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Mr.Mark

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Posted: 03/30/20 09:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The advantage of having a 'bus' shell is that the Prevost service facility is equipped, stocked and ready to go to service most all year busses (20+ yrs... old).

When I make an appt. for service, I've never had a problem getting an appt. as I usually call two weeks ahead of when I'm wanting to have the work done. The Prevost service facilities have 8-10 plug-in spots for the coaches while being serviced.

I like the fact that I can have everything done in one location (chassis related) including a full three axle alignment and windshields if needed as they have a fully stocked parts warehouse. Anything related to the chassis can be done.

I usually arrive the day before service and we are always 'summoned' at about 7:00 am in the morning. Whatever we've had done, it's usually ready by the evening. They have long service shop hours,
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You just can't beat Prevost service! All 'house' items have to be done at the converters facility or secondary shop.

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Posted: 04/04/20 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It’s different at different locations. I’ve experienced both. To one dealer it meant he had a place to park another motor home in his “waiting service” lot and he would get to it sometime. The other one means if you have an appointment have it there by 08:30 that morning because that’s when he is planning on working on it.


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Posted: 04/04/20 04:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update:
Lack of service is being blamed on the virus.


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Grit dog wrote:

Businesses are able to use the difference in some repairs vs others to their advantage.
One guy may have some scheme of adding a tank to his van, which is not standard and maybe **** near impossible but assumes mechanic = fixed. Sounds like a snowflake thinking milk is grown in the grocery store....this type of thing probably should take days or weeks.
Neither guy needs a water pump replaced which should be a shelf item and a couple hours work, but gets the runaround because the dealer is busy, backed up, lazy, inefficient, doesn’t care, or doesn’t have the quality of employees to pull it off.
Yet they all get lumped in the same by people who don’t know how to fix it themselves thus have no idea how complicated or time consuming it is.

And it’s RV dealers. They are generally not under the same scrutiny as other institutions.


I don't know if this comment was pointed at me but if an RV shop can't/don't want to do a modification all they have to say is we don't do that kind of work, not charge you an hours charge to tell you nothing or lead you on for 6 months that they can do it. I understand not all business can do all things but be honest with your customers.

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Posted: 04/14/20 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mildly and pleasantly surprised at the truthfulness when we brought the OKIEbago in for a safety recall, were told outright the "appointment" was nothing more than the day they'd have an open parking space in the to-do lot and that they'd get to work as soon as they could but they had no idea when they'd be able to start the work.

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I've never purchased an RV brand new, so no warranty issues, and I've done most of my RV work/maintenance myself over the past 30+ years of RV ownership, so I haven't run into the nightmare issues that I read about regarding "appointments". I've used a mobile RV mechanic for a water heater issue about 25 years ago; went great.

About 3 years ago, I bought a "new to me" class A from a small local RV shop (parts, service, used RVs; no new). Had one slideout issue that needed addressing; they checked their calendar, made me an appointment (about 2 weeks out), I dropped the rig off at the appointed time, and they started work that same day. Got the rig back in 3 days.

Had a drivetrain issue (Workhorse brake recall) that needed addressing. Local large truck/RV shop; called for an appointment (about 1 week out). Dropped it off in the morning, went to lunch, came back in the afternoon and picked it up.

AFAIC, an appointment, at the very least, SHOULD mean that the service provider is starting work (or at least inspection) THAT DAY, and should have an idea of what it will take to do the job by the end of the day. Anything less is unacceptable, and should not be the accepted "norm". Dropping off a rig to sit on their lot for a week or 2 before they even look at it is BS. But until consumers start to push back, nothing will change. Of course, the same thing could be said about the (lack of) quality control in new RVs coming off the assembly line, but...

Look for the small, independent shops; they are the ones more likely to give the good service. JMHO.


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4x4van wrote:



Look for the small, independent shops; they are the ones more likely to give the good service. JMHO.

That’s exactly what I did in this case and I essentially lit a match to $600. Waited 4 weeks after appointment date to pick up my trailer and the work was done wrong. A very expensive lesson but I will break whatever I am trying to fix before letting one of these places touch my trailer again.

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Where I bought my TT, having an appointment means you drop it off on the date that they tell you to and they will work on it when they **** well feel like it no matter when you need it back. They will work on it using it as filler work in between working on expensive motorhomes to give their less experienced people that don't know what they're doing something to learn on so they can screw it up instead of the expensive motorhomes.

I bought my trailer in November before Thanksgiving a few years ago and used it during hunting season from November through December. I paid for the add-a-room which hangs from the awning when I bought the trailer. They had to order it so I made an appointment to drop the trailer off in January after hunting season and get some warranty items fixed that I found before I used the trailer.

I dropped the trailer off in January and didn't get it back until mid May.

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Posted: 04/15/20 03:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

with some companies, it apparently means nothing.

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