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Old 01-12-2017, 09:24 PM   #1
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Good repair shop in Phoenix or Tucson please

This darn crate has a number of things that need fixing,e.
right forward slide sticks coming in.
Dash radio CD player won't play CDs
Push on and off lights under the front TV and over the dash won't turn off.
Front left tire stem valve stuck inside when I was checking air pressure.
DVD player won't work.
Large control box for multiple TVs won't work

We're heading to Phoenix next week and would like to get it all fixed
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:12 PM   #2
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I don't personally know any shops in Phoenix, but have met and had dealings with the guys at Always RV in Mesa. Maybe if you give them a call they can point you to someone they know and trust. Pretty good guys there.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:54 AM   #3
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There is a Lazydays in Tucson. Never been there, but they are generally more highly rated than Camping World (also in Tucson).

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Old 01-13-2017, 12:39 PM   #4
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I recommend Jeff at Fix My RV. He is mobile and his number is 623-875-5015
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Old 01-13-2017, 03:09 PM   #5
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Thanks. More suggestions welcome
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:37 PM   #6
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Do not take your unit to ANY RV dealer for electronic repairs. You will pay big time! Any good stereo shop can help. A mobile repair guy is also a good choice.
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Old 01-14-2017, 10:18 AM   #7
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Well, doggonit yesterday we find the outside skin and panel at the left front has pulled away right over the bay door at the front and under neath there is a one inch strip of plywood into which the the rivets and screws went. The first three or 4 of these are rusted and the tip broken off. The caulk seal is still intact past about 6 inches rearward, but underneath the plywood strip has pulled away about 18 inches to 2 feet.

I've called a mobile RV tech to check it out, but it's Saturday now and I doubt they can do anything bodywork wise. I would drill out the rivets and screws myself and use stainless steel bolts and nuts to tempoize it, but I can't get back behind inside to where the bolt would go because its enclosed from above and I'm sure there's a mass of wires situated in that area.

So what I'm hoping is to be able to duct tape it to get it to mesa. I have regular and black duct tape but don't know if it will hold for 5 hours in 50 mile an hour winds. There is a body shop here that is reported to work on RVs, but I'm very reluctant to stop here. We have family near Mesa so if we can just make it there and find a good repair shop . . .
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Old 01-14-2017, 10:36 AM   #8
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This darn crate has a number of things that need fixing,e.
right forward slide sticks coming in.
Dash radio CD player won't play CDs
Push on and off lights under the front TV and over the dash won't turn off.
Front left tire stem valve stuck inside when I was checking air pressure.
DVD player won't work.
Large control box for multiple TVs won't work

We're heading to Phoenix next week and would like to get it all fixed
Go to Walmart and buy a new radio and DVD player. Buy a TV switch from Amazon. Stop at a truck stop tire repair for the valve stem. Get a mobile tech recommendation at the campground office where you park for the electrical and slide issues.

None of your items are a "big deal" to get fixed.
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Old 01-14-2017, 10:54 AM   #9
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Thanks. You're right about the electrical/entertainment center items. I tried luring the slide with high quality spray lube and it went right in. The tire is holding air with the extension stem so can wait. However, the front panel separation is a bigger deal. I did call a mobile RV tech and discussed it. He said it was a body shop issue and to try gorilla tape and check it every 50 miles. I'll call another RV mobile tech and see if they can come over and render an onsite recommendation
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:35 PM   #10
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Second RV techs answering machine said they were so backed up they weren't taking any orders for a week to catch up. So, I fixed it myself. I stripped off the mounding to find that 8 of the screws were rusted through and had broken in half!! Little bit of wind catches just right and rips the door right off. Wow. and I couldn't just put in new screws because the front half of the old ones blocked the hole tried a screw extractor without success so ended up drilling 8 new holes and used #10 3/4 inch screws. Couldn't cinch it down as tight as I wanted, but pretty secure and then I recaulked it. I just hope it holds till we can get into a proper shop.
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Good luck with taking it upon yourself to try some self help to get you where you want to go.
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Old 01-16-2017, 10:32 AM   #12
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I located a couple shops I'm going to call and see if we can get on their schedule. I don't mind trying to fix things, but All of this is completely new to me and I hate to wreck whatever value is left in it by doing some DIY work, particularly cosmetic. That being said, within the limits of my tools and knowledge I don't have any choice. We're going down to Tucson for a couple months and by then the weather should be getting nice up in Portland. We may run up there to our dealer and get them to fix

The stereo and Tv I can do since we only have one TV and one stereo now, no biggie.
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We've had good luck with RV Renovators in Mesa on two different occasions.

Premier RV in Tucson gets good buzz but we have not used them. We tried to get in to have a ride height valve repaired while in Tucson last October but they were booked up and we needed to move along. One of the principals called us a couple of days later to check on how we were doing. It was a thoughtful thing to do and we appreciated it.

We happened to be staying in the Tucson Lazydays when trying to resolve the ride height valve problem and talked to their service department. I was not impressed. They seem to have a lot of overhead and a good deal of distance between the coach owner and the people doing the work.

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