant system. I also fixed 3 fogged windows. Also, I just installed a hardwired HW50C surge protector.

I would hate to think what all these things would have cost.
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:47 PM   #5
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I try to do most of my own repairs. Although with the present rig and all it's electronics it's getting harder to do. I just am not as fast as those electrons anymore!
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:26 AM   #6
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There is so much to be gained by doing it yourself.
I have been doing my own repairs and service work for over 10 years now.
I have a new to us coach in the last 6 months so the learning curve begins again.
Gota love it.
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:56 AM   #7
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You Tube is a great tool.. Our convection oven turntable quit last week. I found a video on how to test and replace it.. This morning in less than 5 minutes I had the motor in hand and tested. I found the replacement and ordered a new motor from Sears Parts Direct. Having a motorhome is a constant learning process..
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Old 08-11-2015, 09:20 AM   #8
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Way to go Keith!
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:25 PM   #9
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If you are capable and willing, most always the outcome is better than some other person doing it. I have never been one for taking any of my equipment to a repairman if it is something I could do. It can be frustrating at times but so is spending a bunch of money and not being happy with someone else's schlock workmanship.
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:05 PM   #10
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Doing the work youself

I understand the feeling. I brought my 2008 Monaco to the shop to have a new Slide cable installed(other broke). 2 weeks later still not done. I already had a trip planed so I took it back and 4 hrs later had it rplaced myself. It was kind of hard since it seems to be a 2 person job. It helps while some one is feeding the new cable through and other is guiding it inside. Buy I got it done myself and feel proud that i did it
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:15 PM   #11
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I like doing mine myself, leaves no one to blame but me... PMs done or not.
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I usually feel guilty if I don't do most things myself and comes from when you had to, or it didn't get done, I guess.
Now, at my age, I don't mind hiring out the heavy duty stuff and only ask that these would be professionals do as nice a job, as I would do and even if it's the first time I have ever attempted it.

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