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Old 04-21-2014, 08:01 PM   #21
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Dealer refusal to do warranty work

So I guess we'll have to buy from a dealer close to us and pay what he wants so he will service it.
Then you're locked in to him for as long as you have the rv because he is the only one who can get parts from Forrest River.
And you will pay him whatever he wants as his service rate because you need the rv fixed.
And he'll fix it when he's good and ready!
And hope the person who fixes it knows what he's doing.

I just don't like to be in that position.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:26 PM   #22
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I own an appliance store, small independent that fights for business against Menards and Lowes everyday. I have an in-house service department and I can assure you that we make no money on warranty work.

I'll be damned if I'm gonna "prop up" Menards and Lowes by taking care of their customers while they are doing everything they can to put me out of business.

This is exactly why when I buy things I consider service not just price.....
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:30 PM   #23
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Mark good for you to make a stand. I think that is a good start. The part I disagree with is that FR is somehow w responsible to control a independent dealer. They really don't have to do anything they don't want to. If I were in that business I can't imagine turning down any business because I would want your service work and like you said a shot at your upgrade business as well. I think your beef is legit but only with the dealer.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:34 PM   #24
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I think a majority of FR owners are satisfied more or less with their dealers and they are not in the situation you are with being a long drive from their dealers. I have a good dealer, but after a recent problem with his tech over the phone while I was in FL, I will not return. I would go to his other dealership about 120 miles away rather than 20 minutes from my house tho'.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:40 PM   #25
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And if the other dealership refused to service your rv then what.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:50 PM   #26
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We live just south of Wichita,Ks and bought our Chappy in Tulsa,Ok.Saved several thousand $$$$$.I stopped out at the local dealer and he laughed when I asked if he wanted myy work.Wont darken his door again.I'll drive to Tulsa,only a 2 1/2 hr drive to a great dealer.Hunter RV.When we bought it we talked to the dealer and I'll fix the small stuff with his supplied parts or he will reinburse me for the parts covered.I can order online from his parts store and will.We have several other dealers local,but their prices are terrible.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:05 PM   #27
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Personally....I refused to do business with the FR dealer here in town because they were such dirtbags

If you did not use your local dealer because of their rep, do you *really* want them to service your unit? I don't.

Yeah it's a 150 mile trip to my "new, reputable" dealer...but you know what? They are so good that So far after 5 months, I have no problems. Just say'n...
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:12 PM   #28
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On Long Island there were a lot of RV Dealers. Now I think there are only 3 left. They all,went out of business because the people got sick and tired of being robbed and insulted. Every one I know now buys off Island. One dealer charges full list price for supplies where I can get it a lot less online. He made his decision and I made mine.
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I had the same issue. The "local dealer" refused to do warranty work because I didn't purchase there. I contacted FR and explained to them that this local Rockwood dealer carried 10 campers total and ZERO new Rockwoods on his lot. He is an RV rental shop that claims to be a dealer. So I'm supposed to buy from him without ever looking at the unit I want to buy? What a joke.
Thankfully, I have an RV service center about 5 miles from my house. They do not sell... Only service. They contacted FR and agreed to do the warranty work. It's been a good relationship so far. I had them do my winterizing/de-winterizing... Do the inspection and an inspection of seals... And I just picked it up today with 4 new tires. Win-win.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:35 PM   #30
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And if the other dealership refused to service your rv then what.
If I can get the parts, I will repair it myself if at all possible. If not, I would make plans to go to the Goshen rally and have FR fix it.
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