Looking for and deciding on an RV service and repair center is not an easy task. You can get into a shop with incompetent technicians who bungle the job and leave more damage (and costs!) than before you entered their premises. There is no foolproof way to know if a shop can do the job right or not, but there are things you can do and look into in advance before you entrust your cherished car to them.
Ask around. Asking friends and co-RV owners is a great way to find out if an RV service center delivers on its promise. Were they satisfied with the servicing or repair of their recreational vehicles? Were the charges reasonable and worth it? If you got negative comments, make sure you know what it is about.
A quality motorhome repair service employs experienced technicians that have had long years of experience in RV repair and maintenance. They are experts who can handle RV components such as electrical systems, plumbing, air conditioning, appliances, batteries and generators, awnings, cabinets and compartments and other parts of an RV. They can do exterior and interior repairs of fiberglass components, window frames, inside and outside walls, rear cap and metal sheet replacements and other essential work that needs to be done.
A reliable RV service shop gives you a warranty on its parts and services because they are confident of their skills and the quality standards of their replacement parts, from mechanical components to bathroom fixtures, countertops and other home equipments.
A good RV service provider is transparent in all their dealings. They are honest and upfront with clients. They show the condition of their RV and what needs to be done. They give their clients a detailed accounting of the fees and charges.
A camper or RV service center that is customer service oriented has staff that is reliable, courteous and willing to explain anything that the RV owner asks. They treat all customers with personalized attention and patience. You’ll have a good night’s sleep knowing your vehicle is in trustworthy hands.
When choosing an RV repair and service shop, get one that has a large inventory of retail parts and components to replace your damaged ones. Servicing will be faster and prices of parts lower than if they have to source them from other dealers. A retail department also means you can get back on the road more quickly.
Common RV Repairs
Except for the wheels and engine of a recreational vehicle, there is not much difference from a house in the parts of an RV that gets damaged. If you are the type who likes to get down on your hands and knees and do the repairs yourself, you can save money by fixing these easy DIY reconstructions and replacements.
1. Water System – burst water pipes, leaking faucets, leaking valves of toilet bowls and broken water pumps are just some of the usual damages incurred in an RV, especially after a winter freeze period.
2. RV structural components – punctured rubber roof, broken window frames and cracked window panes, and damaged rooftop vents can be gotten from tree branches hanging over when you pass by in your RV.
For other repairs such as the mechanical and propane systems, tire damage, suspension and such, I don’t trust myself enough to be competent in doing them. I rely on my longtime trusty RV repair and service center to keep my vehicle in tiptop condition so that I don’t encounter any problems that would ruin my family’s camping experience.