How to Choose an RV Repair Shop
Choosing an RV repair shop is the same as finding your usual car repair shop. You’ve already spent a lot amount of money for your RV, so don’t neglect any important repairs with a quick fix from incompetent mechanics.
First and foremost, keep an eye out for shops that have the appropriate equipment and facilities for handing the repairs. For example, they must have a 3D frame measuring machine, one of the newest developments in motor vehicle repairs, which enables mechanics to get an accurate diagnosis of what has to be repaired. Know what welding techniques they use as well for any frame or body repairs to be done. With squeeze-type resistance spot welding, the mechanic is able to reproduce original manufacturer welds, resulting in better quality repairs.
Whether you will be relying on a water pump at camp in the Mojave Desert or on an interior heater as you drive down the Alaskan Highway via the Yukon, you need to ensure that you have a dependable repair shop that will stand by their workmanship and offer lifetime warranties on everything they do. It’s a positive sign when a mechanical repair shop does this because it tells you that they are confident in meeting your repair needs, and that they will readily replace any faulty parts that could have been installed.
Certifications and Qualifications
What gives them the qualification to restore your RV’s siding or repair its suspension before you roll it down the road? Effective demand a lot more than just tacking things together. Good mechanics work for certifications provided by industry organizations, making sure they’re always updated on the most recent techniques and technologies in the world of collision and mechanical repairs. As you pick an RV repair shop, make it a point to inquire about their certifications.
On top of that, be sure that the repair shop itself is certified to use original manufacturer parts when doing repairs. An RV repair shop can only have Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) certification after learning about the best repair techniques straight from RV companies themselves. After comprehensive training, a long and rigorous certification process, a series of expensive renovations, and new machine acquisitions, a repair shop can secure the RV maker’s trust and be certified to OEM parts instead of after-market parts.
Direct Repair Programs
Finally, don’t forget to inquire whether or not the repair shop has the approval and recommendation of big insurance companies via “direct repair programs” (DRP). This indicates that insurance companies have complete trust in the repair shop as far as performing quality work at a reasonable price is concerned. Insurers always make sure a repair shop is qualified before they agree to pay it directly for repairs.