I have found that while we are traveling it is easier to find shops and repair places in the smaller towns to be a lot less expensive.
The smaller towns have a much more friendly people and easier to deal with. They are like us. They want to get a problem solved with out paying for the whole shop.
Don’t stop right off the main road or interstate. Go into the smaller vicinities and find that place you need. Gas is the most noted in this area, if you travel just a few blocks off the highway you could find it at least two cents cheaper per gallon.
One time we had to call a shop to change a tire on our camper and it cost $275.00 for a wrecker to come out and change the tire for us. This is for the service only, no purchase involved. At the same city, on our way back through, we had another flat and bought two used tires and the man changed them for us for only $60.00. There is a whopping big difference in price. The biggest difference is the first one was on the interstate and the second one was off the interstate and farther into the city.
This is also true with brand name items. If you belong to a travel club, as we do, it is more expensive to shop in their places than it is to go to an off brand place. The off brand usually is just as good in quality, the only difference is the brand name.
Sometimes you have to take what you are offered. But if you can wait to get to a place where you can look around for an off market shop then my advice is to wait. Ask the people where you can get what you need with out telling them you are a tourist. Go into the town to a quick stop or small gas station and ask where you can get what ever you need. Usually the counter person will be happy to tell you where the nearest place you need is.
Example; You need a new hose for your water tank. Ask where the nearest camper equipment place is, or repair parts place.
Don’t ask for the nearest camper repair shop. Of course if you have to have someone fix it for you then you will need a parts repair shop. That is another item. If you can fix it then do it, don’t have a repair shop do it for you. This is one place you can save hundreds of dollars. A repair shop charges up to fifty dollars an hour and they take their time doing it.