It’s interesting how “RV Repair Culture” varies from place to place. We have not visited a lot of RV dealerships as repair customers, and it’s curious how each handles customers differently, and how customers ‘handle’ dealerships differently as well.
Alliance RV Center is a sizable operation. Representing 20 lines, with a 40 site campground, one might feel either a bit overwhelmed by their size or overly impressed — depending on your personality. It took us a whole day to get into the campground (all the sites were taken) and tomorrow we’ll get to talk with a Service Writer — not the technician. After we talk with the Service Writer we’ll find out when they’ll work on the coach.
Our last experience of a large RV dealership was Guaranty RV in Junction City and the customers there are much less noticeable than they are here. I don’t understand where Guaranty’s customers go when their RV’s are being worked on — but you don’t see them hanging out at the dealership waiting room the way they do here at Alliance.
RV’ers are a chatty bunch to begin with. Our experience of chatty RV’ers here is an order of magnitude chattier than anything we’ve been through before. And that’s not entirely a good thing. There are those who have been here a ‘while’, and those who just arrived. There are the folks who are livid and incensed — there are always those people in every group, of every sort — you will always find, in every assortment of people — those who think the world (or the dealership) is out to get them, have not treated them well, have sold them a lemon, or who just don’t like something. There are those who just go about their business, like the couple near us who are still working full time while RV’ing full time. There are always Chatty Cathy’s or Boisterous Bob’s who will talk your ears off at any opportunity — all you need do is make eye contact — and you’re stuck. The waiting room at Alliance is very much a social place.
I have also noted that Florida — as a state — and Florida RV dealerships in particular have very lenient rules about pets in commercial establishments. I first began paying attention when we started seeing dogs in restaurants — something I’ve never been a fan of. But since then I’ve noticed dogs in grocery stores, and bicycle stores, and in particular dogs in RV stores.
I know that a family’s pet is often treated like a fur-child, but I have to say that listening to someone else’s yappy dog in a confined space is not a pleasant experience. And why dog owners or doggy ‘parents’ think that their noisy pooch is ‘cute’ is beyond me — well, not really beyond me — the simply don’t want responsibility for teaching their dog polite behavior and would rather annoy other people. there I’ve said it. I’ve probably irritated half the RV’ers out there with that one sentence. The couple parked in the site behind us have 5 little yappy dogs. They make providing a pen for them to run around in quite the thing — the pen is about 8’ wide and as long as their 5th wheel, complete with netting sides and PVC pipe framework. It’s quite the contraption. What it doesn’t do is to contain the noise. 🤔
Peggy likes to watch the Cesar Milan dog programs on TV. It’s interesting to observe how the things that he teaches play out in a public, open environment. What Cesar would call ‘balanced’ dogs can be together in a room quite happily and quietly. Add an ‘unbalanced’ pooch and before the other dogs can even SEE the new arrival they already sense it’s unbalanced energy and starting yapping and barking. I watched that happen several times yesterday; it’s actually quite fascinating. Dogs surely have better ESP than do humans. ‘Unbalanced’ humans can enter a room and we humans are no where near as quick to pay attention. Kind of reminds me of the current political race to be honest. 😃
We hope to be out of here by Friday evening. We have yet to see how that all plays out.
In the meantime we’re both taking a chill pill and just trying to relax while we wait to discover how long it’s going to take, and how well this place is going to fix our door. We know of other folks with Monaco’s and Holiday Ramblers who have had similar entry lock problems and no one wants to be locked out of their home; or worse yet, locked in and unable to get out except through the emergency escape window!
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow. We’ll still be here I suspect. I honestly will be surprised if we are out of here by Thursday night.
P.S.: It’s only 30 hours from the time I wrote the post above. The dealership surprised us — even though there are a lot of coaches here that have been in line ahead of us, our job was small enough that they decided to get all +55 feet of us out of the lot so they pushed us to the head of the line and our door lock now works as it should.
There’s a detailing outfit that works off of the lot here and we’re going to have the exterior of the coach detailed tomorrow morning and by Noon on Wednesday we hope to be out of here.
Now all that remains is to get those toppers replaced and we would be ’technically’ ready to leave Florida even though it looks like we’re going to have to get into the month of March and if we cannot get a firm delivery for the toppers we might as well just pay for another month and plan on staying for the entire time. If nothing else we’ll have time to look at other RV parks that we would not have had time to scope out if we left at the end of Mike & Kathryn’s visit. It’s all good and with this problem taken care of we can leave the coach without worry about not being able to get back in again!
Thanks for stopping by, and let’s talk again tomorrow. Ok?