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Old 04-25-2012, 06:47 AM   #1
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You can DIY....sometimes

I went over yesterday to "inspect" the new bathroom remodeling at my daughter's house; son-in-law did a good job; I told him that most homeowners really could tackle most jobs around the house and do them well. The internet is full of "how-to's" and forums and you can download almost anything about anything ! MY point is this to us RV'ers; You can perform a good many of your repairs / maintenance on your own, with a little education and investigation. You will not want to tackle everything, but at the least you wil be more informed when contacting someone who will do your work for you.

I guess bottom line is.......you are more capable than you realize sometimes. Happy RV'ing.......

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Old 04-25-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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I guess bottom line is.......you are more capable than you realize sometimes. Happy RV'ing.......
Absolutely. Although I come from a mechanical background, I've never worked on a RV before we bought ours. I've found that even though I was unfamiliar with the coach's systems, this stuff isn't rocket science. Most of what I deal with is minor work and preventive maintenance that only requires basic skills that keep the coach in good running order. I get a lot of satisfaction knowing I've done everything I can do to keep our investment running smoothly and reliably.

Doing most of your own maintenance also helps in understanding your RV's systems so that when unexpected problems do occur, you can sometimes make a temporary repair to get back to where a more permanent repair can be made. Self reliance can be most rewarding. Bob

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For a home handyman most systems are similar to home systems in a different setting. Plunbing is still the same theories just different LOL. I can fix almost anything on my rig good enough to get me to a repair facility.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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I try to make most all needed repairs to my motorhome myself. I am far from being a mechanic, but I can read and follow directions pretty well. Thanks to the help, info, ideas I have recieved on this board and others, I manage to do a lot more than I thought I was capable of doing. Most times somewone else on these boards ahs done what you need and they gladly share info and help. Without these board finding some parts would have been almost impossible. Thanks to all that provide this help and assistance.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:42 AM   #5
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You will not want to tackle everything, but at the least you wil be more informed when contacting someone who will do your work for you.
And that, IMO, may be the words of wisdom for the day. I chose ten years or so ago to admit that, even though perfectly capable and able, I hate home and rv repair/improvement projects and therefore contract with others for the hard work. Knowing what needs to be done, however, sure helps pick the decent over the questionable repair/renovation choices.
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I have to agree with you totally. I try and do most myself but there are a few things best left for the pros. My limitations aren't that I can't figure out to fix the problem but at times my right arm just will not cooperate.
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I have had 5 by-passes.....and more recently 2 strokes within a year of each other; so physically, I have my limits (which works to my advantage with "honey-do" lists...LOL), but I still like to do all that I can. Then sometimes you look at a situation and understand that even though you can do it, it is not cost effective. Ss, we just let it all balance out.....................
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Having a good working knowledge of how your systems work is very important. Even if you don't do the work yourself you have a pretty good idea what is involved and know if you are being ripped off or not.
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My motto has always been that there is very few things I won't try, but there is a few that I just won't do.

I'm in the process of doing some painting on my motorhome. This is my first paint job, but I figure that with paint, there's nothing I can screw up that someone else can't correct. So far so good, plus I have enjoyed the experience.

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Don't know that I've seen a need to point that out here. Most are of the DIY mentality...

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