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King RV hits the road, making repairs on the road

Tom Durkin
Special to The Union
Dayne King, owner of King RV Mobile RV Repair Service of Grass Valley, debuted his "rolling billboard" service van. Here, he's showing off his truck to Dave Boom of Grass Valley.
Photo by Tom Durkin

King RV

What: Mobile RV Repair Service

Where: Nevada County and beyond

More information: 530-913-4085; Facebook: www.facebook.com/KingRVService/

If you can fix it yourself, Dayne King will tell you how to repair your RV or trailer — for free.

This business strategy has earned King such a large and loyal customer base that he gave up his day job with a local RV dealership.

“I’d been working nights and weekends for several years,” King said. On Feb. 25, “after much consideration, I concluded I could work for myself full-time and do just fine.”

Two months later, “I’m doing just fine,” he grinned. “I was busy from day one.”

By giving free advice by phone and performing professional work on service calls, King already had a solid reputation through word-of-mouth and Facebook.

Ask the 23,000-plus members of the Facebook group Nevada County Peeps for advice on RV repairs, and King’s name invariably comes up.

“I found him on Peeps,” said Andrew Twidwell, president of ABT Plumbing of Grass Valley. “I had him work on our travel trailer. He did a great job and came in on budget.”

Twidwell was so impressed he invited King to be a guest on his KNCO radio show “You Can Do This.” For 45 minutes, they discussed everything from “batteries, batteries, batteries” to how to maintain a septic holding tank.

A recording is online at https://easyasabt.com/show/March-22-2019.mp3.

Twidwell is also vice-president of the Grass Valley chapter of Business Network International, and he invited King to a meeting.

“The warm reception I received from them was very encouraging,” King said, who is now a member of the group. “They basically told me, ‘You’re going to kill it!’”

NOT JUST A BUSINESS SLOGAN

When King says he goes “the extra mile for you,” it’s not just the catchphrase on the side of his colorful, vinyl-wrapped van.

He ranges from the off-grid backwoods of the San Juan Ridge to Placerville.

”It is a total camper’s hell when something breaks down, you can’t fix it yourself, and you have to rely on someone you have never dealt with,” Dan Hartman wrote in an email from his Class A motorhome on the road.

Recently stranded in Placerville, he called around for help.

“After the first few words/questions, I knew Dayne was the guy I wanted to work on my rig,” Hartman wrote. “His depth of knowledge is just something you can’t pretend to have.”

For years, Minnie Nunley’s electricity for her family’s mobile home on the Ridge came from a generator at the bottom of the driveway. King installed deep-cycle golf cart batteries and ran a line up to the home.

“Now, Minnie doesn’t have to go down the hill to turn on the generator every time she wants electricity,” King said.

As the summer vacation season approaches, King is encouraging travelers to check out their rigs before hitting the road.

“Give me a call. It’s free.”

Tom Durkin is a freelance writer and photographer in Nevada County. Contact him at tdurkin@vfr.net or http://www.tomdurkin-media.net.


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