Tips for Choosing an RV Repair Shop
Choosing an RV repair shop is the same as finding your usual car repair shop. You’ve already put in a big amount of cash into your RV, so don’t ignore any needed repairs with a quick fix from unqualified mechanics.
First of all, find shops with the necessary equipment and facilities to do the repairs. For instance, they should have a 3D frame measuring machine, which is among the most recent advancements in car repairs today, that gives mechanics a correct diagnosis of what must be repaired. Know what welding techniques they use as well for any frame or body repairs to be done. Squeeze-type resistance spot welding enables the mechanic to imitate original manufacturer welds, leading to higher 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 makes them qualified to restore your RV’s siding or suspension before you get it out on the road? Effective demand a lot more than just tacking things together. Competent mechanics are certified by industry organizations, ensuring they’re updated on the newest techniques and technology in the area of collision and mechanical repairs. When selecting an RV repair shop, it is a must to inquire regarding their certifications.
On top of that, be sure that the repair shop itself is certified to use original manufacturer parts when doing repairs. Before an RV repair becomes Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) certified, they have to know the best repair techniques as taught by the RV makers 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
Lastly, remember to ask whether or not the repair shop is approved and recommended by large insurers under “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. Before insurers pay a repair shop directly for repairs following an accident, they make sure it is qualified.