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Old 01-22-2013, 08:38 AM   #1
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Would you use a mobile RV repair service

Hello All
My wife and I are full time and looking at ways to produce income.
By trade I am a Mechanic/automotive electrical engineer

I have tons of RV and custom built motor home experience, having been involved in building, modifying and restoring RV's, motorhomes and TT over the years in New Zealand and even converting American units to right hand drive, when imported down there.

I'm considering offering my services on the road, where practical, traveling to the client and moving around the country that way.
My labour charge would be around half what the commercial RV centers charge.
Aside from major construction/reconstruction there would not be too much I could not tackle.
My question is how many of you would use this service for general repairs and maintenance etc.
I see a great deal of RV owners spending small fortunes in labor charges on simple maintenance and general repairs

Where I am now, I have just completed work on a 2004 pace arrow repaired plumbing, a fault with leveling jacks not working, reset transmission shifter linkages and rebuilt the mixer tap on the sink bench.
Saving the owner the purchase of a new mixer/tap at $200

Total cost for my work $155 plus parts at $40.00

This IS NOT AN ADD merely a sounding out to get a feel to see is there is enough work for me out there on the road.

I look forward to hearing from you all .

Rusty & Kelly Glen
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:44 AM   #2
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I have used mobile repair services in the past. Last year while visiting NOLA our roof air crapped out. I had a mobile repair place in Kenner, LA come out and install a new unit. Well worth the money to me.

I would think advertising your services might be the hardest part. I'm not sure campgrounds would allow you soliciting for services unless you had a big sign painted on the side of your motorhome.

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Old 01-22-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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We prefer using a mobile service and we pay a higher hourly rate for it! I think you'd have more business than you could handle!
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:15 AM   #4
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I was just thinking the same thing. I'm pretty handy and I want to be able to make a little money after I retire and start running around the country in the RV.
Best of luck to you.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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Go for it. I think you will have lots of activity. Wherever you are have a sign out. Flyers at camp ground nullifying boards.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:18 AM   #6
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While not the same, we have a friend that lives on his boat and travels a lot. When he goes into a port, he post a sign, note, that he is in town and works on diesel engine. He takes all of the work that he can, and does quite well.
I do not see where you would be much different. There are people out there that are willing to use the 'small guy'. Beside there is a lot said for the mechanic coming to you. Good luck on your advanture!
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:29 AM   #7
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We have used a mobile tech a couple of times. Most recently when preparing to leave, our living room slide would not retract. After futile attempts on my part to find the problem, we checked with the office and they recommended a service.

I agree, that most campgrounds would not allow soliciting work, I would not be surprised if they would be willing to take your information in the event there was a need. You might even find that other parks in the area you are in would be glad to do the same. Unless, of course, there is a local service that they always use.

One suggestion. Check with your insurance carrier to be sure you are protected in case something happens that could be blamed on your work.

Good luck.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:46 AM   #8
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It may not be a good idea driving around with out-of-state license plates and working. You could try calling the local mobile RV repairmen to see if they need any temporary help.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:47 AM   #9
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With those rates, please move to where I live. Now.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:05 AM   #10
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We have, and we will, use techs as needed....

consider contacting one of the roadside assistance or extended warranty companies to see if there is a need....

good luck, and write that rv off as a cost of doing business !
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A couple of comments....

1) Are you a legal allowed to work resident?

2) Do you need to be bonded or insured?

3) Do you need to register your services within a company framework for legal, tax, liability, insurance purposes?

4) How will you carry.....a) enough tools & parts, b) the correct tools, c) BIG tools? Every mobile tech we've used is usually hauling a pretty big & well equipped machine shop, tool shed/trailer & parts inventory.

Anyway, we might use your services for simple basic repairs, but for things more complicated and expensive we would prefer to use a "bricks & mortar" registered business that we can "find" ......should we encounter problems with their work & need to hold them accountable.....and one we can research for customer satisfaction and/or referrals......you, on the other hand, would be next to impossible to research, check references or find should we need follow-up!

Good luck....I wish I had your skills.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:34 AM   #12
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My son in law does mobile RV repairs and seems to do OK at it, but he's in an established area and has a home there.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:51 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone
I will most likely set up a web site and advertise commercially through forums such as this.
I will most likely set up and LLC and will carry insurance, obviously there will be certain services I will not perform as im not planning on towing an RV dealership scale workshop.
However there are many many services that can be performed in a smaller mobile operation.

While I appreciate everyone input, which for the most part is encouraging, im always amazed how many people right away gravitate toward the negative and problematic aspects of doing something like this.
But im glad to see the large number of positive reply's so quickly.

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:54 AM   #14
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Yes, and have after him being referred. Quite satisfied also. Had to change out board on H2o heater. He had a used one that is still working. Savings? $1oo.oo.

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