Grants Pass RV and Auto Repair

Yearly Archives: 2017

Worth the Weight

The weight of a motorhome, or perhaps more importantly, how it is distributed, is something a lot of RVers don’t think about. We know that motorhomes are large and heavy, and drive much differently from the passenger cars and trucks we’re more accustomed to.  But there’s more to consider. Virtually no two motorhomes built on the same chassis have the same weight distribution, and may be loaded differently. We see a lot of side to side discrepancies due to slide outs, washer/driers, generator placement, and other factors. I can recall many times weight ratios have been off. When we first got started at Henderson’s Line-Up, I remember working on a GM P32 chassis that drove great and the customer was happy. The next day, we worked on the same chassis for a well and pump service company, and it didn’t turn out so well. We wondered, why? Two of the exact same chassis, yet each had different results. We hate unmet expectations! And that’s when we rea ... read more

Do I need an inspection?

Do I need an inspection?

At Henderson’s Line-Up, inspections are a big part of what we do every day. Unlike passenger cars, which are fairly easy to have inspected, (or even to inspect yourself if you’re so inclined) trucks, trailers and motorhomes are large and heavy, and have a number of different suspension/brake and steering systems depending on the make/model. In addition, RVs tend to cover a lot of miles—and owners aren’t often inclined to perform regular inspection/maintenance while they’re enjoying life on the road. Below are some pictures of owner’s trucks and trailers from a recent Heartland RV rally. You’ll likely be surprised as they were at how close some of these rigs came to serious damage, even disaster while on the road. If it’s been a while since your rig has had a once-over, now is the time to book an appointment at Henderson’s Line-Up as the busy travel season comes to a close. Inspection is FREE at RV events and rallies, and at our shop ... read more

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Safety

Motorhome or trailer?

Motorhome or trailer?

  It’s a question that faces many RVers at one time or another: Truck and fifth wheel or motorhome and dinghy vehicle? Each has its advantages and liabilities, which we’ll explore in detail here. The first and most important question is, how do you travel? If you like to keep moving, spending only a night or two at each location, a motorhome/dinghy is probably the best solution.  Generally speaking, motorhomes have a larger, more comfortable cockpit than pick-up trucks, and usually ride more comfortably, too (Class A motorhomes in particular). This is an important consideration if you plan to do more touring than camping/park living. Motorhomes are also better for traveling families, as the kids are not confined to the back seat of the truck and can watch TV, snack and use the bathroom conveniently while on the road.  Once at your chosen destination, you can pull into your site, deploy the leveling jacks/slides (if equipped), hookup and you’re pretty ... read more

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Miscellaneous
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