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On the road issues, sparks, Nv


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So traveling thru the western states for the past month got me to Sparks, Nv. There I have developed a noise in the right front wheel area, not sure it is a tire or a wheel bearing, it sounds like I am dragging a road cone! I got here on a Sat night, stayed and watched the game Sunday with a decision to tackle the issue on Monday morning... Thats where the problem is, There is NO ONE that I found that can handle a emergency drop in! The best I can find is a shop that says they can get it in the next day, however I can't stay with the vehicle and they will not plug it in and suggest I winterize it before they receive it. I have tried several "truck stops" and they all say "we don't work on campers" !!! What are us Class A owners to do, I have called the mobile mechanics they want all the repairs that are not mechanical, truck stops don't want us, And the chassis centers know there bread and butter is the trucking industry. What a terrible situation to be in.

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This is exactly where Coach-Net comes into play as they would tow your coach to a facility that would be able to work on your coach no matter how far away that facility may be located. Plus the fact that you are living in the coach too plays a role.

We traveled for over 8 straight years around the country with three different tow needed for a variety of reasons all while Full-Time Rving. Been VERY happy with Coach-Net service for the past 11 years.

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First off 

 

Never refer to your class A coach as a camper. 

 

That sets and sends a very big No, No impresson .

You have a Bus , Coach big truck chassis.

 

I have never been refused some sort of assistance if you talk Trucker talk to them.

 

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Sparks/Reno has number of semi service centers that can fix what sounds like wheel bearing, but could be simple as brake backing plate rubbing against the wheel.

They typically dont like mohomes but will work on them if nicely pushed for an appointment. Take a cab and go in person and like said above, sound knowledgeable and youll be better off.

Understand they cant plug it in and while waiting and absolutley cant stay in it while in their yard  for liability. Small shop maybe different, but most gonna say no.

Winterize it and get a cheap room at a casino. Good luck and enjoy Reno.

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Use your jacks and get the front wheel off the ground so you can turn it by hand. If you get the grinding sound you have a bearing bad or brake dragging. The brakes on the roadmaster chassis are known to stick. Sometimes you can drive about a block with the brake partially applied and burn rust or a piece of gravel lodged in the brake. I would try these before going to a shop.

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1 (775) 323-1277
Sparks RV Repair

Used them twice.

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12 minutes ago, Gary M said:

1 (775) 323-1277
Sparks RV Repair

Used them twice.

Does Sparks rv repair do engine and driveline repair? Pass thru there some and good to know?

Great idea to use jacks to check the sound!

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I will try to answer everybody, so today was my appointment with Frieghtliner, when I left the park area I had been staying at there was no noise, however when last I drove it it had been running for over 6 hours, so then when I got to there shop it had only been rolling less than 40 minutes, everything was still cold, needless to say when they drove it... yeah no noise. So they removed the tire and drum to check for debris in the drum, it was all ok, so they rotated the front tires. I asked if they could balance the tires and they said they don't do that, they did not inspect the bearings like I asked,  and for the getting the tires balanced I was advised there was a tire shop behind Petro. So I went there an it was the same story " we DONT do motor homes!" So im driving it home to Ca. and I will get it done there.

As far as the term "camper" that was there words not mine. With my FMCA they would tow me where I need or wanted to be, however in this RV unfriendly town they are willing to work on the fluff... But not the tough stuff.

Im probably a little to close to the issue to be objective and it would be easy to slam the actions I received and not try to paste the issue on the entire local industry. Time was not on my side and my frustration was getting more done than I was. I trust my coach will get me home, that once there like always... I WILL FIX THE PROBLEM! 

Thank you everyone for your incredible support helping me deal with this issue, as always it is so nice knowing support is only a key stroke away.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Greg W said:

Does Sparks rv repair do engine and driveline repair? Pass thru there some and good to know?

Great idea to use jacks to check the sound!

Not sure! My two times there was hydraulic slide failure and front brakes failed due to leaking caliper. 

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