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 off, look for shops that have the right equipment and facilities to perform 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. Also check their welding techniques for all frame or body repairs in order. Squeeze-type resistance spot welding lets the mechanic replicate original manufacturer welds, making way for greater quality repairs.
No matter if you depend on an interior heater while driving down a freezing highway, or on a water pump in some isolated desert, choosing a repair shop that offers workmanship ad lifetime warranties on their work is essential. It’s a good indication when a repair shop does this because it reflects their confidence in their ability to satisfy your repair needs, and that they are happy to replace any defective products that may 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? Quality repairs demand a bit more than simply joining 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.
Additionally, the repair shop itself must be certified to use parts directly sourced from the manufacturer. 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 considerable training, a long and extensive certification process, a number of pricey renovations, and the purchase of new machines, a repair shop can earn the auto manufacturer’s trust and confidence and get certified to use OEM parts rather than 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 approval is an indication that insurers have placed their trust on the repair shop to do high quality work at a judicious price. Insurers only a repair shop directly for repairs after a vehicular accident once they have proven that it is qualified.