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Old 12-02-2014, 05:32 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Mike and Cha View Post
Donut Lover, we had ours delivered to California too, it had a little over 2200 miles on it when it got here. I asked the dealer to do a complementary oil change on it so that I was starting fresh, and that on all my cars/RV's I always did an oil change right after the break in period anyway. He did the oil change for me at no charge and did a real thorough PDI, which is good to do after the first 2000 miles of drive. They did all the adjustments that were needed after the break in period. So to some degree it may be a good thing that it was driven here.

I worried about someone delivering my MH too as I am also 30 years retired Law Enforcement and we don't always trust others, and are always prepared for the worst, after all that's what kept us alive during our careers, and we don't just stop doing that when we retire. I think you'll be ok on this one and if there are any issues at all it is your dealers responsiblity to make it right. Don't accept delivery of it until everything is right and the way you were told it would be when you signed the papers....Good luck and have fun picking it up it's always a great day....Mike
Mike...thank you. It almost always takes one LEO to understand where another LEO is coming from. Lori and I took a look at it today. Our young salesman (his first sale) was so excited to show it to us...road silt, dead bugs and all. lol! it was actually beautiful and it had, as you said, 2202 miles on it. I'm sure we'll enjoy it. It was so much fun looking at my wife's face as she gazed over it...she's like a kid in a candy store. All she keeps talking about is how she's gonna, "...pretty it all up" lol They've scheduled delivery for 11 am on Friday. It's gonna be a fun weekend getting to know this thing...in my driveway!!! lol I'll probably spend much of this weekend underneath the unit with a bunch of steel wool plugging up as many holes as I can to make this as close to mouse proof as possible. (my wife's marching orders) I am much more relaxed right now and I thank you all for your input and encouragement. beamisl, thank you for your kind words. --Art

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:03 PM   #30
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New vehicle delivery

I can only imagine how the kid at the Porsche dealer takes your pride and joy for a quick joyride while bringing it from one service bay to another.
Reminds me of a news article some time ago about a Lambo owner's car being demolished after he left it for service due to the "test drive"
Can't imagine a motorhome delivery person ripping around with a 30,000# plus beast down the road. Besides when do you see a young person behind the wheel of a class A?
I've seen too many owners abusing their own coaches to worry about how it was delivered.

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Old 12-02-2014, 08:17 PM   #31
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I watched a brand new 40' diesel pusher fly by me in Nashville TN on I65 doing 75+mph. His left foot was on the dashboard! as he weaved in and out of traffic. Followed for a little ways but couldn't keep up! Manufactures tag for a license plate. Thinking the whole time"glad it's not my new rig being driven like that". Most outrageous behavior I've ever seen a by motorhome driver.

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Old 12-04-2014, 05:02 PM   #32
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The deliver driver won't care about keeping the speed and/or rpm's down. Either don't think about it or go to the factory and pick it up yourself.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:46 AM   #33
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How do they transport new RV's?

I ordered my Winnebago back in 04. They had an elderly man drove it to the dealership. They said he only drives about 6 hours a day and sleeps in a hotel. Winnebago will not let the drivers sleep in the units.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:24 AM   #34
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Yep. During several drives to Nashville, I have been tailgated, like 10 ft. back, at well over 75MPH by drivers of Prevost shells; presumably being delivered to coach converters in the Nashville area. It has been said that I-65 between Nashville and Louisville is one of the most dangerous interstates.

Back to the original issue; we once talked to a driver delivering a new gasser MH, and he said the delivery costs and his compensation were squeezed very tightly by the delivery company.

We bought a new Safari Trek in 1995 and it was delivered in January from Oregon with the front bumper area sandblasted by road debris. The dealer revealed this, and explained that he had repainted the area.

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I watched a brand new 40' diesel pusher fly by me in Nashville TN on I65 doing 75+mph. His left foot was on the dashboard! as he weaved in and out of traffic. Followed for a little ways but couldn't keep up! Manufactures tag for a license plate. Thinking the whole time"glad it's not my new rig being driven like that". Most outrageous behavior I've ever seen a by motorhome driver.

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Old 12-08-2014, 07:21 PM   #35
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Donut Lover,

I don't recall which engine you said your coach will have, but if it's a Cummins mid-size 5.9ISB to 8.9ISL, the delicate break-in was sort of tossed out the window before the engine left the Cummins factory in Rocky Mount, NC.

That is the plant that produces all mid-size engines for RV use in the U.S.

Every engine is "Hot Tested" before it leaves the factory. The hot test last for 2 minutes and goes something like this...

1) start engine, run at low idle 20sec.
2) increase speed to high idle 20 sec.
3) back to low idle 20 sec
5) low idle 20sec
6) shut off engine.

So your brand new engine wasn't exactly babied from the get-go!
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:37 PM   #36
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One of the fellows we chum with was part owner of a Peterbuilt dealership. He said the engines come out ready to work. They would send new owners with brand new trucks out with loads on.
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Doughnut lover, perhaps you should buy a boat instead, at least it will arrive by trailer, unless you go bigger. Then it will have to be sailed in. They only trailer to 45 feet without a permit.
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Old 01-10-2015, 10:06 PM   #38
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The contract RV delivery drivers are bonded and insured, and must provide proof before they are hired.
Normally the contract drivers are responsible for any and all damage to the RV prior to delivery. IMO this means your MH will be driven carefully until the receiving dealer accepts delivery. The delivery drivers are regulated by USDOT regulations, just like a semi-truck driver.
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:48 AM   #39
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Hey Mr. DoNut,
Imagine buying your MH in Anchorage, AK. That is about 4,000 miles from my house. Driven up the AlCan...
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How do they transport new RV's?

I think the factories are missing an opportunity here to connect with the customer. You can buy a European car and take delivery in Europe and have it shipped over after your vacation. The local dealer is also involved in the sale. My brother did this with a Mercedes.

This would be very easy to do on a similar program in the US. Defects at delivery could be addressed right then. Defects encountered on the trip home could be called in, parts ordered and on their way, and installations made when arriving at your local dealer.

The purchaser should also be credited for the typical delivery charge since it would be their time and fuel costs.

The downside is that Indiana is less interesting than Europe for a vacation. Too bad there aren't higher volumes of motorhomes being built in Oregon as there once was. Lots of great places to see and camp nearby.

Maybe Nexus and LazyDaze have it right with factory direct.
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I've read numerous accounts of new Leisure Travel Vans (LTV) owners flying into Winnepeg Canada to take the factory tour and pick up their new baby there and get a very thorough walk-through and on-the-site repair if necessary. LTV encourages it for those who want to. It doesn't save you a nickel, and you still have to buy from an authorized dealer. They also ship their Sprinter based MH's to dealers on flatbeds so you're not even avoiding delivery miles. Like wonderso suggested, I think it's just part of their desire to offer an option some of their customers want.
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Old 01-15-2015, 03:25 PM   #42
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Porters (Professional delivery drivers) are either careful or looking for a new job..

True story: a convoy of 5 new conversion vans were leaving the conversion company near Detroit headed for the dealer in Ohio.

Traffic slowed, the first 4 vans slowed #5 did not and 3 of 'em had to be .. Re-done, at company (not sure who paid for the drivers) expense.

Trust me.. Last time that driver worked as a vehicle porter.

True story 2: Rollover (one car) Car was being driven by the mechanic and was, of course, a total loss.. I called the shop he worked for (Dealer) and we were discussing, among other things, how to get the driver home for supper. I suggest to the service manager they send an adjuster down to do his thing with the car, and he could bring the mechanic back to the shop.. He liked that idea and dispatched the adjuster while I was still on the line.

I told the troopers: They are going to send and adjuster down and after he has inspected the vehicle he can bring the employee back so he can collect his severance pay and go home.

The troopers said (in one ear) That's what he was afraid of Radio
While the service manager (in the other) said "YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!

now you know how I know these stories.

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