With the recent article and attention to the *SCUM BAG, who takes, hard working folk's money to repair,restore,upgrade etc and then not do the work,, We all have to get our radars up in full attention mode.
As with ANY type of work, whether it be your home or RV, Check and double check there credentials and Local Reputation.
Now don't get me wrong,, there are some down home good ole fashioned folks who enjoy doing this stuff in their retirement years to keep them busy and to make some pocket change.
Like *old man Smithers who is a retired wood worker, always tinkering in his wood shop. He would probly be more then happy to help ya cut a piece of wood or craft a unique piece of furniture or cabinet for a couple bucks in his pocket and would give him something to do.
(Mr. Smithers is just an example).
30 yrs ago, everyone knew everyone in their neighborhoods, not so much today.
With todays society and the hustle and bustle to make a buck,, the scum bags roll out of the wood work like pesky cock-roaches.
If you read an ad about refurbishing OLD RV's, kick your radar on.
There are several places that do a fabulous job and are proud of their work and are very reputable.
Then along comes the scum making a bad name for the GOOD buisiness.
Always talk with who ever is in charge, look closley at the shop area, and ask to see RV's that have been completed and are under refurbishing. Ask for before and after pictures of their previous work,, Reputable shops usually keep photos of before during and after to show clients. (makes for great advertising on their part).
Before agreeing to anything, inquire any complaints thru the Better Buisiness Bureau, B.B.B.
If its a small town,, ask around the ole coffee/watering hole about the said shop. Most towns know who the scum bags are.
And remember,, IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS.
You get what you pay for so to speak.
But dont forget,,, most of the repairs can be done by a D.I.Y. But if in doubt, shop around and get a PRO to do it, especially with GAS appliances, and electrical.
I have had good success with hiring the neighbor kid, you know the ones,,, who are bored at home after school or during school break who wants to make a few bucks to take his gal out for taco bell,. I pay them a few bucks to help rip,gut,tear etc on a big project. They are hard workers and are more then happy to get a little dirty and get some spending money in their pocket.