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Finding Reliable RV Repair Service When You’re on the Road

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Finding Reliable RV Repair Service When You’re on the Road    

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One of the most difficult issues related to ownership of, and traveling with an RV is when it requires repairs while you’re on the road. How do you find reliable RV repair service/shop? If you’re in an emergency situation that requires your RV to be towed, you may not have too much choice in the matter since most roadside assistance programs will only pay towing to “the nearest repair facility.” It’s still a good idea, however, to do a little research while you’re waiting on a tow truck, to determine your options, read reviews, and identify which shop in the area will be the best fit. Most of the time, you can negotiate a tow to the shop of your preference.

 

If you’re not in an emergency situation, you have the advantage of choosing the repair shop of your choice with no restrictions…but how do you narrow down your options and choose the repair service that’s best for your RV? We’ve got some suggestions:

 

Talk to Other RV Owners

Other RV owners are one of the best ways to find reliable service spots. Join RV forums and Facebook groups to ask for recommendations.

Check Online Reviews

You can easily look up reviews on Google, Yelp, and other similar sites. While there is an RV-specific review site, it isn’t always up-to-date: rvservicereviews.com.

Search in the Region Where Your RV Was Manufactured

You’re likely to find the most RV repair shops that know the most about your specific RV, where it was manufactured. For example, Elkhart, IN, still makes roughly 60% of RV’s in the United States today. If these areas are already along your travel route, it makes sense to stop!

Establish a Regular Stop 

Many full-time RVers have a destination they visit annually. These regular stops can be a great place to have yearly RV maintenance completed—especially if you are able to establish a good relationship with a reliable, local shop.

Consider Truck Shops 

Driving an RV isn’t terribly different from operating a big truck. For this reason, many of the big truck-service companies cater to RVs. For example, for those with Allison Transmissions you can get your transmission work at any Allison-certified shop.  For those with Cummins Engines, there’s Cummins Coach Care. For those with Freightliner Chassis, the Freightliner shops will happily work on your RV. There are lots of options!

Seek Out Specialists for the Big Stuff 

RVs are complicated machines and there are few places that have the ability to handle all the major components with equal expertise; therefore, if you’re getting suspension work done go to a suspension shop. If you’re getting engine work done, go to an engine shop, etc. It seems like common sense but it’s an equally common mistake.

Call a Mobile Tech

Mobile techs can be a good option for minor repairs. Generally, they can’t handle the big stuff (engine, transmission etc.), but they are usually very competent in fixing smaller repairs. You typically pay a service call fee (in addition to labor/parts); however, in return, you get the convenience of not having to seek out a shop. Most RV parks can recommend good local mobile tech.

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6 thoughts on “Finding Reliable RV Repair Service When You’re on the Road”

  1. Thanks for the tips on finding a reliable RV repair service while on the road. My husband and I are looking for an RV repair shop that can help us with our RV’s engine. We will have to make sure that check the online reviews of whoever we are considering like you suggested.

  2. When you are roaming in the wilderness and suddenly your RV breaks down then it’s time to look for on-site repair services or a mechanic. The on-site repair services are more costly than regular repair services because they know how badly you need their services and ready to pay even higher for it. So even in these situations it is advisable to check reviews before calling anyone to have their hands on your vehicle.

  3. The RV can also be damaged due tom the bad and rough condition of the road or driveway. The cracks and the potholes in the driveway needs to be repaired quickly to reduce the maintenance cost of our vehicles. The company like All shore paving corp http://www.allshore-paving.com provides the various services related to the repair and maintenance of driveways.

  4. My son noticed that his car is quickly running out of gas which is very strange for him. I guess it is time for him to take it to the nearest roadside assistance to avoid any incidents while he is driving interstate. Thanks for suggesting that he can also call a mobile tech is there would be minor repair needed. Cheers!

  5. It’s also good to check for onsite RV repair because driving your RV when it’s damaged often makes the problem worse! Added weight means more stress on the engine, axle, and other parts. Better to keep it parked and have a repair person come to you, if possible.

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