Originally Posted by harvest
- GFCI OUTLET-$77.50
- MONOMETER TEST-$155.00
- REAR BRAKE LIGHT-0$ IF IT IS JUST A BULB.
- SWAY BAR-$310.00 (plus $73 - we bought the Husky Sway Control from the dealer)
- ROOF INSPECTION-$46.50 (they said this was a good idea to check for any leaks)
- NEW BRAKE CONTROLLER-$232.50 (plus $212 Redarc Tow Pro Elite)
- DUMP TANKS-0$
- TURN BALL HITCH TO SIT HIGHER-0$
- BREAKAWAY SWITCH-$31.00
Is this an RV Repair Service or a Dealership that sold you the trailer?
Any kind of service charges you sets an hourly labor rate. In California, RV repair is about 125/hour.
So, with your tires and ball bearings taken care of, the other safety needs you have is a good Weight Distribution System, a breakaway cable, and your break controller. All three are vital to your safety. I have no problem driving on public streets without WD bars. But I always put them on when towing on highways. To me a sway bar is a separate attachment to the outside arm. If this is what you’re referring to, you probably don’t need it. It’s one of those things that is trailer specific.
So, I’m confused about the “sway bar”. Is this the entire WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM? Is $310 the purchase price for the system? Or did you already purchase the system and $310 quote is for mounting & adjusting it to your TV?
What’s the $73 for? Adjusting it to you TV?
If $310 is the price of the WDS, then installing a WDS should not take more than an half hour. So, $73 labor charge makes sense.
If you are concerned about the price of the WDS, then compare with Amazon. If there’s a substantial difference, tell them you’re purchasing on Amazon.
I’d have an auto in dealership install the break controller. They’ll do a better job wiring your TV. I had a trailer service install my controller and learned later that they skewed up my wiring.
Is the RV Service place selling you the break controller? What break controller are you getting? It’s important to purchase a high quality break controller, and you should invest your time to research various brands. Most people swear by Tekonsha controllers. $212 is overpriced. You should be able to purchase a break controller for under $160.
Is $31 for the breakaway switch or labor to install that switch? I ask this because I was doing a safety check on my switch, and I can’t imagine spending more than 5 minutes attaching a new one & checking it out.
$155 for a propane safety test is absurd. Basically, you lift up your stove top, attach your gas line to the meter, note the pressure reading, and check the pressure 10 minutes later to see if there’s a leak. They could inspect the roof & the breakaway cable while waiting for the 10 minutes to elapse.
I am in the habit of researching and purchasing major components to the trailer, and then having professionals do the installation. I do ask for recommendations, but I make the final decision and order the product.
So, I recommend you research break controllers on the web. Escape Industries may have some suggestions as well. Price the ones you like on Amazon, and arrange for your favorite auto mechanic to install the controller.
Because you are new to towing, Check out WDSs on YouTube. You should understand how to properly set up your system. It’s a visual thing - where the bars are parallel to the ground when attached to you hitch. A proper system is just that: the hitch mounted on your TV should sit at a comfortable distance from the ground. Otherwise, you’ll be scraping the hitch every time you turn into a driveway.
Learn how to measure you TV rear bumper & the trailer tongue when ordering a system. What considerations went into the RV Service’s recommendation for that tow system?
YouTube has some excellent videos on setting up & taking down your Sway Bars. There’s an strict order you’ll need to memorize. This protects you from injuring your back!
Regarding the $46 roof inspection. That’s fine. But have them teach you what to look for with respect to leaks. After a rain storm I usually check the cupboards for moisture, and the around the ceiling vents, and the AC. That’s where leaks will occur.
Finally, after you get back from your trip, you may want to find another trailer repair service. You deserve better. You need to find a place that does high quality work and is honest. You should also research a mobile service. You’d be surprised how good some of these people are, and it’s much more convenient to come to your house.