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Old 05-06-2021, 04:41 PM   #1
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Vandals, thieves, or suspicious dealership?

We were finally, after weeks of delays due to title issues, supposed to be picking up our 2007 Winnebago 35l Saturday.

I emailed our sales guy and told him we'd be up to get it, as we are an hour and a half away. I didn't hear anything back from him for two days. So I emailed him again this morning.

This afternoon I got a call from the mechanic at the shop, who I think is also the owner, but I'm not clear on that. He said catalytic converter thieves had hit the dealership and taken all the converters but not ours. Instead, they'd cut through the pipes almost all the way but stopped, and left ours. Apparently all the others on the lot were Fords, but they didn't know what to do with ours, so left it. He did say they had contacted the police.

Ok, disappointing, but he said they were going to take care of it as soon as the parts came in and call me to come get it.

As soon as I got off the phone, however, I checked my email and our sales guy had emailed me at the same time as the phone call was happening, and told me "No problem, I'll let the mechanic know and it will be all ready."

So, either they were going to "fix" it and not tell me what happened, or the sales guy doesn't know his entire stock of RVs was hit by thieves, or maybe it was just a miscommunication and everything is on the up and up, or...

This dealership already messed us up by not informing us the sale was a consignment sale, and the previous owners still owed on the load, until after we'd signed and paid in full.

I called the local PD, but nobody answered. Small town, has "business hours" at the PD, so I'll call tomorrow morning and see if I can verify that the dealership was in fact hit by thieves. Either way, I can't help but think something's not quite right.
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Old 05-06-2021, 04:48 PM   #2
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Well Dad,

This is happening all over.
Have the shop engrave the VIN in the new catalyst.

What happened?
We are in a depression so people are out of work.
The value of scrap catalyst has gone way up.
Portable cordless reciprocating saws have become very available.
RVs have enough room to crawl underneath.

Some that were in storage yards have not been discovered until the owner was ready to travel.....

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Well Dad,

This is happening all over.
Have the shop engrave the VIN in the new catalyst.

What happened?
We are in a depression so people are out of work.
The value of scrap catalyst has gone way up.
Portable cordless reciprocating saws have become very available.
RVs have enough room to crawl underneath.

Some that were in storage yards have not been discovered until the owner was ready to travel.....

Frank
Oh I know about the rise in thefts like this. I'm honestly OK IF that's what happened. My concern is the past shenanigans of this dealership with us. Though I can't see what they would have to gain by delaying our picking up the motorhome. It's the former cop in me, I guess.
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This guy won't steal any more converters.
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Instead, they'd cut through the pipes almost all the way but stopped, and left ours.
If that is true then all they need is someone who has had a bit of practice doing exhaust welding up under there for a few minutes with a welder. Literally.

A neighbor had one cut off an older class C sized box van and they left it lying on the ground after finding out it was hollow and empty. Took literally five minutes to weld it back on in his driveway.
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We just bought our RV 3 weeks ago from a local dealership. When I was checking out the underneath side, the CC was missing too. The dealer said they had every one stolen over winter. Even have the theifs on camera, but with the masks and all, no arrest. They were just replacing them as the RVs sold. Ours took a day at the muffler shop to get a new one
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I have a nephew who buys wrecks/junk cars parts them out and sometimes make several times the cost of the junker. He said some catalytic converters bring $700.
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