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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 07-21-2011
1derer 1derer is offline
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Opinions as of 7/2011 arising from experiences in the thread “LA Saga”
Greater LA area -
William 818 384 2319 Excellent - LA – Arleta area: Would you rather pay a competent mechanic $20/hour direct, or the extra $100/hour to cover the costs a shop incurred getting you to drop in? Here’s your chance if you’re in SOCAL: William 818 384 2319 is based a bit south of where 5 and 405 intersect, but he makes house calls. Diesel and electrical was what he did for me. He’s not into the complexities of RVs, but has experience maintaining a fleet of trucks. Enlisting his services was a throw-back to my younger days when without money to speak of in Vista Corps I found mechanics willing to have me participate in their repairs, thus enabling me to learn my vehicle. (Most shops forbid this experience . . . . “Insurance” . . . . etc etc etc ad infinitum, except you have to pay extra for this. - How do I come to quote $20/hour? I happened upon William next to where my bus wouldn't start. I asked him to help, and he quoted me $150 whether he succeeded in fixing it or not. So he removed the starter, tested it, noted it was good but the selonoid was not. He then drove me to a shop he knew of that could order my uncommon solenoid. He drove me back there a few days later to pick it up. He installed it and the bus was back in business. $150. - I then asked him about doing some more. He quoted $150 for a whole day. And he worked all day on my bus and dealt with a bunch of issues I presented. That's how I come to quote $20/hour. So be realistic.
A-One Auto Center – Don’t bother – LA in Gardena area. If you your problems are electrical and you don’t speak Korean, forget it.

Greater San Diego area:
Holland Motor Homes - Useless : in northern San Diego, though much touted by some, was absolutely useless to me as somebody who hadn’t previously endowed them with a munificient sum purchasing one of their coaches.
RV Specialists 858 455 9898- Very good in San Diego near La Jolla, to whom I was referred by Holland, charged the typical $110/hour for a competent down-to-earth tech Ray who allowed me to watch and learn my vehicle.
Broadway Auto Electric - San Diego, Lemon Grove area - This place is immensely popular with locals, but don't come in with anything complex: They will hang you out to dry forever and feel no guilt.
'75 FC Cummins 8.3
Tucson, AZ

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