Originally Posted by Foiled Again
Ahem... female fulltimer here. Can't do the work? FYI a sewing machine, a stand mixer, a vacuum cleaner and a food processor are all POWER TOOLS. Any person who can make another human being can surely inflate tires correctly, change oil, learn to use a torque wrench properly and in time, grease her own wheel bearings.
There will be maintenance and repairs. I CAN afford to pay dependable people to do the work for me, so most times I DO. I also can and DO some of the maintenance stuff myself.
First, put your mind in gear to LEARN to do it yourself. Next, seriously consider joining WBCCI or TAC or both and going to rallies - in spring there are many maintenance rallies where experienced people will show you the ropes.
Next, remember the demeanor of many professional mechanics you've seen - some are professional, others have butt cleavage, blow their noses with their bare hands, and regard the planet as their personal urinal. Their work often reflects the "quality" of their personal habits.
I'm sixty-four and not slender! I can still draw a crowd (of geezers) when I work on my Airstream! Last year I changed out my tires and rims from 15 inch to 16 inch, and had quite an audience as I ran the wheels on ramps, and changed out each tire and rim combo. It did get a bit hairy "adjusting" the spare carrier for the larger tire. I "womanhandled" the uprights to a new angle with the aid of a 5 lb. sledge and a much abused close-ended wrench.
Now, look at your Argosy as a "man magnet" and go forth merrily!
Hey Paula, I'm a "geezer" and I'll sit and watch you change tires anytime. LOL
Seriously, I always taught my daughters "you can do anything you put your mind to", gender makes no difference, I say more power to you.