Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-09-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
Senior Member
Jeffrey's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 1,794
Kudos to Aluminess

I had my van at Aluminess today in Santee, CA, for a bit of repair and service on both the swingout units on the rear bumper. The hinges were worn and the swing outs were rattling around with all kinds of play. The baja box mount was rubbing along the top of the bumper, the latch body was bent and wouldn't close and the whole thing was a mess. They have redesigned the hinge pin/shoulder bolt since mine was manufactured. I arranged two weeks prior to have the van there today early and I needed the work done and delivered by this afternoon. Kenny and Mike there were fabulous. They not only replaced all the hinge parts and added delrin support blocks on the swings and the bumper top for under $100, they also replaced the latch mechanism and welded on support gussets all around the tire side latch and tubing joints after they saw cracks beginning to show. Welded and painted and adjusted at no charge. They also replaced a bad turn latch/lock for the box lid n/c. The whole thing is solid as can be with no wiggle room or sag anywhere. Picked it up at 2 PM. While I was there I spotted a device in their office that turned out to be a pneumatic cylinder lifter for the penthouse top. Since I have onboard extreme air with a QD inside under the sink cabinet, this was exactly what I needed for a top that is a bear to lift. I need to protect my back and shoulder from repeated pushing up on the roof. Tested it on the spot and got it for under $300. Was a good day at Aluminess, and thanks again to Kenny and Mike there.

'07 RB-50 - My Photo Site -- K1JGS --
Jeffrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
Site Team
BroncoHauler's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern New Mexico
Posts: 9,717
Re: Kudos to Aluminess

Always great to hear positive customer service experiences, not just the bad ones.

That said, you better post up some pics and/or video of that pneumatic lift in action.


SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
BroncoHauler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 75
Re: Kudos to Aluminess

I can't say enough great things about Aluminess. Really impressed with their product quality and customer service when I've dealt with them. Coming from the jeep world with lots of aftermarket companies that put out questionable products, my experience with Aluminess was very appreciated.
scottman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
Senior Member
haywoodphotomaccom's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: San Diego
Posts: 883
Re: Kudos to Aluminess

Third that, they spent many hours helping me out to remove my roof rack to repaint the shell and then reinstall it. They went above and beyond as they always have...

2006 EB 350 QuadVan V-10 (Working on Build out now)
2006 Quigley V-10 (Sold) (Almost Daily Updates)
haywoodphotomaccom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2013, 12:15 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,657
Re: Kudos to Aluminess

I've had nothing but excellent friendly service from them
Ocsmb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 04:54 AM   #6
Junior Member
ar307's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 14
Re: Kudos to Aluminess

I ended up getting the pneumatic ram that Aluminess sells. I wasn't able to get the top up after getting a rack installed, and I intend to have a solar panel on top which makes it that much more difficult. You simply position the ram under between the handles where you'd normally push from and attach an air supply. VIOLA! The top will rise without lifting a finger.

There is a relief valve that you pull to lower the ram once the top in in position. I also had braces installed on the corners, inside the PH to keep it from lowering inadvertently.

ar307 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 11:03 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,657
Re: Kudos to Aluminess

Your pics no worky for my iPhone
Ocsmb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 07:23 PM   #8
Senior Member
dig255's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 356
Re: Kudos to Aluminess

I was at Aluminess the week before to have my swing outs worked on and boy does Aluminess really stand behind there product! Great service saved me a ton of money ( fixing my bent box)and got thing working as good as new.
dig255 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2013, 10:36 AM   #9
GoProCowboy's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 76
Re: Kudos to Aluminess

Ditto the Aluminess gang rocks!
GoProCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2013, 11:29 AM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 989
Re: Kudos to Aluminess

I have nothing but great things to say about their service and the way they treat their customers. I was there recently to get our rear tire carrier re-aligned and they went out of their way to make it perfect. I was so surprised and impressed.

2007 Ford RB Diesel SMB 4x4 Pueblo Gold; Custom configuration (aisle layout); PIAA 580 driving lights; Picked up on Oct 19, 2007.
sdwindansea is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Sportsmobile Registry




Eddie Haskell
Add your Sportsmobile
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:06 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.