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Old 01-23-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Labor costs for dealer service

We took our trailer into a local dealer for the first time to have a tire issue looked at, plus some minor warranty work. This is in Northern Mississippi.

One of the documents that I reviewed and signed said their labor rate in $120 per hour. I think this is the highest rate I have seen to date for any mechanical service.

What is the labor rate for RV service in your area?

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Old 01-23-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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That is not surpriseing, That is just about the rate around us if you were take A unit in for work. This stresses the point that when you want to play you have to pay. OR know how to do the work yourself. I mean just because it says RV dosnt mean it has to be worked on by an RV Dealer, Whats worse is taking it to the "technicians" and its not right, Then what happens, Lots of time you pay again. It will be said that they loose on warranty work. Well what do the Car dealers do? they charge extreme rates, but dont get that rate from the factory. Example fix A water leak yourself, some pex tubing a couple Sharkbite fittings and your time. Maybe 30 to 40 Dollars. Take it to the dealer its there for probably a few weeks and 250.00 dollars
Your best defense is to be able to are know someone that is able to help with maintenance on your unit. I mean RV does not mean unrepairable by the owner.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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$110 at my dealership/service department is the stated priced but they will give me a reduced price especially when combining multiple jobs on the same visit.

I was quoted $125 per hour at another location when I was inquiring about getting a Wingman installed. This guy wanted $75 to install it which seems really high for a 5 minute job.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:21 PM   #4
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$110-120/hr in our region
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:28 PM   #5
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The dealer posted rate at the RV dealer that I deal with is $60.00 hr. They ususally don't charge me that much........... Luv my small dealer with low overhead.....
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:39 PM   #6
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We have a small one around here that charges 80 an hour and another large one that charges 125 per hour.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:05 PM   #7
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I havnt even asked at my dealer, just get a per job quote- and being comission my self I rather do it that way.
The auto dealer I work at, I believe the customer pay- labor rate is $105-110.

Smaller shops may charge less to get business, larger shops or dealers will charge more, because they WILL get work because they are just that, a big shop or a dealer. That's why I love working at a dealership as opposed to independant...... we get more work because people want to use a dealer.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:20 PM   #8
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I am in the process of trying to get warranty work done due to our Suburban Furnace is in a "Locked Out"status, and we have been without the furnace (no worries... the gas is ok to the stove, and we have space heaters...), since Sunday. And, to top it off, we need them as a mobile service because we just had to build a skirting around our rig to keep the water from freezing, and removing it will be a pain! I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:30 PM   #9
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To repair my damages nfrom the break in that we had, they quoted 65.00 per hour here in Michigan.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:38 PM   #10
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$110-$120 is pretty much the going rate out here in California.

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