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Old 01-04-2018, 07:20 PM   #1
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Using on site diesel mechanic

Has anyone used a service to change oil, filters or general maintenance that comes to your storage facility? My regular “go to” dealer is way behind in scheduling and can’t take me in for 6 weeks. Can’t help but think getting away from the dealer may be quicker and cheaper.
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:30 PM   #2
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Yes, I've done it.
My advice is have the tech do a full DOT type inspection, that way he'll look at your brakes, air system, tires and all suspension components. Not just a oil/filter change.

A good way to find a good on road service is call the local Ryder or Penske truck leasing shop. Ask for the service manager.

Both of them will be very familiar with the cans and can nots in your area as they also use them....
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:47 PM   #3
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Yes, I've used on-the-road mechanics

Twice, and both times excellent outcomes - as good as in a regular shop.
One was to have valves adjusted (routine), and another was to replace a leaky exhaust manifold gasket (small leak).
I would easily have both of the on-the-road guys we hired do the same work again; affordable, and oh so much easier than taking the rig to the shop and leaving it...both times they came to where we were!
Our biggest service issue is that where we live, it is a 2 hour drive to the 'regular shop' - so taking it in for anything routine is a chore with 4 hours on the road to take the rig and 4 hours a few days later to pick it up. We find ourselves having routine work while traveling due to not being retired. It is hard to find the time to take it to the shop during the work-week (and between travel opportunities) unless it is something serious. When we have time to travel, that is what we want to do and not take the rig to sit in a shop for 3-4 days while we are on a trip supposedly relaxing. Both of the previous situations were pre-scheduled and were not emergent service. Otherwise, I try to do most everything I can myself at home as long as I am able - lube, filters, etc.
Just my .02 and nothing at all against our 'regular' shop which does outstanding work; it's just the realities of transporting the rig back and forth 2 hours away. On-the-road with planning has worked well (knock on wood).
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:25 AM   #4
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Check with any of the private campgrounds in your area. Most will have contacts with local mobile service men.
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Yes, i always use the mobile services, and it is always cheaper than taking to a shop! When you find a good mech. and get good service, you will use them over and over!
I had two different guys come out to the farm, one for tires, one for mechanical stuff on my semi, and called them first when i knew i needed something done!
I do the same now with my MH, and our toad, and it works out very well! Rail!
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