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Old 08-03-2010, 10:44 PM   #1
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Question Submitting a Repair Bill to FR

You may have seen my thread about me now having decent radio reception in my Rockwood.

The dealer had convinced FR that the radio reception in my area was lousy, so FR had suggested that they would supply me w/ a sat' radio unit, but I balked @ that idea because I wasn't interested in paying for a subscription. I had the unit back to the dealer in the spring. We found the issue, but they weren't able to fix the cable termination problem. I just decided to let the issue go & have the local electronics wizard have a look.

He fixed it for me in about 10 minutes & is going to write me up a bill that I am planning to submit to FR. Has anyone had any success in sending a bill for repair work on a warranty issue that wasn't performed by the FR dealer? Or should I have gotten the OK from FR beforehand? I don't remember the name of the person I had talked during the winter.

If FR says I should've taken it back to the dealer, I plan on saying that the repair bill is less than what it would've cost me to drop the trailer off @ the dealer & pick it up (an hour's drive each way, so 4 hours of driving).

Should you have been successful in getting re-imbursed recently, could you provide me w/ the name of the person you dealt w/ & their contact info?

It would be greatly appreciated & this whole mess can be closed.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:00 PM   #2
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I would talk to someone first about the circumstances rather than just send them a bill. I would have also taken thier offer on a satellite radio, just adds retail value to the unit for resale. You could have tried it out for a bit to see if you like it (most people do). If you didn't want to try it out you aren't obligated to sign up for service just because you have the radio.

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Old 08-04-2010, 12:00 AM   #3
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The dealer had convinced FR that the radio reception in my area was lousy
NW, that isn't the case as I'm now able to get 16 FM stations in Apsley. I get about the same number of stations in my truck. If reception had been crappy I might've gone for it. But then again, I don't do much camping near my home.
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NW, that isn't the case as I'm now able to get 16 FM stations in Apsley. I get about the same number of stations in my truck. If reception had been crappy I might've gone for it. But then again, I don't do much camping near my home.
Ummm, O.K. you lost me here as you quoted yourself.

My point is you could have had a satellite radio for no charge whether you used it or not and had your original fixed as you did. The satellite radio would have only been a good selling point in the future to a prospective buyer.

Glad you got your radio fixed but per MY post I would talk to someone at FR first before you submit a bill. I am sure they will take care of it.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:47 AM   #5
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NW, I'll check thru the forum for some of the contact info that's been posted. As it was looking @ the time, I didn't think I'd be able to get the FM reception problem fixed & I seemed to be getting conflicting info from the dealer & FR contact (I don't have his name or number). Plus there were more pressing family issues to deal w/ as well @ the time.

I don't have a lot of experience w/ sat' radio, so I wasn't really interested in going down that route. If I don't have any radio when I'm in northern Ontario, no big deal as I managed for 2 months once when I was working up there.

I guess my frustration arises from the fact that I had to go on my own & find someone to fix it. Neither FR or the dealer suggested that I find a automotive stereo technician to service my unit. It basically was, "the radio reception sucks where you live/oh that cable doesn't look good/we don't know how to fix it/oh well".
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I think you should have got the OK from FR before you took the unit to someone to get it fixed and that could be held against you but FR seems quite reasonable. But you kind of answered you own question in the statement that it cost you less to have that guy fix it than to drive to the dealer and back which would have been on your dime anyway so I am having a hard time trying to figure out in the first place why you want FR to pay but that just me I guess.

I am not trying to be an ***** but what you want doesn't make sense to me, what does though is the fact your dealer didn't try to follow through on getting your unit fixed and somehow convined FR of the same.

Good luck with your claim.
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they call 16 stations lousy? i get 2 here!
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He fixed it for me in about 10 minutes.
10 minutes?
Is this bill worth submitting? How much $ are we talking about? Just asking.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:47 PM   #9
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He was at my trailer for 10 minutes, but I don't know how much of his own time he spent making the pigtail connection.

Guys, I don't want to start anything, but a common theme in threads about quality complaints is that the RV owner fixes the problem on his own. The pics of the loose fasteners found in 1 RV is brutal. People say as long as buyers put up w/ the shoddy workmanship & poor quality components, the OEMs will continue in the same lackadaisical manner.

Some of you have said that FR's Quality Control dep't is non-existant or archaic @ best. Wouldn't it be helpful to future RV purchasers for me to notify FR as to how my issue was dealt with, even if I don't get reimbursed?

What actually was a poor electrical connection was going to be solved by throwing a sat' radio system @ the trailer. IMO, if the dealer wasn't able to properly diagnose the cable problem, should I have faith in them to install a new radio that would be different than the existing unit.

Right now as far as the dealer (who I haven't spoken to since March) & FR are concerned, I'm content w/ the situation.
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I understand fully what you're getting at. And, you're right. FR needs to know how much work the customers do to correct problem of assembly on these units. The Quality Control Department is either failing to catch these problems or the decision makers just don't care. They are getting away with quite a bit of repair cost.
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