Originally Posted by wader
I don't disagree with you, but sure seems that if everyone had their running gear in balance the A/S repair shops would be out of business. LOL!
I can admire a guy that stands by his convictions.
No way would they be out of business, unless..........
They would still do the regular PM, like brake work, rebalance, replace tires, clean reefer burners and flue, clean water heater orifaces and burners, R & R furnaces and clean them internally, repair faucets, water pumps, toilets etc, change dump valves, holding tanks and gaskets, window, door, access compartment gaskets, vent cover and sewer vent pipe cover gaskets.
Then a real good shop will do the body work (ouch) and how about replasticoating?
Repairing the AC or installing a new unit, or installing awnings, rock guards and segment protectors happens frequently.
How about water leaks, plumbing leaks, and LPG leaks?
Repairing and/or replacing part of the floor that was water damaged happens a lot.
How about correct LPG pressures, so that the oven and water heater and furnace work correctly along with the reefer working correctly in the mountains as well as it does at sea level?
How about electrical problems, both 120 VAC and 12 VDC?
How about updating with new appliances, etc.?
And then we could bring up the subject of carpet, drapes and upholstery.
And then (hello insurance companies) broken windows.
If they keep a good or better inventory of parts, especially parts for the older coaches, such as we do, they will keep busy with ordering, receiving and shipouts.
Then to add to the overall picture, if they make parts for older trailers, buy parts and modify them so they will work on the older trailers, or have parts made for older trailers, that is a job in itself, as we do.
If they are dedicated to help the owners of older coaches, they will come up with things that will update the coach, and keep the costs down whenever possible, such as we do.
Then, heavens to Betsy, if they have a web site that is helpful to Airstream owners, that will take some time, too, not to mention posting on the Forums.
But then, there are shops that only want to do the PDI work on coaches that their dealer sold, and not much else. Oh well, how can they ask to be supported by their customers down the road?
A good service department will always be in demand, and if it contributes to the overall Airstream way of life, they will have plenty of work. Seasonal maybe, because of geography, but certainly busy.
The list of what a service department can do to help Airstream and other RV owners, is almost endless.
But some of the service departments that are around, hardly know where to begin. If it's outside the realm of PDI, their usually lost, someplace.
When a good dealer is found, they should be supported, so that when you really need them, they will be there for you.
Like I said many times, "And so it is."