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Old 09-08-2015, 09:23 PM   #1
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Dealer Hourly rate

I was at a local, large chain, RV shop and saw the current shop rates $129 and hour?

Is this normal? Makes me glad I'm able to fix most things if I can find parts.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:03 PM   #2
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Yup! Pretty much the norm here!

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Old 09-08-2015, 11:03 PM   #3
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It is a hard pill to swallow, just took my new Seneca in to Freightliner to get an oil change. They charge more for the oil change on the M2 Cummings than on a commercial truck M2. The service writer tells me the techs don't like RV's.
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Last time mine was in 1 1/2 yrs ago , the posted rate was $90. I'm sure it is more now.
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That is not a bad rate really. That rate has to cover the tech(s) wage and benefits they may get. There may be from one to 3 techs working on an RV depending on the issue or issues. It must also cover any dead time which there will always be. The employer has to match the FICA and pay workers comp for every employee and still make enough to pay overhead. Most would look at this a little different if they were running a shop.
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I am guessing a rv service tech makes some where between a low of $16/hr to a high of $30hr. Even with labor burden that is a pretty strong markup. In addition if 2 techs work on your rv its 2 x the hourly rate!!
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The service writer tells me the techs don't like RV's.
That 's because 99% are diesel pushers and on many you have to access parts of the engine from a panel inside.
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That is not a bad rate really. That rate has to cover the tech(s) wage and benefits they may get. There may be from one to 3 techs working on an RV depending on the issue or issues. It must also cover any dead time which there will always be. The employer has to match the FICA and pay workers comp for every employee and still make enough to pay overhead. Most would look at this a little different if they were running a shop.
x2. There also has to be a profit in there somewhere for the owner or there would be no incentive to stay in the business.
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x2. There also has to be a profit in there somewhere for the owner or there would be no incentive to stay in the business.
So I pay the tech $30 and hour mark parts up 50% do an 1 hour repair with a $100 part, I'm plus $150 for an hours work. If I get the cheap tech @ $16, rookie it's an easy repair, the shops ahead $165 for the same hour.
That is obscene.
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Grumpy, don't want to quibble but that is exactly what I am going to do. When working on a more complex rig the work times will increase so the cost will be higher but the work effort and time to do certain jobs such as an oil change on the M2 is not impacted but the fact it has a motor home mod. My guess the tech does not get a $10 boost in his hourly pay because he is working on a MH. It was worth going to Freight Liner because they made me aware of the brake recall that my dealer never had performed before delivery nor made me aware of, just assured me all systems were serviced and checked. Don't get me wrong there are times and things I will pay the $140 labor rate just not everything.
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