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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by Luce1995, May 6, 2019.
I asked for a detailed invoice and there’s some fishy charges. I’m disputing them.
The inspection was $285, but you are right—it’s not adding up. I was able to track down a local man who restores vintage campers, and he can work on mine for much less.
For inspecting the pup.
$285 for inspection, yes. It’s 21 years old and I want to be sure of it’s roadworthiness before I take it on a 4000 miles trip.
In hindsight $285 for inspection is not all that bad, especially if you are not familiar with campers. But for that expense I would expect a full written report that covered EVERYTHING according to their website your report should include:
45 Point Inspection We will check the current condition* of:
Hot Skin Test
TV Antenna Operation (Booster)
All Exhaust Fans
Power Cord Inspected
AUX GENERATOR SYSTEM
Auto Change Over-Operator
Run Test - Hertz/Volts
Check System for Leaks
Water Pump Operation
City Water Intake-CK Valve
All Drain Cocks
Seal on Termination Cap
L.P. GAS SYSTEM
L.P. Leak Detector Test
L.P. Hose(s) Condition
L.P. Leak Down Test
Leak Check System
Water Heater Operation
Roof Air: Front/Heat Strip/Filters
Roof Air: Rear/Heat Strip/Filters
Breakaway Switch Operation
Tire Condition - Visual
Windows: Gaskets, Crank Handles
Are you near Nashville area? I've heard this place is pretty good: http://lebanonrvcenter.com/RV_Service_Center.html or try Mark Schmidt Marine and RV: https://www.facebook.com/schmidtsmarineservices/
No personal experience at either but we've heard good things and if we need something this is where we'd likely go.
I found a local independent repair person. I hate that I’m stuck paying $175 for the wheel bearing pack, but I know better now than to go with Camping World. I’m so grateful for everyone’s input!
The popup does NOT have most of the features in the 45 point inspection...
That would be a great inspection if you had an RV. 75% of that list doesn’t apply to a PUP.
Were the tires radial at least? I hope so. Also, most of the other stuff is easy to replace on your own. Look up things on here or on youtube. Even the propane sensor.
Expensive lesson learned, but now you know. Local tire place near us charged $15 per side for bearing repack, or $30 total. Hard to complain about that price, and they do good work.
As for CW, there is one about 30 miles from us, and we don't even slow down and wave when we go by. I tried to buy a new camper from them several years ago and we were in the office filling out the paperwork when they started adding on a bunch of ridiculous fees to the advertised price. They even wanted to charge me extra because I did not want to finance the camper. I laughed out loud, got a little angry and walked out. The salesman called me a couple of times, but I tried politely to explain how I would not be back in, and have not.
I was gonna suggest a traveling/roving RV person or even a hanyman.
I hope the new guy works well.
New tailight is like $20 on Amazon. Install it yourself for free and a $4 tube of silicone. It's not rocket science, or even a little bit hard.
I had to replace tires last year and found it cheapest to just order new wheels from eTrailer. Cost less than $150 shipped for radials (would have been closer to $100 for bias). If you know how to change a tire on your car, and have access to a jack, again you install them yourself for free.
The "inspection" is a joke. Just a way to drum up business.
Propane tanks cost about $40 each for a (partially) full one anywhere that has propane tanks. Or buy a new empty one for about $30.
All the other parts you can probably get on Amazon or eTrailer. You're looking at a few hundred in repairs, not a few thousand.
What I do is pick up free propane tanks off of CraigsList. They are usually outdated. Then I swap them at Walmart (about the only time I go there) and get one that might be 2 months old (and 3/4 full) at about $14. After that, I go to a propane dealer and get them refilled with more gas for less money. Be careful at the swap tank places like Walmart. Nearly all the tanks had a quick repaint and were out of date, which is illegal. Refuse to take one of those, always find a new one.