In January I purchased a 1997 NR Dolphin class A with all the bells and whistles. She has a little over 41K miles on her, the interior looks never used and is kitschy which I love. I paid $8,500 for this loveable beast. I upgraded from a 1969 Go Tag A Long 18 foot camper on trailer and it was pretty primitive but got the job done.
Her first stop was a Ford engine repair shop to have the 2027 Ford F530 motor checked out. She passed with flying colors other than the windshield washer reservoir which had a rock go through the grill and bust a hole in it, easy to fix and I am going to put something behind the open grill to keep this from happening again.
From there she went to Camping World (yes I now know that this was a huge mistake) I asked for their 45-point inspection and the slide out inspection this covered all of the important parts. I did tell them to forgo the generator as fuel was left sitting in it and I know how to clean the carburetor, it wanted to kick over but just couldn't quite seal the deal.
The first thing they hit me with was a new roof. I have since learned that this is SOP with CW. They had a laundry list of what I now know are routine maintenance items such as sludge in the hot water heater. When I picked her up from the Ford facility to move her to CW I noticed that my horn and blinkers were no longer working. I was told that I needed a new flasher relay the cost was to be 1/2 hour of labor plus the part. I need my blinkers to work to pass the Highway Patrol inspection since I have an out-of-state title. Yesterday I finally got a call that she is ready to be picked up, they have had her for a month, BUT my blinkers are not working
I asked if they checked the fuses and bulbs, crickets started chirping from the silence. I asked for a service dept. supervisor to call me which has yet to happen.
CW stated that all of the power was great and the 3 solar panels are even working then they stated that I need a new converter.
Apparently, it will be Monday before I hear from anyone and when it is confirmed that a member of upper management is on-site I am driving over there. What could possibly be wrong? What suggestions can I offer?
I have my first trip planned for May and have yet to get her home to get all cleaned up and stocked for a month-long trip South where I have friends who will help me with a few repairs such as installing the slideout awning.
Thank y'all so very much in advance for tips and advice. Also, any recommendations on a converter/inverter would be greatly appreciated.
PS: On the driver's window is there a way to slide the screen to the side so that I can pay tolls, talk to police, etc.?