The operative words were "Experienced RV Mechanic", not "Some Guy....."
On several instances, after advertising for "Experienced Toyota Mechanics" I was almost swamped with current and former factory trained Toyota dealership mechanics, as well as experienced independent Toyota mechanics, that were all looking for side work. I have had engines rebuilt, automatic transmissions converted to manual transmissions and even body work done in this manner, all with good results.
When you have Scamp do the work you also have to pay for all of their overhead costs, insurance, unemployment taxes, FICA etc. etc. as well as a profit margin, not to mention two or more round trips to deliver and pick-up your trailer.
And an RV dealer has the same issues, and often even higher labor costs as they may be more accustomed to working on high end trailers and $150k motorhomes where high repair prices aren't going to be objected too. (Did I say Camping World??? ooops).
Again, give it a try, interview the individuals and check work references. Start with a small job and go from there.
The Craigslist ad is free and, unless there is concern about talking to a stranger, the risk is slight.
There is nothing about a Scamp that approaches rocket science, it is about the simplest of RV's, save a pop-up tent camper, and most repairs are going to be described as "simple".
As a rule of thumb, I offer 1/3 of local dealership hourly shop rates and no one has ever quibbled about that. That's usually above the actual rate the mechanic is paid.
Originally Posted by Bob Miller
Going back to Scamp could be very $$$ depending on what's needed.
You could try placing an Ad in Craigslist.org for an experienced RV mechanic. Then interview and check references/work history. I have done this when I needed Toyota mechanics to work on Motorhome drivelines and had very good results.
If you were a lot closer I could be your guy and there are others out there like me that have done RV repair as a side job for years.