Ok....Bike, I see where you are coming from, I really do. Good points and I am learning stuff here I never knew. However, the industry is messed up then. I own a Grady White boat as you know. Boat dealers often sell other brands too. The Grady dealer in Columbia, the nearest one to me, sells 4 other boat brands. The dealer in Savannah I bought it from sells Regulator, Carolina Skiff and I think Sea Hunt or some other boat brand.
The marine industry does not "think and operate" like this at all. I think part of it is many shops depend on service, especially in this economy, for their bread and butter. I get my Yammaha outboard serviced at the nearest 5 star tech dealer in Greenvillee, SC...they aren't a Grady dealer at all.
I have not had any major issues with previous campers, so the dealer thing was not all that important to me. So given how the marine industry operates, the RV industry ought to take a look at it. If a producty is under warranty and the manufacturer says they will cover it, what difference does it make who does it?
I could be mistaken, but if you are a Grady dealer part of being a Grady dealer requirement is servicing Grady White boats, not just the ones you sell. It seems to me RV manufacturers could basically make this a condition of carrying their product lines. However, if only FR said this, I suspect dealers would likely freak out and a few might drop them. It would take an industry wide shift to adopt the marine industry model.
Bob, Tonya and the kids
11 Rockwood Roo 233S
08 Grady White Seafarer 228
08 Tundra 5.7 liter 4x4 crew cab TRD limited
08 Toyota limited 4 Runner Iforce V8 full time 4WD, tow package