Finding an RV Mechanic – What to Consider

mechanicOwning and maintaining an RV of any size isn’t an easy task, but for many enthusiasts, properly caring for and keeping their rigs running at peak performance is a point of pride. But things happen, even for those who take great care of their RVs, and repairs or service are needed.

If you’re the do-it-yourself type, it’s possible that you’ll want to perform certain tasks on your own, and that may be okay, if the repairs required are general and easy enough. However, sometimes you just need a professional RV technician to do the work, especially when it comes to the many complex systems found in RVs.

So, how do you find an RV mechanic and what qualifications do you look for before hiring one?

Here are just some of things you should consider before selecting a technician to work on your rig:

  • Start searching for shops that specialize in RV repair. You may be tempted to bring your rig to the mechanic who’s been working on your car for years, but he or she isn’t going to have the proper experience or tools necessary to service an RV.
  • Seek out Certified or Master Certified RV Technicians at the shop. RV repair technicians can get certified through a program sponsored by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RIVA) and the National RV Dealers Association (RVDA). This program tests and certifies individuals only (not repairs shops, dealerships, or companies), giving them the advanced education necessary and the ability to repair and service all types of RVs. Master Certified RV Technicians have even more education and experience, with specialized knowledge of gas and electrical systems, plumbing, hydraulic systems, and more. When you choose an RV technician with either one of these certifications, you can rest easy knowing your rig is in good hands.
  • Before you select any shop or technician, check for other credentials as well, such as up-to-date licensing with the county or state in which the repair shop is located and current memberships with local business organizations, such as the Better Business Bureau. A shop that cares about its reputation within the community will be more likely to care about their customers and properly service those customers’ vehicles.
  • Ask if the shop offers a warranty on their repairs. When a repair shops and its technicians take pride in the level of craftsmanship they offer their customers, a warranty will often back up that work. Repair warranties can vary, but seek out shops that offer lifetime warranties. That type of coverage will help better protect your investment in your rig.

In addition, it’s always a good idea to get a written estimate on the repairs and service a technician recommends for your rig before any work begins. This will help ensure that you’re only paying for maintenance or repairs that are required.

To learn more about selecting a maintenance and repair shop and a technician to work on your RV, contact us today!

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