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Old 08-21-2015, 06:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy Annual Checkup at Camping World??

Hey all!
this is our 1 year anniversary with our little travel trailer and he needs some checking up. Took to Camping World as that is where we got our Eco Skamper and just read through the estimate which equals about half the price of the camper itself!
Need some feed back as to what is absolutely a must versus things that can be done over time.
We live in florida so we need a/c running at peak performance and we need spare tire. That is all we had planned to really need but $2K later seems the whole thing needs to be rebuilt!
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there are tons of videos on youtube that will show you how to do 99% of everything you need to do.. Packing the wheel bearings would probably be the hardest job on a travel trailer. Watch a video:
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Will be watching this, we are about one year on our 2015 Grey Wolf 26RL, also from CW. Plan on going with the Good Sam Extended Warrentee/ Service.
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Old 08-21-2015, 06:43 PM   #4
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Get yourself a few basic tools, start reading up here on the forum, roll up your sleeves and save a ton of money! The added advantage of doing it this way is you are more familiar with your camper so that when you run into little snags on the road, you are more apt to be able to take care of them yourself.
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Old 08-21-2015, 06:56 PM   #6
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So True !!! Our first TT was a total piece of work ( screwed by seller ) but learned tons about them,putting it road worthy again !!!
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These things can be a bit expensive... ESPECIALLY having CW or any big dealership do the work. I've spent about $700- on mine in the 3 years I've had it, and that includes about $450- on tires. There's so much a semi-handy person can do... instead of paying as much as $100- per hour for some so-called RV Tech... that doesn't care because he doesn't own it and doesn't have to be the one trying to use it. I store mine in covered storage and all repairs have been done by me. I guess I'm handy... I build data centers and have an A&P (aircraft mechanic) license. Not everyone is mechanically inclined. The dealers do take full advantage of them. If that's you, find a good local RV repair guy that isn't affiliated with a big dealership. You'll be much happier. I would never buy an extended warranty. I've known too many that have found that they are worthless.
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Run- Away from CW - Over priced ! Period !
Read on here and lean how to do things yourself. Ask questions and don't be bashful -- people will respond !
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Run- Away from CW - Over priced ! Period !
Read on here and lean how to do things yourself. Ask questions and don't be bashful -- people will respond !
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Actually comparison shopping shop rates around here CW is comparable to the big truck folks and high end car dealerships.
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Actually comparison shopping shop rates around here CW is comparable to the big truck folks and high end car dealerships.
That's just their estimate, wait till you get the bill!
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You can probably go to a independent RV shop or Trailers sales place and they will check and clean about everything for $100-200.
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What all repairs could u possibly need at a year old that wouldn't be covered by warranty?
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What all repairs could u possibly need at a year old that wouldn't be covered by warranty?
That was what I was wondering as well! Most everything that could possibly have gone wrong should have been covered under warranty. Off hand, maybe cleaning the AC coils or replacing the inlet filter probably would not have been covered, but you can do that yourself. Wheel bearings should not have to be re-done after only a year . . . . can't really think of anything else. If you need to do a an inspection before a big trip, you can set it up, look it over real good, and spend the night in your driveway to make sure everything is working!
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