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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:48 am    Post subject: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

This is my first time posting so apologies if this isn't the right area to do so.

I'm about to embark on a 9 month road trip around the country in my 1979 air cooled bay window riviera bus and basically wanted to get ahead of the ball on finding mechanics that I could bring it to.

I'm assuming that it will break down at least once during my travels and wanted to have a list of places I could bring it so I'm not frantically trying to find one from the middle of the mountains with no cell phone service.

I will be visiting every state west of and including Colorado, so if you live in any of those states and know a mechanic that would work on my vehicle I would very much appreciate you sharing their info in this thread.

Thank you all!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

I'm not finding it now, but there used to be a website that listed helpful folks and shops by location, so if you broke down on the road, you could contact a nearby Samba or other helpful person. It started out being Bus-focused, too.

You might post a request for the site on the Bus forums, since more people travel in them than other models.

There is a Vanagon-focused phone app called VanAlert.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

KTPhil wrote:
I'm not finding it now, but there used to be a website that listed helpful folks and shops by location, so if you broke down on the road, you could contact a nearby Samba or other helpful person. It started out being Bus-focused, too.

You might post a request for the site on the Bus forums, since more people travel in them than other models.

There is a Vanagon-focused phone app called VanAlert.


We looked for this about 6 months ago. It seems the website if you can find it was not being monitored. People would send email that never got answered. Too bad because it seemed like a great idea. I also heard stories about the service being abused like folks looking for a lot of free help to fix up their cars.
http://www.type2.com/rescue/
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

roadhaus might be old information so do your diligence in investigating beforehand.

http://www.roadhaus.com/shops_all.php
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

Zundfolge1432 wrote:
KTPhil wrote:
I'm not finding it now, but there used to be a website that listed helpful folks and shops by location, so if you broke down on the road, you could contact a nearby Samba or other helpful person. It started out being Bus-focused, too.

You might post a request for the site on the Bus forums, since more people travel in them than other models.

There is a Vanagon-focused phone app called VanAlert.


We looked for this about 6 months ago. It seems the website if you can find it was not being monitored. People would send email that never got answered. Too bad because it seemed like a great idea. I also heard stories about the service being abused like folks looking for a lot of free help to fix up their cars.
http://www.type2.com/rescue/


Yep, that is it!

Too bad it's not current. I wonder if a few Samba Bus owners could get it moving again. What a fantastic resource if active!

I might try to get the Type 3 Rally and Type 3 Invasion folks to start something up like that, when I get some time.

A crude substitute might be to check the clubs and owners listed here on the Samba along your route, and have some contacts handy. Maybe plan some meet-up along the way with folks. Lots of work, but it might save the day!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

The rules of the road have changed on many levels. A break down may well involve parts that are hard to come by ( and expensive ). covid protocols do not allow many tow drivers to transport anyone in the cab. They require you to find other transport or the state patrol collects you and drops you off on in the next town.

What exactly would you expect amateur ACVW's owners to do with your break down? Parts can take weeks to source, there really are no ACVW's in junkyards.

Colorado has some excellent mechanics, they too must face the above stated realities and charge accordingly.

Sportcar in Colorado Springs

Scotts VW in Pueblo

KCW in Grand Junction

Painter's Grinding in Denver

Be realistic with fat stacks and good towing insurance
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

As well, AAA Plus or Premium, perhaps spring for the RV add on since some tow companies consider VW campers "motohomes".

Have you done a complete maintenance on your bus? Second the thought of contacting Robbie at Airshooled *before* you leave and maybe have him take a look.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:23 am    Post subject: Re: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

Tough love

There’s nothing novel about getting yourself into trouble through lack of preparation, and then getting into a deep financial hole. Don’t think blogging about it will somehow get people interested in your case, because that has been done and thrashed here many times.

The premise that there EXISTs a network of air cooled specialists available is faulty. I live in a metro area of 1 million people, and we don’t have one. There are many smaller places around the country where this is true, and when you do have one, they can be backed up six weeks.

AAA saves your evening, but now your car is in storage at $50 a day while you search for the above.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:31 am    Post subject: Re: Mechanic recommendations in western US Reply with quote

There are a few VW service places in the Phoenix AZ area. Use Google.

However, the last time I used any shop for mine was 25 years ago when I removed and took in my SB idler arm to have a new bushing pressed in.
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