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Now that we started our full timing venture, it’s becoming apparent that we don’t have a place to make small repairs and work on the coach! Parks frown upon it and shops won’t let you do the work yourself and so we were wondering what other full timers do when they want to work on their coaches?

Soon we will be traveling to Nebraska from Washington and looking for a spot for a few days to see if we can address and fix a few things:

1-bath tub supply water leak
2-Driver side broken windshield water nozzle
3-install already repaired front HWH jack
4-replace/upgrade headlights

Any ideas?
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I'm with you on the concerns--everything from oil changes to appliance replacements is subject to scrutiny and some parks don't allow it. I have lots of work to do on my coach (gads, both my A/C tanked, fridge tanked, captain chairs need replacing...) and I don;'t want to drive a thousand miles to a known place where I can do it.

Some RV parks have storage area where they'll let you work, wash, etc. Can't hurt to ask about their policy,

I'll bet most of us do it in parking lots. If you've rehearsed the repair and can do it without spending the night, you're good to go in most places you'd stop to take a nap or eat lunch. You know, not rest areas except for emergency repairs, but parking lots where you can hog an extra space beside you (park badly).

I'm puzzling over how/where to hire a couple of strong backs to yard my appliances around. Back home there was the "Millionaire's Club" where guys wanting day labor hung out on a certain street. You could negotiate a rate and get laborers any day for any job. Out on the road, who knows where to look?
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I'm with you on the concerns--everything from oil changes to appliance replacements is subject to scrutiny and some parks don't allow it. I have lots of work to do on my coach (gads, both my A/C tanked, fridge tanked, captain chairs need replacing...) and I don;'t want to drive a thousand miles to a known place where I can do it.

Some RV parks have storage area where they'll let you work, wash, etc. Can't hurt to ask about their policy,

I'll bet most of us do it in parking lots. If you've rehearsed the repair and can do it without spending the night, you're good to go in most places you'd stop to take a nap or eat lunch. You know, not rest areas except for emergency repairs, but parking lots where you can hog an extra space beside you (park badly).

I'm puzzling over how/where to hire a couple of strong backs to yard my appliances around. Back home there was the "Millionaire's Club" where guys wanting day labor hung out on a certain street. You could negotiate a rate and get laborers any day for any job. Out on the road, who knows where to look?
May be we could plan a meet for a few of us full timers to get together and rent/use a space for week or two and help each other!
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Will truck stops allow you to make some repairs ?
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I know some parks are ok with wrenching. Isletta Casino RV park allowed tires to be changed out and a mobile mechanic to work on a coach, just asked before they came in. I don’t think any of the guests cared. You may call and ask.
I’ve done a oil change in a Walmart. Took the used oil right to the back. Changed fuel filters in a parking lots also.
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The things you list need be done I would do in the most any park, it's not like they're engine work.

And if you're looking for someone to do it for you, most parks have business cards of local folk who if can't do the job know someone who can
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May be we could plan a meet for a few of us full timers to get together and rent/use a space for week or two and help each other!
I dream of a network of private storage and service pits, dedicated to our 'birds. East coast, west coast, north, south, you'd never be too far from a place you could plan to do PM and repairs. A shipping address for each would be lovely--arrive to find the appliances and parts you've ordered, already there.

With the RV lifestyle booming, some enterprising dude could sell shares in such a network, kinda like Thousand Trails?

The wrong enteriprising dude would try to do it as a feature of a real estate development. You know, buy a lot and get access to the facilities. I'd say keep it simple and on the down low. I don't want to live there. Focus on a need.

Rallies and ad hoc repair solutions seem to keep most of us going. But I like the idea of having a plan for a place to go do these things. A variety of engineered pit designs would be a good start. Safety first!
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If you want you want to come back thru ABQ, I have a full shop and a place for you to park. It would be good to see you again.
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Carl, do you want to meet for lunch tomorrow? I'll be passing along I-40, not far from you.
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If you want you want to come back thru ABQ, I have a full shop and a place for you to park. It would be good to see you again.
Hi Carl, we would definitely be back through ABQ and will take you up on that offer! We are visiting my cousin in Canada followed by grandchildren in Nebraska and Rally in Georgia, so that most likely would be after Q in Feb!
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