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Buyer Beware III

Posted 07-01-2012 at 07:40 PM by bgc44a
Updated 07-11-2012 at 09:36 PM by bgc44a

Well, Albany RV kept the MH from May17 to June 1. They managed to fix 3 items out of 12. We picked it up and left on a trip to Texas that had been planned for weeks. On the first day out the Fridge quit and we had to throw out a lot of food. Spent the next 2 weeks looking for and buying enough ice to keep it cool. Tried to buy a new control board in several places without any luck. On the third day we discovered that there was 0 P.S.I. in the right inside rear dual. It appears that there was never any air in the tire from day one. That explains the constant pull to the right. In the Pennsylvania hills the MH started overheating on any uphill pull. Had to pull over several times to let it cool. Days later in New Mexico the overheating was no longer bearable. Tried to get it fixed, and was informed by the repair shop that the warranty company had refused the payment. It appears that Albany RV had submitted the starting milage on the warranty as 8720 miles instead of the actual miles of 49,800, and then switched the odometer readout to Kilometers, before they gave it to me. Think about it. The MH continued to overheat for the entire trip. On a 80 mile leg it took 2.5 hours to make it. Then the leveler jacks decided to act up, that was fun. Every time the bathroom door was opened while underway, the entire MH was filled with that aroma we are all familiar with. It appears there is a leak somewhere between the toilet and the holding tank, Joy! The dash air was useless trying to keep the temp. bearable, and the roof air units, fancy low profile things, was also pretty useless, they managed to keep the temp in the high 80's. The blower on the dash air also gave out a constant squeal. One of the things Albany RV was supposed to fix. The warning chime in the dash decided it would short out, and the leveler jacks down warning decided it also would short out. Wonderful! While we were in the campground, or Walmart, the MH was great The air conditioners worked good, when parked and plugged in, and the MH was roomy and comfortable. With the slides out it was downright luxurious, and we really liked it. However, out on the road it was the motorhome from hell!!! The ride was rough for an air ride unit. The Caterpillar engine was quiet but gutless, and constantly overheated. MPG towing the Jeep Wrangler was about 7.5 MPG for the entire trip, actually with the overheating, not too bad. The Allison 6 speed was a thing of beauty. All in all if Albany RV had prepped and serviced the unit as they should, it might have been a pleasant trip. But they did not do their job, so it goes up for sale, and it's back to my class C Scotty.
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    TXDIANIMAL's Avatar
    What is MH and what brand were you driving?
    Posted 07-08-2012 at 09:38 PM by TXDIANIMAL TXDIANIMAL is offline
  2. Old Comment
    MH is short for MotorHome. It's a 40' Gulf Stream Towing a Jeep Wrangler.
    Posted 07-11-2012 at 09:32 PM by bgc44a bgc44a is offline
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