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Old 01-09-2017, 01:06 PM   #29
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Just any work, I am now out of warranty. I have called all that are on list in my area, haven't had a call back.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:19 PM   #31
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I think I went through a whole package of toothpicks and glue in two years fixing screw holes in the fake "wood" (actually pressed cardboard) they used for the cabinet frames. When we ordered the '02 Dutch Star we paid the extra $3000 for real hardwood cabinets!
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The quality depends so much of the mfg. and the quality control. Our last 2 rigs(2008 Heartland and 2015 Winnebago Vista, low end gasser) surprised us by having solid oak and maple cabinets.

Both of these rigs had no other serious problems and we never had to go back to the dealer(something we try to avoid) except for some minor stuff(blown fuse we couldn't find and couldn't get the step off to check the chassis battery),

Maybe we are lucky but most of the rigs we have bought over the years(all new) have been solid. Yes there are problems, mostly due to the poor roads in the US shaking things loose.
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Old 01-10-2017, 11:15 AM   #33
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Hey, thanks WendyG and twogypsies for you information . I looked on the service for RVs the list is probably not up to date I called them and no one called ed back, or out of business. Most on list do not do the service work I need done. I tryed one local of the mobile RV service. Oh my , not a good experience. Sloppy work and in a big hurry to get somewhere else, cost me 100. To get it fixed while I was on my next trip. The Truck co that changes oil and grease jobs will not work on the house end of MH. I just can't believe how bad the MH service is , I know I have put a lot of effort into get quality work done. It is hard for me to believe this is not a huge proublem with most people that need to hire work done. Again thanks for you trying to help me . If someone knows a name of a good Mobil service or MH service Co. within 100 miles or so of me , please let me know. Thanks
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It would be so helpful if those having repair work or even maintenance done to post their results on this site. Unfortunately, folks are not doing this. They'll do reviews on campgrounds but not servicing which is more important.

Here are the ones listed for Georgia and there are two listed with good reviews for Savannah and I'm sure there are other towns nearby listed:

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Old 01-10-2017, 03:49 PM   #35
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After 6 years of full-timing, my maxims with respect to repair are:

1. Avoid RV dealers if at all possible, especially if you have a diesel motorhome. Any decent diesel mechanic has a job somewhere other than at an RV dealer. At best RV dealer techs are RVIA certified not ASME. So many RV dealers focus only on towables these days, owners of any motorized RV are better off going elsewhere IMO.

2. Mobile technicians can be very good and can do most non-chassis repairs (little or no engine, transmission or brake skills.) Look for techs with RVIA certification because their work will often be accepted for warranty repairs.

3. Find heavy truck repair facilities for significant engine, transmission and chassis work. Not all truck facilities are RV-friendly and most don't have hookups for overnight stays but our experience has been that most mean well and will try to help.

We've put on >55,000 miles on our now 17-year old MH using the above principles and haven't been "burned" too badly on any repair. I'm not handy enough to do many repairs while we are in travel mode, but I'm quite willing to pay for quality repair work.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:52 PM   #36
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I bought a new Winnebago Diesel Class A for $170,000. I have found they used many cost cutting poorly installed shortcuts and seemed to skip the quality control department. They have another similar model but 5 feet longer and cost twice as much. I wonder if for twice the money would I just be getting more square footage or if I would also be getting a much higher quality product. What do you think
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Old 01-12-2017, 05:14 AM   #37
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I agree that your list does not seem too bad but it sounds like you have medical issues that prevent you from doing any of them.

I would visit the RV parks in your area, especially those that attract the most folks during peak times. Most of them have listings for mobile RV techs they can recommend. They may also have names of companies that do mobile RV wash and waxing. Or you can check in your area for companies that do vehicle detailing. Many of them will wash and wax your coach.

Unless things have changed since we last owned a Winnebago, there is no real maintenance associated with slides other than maybe putting some talc or spray silicone on the slide seals once a year.

Try and find an independent truck shop that will do your annual vehicle oil changes and your generator maintenance. Oil and filter changes on your generator is pretty simple and any decent mechanic should be able and willing to do it.

You are not that far from Florida. Do you ever take at trip down there? If so, you could schedule a service appointment in advance at Fountain RV in Lakeland, FL. They are an independent full service shop with a good reputation.
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They have another similar model but 5 feet longer and cost twice as much. I wonder if for twice the money would I just be getting more square footage or if I would also be getting a much higher quality product. What do you think
I assume you are talking about the Eclipse model Class A's which have MSRP's >$400k. Those all have Cummins 8.9L ISL engines with engine compression brakes and Allison 3000 series transmissions. That driveline is a much more powerful (and expensive) combination than the 6.7L Cummins ISB engine with Allison 2000 series transmission that is in your current MH. The powertrain difference alone probably accounts for ~$25-50k of the price difference.

As for the rest of the price difference, it's hard to tell. No doubt higher quality materials will be used for interior finishing details but there's no guarantee that they will be installed any better than on yours.

There is obviously stuff on the Eclipse that you don't have. For example, the Eclipse has an Aquahot hydronic heating system which costs ~$10k along with three heat pump/air conditioners which is, no doubt, more heating and cooling than you currently have. In addition, its kitchen has Corian counters, etc.

But no one can guarantee that the fit and finish of this stuff is better than what you have found on yours. In fact, IMO the vrey fact that quality control on yours was poor is probably indicative that the overall QA/QC of the factory is not all that good. But this is JMO.

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Try Alliance Coach in Wildwood, Florida. It is a little way for you, but they do good work. The owner lives on site and is always in the shop. The best part is that if you need to be there for a few days, or a week, they have a campground on site and every evening at 4 they will return your MH back to your site so you can stay right there. There is no cost for the campground. We travel from Jacksonville, Fl to Wildwood to get our work done. It's a good place and we are satisfied with their work.
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Try Alliance Coach in Wildwood, Florida. It is a little way for you, but they do good work. The owner lives on site and is always in the shop. The best part is that if you need to be there for a few days, or a week, they have a campground on site and every evening at 4 they will return your MH back to your site so you can stay right there. There is no cost for the campground. We travel from Jacksonville, Fl to Wildwood to get our work done. It's a good place and we are satisfied with their work.
Alliance Coach also has a place in Lake Park Georgia, lot closer to OP.
I've not had any service done there, but have stopped in for parts, everybody seems cool....And busy
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Waynesboro/Burke County is not very far away from you. Fred Reeves of Reeves Custom Coaches. (706) 437-0083

They do everything from routine maintenance to building out a Prevost shell. They have a mobile service detail. Might come to you but I'm not sure about that.
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My son in law is an independent mobile tech. He's been doing it for 17 years now and he won't work on a rig like mine at all!

He won't work on a CC Magna? Why not?
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