Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Out there, somewhere
All I can say is, it's too bad that you cannot legally pursue cost of transportation/gas/food, whatever against CW because of basically luring you to a piece of junk, when you were most likely told, "it's a flawless, fine unit, ready to take home". We keep reading on here about issues with CW in all aspects, sales, repairs, store supplies, etc. Apparently they keep selling coaches, repairing coaches, and selling supplies enough, to enough people that, it's still keeping the RV moniker alive.
I'll "one up" you on your experience. Long story short. We stuck a deal, over the I-net, and a few phone conversations, along with a few zillion pictures, from our then, home town of San Diego with a couple in Cedar Falls (Austin) Texas on an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT. We were told the coach was flawless. And, from the many, many pictures, it looked really good.
We purchased air plane tickets and, flew to Texas. The owners picked us up at the A/P. We drove to where the coach was stored. The first sight of it was the back, ok, not bad. We get out of their car and, start the inspection. The first thing, the tires were over 7 years old and were seriously cracked. BAD! The owner said: "there's nothing wrong with those, I'd take off on a trip today with them".
Then, I walked around the front, I just about fell to my knees. The entire front end of the coach, covered with 3M or, Diamond Shield, whichever it was, WAS SEVERELY CRACKED, IN A ZILLION SMALL CRACKS, LEADING IN ALL DIRECTIONS. It looked chickens had got onto the front end and scratched their little feet, all over the entire front end, the cap above the windshields, and, the lower section of the entry door.
I was so "PI$$ED OFF" I could barely talk. Needless to say, I vented some "Words" at the owners for not divulging such a deplorable condition of that part of the coach. And, for not telling me the tires were that old and severely cracked. The entry door was corroding or, rusting, under the paint, at the bottom of the door. You could see bubbling of the paint there.
There were a few more "oh, I forgot to mentions" that I found. On the subject of the severely damaged/deteriorating front end, his comment was, "It's only cosmetic, it has no effect on the operation of the coach or, it's value".
Well, I was steaming so bad and so was the wife that, we did not finish the inspection, had them take us to a nearby hotel that we called for a room. I called an RV repair/paint business in San Diego and asked about the removal and reconditioning of the paint (if needed) in a situation like that.
Well, it was going to be seriously expensive for the removal of that 3M, repaint, and, new tires and a few other "I forgot to mentions). So, guess what, WE FLEW BACK HOME, at a cost of $1,300.00 for non-advanced airline tickets.
Talk about one of the worst RV dealings ever. That guy is lucky he's still alive.
2004 ITASCA HORIZON 36GD, 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Toad '08 GL 1800 Gold Wing
Retired-29.5 yrs, SDFD, Ham - KI6OND
Me, Karla and the Sophie character, (mini Schnauzer)