I opted for a trip north and repair there. We stayed in the rv arrival night and Super 8, UGH, for 2 nights.
2 nights on the road each direction and fuel/meals. All my expense.
Our selling dealer is 575 miles south of us. Factory is 590 miles. Dealer is VERY SMALL and my repairs WERE a major concern.
For us, it was an EZ, yet painful decision. Unit is GREAT. No regrets.
I DID SHOP LOCAL REPAIRS IN ATLANTA, however, almost no one wanted to work directly with FR. My one close by major shop had my unit for 4 months last year. We are retired and USE our toy!!
Sometimes decisions are tough!
We feel this was our best option to not miss Fall camping and winter months in Florida.
Wish you all the best!