Did you know…
The first motorhomes were built in the early 1900’s?
Beginning in 1910, adventurous travelers could purchase an “auto camper” for themselves from Los Angeles Trailer Works or Auto-Kamp Trailers and see the entire U.S. at their own pace and in any path they chose. Over the next decade or two, many different companies began to debut and produce touring vehicles with sleeping quarters, bathrooms, and cooking capabilities.
By the 1930s, the RV business took off. World War I was a not-so-distant memory, and more Americans lived in cities than ever before. Motorhomes offered this new consumer society several advantages to train travel, the only reliable way to travel cross country up to that point.
Motorhomes provided people then and now still, 100 years later, with several advantages over car travel:
- Freedom to travel places the railroad or interstate won’t take them
The prevalence of campgrounds all over the United States makes RVing one of the safest, most economical ways to travel. There have consistently been more RV accessible campgrounds added in places that Americans want to visit, making a motorhome a wise investment for many families.
- Relatively safe, comfortable place to sleep
Camping isn’t everyone’s favorite pastime. An RV can make travel a lot more comfortable. Having your own space to relax, eat and sleep is also much better than a hotel for many travelers.
- Ability to cook
A home cooked meal on the open road is a welcome change from drive-throughs and expensive sit-down restaurants. Even a quick sandwich or a grilled hot dog is sometimes better than steak and potatoes!
Nowadays, motorhomes have creature comforts such as designer kitchen areas, internet connection and satellite TVs, making them an one of America’s favorite ways to travel.
Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum is equipped to care for your RV just as thoroughly as we can for your car, truck, van, or SUV. In fact, RV repair is one of our specialties. When we say we service all makes and models, we mean it! There’s a reason we have a 5-star reputation!
Motorhome Repair Phoenix, AZ
At Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum, we stand behind all of our results. We understand the importance of performing a thorough motorhome inspection and repair, and we want to be the motorhome repair shop you trust in Phoenix, AZ.
We’re one of the few Phoenix auto garages that welcome RV owners. We specialize in repairing motorhomes and travel trailers in addition to all makes and models of passenger vehicles. If it’s parts or services you need for your RV, Chelsee’s is the team you can trust!
Our mechanics uphold their reputation for dependability and reliability by exhibiting the following qualities:
Working with integrity
You’ll always hear the truth from our qualified technicians. Whether it’s a replacement part or a full-scale repair that’s needed, we’ll inspect your RV and diagnose the problem quickly, reporting the results right back to you as soon possible.
Our business thrives on customer satisfaction, so we always give customers the choice to take their business elsewhere once they’ve heard what we can do for them. Our no-obligation estimates give RV owners peace of mind that they can’t get anywhere else! You won’t be pressured into having unnecessary work done, either. Our technicians will never tell you that a service is required if it isn’t. They will always recommend preventative measures and tell you which services need to be completed soon, but the decision to have these services done – and when – is always yours.
Our rates don’t change based on who we’re working with. Longtime customers get the same treatment as brand new ones. Every fee is figured in to your estimate to the best of our knowledge so that there are no surprises when the work is complete. If we find further issues along the way, we’re quick to let the customer know if the affects
Focusing on small details
It’s a well-known fact that overlooking details can lead to failure in your personal life or career, and the same is true for us here at Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum. There are some very common problems that RV owners experience. Over time, these will probably be things you learn to repair on your own, because they can happen any time – and somehow, they always seem to happen at the worst possible times, like when you’re hundreds or thousands of miles from home!
These details include properly winterizing you RV, keeping all the rubber seals and valves of the toilet in good condition, and maintaining a leak proof seal around the windows, doors and roof. These issues are in addition to all the systems that can experience problems within an automobile, including the engine, brake lines, air conditioning, and transmission. Having an RV makes camping a lot more comfortable, but that doesn’t mean that it’s effortless. You’ll definitely need to keep an eye on several things at once when you’re traveling, and you will also need a qualified team to keep a check on your motorhome before and after extended travels.
The only team in the Phoenix area who can professionally and efficiently handle all your motorhome needs is Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum! From the big stuff to minor repairs, we have the tools and skills to keep your RV running smoothly with no unwanted surprises.
Some mechanics are dishonest, taking advantage of the large number of people who don’t know a lot about their RV and how it works. These so-called professionals will conceal information, speak in technical jargon, and sometimes lie outright in order to get business. That’s heartbreaking to Chelsee’s because we have worked so hard to provide our customers with ultimate trustworthiness and reliability over the years.
Just like with any industry, there are many factors to be considered when you bring your motorhome to our Phoenix auto garage. We make it a priority to communicate with customers honestly and promptly. If we spot an area for concern right away, we’ll make mention of it, but we’ll also thoroughly investigate to find out if that initial impression is actually the problem.
Along the way, we may find things that need to be repaired or replaced. These issues may have nothing to do with why you brought your RV to Chelsee’s, and they might not be causing any problems currently. But part of what we do is keeping customers from ever having a major breakdown or expensive repair. This means communicating every single thing that can go wrong and all the optimal services for the age and type of RV they have. Only then can these Phoenix RV owners be prepared for anything!
Motorhome repair isn’t cheap. There… we said it. An RV is a large investment, and it takes a lot of money to purchase all the little extras to make it feel like home, to make repairs as the RV ages, and, yes, to get it running again after a breakdown. Budgeting for the care and maintenance of your Phoenix motorhome will help you avoid those bigger expenses as much as possible.
While we do recommend that you have major services and RV inspection done by our pros, it’s a great idea to have some basic working knowledge about your own motorhome. Chelsee’s AC & Brake technicians will show you how to do minor RV repair yourself so that you can save a little money along the way in addition to understanding how your rig works. This knowledge will keep you safe when traveling out of town, and it will also prevent you from getting ripped off by mechanics looking to make a quick dollar off of an uneducated RV owner.
If you have a Motorhome in Phoenix that you want to make sure is road-ready, bring it to Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum for an inspection. Our mechanics are highly experienced with all of the different systems of a motorhome and will identify any issues that might be invisible to the untrained eye.
If you’re like most RV owners, you will probably use your recreational vehicle more during certain times of the year than others. Regular inspections can save you time and money down the road (pardon the pun), so you should always have one done before your busiest travel season begins. If you don’t want to get stranded in the middle of a vacation, keeping your motorhome in good shape at all times is absolutely necessary. We can handle your yearly or bi-annual inspections!
Everyone in our shop is friendly and dedicated to the complete satisfaction of our customers. We make it easy to bring your motorhome in for an inspection by offering flexible appointment scheduling during the week, and we’ll work around any of your limitations. Our goal is to complete projects promptly so that you can get back on the road.
Winterizing a Phoenix Motorhome
Not only can we provide Phoenix motorhome care that’s above and beyond what you can expect from any other team, but we can also give you tips that will help preserve the systems within your RV during the months when it isn’t being used as often. For example, here are a few things you need to know about storing an RV at your home:
- It should be parked on flat ground for the benefit of the axles, refrigerator and many other interior components. The amount of time your RV will be sitting unused can also affect the tires, making them flat on one side. This can affect the way it rides, plus you could end up damaging the wheels, axles and more with that bumpy ride.
- You’ll need to pressurized the water pump and add antifreeze to the drains. This is something that we can gladly do for you. We’re thorough and can make sure that every line is cleared before you park your motorhome for the winter. Having the lines drained and antifreeze in the drains will prevent busted pipes and major repairs.
- Unplugging the battery will save its power until you’re ready to use the RV again. This is a simple step that you can take to preserve battery life. If you will be using your motorhome sporadically throughout the winter months, you can leave the battery hooked up, but make sure that you crank the engine and let it run for a while every so often (about once or twice a month) just to make sure that it’s working and stays charged.
These are just a few tips we can give for storing a motorhome, but there are plenty more things you need to know. If it all seems a little overwhelming, come talk to the Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum pros when it’s time to winterize your Phoenix motorhome. We’ll assure that you never have to tackle this complicated chore on your own!
When you’re looking for a Phoenix motorhome repair shop, you may feel overwhelmed from the start, but there’s an easy way to find a team you can trust. Ask friends and family, read reviews online, and get a general consensus from other RV owners in the Phoenix area. Word of mouth is an excellent resource because people are always willing to share their own experiences.
We here at Chelsee’s AC & Brake Emporeum know that customers are far more likely to share their negative experiences, so we work hard to make sure that each and every customer gets services they want to brag about! Depend on people just like you to find the best RV repair specialist in Phoenix, then follow their directions all the way to Chelsee’s!
You can set up an appointment and learn more about our RV repair services, inspections, and more by contacting our shop today. Click or call (602) 242-1253!