Dear RV Shrink:
My husband thinks he’s a bona fide RV mechanic. He’ll work on a problem until he’s probably spent more money than having a qualified RV mechanic do the job. He refuses to have anyone work on our rig until he has exhausted all of his possible do-it-yourself fixes. He has a one-track mind, so whenever he is on a mission to fix something I’ve lost him completely until it gets solved.
He is always online looking for advice, tricks of the trade and cheap fixes. Wouldn’t it be wiser to just have a mechanic repair our rig? Wouldn’t it be cheaper in the long run, not to mention less hassle and headache? —Cheap Tricks in Toledo
Some people want to be a rock star and others an RV mechanic. I think your husband is on the right track. Even if it ends up costing him more money to completely solve a problem, he has educated himself for future situations.
Online advice is priceless. There is hardly a subject not covered. We all experience the same mechanical problems sooner or later. You will find people online describing your precise issue, how to fix it and what parts you will need. I find it amazing.
Your husband’s laser focus can be looked at in another way. During the time you lose his attention, you could be stuck in a motel, waiting for a service technician to call and tell you they finally figured out your problem. Some of these people have to think about it for as long as your husband and try as many parts and solutions. The only difference is, they have the meter running at more than $100 bucks an hour.
Many RV problems come down to plug-and-play electronic boards in current models. You can often find great troubleshooting help from aftermarket board companies online.
Your husband is building experience that will pay off handsomely in the future. You should be happy and encourage him. A lot of women who used to go for handsome are now looking for handy. You had better keep a close eye on him. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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