Techs at the new PIRTEK Columbia might want to add “contortionist” to their job descriptions after a day-long job replacing RV hoses in some awkward confines.
“A lot of these hoses are pinned between the frame and the body of the RV,” said Jason Barrs, owner of the Tier 2 PIRTEK Columbia, which opened November 2017 in Columbia, SC. “It was quite the job. One of my techs had to crawl into the space between the back two tires. There were eight tires, and he squeezed into a cavity and into the middle of the RV so he could reach the hoses.”
RVs (recreational vehicles) have hydraulic hoses at several different points. For example, the systems that open and close rooms – known as “slide outs” – operate hydraulically. The hoses that PIRTEK Columbia techs replaced were associated with the leveling jacks and stabilizing system. They were only a quarter of an inch in diameter, but stretched 15 to 20 feet across the vehicle’s underside.
The 30-foot-long RV was a new, $300,000 model ready for customer delivery. Before beginning the transport, the dealer discovered bubbles in three hoses from air getting into the fittings. “We identified the hoses, then began the puzzle of getting them out,” Barrs said, adding that they were plastic, of a quality greatly inferior to the PIRTEK hoses installed in their place.
One hose was so inaccessible that the RV company had to remove part of an inverter so the techs could reach it.
Barrs said the job resulted from one of his first sales calls. Shortly after opening his Tier 2 location, he had contacted the RV dealer in Lexington, SC – an effort that paid off right away. “Two or three days later, they called us and said, ‘We’ve got a job for you,’” he said.
Despite the job being strenuous, Barrs said everything worked out just fine. “The customer was happy and has delivered the RV to its customer,” he said. “It was a very good start to our franchise opening.”
The RV industry is a market for PIRTEK owners to tap. Ownership in the United States is at record levels. A University of Michigan study commissioned by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association revealed that about 8.9 million households own an RV.
PIRTEK Columbia kicks off franchise opening with big RV job