Flat Rates vrs the RV Technician
... by Les Doll
Flat Rates ... are they fair for the RV tech? ... are they fair for
Flat rates job times are established by several agencies ... the factories, the
RVDA, the dealers, and others.
Flat rate assumes:
- that the technician has the job at hand...
- that the technician has the neccessary parts and materials within reach
- that the technician has any and all updates and bulletins relating to this
- that the technician has a reasonable expectation of completing the job
within the time allotted.
The truth is ... a competant RV tech can and may often beat
the established flat rate times.
Is this cheating?
Is the RV tech gouging you?
I am a flat rate RV technician!
That means that I am paid by the job, not the actual time I spend on that
job ... a set dollar amount for the job and no extra anything!
If your RV is parked 250 feet from my work station, that means I have to walk
250 feet to even assess the problem and another 250 feet return to my tool box.
Then back that 250 feet with the neccessary tools to diagnose the problem and then
back that 250 feet to check if the parts required are in stock.
If the parts are available, then I walk the walk (250 feet) yet again, to
install them and back again (250 feet) to complete the work order.
That is assuming the best possible senario ...
I have walked 1500 extra feet to do the same job that the factory bases my time
on. The factory bases the time on how long it takes the average tech to complete
the job --- at their work station ... with the parts on hand ... and any and all
mauals or information at their figertips.
Now, let's assume that I do 8 of these jobs in a workday. 8 times 1500 feet per
job = 12,000 extra feet of foot travel.
Well over 2 miles!
I don't get paid one cent to walk one foot of that distance!
Is that your problem? No, of course not!
You paid your price for that RV and that includes a reasonable amount of
after-sale and warranty work ...
The manufacturer calculates a percentage of the sales price to cover warranty
The dealer is covered by that warranty ...
The RV Tech walks the walk ... and gets nothing ....
How fair is that!
If you ask me a question, my time spent in answering your question, costs me
My time is my only commodity.
I need that time to pay my mortgage, pay for my groceries, and pay for my daily
Just like you!
My schooling and my experience are hard gained and well earned ...
Just like yours are!
I would like to discuss the daily weather or the best fishing spots this week
with you ... but I also need to pay my bills.
Just like you!