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We had our 37' Class A Tradewinds motorhome painted by Navarro's back in 2006. They did an excellent job - and 6 years later the paint still looks great.

They gave us a quote of $4500 to remove the old decals, sand down the gelcoat, apply a 3-color paint job, and 2 coats of clearcoat. Part way through the sanding process they discovered some bad fiberglass repair work that had been done by a California shop. They repaired it, as well as several other minor fixes, and didn't charge us any extra for the extra services.

They said that the paint job should take about 2 to 3 weeks, but since it was done over the holidays (a slow time for their shop) they managed to finish it in 11 days.

The two brothers that own the shop take very good care of their customers. We stayed in Yuma while they did the work, and stopped by every other day to watch the progress. We were always welcome and were kept informed of things like the additional fiberglass work that was needed.

They may not have done all of the prep work that some shops do - I've heard people talk about getting all of the window moldings or caulk removed and replaced as part of a top-notch paint job. Navarro's only masked off the windows and molding, but we couldn't find any place where there was overspray on the molding or caulking (they probably would have stripped and re-caulked it had we asked them to). There are also a couple of places around the slideout that have since peeled, about 1/4" x 3" of paint is now missing from these two spots.

So, the job wasn't perfect (what paint job of this size is?), but for the money it cost we were thrilled with the results.

As for safety, we still go to Los Algodones to this day for our dental, optical, and prescription needs. Its a small town, and we feel safer there than in any large city in the U.S. (just as we feel safer in the smaller towns in the U.S.).

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John & Angela wrote:

rchonly wrote:

Are you sure that quote is in US Dollars and not Pesos?

The current exchange rate of US/Peso is 13.388 pesos to the US $.

Roger


I would think its dollars Roger as a 40 foot A class can easily come in over 15K (dollars)

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Oops, I mis-read his original post as being quoted at $20 to $30,000 from the Navarro's shop in Algodones.

My 28th mistake this month, this is what happens when we get old and fuzzy.

I think he will be very pleased with the quote he gets from Navarro's.

All the work I've ever had done, from dental in Algodones to RV repairs in Mulege and Santo Tomas, Baja, Mexico has been good and the prices even better with the exchange rate.


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quote "So obviously my concerns would be: Safe place."

So I guess that rules out this place as there is NO safe place in Mexico.


There are plenty of safe places in Mexico as well as bad places to be! Gee pretty much sounds like the USA! Plenty of places in US, especially large metro areas, that you don't want to hang around. Especially with a big expensive looking motorhome!
X-2, I'm going there this winter to have some dental work done. And I'm going over to check out the paint shop. Just got my new Enhanced Drivers License last week way cheaper than a Passport.

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First of all don't sweat the safety thing. No more of an issue there than any where else in the southwest. Way too much propaganda on this issue.

We have one friend and one aquaintance who had work done there. The A class turned out freakin excellent. The C looked good too but the type of fiberglass didn't lend itself to as much gloss. Don't skimp on the clear coat. They work on reputation so they are very accomodating.

It you do decide to do it please post before and after pictures. We are considering getting our little C done but again I am not sure the filon would lend itself to the high gloss finish. We will probably at least get an estimate but wait till after our alaska trip.


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Are you sure that quote is in US Dollars and not Pesos?

The current exchange rate of US/Peso is 13.388 pesos to the US $.

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rchonly wrote:

Are you sure that quote is in US Dollars and not Pesos?

The current exchange rate of US/Peso is 13.388 pesos to the US $.

Roger


I would think its dollars Roger as a 40 foot A class can easily come in over 15K (dollars)

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Check out Precision Paint in Bremen Indiana. A friend just had his coach painted there and is very satisfied. The price was well below $20,000.


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A good friend had his Jeep repainted there and they did a very good job. I'd give it a 9.5 out of 10. My friend and I saw a Class A being repainted and it looked fair to good, but that was because the owner wanted a real strange paint job. Another coach was painted there a few months earlier and I took quite a number of photos of the finished job. It was very good, or maybe a 8.5 or 9 out of 10. The owner didn't want to pay for having the sides of the cargo bay doors painted or some other options, but what was done was very good. The charge was $5,000 and this was about three years ago, maybe four. Most of the labor is in removing the old paint and preparing the surface. He uses American made paint, with your choice of brand and colors.

Like I tried to explain, the finished product won't look quite as good as when it came out of the factory, but will look almost as good, especially from a distance of 10 feet or more. He has a paint booth to keep your coach out of the dust. You can stay in your coach at night, but a guard dog is loose to protect the property, so you have to stay inside.


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Flick,
If you can, try and find a thread posted by Jim@hitek about getting his rig painted in Mexico. He did a "blow by blow" accounting of how it was done, with the good points and bad. He was there to watch the whole thing I think. He did a great posting of what he liked and disliked. There were/are a lot of pictures that went along with that post/thread.
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danorske wrote:

quote "So obviously my concerns would be: Safe place."

So I guess that rules out this place as there is NO safe place in Mexico.


There are plenty of safe places in Mexico as well as bad places to be! Gee pretty much sounds like the USA! Plenty of places in US, especially large metro areas, that you don't want to hang around. Especially with a big expensive looking motorhome!


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