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Full-Time friendly RV repair?
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May 02 2010, 4:51 pm - By smthng


Hey all,

Our list of "stuff to fix" is growing and we now have a brake that's leaking fluid quite badly, so it's time to get some work done.

I can probably nurse the leaking brake for quite some time, but I'll just need to refill fluid as it burns off.  I first noticed the smell in Alabama, so it's been leaking for quite some time.  It's probably lost about 3 ounces or so since we parked it here in Gonzales.  I'm also due for some oil and filter changes.

We're still in Gonzales, TX and are headed to Big Bend next (probably leaving in about two days).  From there, we're headed north to Yellowstone.  It really doesn't matter what route we take to get to either.

So, what I need is a recommendation for a shop that is:
  • Full-timer friendly (would be nice to be able to sleep in our rig at night when they're not working on it)
  • Can do Frieghtliner chassis work (brakes, fluid changes)
  • Can do RV equipment work (roof A/C)
  • Would be nice to get windshield replaced too
  • Somewhere between Gonzales, Big Bend and Yellowstone.

Any recommendations?

--smthng
http://wegofar.com/
'01 Newmar Dutch Star - No name yet, but my wife calls it the Death Star. :S
'06 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon - "Teflon" - has to go away soon. :(

'09 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon - I call it "Little Tiny Baby Jeep That Needs To Grow Up By About Four Inches", but Dasy isn't really happy about that.

'03 Yamaha TW-200 - "Little Tractor"

May 03 2010, 4:36 am - Replied by: gillgodd


Last year when I was researching RV repair I found a place close to Austin that can do all of the above and has an RV park attached  Don't remember the name offhand but it was just south of Austin and had good recommendations on the RV mechanics review list.

May 03 2010, 7:15 am - Replied by: Technomadia


Crestview RV is the spot near Austin referenced above.  They do have a park behind it, and it's right off I-35.  We tried to get work done there 3 years ago, and they had quite a wait.   We went with a place nearby that specializes in trailers instead, so can't recommend them one way or another. 


Cherie and Chris / Technomads / www.technomadia.com
1961 GM 4106 - Vintage Bus
On the road since 2006 

Aug 11 2010, 9:32 pm - Replied by: Chronic_Frailty


Watching with earnest anticipation. I'm not too far away from Austin area and I want to know as well!!
John and Terry
1996 Winnebago Brave 32' P30 454 Ga$
Toad - 2010 Nissan Cube
Band - Chronic Frailty...CLICK IT...I dare ya'

Aug 11 2010, 10:02 pm - Replied by: smthng


Ack... forgot to update this.  We ended up at Shamrock RV in Sequin, TX.  Avoid them like the plague!  They tried to charge me for both front axle seals and brakes when they clearly only did one.  When I asked to talk to the owner, he was mysteriously unavailable.  When I asked to talk to the mechanic, I was told he didn't want to talk to me.  I ended up settling with the receptionist and paid for parts and labor for on axle.  I wish I hadn't even done that, but we wanted to be gone.

After driving to Yellowstone, we had to have it done again AND have the front bearings replaced because they did such a horrible job.  I went to a Freightliner dealer there and I'll now do that any time I need chassis work.

If you look for them on Google they won't be there...  they are now apparently "Noah's RV".  Before that they were "Pro Tex".  My review on Google is gone due to the name change.  I'm guessing they change names every few months or so.  The address is 1620 N Hwy 123 Bypass.

It could now be a new owner, or the same dude under a different business name (I'll see if I can find his name somewhere).  Until someone says different, I'd check elsewhere.

--smthng
http://wegofar.com/
'01 Newmar Dutch Star - No name yet, but my wife calls it the Death Star. :S
'06 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon - "Teflon" - has to go away soon. :(

'09 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon - I call it "Little Tiny Baby Jeep That Needs To Grow Up By About Four Inches", but Dasy isn't really happy about that.

'03 Yamaha TW-200 - "Little Tractor"

Aug 12 2010, 2:02 am - Replied by: KevsKnight


Here in south Austin, there are two mobile RV techs that people here at the park speak highly of. RV Specialists - (512) 470-3070, and RV Technology - 512.243.9700.

The nice thing about the mobile repair people is that they come to you!  No worries about dropping off your rig and waiting forever for a repair. They come by, figure out what they need, come back and repair.

I have not had work done by either, but have called and talked to both, and have heard good things from people here in the park. Short of major chassis repairs, I would think that a mobile repair facility would be a good option for fulltimers.

Also, as mentioned at The Gathering, be sure to have a look at RV Service Reviews to see if anyone before you has had horrible experience.



--kev

I have washboard abs. They are just hidden under 50#s of laundry.
Aug 12 2010, 9:56 am - Replied by: Chronic_Frailty


Wow smthng,
Thanks for the input. I won't be going there for sure.  I wish I were a little closer to Austin so i could call on one of those mobile RV techs.  I'll bet they wouldn't come the two hours to me though.

John and Terry
1996 Winnebago Brave 32' P30 454 Ga$
Toad - 2010 Nissan Cube
Band - Chronic Frailty...CLICK IT...I dare ya'

Aug 12 2010, 1:46 pm - Replied by: KevsKnight



Chronic_Frailty wrote:
Wow smthng,
Thanks for the input. I won't be going there for sure.  I wish I were a little closer to Austin so i could call on one of those mobile RV techs.  I'll bet they wouldn't come the two hours to me though.



I'm sure they would go out there, but don't think you would want to pay that travel fee :)
I have washboard abs. They are just hidden under 50#s of laundry.
Aug 12 2010, 3:02 pm - Replied by: Chronic_Frailty



KevsKnight wrote:
[quote="Chronic_Frailty"]
I'm sure they would go out there, but don't think you would want to pay that travel fee :)


Haha...no doubt...
John and Terry
1996 Winnebago Brave 32' P30 454 Ga$
Toad - 2010 Nissan Cube
Band - Chronic Frailty...CLICK IT...I dare ya'

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