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Old 05-26-2015, 01:27 PM   #11
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If you believe that your RV is holding water in the underbelly lining, you have some responsibility to stop further damage! Cut a small square (4"x4") of the material away to let it drain. If it is holding water cut another, or several, openings so that it can start to dry. It is easy to patch, or the dealer may replace the bulging piece. Good luck.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:23 PM   #12
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Not preaching but just saying.....I don't understand someone spending 20..30 grand on a camper from a dealer hundreds or thousands of miles away. These units have thousands of parts. Parts will break. Parts will be installed or assembled incorrectly. Murphy's Law affects rvs just like everything else. I try to buy from local businesses whenever possible , not just campers. Refrigerators, mowers, etc. My experience has always been better with the smaller local retailer than the big box or online ones. Did I pay more? Maybe a little. Call it peace of mind. Best of luck with your repairs.

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Old 05-26-2015, 03:28 PM   #13
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Guess you forgot the Junk that Japan produced in the 70's & 80"s. Rusted out within 2 years.... Oh and much of the junk that China now produces is owned by Japanese companies.
I've never owned a Japanese car. All I've owned in the last 30 years are GMC. (currently have three trucks and a Terrain. I know, Govt Motors but they work for me) Its disheartening to see people spend upward of a lot of folk's yearly wage only to find leaks, plumbing problems, equipment not working, only to get the run around from the manufacture. Here's an idea. Improve inspection before it goes out the door. But despite this, you have to admit Honda and Toyota are pretty good cars.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:35 PM   #14
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Has anyone gotten the Consumer Affairs Dept, or maybe the Better Business, Chamber of Commerce, local or at point of purchase, involved? Make noise, be pissed and make more noise.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:41 PM   #15
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There is a real problem in the RV world. From the builders to the dealers. The main problem is the people are poorly trained and underpaid. They don't have to be certified to do the job. As long as people keep buying these an tolerate being treated like crap nothing will change. I can tell you if I had it to do over I would not have bought the last one and would never buy from the dealer again.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:41 PM   #16
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Continued problem update

Thanks. Yes I did research. Can do the work and will do the work are two different things. My thought was the an RV that was brand new and cost the same as a small house in iowa might be stellar. (My last RV purchase was 7 years used when I bought it and it gave no grief.) And if it wasn't someone would show some customer service. As of right now my dealer in PA has come through with a mobile guy who would look at it. I had been speaking with service dept and they weren't too helpful but my sales person got involved and things moved quickly. I also found a Forest River dealer one hour away who doesn't sell Coachmen but will do the work. I am sure I will pay for the transport there and back. But I will with a smile if I can get this to be right.
I wasn't too pleased with the Coachmen manufacturer's service rep who really had no solution and said he "has no hammer to force dealers into work". He may not have a hammer but he has incentives he could offer.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:49 PM   #17
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Thanks for that. I did ask the service dept. He suggested I remove a screw. I am a little concerned that something might "give" and I may get hurt in the process. A small hole makes sense though. The black tank has been emptied, gray(was/is) running open and water supply turned off. It is leaking so I am going back to see if the pressure is relieving. I would like to see the panel off just to assess any water damage. I was told there is no wiring just tanks and the panels just keep the mice out. Thanks for the advice and I'll take whatever else you might think of.
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Old 05-26-2015, 04:26 PM   #18
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This may be a little off subject but when i bought my TT last year after getting it home and looking at it more closely I was surprised to find out how these things are thrown together, from wires hanging loosely under the trailer to a bent fresh water tank bracket to a black tank vent they literally broke to make it fit rendering useless. I'm of the opinion until we start importing RV's from other countries we are going to get more of the same.
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Old 05-26-2015, 04:50 PM   #19
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Buying long distance is good if you save money, buying an extended warranty is a must. All authorized dealers can make repairs, if they are factory authorized.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:27 PM   #20
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Respectfully, I drove from Birmingham, to Detroit and saved $7,000.00 that was my money, plus when I picked up my camper it was clean and the walk through was done by a professional who knew the camper inside and out. The closing was everything they had promised and I got great service from hard working people who were happy to make a fair profit off a sale. They sale about 150 units a month to people who come from all over America. I would call them a sussess. They get their profits the old fashion way / I say they earned it. So I drove over to a better dealer and got a better deal from a better RV dealer. I would say again shop around / find a dealer who earns your business, don't buy out of convienance.

I still have the 25' I bought in 2009 from a huge local dealer who hired people that did not know the camper, who did not clean the camper, who did not make sure that the unit was ready for pick up. Who could not and did not keep their word or would not deal straight with me.
I work like a dog for my money and if I do businesses with some one they will need to earn my money like I do. So my advice is to make the best deal from a dealer who earns your business. All that other stuff you said about China and local support and such makes no cents to me , sorry peace out. I respectfully disagree with you on this point. Free enterprise weeds out the incompetent and slothful businesses.
To support slothful, lying scumbag local merchants is a form of social injustice, to prop up these business is a form of social support for those who don't earn what they get and breeds social decay. No disrespect but, I see things differently. You know what they say about opinions. Well we all have them. Well I spent more time than I have in my response, good luck and good camping

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