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Service Centers & Mobile Mechanics Good Places To Stop For Repairs And Maintenance, Mobile Mechanics, Or Bad Places To Avoid Too -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please add the names of facilities that you can recommend for service and repairs for a 'Bird, or those places to avoid for the same things. Be sure to give as much information as you can....... NAME OF BUSINESS..... BUSINESS LOCATION..... BUSINESS PHONE NUMBER..... BUSINESS CONTACT PERSON..... YEAR/ MODEL/ENGINE/TRANS OF 'BIRD WORKED ON..... WHAT ARE THEIR HOURLY REPAIR RATES..... SERVICE WAS GOOD, OR BAD..... WHAT KIND OF SERVICE, OR REPAIR WAS DONE..... REASON YOU RECOMMEND, OR AVOID DOING BUSINESS WITH THEM..... YOUR NAME..... Here is a tip about how to post your record and comments. First copy the topics above and then open a "New Thread" with the NAME OF THE BUSINESS and/or the TOWN WHERE THE BUSINESS IS LOCATED, then paste what you just copied there and then fill in the information.

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Old 04-22-2016
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ibought my Bird last year call McDONALD they helped me get it down to there place for some TLC and afew improvment's did a great job then helped me get it driven to the west coast very pleased with the work

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I'm David and I am also in Perry Georgia, where are you located? I am at Fair harbor rv park off exit 135 I have a 1989 36sp. no car just the bird right now waiting on George morris to do some work on my bus here until May 4th. 239-223-0569 I am new owner of My Bird. since January. have a nice day....
We are in Columbus Ga. 706-562-0510. Call us if you need anything. We love Blue Birds. www.coachcraftbymacdonald.com. Thank you for inquiring.
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[QUOTE=travler;337223]ibought my Bird last year call McDONALD they helped me get it down to there place for some TLC and afew improvment's did a great job then helped me get it driven to the west coast very pleased with the work

Thanks John for the info.

I have a long list of items I want done, but finding quality shops balanced with cost in the S.F. Bay Area is getting to be difficult.
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ibought my Bird last year call McDONALD they helped me get it down to there place for some TLC and afew improvment's did a great job then helped me get it driven to the west coast very pleased with the work

Thanks John for the info.

I have a long list of items I want done, but finding quality shops balanced with cost in the S.F. Bay Area is getting to be difficult.
If you need anything or are ever back on the east coast give us a call.
Thank you very much for your support.
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Quality shops are hard to find. Coachcraft is a quality shop with first class people.
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Just wish they had a western office in some place convenient, like maybe...um...Salt Lake City.
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Old 04-25-2016
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I'm David and I am also in Perry Georgia, where are you located? I am at Fair harbor rv park off exit 135 I have a 1989 36sp. no car just the bird right now waiting on George morris to do some work on my bus here until May 4th. 239-223-0569 I am new owner of My Bird. since January. have a nice day....
Columbus Ga 706-562-0510. Thank you for inquiring.
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Quality shops are hard to find. Coachcraft is a quality shop with first class people.
Thank you for all your help and support.
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Default Thank goodness we caught it at Coachcraft!

So I have landed back at Coachcraft for my Pre-WOG maintenance – and I am embarrassed to not have posted this story a good while back. The long version of the repairs is in a different thread, this expanded excerpt is in praise of Coachcraft.

First off, this is my 4th year at Coachcraft, and I have the highest possible regard for these guys. I am a lucky woman; since 2014 we have managed to discover most of my Bird’s major issues in Columbus, rather than out on the road somewhere. Coachcraft has taken excellent care of my Bird – and me. No, seriously – John-Boy Hughes fed my cats for a week while I kept a commitment in Houston, as this saga began. That level of customer care is thin on the ground!!

[Equally seriously, contrast my Texas repairs: one shop majorly wasted time by not asking me nor looking at the Blue Book; one shop was in over their heads and admitted it; two shops did the best they could – from a truck-centric approach. Coachcraft has treated me MOST decently. If I could do it all over again, I would have driven the Bird to Columbus the moment I bought it.]

So, in 2014 and 2015 I had arrived a week before WOG for routine maintenance, we found problems, and I returned to the yard after WOG. In 2015 I said, “Mr. Kenny, how ‘bout if I come in a MONTH early and see if we can catch everything and aim to get me back to Texas by Election Day?” Ergo, I landed in Columbus on 9/16/16 – with known electric and brake issues. Did all the fixes – and still had to return after WOG; the hydraulic pump sprung a new leak and the parts timeline came into play. Absentee ballot time….

I was set to leave on Election Day, Tuesday 11/8/16. Last thing Monday, John [“Mr. John-Boy, SIR!”] knocked on the bus. I knew. He had THAT LOOK on his face. He had spotted a green drip – because, that’s what he does, is look for things – and it was under the wrong side of the engine. Knowing that This Was A Bad Thing, I started Doing My Gratitudes that we had – once again – caught it here! [As vs. me becoming Another Roadside Attraction somewhere.] [I like being around folks who notice things.]

First thing Tuesday we – the whole management team – went into battle planning. An engine rebuild would be within Coachcraft’s abilities, but they wanted someone who does it regularly – and recently. WWWilliams Albany had closed in the last year, Atlanta was not set up for full-timers. So they would start the procurement cycle for a rebuild kit while “shaking the bushes” for A Local Detroit Guy. The ensuing week of lead time was when Mr. John-Boy Hughes tended my cats while I made that car trip to Houston.

By the time I returned to Columbus the following Tuesday, the rebuild kit was on order and Coachcraft had found A Detroit Guy for me to meet.

We drained and chocked the bus on 11/22/16. It was 3/22/17 before we signed me off to leave for Houston. In those 4 months these folks watched me go from gobsmacked to “NOW what?” and back again, made sure I had my feet braced for the various setbacks, and listened to me grumble-glad about how the delays were keeping me well away from [helping my kids with their part of] “the ex’s” house move. And when I’m out on the road, I know that a bit of hand-holding is only a phone call away.

During the in-frame, and to the extent of my abilities, they gave me the great privilege of helping out with the work. I ran parts through the solvent tank, buffed gasket residue off mating surfaces, tended some rust [wire wheel / converter / hi-temp paint], scraped a couple POUNDS of greasy dirt off my radiator fan blades. Just generally being useful; I did grow up in a car shop, I do know the drill and can manage SOME skills.

Bottom line, I would NEVER have survived this ordeal without “the guys” at Coachcraft. And I cannot exaggerate how great a privilege it is that they let me do what I could to help during the ordeal. [As Stewart Brand told us back in 1968, it’s about having the right tools – “What’cha looking for, Mz. Debbie?”] I repeat, I’d of been SO much better off if I had just driven the bus straight here when I bought it, and not ended up at the mercy of them Houston shops….
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Old 09-24-2017
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Debbie, you’re the best. Glad the ordeal is over and looking forward to seeing you at WOG.
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