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Old 10-09-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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Where do you do mechanical/PM work on your RV?

We are considering RVing and are doing our homework. I apologize if I am asking the obvious.

Assuming you do your own basic maintenance, as I see many do. If you don't have the luxury of using your own driveway, where do you do mechanical work? I am assuming that campgrounds would tend to discourage work on the premises.
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Walmart. No No It is just a joke but I could not resist it. Since I work in the industry I have the luxury of using the shop.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:11 AM   #3
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My garage is 80X80 with 16 wide by 14 high doors. I have full RV hookups in every bay with sewer dumps in the floor and soft water on tap. 50-30 and 15 amp power boxes with phone and cable jacks in every bay. This is air conditioned with in floor heat. I built this in 04 with the RV life style in mind. Perfect place to do all kinds of repair and maintenance. If I am on the road I have done a little light maintenance while at a SAMs club or Wally world. Does walmart now have free wifi in their campgrounds? If not they should!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:04 AM   #4
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It kinda depends on the work that you want to do. Most campgrounds have a "no working on the RV" rule. I find that they really do not want you doing a major refit or something big like that. i have replaced an air conditioner, had oil changed and had a few other things worked on with no trouble at all in all of the places that I have stayed.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:07 AM   #5
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My garage is 80X80 with 16 wide by 14 high doors. I have full RV hookups in every bay with sewer dumps in the floor and soft water on tap. 50-30 and 15 amp power boxes with phone and cable jacks in every bay. This is air conditioned with in floor heat. I built this in 04 with the RV life style in mind. Perfect place to do all kinds of repair and maintenance. If I am on the road I have done a little light maintenance while at a SAMs club or Wally world. Does walmart now have free wifi in their campgrounds? If not they should!
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What, no lift?

Where are you located?

Do I need to make an appointment?

I only dream about a place like that to work on my rig. I use my brother-in-laws backyard in Louisiana. I have a piece of cardboard and an old moving blanket that keeps the dirt out of a** while I work underneath.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:38 AM   #6
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My Rv storage place is close, I do most maintenance their. I keep the area clean, no oil spills.. They have never said anything and I did not ask permission. I could do in in front of the house but do not want my legs sticking out into the street.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:49 AM   #7
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We are lucky enough to have a concrete pad next to the garage. Not inside but good enough to do as much as I can do.

One CG we stay in seems to have NP with doing maintenance. One year I think a guy pulled an engine from his toad. They did have him go to the far end of the storage yard though. The problem with stuff like that is it looks like a junk yard. I assume that is why he had to be hidden in the back. If you have a CG or storage yard nearby just quiz them about it. Many are willing to help if you keep it neat and don't mind paying a reasonable amount. You just have to weigh their price and your time to what having someone else do the work will cost.
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What, no lift?

Where are you located?

Do I need to make an appointment?

I only dream about a place like that to work on my rig. I use my brother-in-laws backyard in Louisiana. I have a piece of cardboard and an old moving blanket that keeps the dirt out of a** while I work underneath.
Come on out. I am about 250 miles west of you on I70 in Hays Kansas. I also have full hookups out side on concrete if you want to stay a spell. At my truck shop I have all the equipment to do tire and service work on any diesel rig. Or gas if that is the case.
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Where is the best way to dispose of old oil and other fluids?
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We use Pep Boys here as they take all vehicle fluids. Do not know if that is far reaching for them or not.
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I do mine behind the house. That is where it's parked when I'm going to be useing it and have storage at my office bldg. the rest of the time. So it is in a heated space in the winter and I can work on it at my leisure while at work.
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I have a storage area and do some there and the rest at home. However if I did not have the option?

I might go to a grade school parking lot on a Saturday, depending on what I was doing and how long it might take. Grade schools do not attract a lot of weekend activity like high school I know because I walk my dog off leash at one every morning in the summer.

I might check out my friends and family for opportunities to use their property on a few hours at a time basis.

I might check on line and in the ads for any place that might offer do it yourself garage access for a fee (I've heard of this before so it might be worth checking into). Auto parts store? My B in L rents a garage for his vintage Chevy"?

I might take the family on an outing to a local park and let them play etc; while I worked on the rig in the parking lot depending on what I was doing.

I might look for out of business parking lots. There is a big super market lot close to my home which has been vacant for years because the market closed. I notice 18 wheelers have found it and are parking there perhaps just pulling in and doing an oil change etc; would not even be noticed.
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Look to see if there is a DIY shop in your area. They rent space, tools, etc.

example near me -
DIY Garage - Full Service or Do It Yourself Auto Repair - Escondido CA
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