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Old 10-08-2015, 04:45 PM   #1
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New RV repair in North Houston area

I am amazed at how long it takes to get a motor home into a shop for repairs or upgrades. I have been a general contractor on high end housing for many years, and now that I own a Fleetwood Revolution, I have upgraded and made many changes. Residential refrigerator, revamp cabinets and change out TVs,
granite counter tops and tile floors, led lighting upgrades etc etc.
I do all my own maintenance as well as repairs with few exceptions. I have a good ac and electrical friend that is willing to work in shop. I have a mobile diesel repair and mobile tire repair I am now associated with.
Now to the point. I have the opportunity to lease a large 3 bay shop with 3 acres that is very accessible and thinking about going into RV upgrade maintenance and repair business.
Any thoughts
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Hope you have a wheel borrow full of $. Do you plan on FHU parking for full timers? Can you loose money for a year or more? How do you plan to promote business? Have you REALLY checked other shops in metro Houston? IMO Top dog is RV Masters, middle CW and absolute bottom is DeMontrond. Is there room for a quality shop in SE TX? YES. Where do you plan to be the best - service or upgrades? If you open for business before mid Dec. I'll sign up for a couch conversion to home theater recliners.
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Yes I have been around to different shops, and you are right R V Masters is a 1st class set up, and there are many other shops I could not recommend to someone. I do not want to start up as a R V Masters set up (they seem to do it all including a paint booth ) They do not have facilities for full timers, that may be something I could arrange in the future, not sure yet.
My main stay would be upgrades, with maintenance service offered, including Air conditioning and electrical services. I have an excellent cabinet man and excellent paint/stain man. Toad/dingy wiring, brakes, base plate install,
The list can go on and on for upgrades.
As for store area, maybe a consignment type area for items people took out for upgrading, used tow bars, toad brake units, etc... Many people do not like Craigslist. You can buy anything new on line, and many things locally
Just kicking this around now, but the thought is getting more serious. Seems like a business one could focus on quality work at a fair price and growth would come naturally.
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there are thousands of rv repair shops in texas. there are few very good rv repair shops in texas. many know more about making the bill than doing good work.
anyone who does good work and stands behind it has a leg up on the competition.
when i ran our shop in illinois, i had customers from as much as 400 miles away come there for repairs. i made great money without screwing anyone. thats the key.
as you know, forums like this one will bring you a lot of business. word of mouth is the greatest advertising you can get. get to know the insurance companies and their adjusters. i made very good money doing insurance repairs.
i say go for it. if you do hwh installations and repairs, i will support you.
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I worked as an electrician for myself and found two things that were the most important. Keep your word about time, if I was not sure I budgeted more and took tiny filler jobs.
The other was I did good work and never screwed the customers although a bunch of them deserved it. After a year and for the better part of 10 years later I was never without work and I rarely advertised, all word of mouth.
If you go into it ith those values you should make it very well. Good luck.
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