“Queen Of The Road” Web Site
Thanks so much for the lovely mention of my memoir, Queen of the Road (“RV News & Notes,” December 2008, page 118). Readers might want to know that my Web site, www.QueenoftheRoadtheBook.com, has pictures of our bus conversion and our incredible trip, as well as humorous videos and more. For any FMCA members in a book club, the site also has a link to invite me to “appear” by speakerphone.
Portable Chair Lift
I read “An Uplifting Experience” (January 2009, page 80) with great interest. Our family has been RVing for more than 25 years. When our daughter-in-law’s multiple sclerosis caused stairs to become an obstacle for her, I invented a lift that lets her enter and exit their RV.
Over the past several years I have perfected it, and now I have a patent pending on it. I am making it available to those in need.
This lift is safe, easy to install, and transferable from one RV to another with no modifications required. It requires no disassembly for travel unless desired, can be operated by one person, and does not affect the vehicle value. It can be used anywhere steps are an obstacle.
My lift has been installed in front-entry and side-entry motorhomes; fifth wheels; travel trailers; and also a garage entry door. When removed, it leaves no evidence it was there.
To see the lift with videos, go to www.travelliftchair.com. Or, for more information, call (256) 227-5165.
Garlin Cheatham, F193259
Fair And Square Repair
Last summer, while I was staying at an RV park, another motorhome backed into my Type A Sea View and destroyed its front window. I got the window replaced, but structural damage also was discovered.
I was sent to Wescraft RV (3402 12th St. E., Fife, WA; 253-926-3443). General manager Randy Gehrke was very helpful in all aspects, and treated me fairly and squarely.
Bunny Teeter, F195374
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Body Work Perfectionist
While traveling in our 2005 40-foot Country Coach Allure motorhome recently, we lost a personal contest with a concrete security barrier at a military entry gate where no vehicle length restrictions were posted. Upon inspection, it looked like someone had used a can opener on the lower corner leading edge of a passenger-side panel (thankfully, it was not a compartment door).
Luckily, we remembered Autotech Autobody, with which we had done business eight years prior, and chose to return there for this major repair. It is located in Watsonville, California, between San Jose and Monterey. We were able to schedule an appointment immediately.
Martin Moya, the owner, is a perfectionist and takes great pride in his work. With the complexity of full-body paint and just about every color on that particular panel, he and his associates skillfully remanufactured a panel, installed it, and meticulously finished the new panel to the original appearance in less than one week, and at a reasonable price.
Mr. Moya also allowed us to continue living in the coach during the entire time, providing us with power, water, and sewer hookups “” a blessing when you are far from home.
It is comforting to know a professional whose doors are always open for expert repair. We highly recommend Martin Moya at Autotech Autobody: (831) 768-1866.
Charlie and Kathy Curtis, F246309
Southern California Body Repair
Our coach had damage to the bottom of the two cargo doors, and a small area of fiberglass was exposed at the bottom of a fender weld. I took it to Final Touch Coach Works’ new location in Valencia, California.
They did a high-quality job of repairing and painting all the damage. A friend of mine, Curt Gibson, F184193, also took his motorhome in to have its 3M front mask removed and a new one put on, and he was very pleased, too.
The new facility has 22,000 square feet and includes a 50-foot-long paint booth. Dealing with the front office “” and the estimate “” was a pleasant experience also.
So, I recommend Final Touch Coach Works LLC (28532 Livingston Ave., Valencia, CA 91355; 661-775-8375; http://www.finaltouch-usa.com/).
V.W. “Bud” Tholen, F87609
Woodland Hills, California
While spending the winter in Redlands, California, we had a problem with our 2008 diesel generator. We went to a large RV dealer and service center, but they were unable to help. They referred us to Tim’s Mobile Truck Service in Colton, California (800-585-5373; www.timsmobiletruckrepair.com). Tim’s fixed it in a few minutes, and, to our surprise, did not charge us a thing.
They are an authorized service center for all makes of generators, and we highly recommend them to all RVers.
Orville and Lois Rice, F371614
Reliable Florida Service
When we bought our 2002 Safari Trek, we thought we smelled leaking antifreeze inside it. We learned we were right after the heater core sprang a major leak. Thankfully, we were four miles from home when it happened.
As a new RV owner, where should I get the motorhome repaired? I recalled a friend telling me about Register RV in Brooksville, Florida. When we arrived there, Terry Knauff in the RV service center immediately calmed my concerns with his confidence in knowing what to do to the coach’s Workhorse chassis. He also was very helpful in taking care of all the administrative work with the extended warranty. He completely explained what the repair could cost and about how long the repair would take, and while the coach was there, he kept me informed of any problems, concerns, or issues.
Ten days later, I confidently took a repaired and newly serviced RV home. I am so happy I found an excellent RV service center very close to home. Terry and his staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and have continually looked for ways to take care of my coach in a first-class manner for the least expense. I’ve had work done there since at competitive prices.
Register RV Service Center is on Florida State Route 50 and Barclay Avenue; the street address is 14240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL, 34613; phone (800) 796-3555.
Bert and Carol Henderson, F385218