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Old 05-13-2014, 05:00 PM   #11
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I would have to say that a lot of forum members have seen way more problems an fixes than even the dealer.

Real world experience if you will. I happen to believe that the people here on the forum are truly wanting to get your issue fixed and see you off camping. People here also understand perhaps better than the dealer what people are explaining because they already see it through "Newby Eyes".

People here have possibly found a fix that otherwise at the dealer costs an arm and a leg when all it takes is a quick trip to the store and $10 later everything is fixed.

A big thumbs up to FRF!!
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Old 05-13-2014, 05:11 PM   #12
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By the time we were done with our walk around after buying our first TT I probably forgot 1/2 of what was told to me 😃. We live in a town that doesn't have a rv dealer and made our purchase over 150 miles away.

I check the forums every day for newbie questions and try to read all the reply. Thanks everyone👍
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Old 05-13-2014, 05:14 PM   #13
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First I want to say I'm not trying to flame anyone or get anyones boxers in a wad BUT.

I see questions on forums, not just this one, from people that just purchased a new RV, and perhaps this is the first RV (new) they have ever owned and need information or have questions about some problem they may have.


Rather that ask on a forum for the answer why don't they ask someone at the dealership where they just purchased the RV.
I think this is the question - possibily retorical - at hand

BooBoo, the short answer is a (sadly) large number of dealerships have, as we used to say in the Air Force, "have their heads fully up and locked." They often can not or will not take time to explain squat save a rushed PDI.

It is a rare dealership that takes the time with new (or experienced!) RVers who are unfamiliar with their new rigs. I am a case in point. I would not send my worst enemy to Bankston RV in Huntsville. When we got our new 5er last year we drove over 100 miles to Dandy RV in Anniston AL, because they are one of those rare RV dealers that actually care about you post sale!

So, point one: The forums often are MUCH faster and more accurate than a dealer (One night I watched real-time posts from a paniced noobie who could not hook her 5er up and the kind forum members who helped her - after a flurry of posts, she succeded in hooking up and driving off with her disabeled husband)

Point Two: Your Dealership may be a 100 muiles away One forum member drove over 700 miles to pick up his rig!

Hope this explains things.

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Old 05-13-2014, 06:13 PM   #14
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First I want to say I'm not trying to flame anyone or get anyones boxers in a wad BUT.

I see questions on forums, not just this one, from people that just purchased a new RV, and perhaps this is the first RV (new) they have ever owned and need information or have questions about some problem they may have.

Like "what does fuse F-1 do?", "how do I turn on the water heater", "I can't figure out what the switch on the wall by the door does".


Don't misunderstand, I love forums.

I don't think you quite understand what a forum is. The real problem on most forums is when people try to push their ideology on others. Instead of "Just stating the facts".
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:32 PM   #15
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Just speaking for DH and myself, this forum was a trip saver for us. On our first long trip we were awakened by the smoke alarm and a brand new TT full of smoke.

While I RVed (with ex and our kids) quite a lot in years past, we'd just gotten back in to it with our V-Lite....still wet behind the ears.

I was a WRECK, about ready to grab the dog, abandon our brand new TT and go home! DH jumped on this forum via his iPad and we quickly had an answer. First time usage of our furnace...burnoff of the annealing oil on the heat exchanger. Without the help we got here, I was refusing to stay another night in the TT and damn sure wouldn't have left Fred there for the day trip we had planned that day.

And...while I was big in to RVing years ago, RVs these days are much more complicated, many more systems involved. Heck we didn't even have a smoke alarm in our former MH. And I doubt CO monitors were even an option back then.

I'll say this: I'm GLAD this forum is more than a place to converse. It's the BEST source for help and information on the interwebs! I'd even say it's the best forum, hands down, on the interwebs.

MANY thanks to the site team for their diligence and the non-paid work they do here also! My is off to you folks.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:53 PM   #16
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50percent of what I know I learned from cruising the forum. Great knowledge base, great resource and quick answers have helped me out several times. I don't have a dealer to go ask. And even if I did I'd worry I was getting the right answer. Extremely grateful to the members of this forum that have put up with many questions!!
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:01 PM   #17
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I am a proud newbie. I do and will continue to ask a lot of questions. I am an assistant principal and my wife is a social worker. We like to take the TT out on the weekends to just decompress. I would rather ask a question and avoid a stressful situation.

I appreciate all the responses to my post. Kids are not getting easier, but each time I take the TT out I have one less thing I have to worry about.

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Old 05-13-2014, 07:25 PM   #18
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There's an old saying - Two heads are better than one.

And looking at the bottom right corner of my screen, there were 3,472 heads on line at 02:14 am on 3/5/14.

That's a whole lot better than the RV dealer.
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In the case of FRF, I'd suggest that many newbies find, after lurking and reading the many posts here, that this forum is one where members are generally very respectful and newbies feel welcomed. I can't say that for some other forums I've read.

I can also say that feeling of respect and welcome is not always found at the local RV dealership. My nearest Roo dealer has mediocre customer service at best, so I come here. It's very convenient and reliable.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:45 PM   #20
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I would have to say that a lot of forum members have seen way more problems an fixes than even the dealer.

Real world experience if you will. I happen to believe that the people here on the forum are truly wanting to get your issue fixed and see you off camping. People here also understand perhaps better than the dealer what people are explaining because they already see it through "Newby Eyes".

People here have possibly found a fix that otherwise at the dealer costs an arm and a leg when all it takes is a quick trip to the store and $10 later everything is fixed.

A big thumbs up to FRF!!
X2...Whether it is motorbikes, atvs or campers, I've received SO much more valuable info from a Forum that makes the experience of owning these toys so enjoyable vs a Dealer who is chasing the next deal...which I understand they have to do to stay in business.
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