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wa8yxm

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Posted: 05/20/22 04:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The only thing I could give you in CO is the name of my Son-in-law but not sure he'd work on it either (It is not his primary job)
Here in Michigan there is an RV dealer / service that can do it. but alas that's a thousand or so miles away. And I know a shop in Georgia. but I'd find a mobile RV service tech. he or she won't likely work on "Chassis" systems other than jacks. but they will likely know who will..


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Have you considered a mobil mechanic?

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(Mod. Note. - Response to OP's political rant deleted)

Regarding your Rv mechanic. The above has put a strain on labor availability just about everywhere. But even more so in blue states.
But I’d expect difficulty anyway.
As one mentioned, old stuff breaks and shops charge a lot of money. And more often than with newer vehicles, the repairs tend to escalate and the cost of the repair is a much higher % of the vehicle value and the typical owners of said vehicles have less money than owners of new vehicles. Leaving shops arguing more with these owners and risking lack of compensation and less efficiency in their work.
Bottom line, if you aren’t rich, you gotta be smart or everything will be a struggle. And maybe the luxury of a RV is not in the cards financially.

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magicbus

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Dutch_12078 wrote:

I've had good luck using independent truck shops for our Class A's and C's over the years.
I used this solution to repair my previous class A and then a DP. Never had an issue.

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Posted: 05/22/22 06:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Although it's not a solution for the need a repair now scenario, but often you'll find a service location through advance scouting. That's what I needed to do with a move.

I have no problems with the GM medium duty truck center servicing my old RV. But, due to parts and labor issues, coupled with more people keeping their older vehicles that need service, appointments can be a bit in the future.

So, I went on a hunt to find a place. I first started asking other RV owners for suggestion. I spoke to the drivers of church, day cares and retirement villages small buses. I drove in areas where repair shops congregate and looked for similar vehicles being serviced. I visited some with a picture of the RV so they knew the size I'm talking about.

Fortunately, it's been the size that has come to my benefit as it's in line with many of the mini buses or small box trucks they service. I think it also helped that the "technology" end of the vehicle was on the pre computerize everything side. I also found some have no issues with "jack stand" maintenance on the chassis but won't do lift work.

Yes, it's a challenge, but it gives you a reason to get away from the house for a day.


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Hi all, Just to tie this up. I bought a motorcycle jack today to make lowering the gas tank much easier. Also got a bore scope that plugs into an android phone. Using it I quickly determined that I was going to get anything done without dropping the tank. Dropped it out in the street in front of my condo. Totally uneasy about it, but no one said anything. Quickly found the problem was a plastic tee and that the barb for the smallest line coming out was nearly broken off and leaking. Tee has two 3/8 lines going into it and one 1/4. Only thing I could find that would work locally was another plastic tee meant for vaccum hoses - probably what was on there. Looked at 3 auto parts stores and 4 hardware stores. Ordered a brass tee off Amazon with the correct two 3/8 and one 1/4 barbed nipples. It won't arrive until Tuedays so going to check plumbing supply stores tomorrow to see if I can find one locally. Not such a big deal to drop the tank. Going to make our trip to the Indy 500 and see how it goes. Still undecided on keeping it with little ability to get things fixed. At least its not a #Van Life Sprinter. The Mercedes dealer close to me has a back lot of commercial and RV Sprinters waiting for service. I hear the parts are hard to come by and the DEF systems for the diesel engines have tons of problems. Had briefly thought about getting something like a Winnebago View, but then learned of the Sprinter platform problems and super long service times. Thought a good old 'Amurican' class C would be and answer to parts and service. Still better than the Sprinter at least. Thanks for everyone who chimed in. I now have found a total of 4 shops that will work on Class C's with two other possible that haven't responded back, sigh. Soonest appt between all the shops was 1.5 months out. I've changed out all the fluids and had the front end steering and suspension brought up to speed so perhaps I can get some miles out of it now. Thanks again all.

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The problem is worst when you break down away from home, especially in summer when many people are traveling and can't find a shop to work on it. Think about waiting 1.5 months to get an appointment while on vacation. The larger your MH the harder it is to find a place away from home.

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The larger and/or older your MH the harder it is to find a place away from home.


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