Have I got a tale or two for you and they are all straight from the workshop floor. I will be regularly writing posts over the next few months about motorhome and caravan repairs, modifications and accessories that I come across as I work on the workshop floor of a caravan repair business.
Following What I Love To Do
As I wrote in a previous post titled “Tradie not a Trader” as much as I wanted to become a Trader to finance our new life on the road, mentally I am still a Tradie and not yet ready for life as a Trader. So soon after arriving on the Sunshine Coast I set out to look for some temporary employment to help pay for the repairs to our motorhome.
I tried most of the labour hire companies thinking that would be the best place to find some temp work. With the wide range of skills that I have I figured that I would be working in a day or two. How wrong was I? (It actually took me a whole week. I must have been enjoying the beach too much.) All I kept hearing from these labour hire specialists was “times are tough and there is not much work around at the moment. It will take you a long time to get some work” Thankfully when I get told that I can’t do something it makes me all the more determined to do it.
A week after I had started looking for work, I was out revisiting the agencies that I had signed up with and came across Suncoast Caravan Service as I was doing the rounds. As I drove past I decided to drop in. They looked busy and luckily for me they were. They also had a vacancy that needed filling which I had the skills and experience to fill. After a chat and an interview I was offered the position which I started in the next morning.
Working at Suncoast Caravan Service I am seeing and dealing with many of the issues that caravan and motorhome owners face with their rigs on a daily basis. In the workshop we do everything from roadworthy certificates to major refurbishments. On a daily basis I can find myself doing anything from simple jobs such as replacing a cupboard catch to larger jobs such as major repairs to an accident damaged van.
There is also a sales area with a comprehensive stock of spare parts and accessories that can supply everything from steps to a full solar system.
With being so totally immersed in caravan and motorhome repairs I am constantly coming across issues that I am sure affect a lot caravan and motorhome owners. Some of these issues might be obvious such as external damage or faulty lights. Others might not be so obvious such as hidden water leaks. So over the next few months I will be telling a few tales from the workshop floor so that you the reader will know what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation.
If you have any products that you would like to see reviewed or technical issues that you would like discussed then either leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . In my next article I will be talking about seals and I don’t mean the one on your fridge.
New Life On The Road