Fishing Expediton vs. Avoiding Problems

camper123camper123 Member Posts: 1
edited April 2017 in Dodge
I am concerned about launching 'fishing expeditions' vs. avoiding repair headaches down the road.

How would you suggest finding honest, experienced, competent Sprinter diesel garages / mechanics? What questions would you ask to qualify the garages / mechanics.

Having read various forums (including this one), the list of potential or existing problems is a bit overwhelming. What inspection checks and upgrades would you recommend to find existing problems and avoid future ones: 1) To be done by an experienced mechanic; 2) To be done by me?

We just bought a 2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 High Roof 158WB T1N Cargo that was converted into an Airstream Interstate IRS Class B RV in 2005. It has close to 60,000 miles on it. We will take delivery from the RV Dealer probably later this week.

I am technically savvy enough to read and understand some of the technical ins and outs of maintenance / repair issues. Back in the 60s/70s I used do my own oil/filter changes, minor tune-ups, brake pad replacements, etc., on passenger cars with conventional gas engines.
I do not own or have access to a creeper, lift or commercial jacks, air tools. I do have a fair selection of automotive hand tools.


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    The Sprinter is not an easy vehicle to work on, so you would definitely need a skilled specialist for that one.

    I would encourage you to peruse this list of "best techs" and see if there is someone in your area who is a) on the list and b) has the expertise you require.

    International Automotive Technicians Network
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