Our Coast Guard friends that we had met at the Thousand Trails (TT) Lake Conroe Resort in Lake Conroe TX also arrived the same day we did and were having their American Eagle worked on some Post-Warranty items. Though their list was significantly smaller than ours, they ended up having to leave and come back later, and then leave and come back again, due to parts not being available right away and arriving at different times, plus having different items to fix that required different shops, like Spartan Chassis in Charlotte MI, and an Amish furniture company in Elkhart, as well as the Fleetwood brand service where we were. By the time we left on November 4th they still weren't finished with their coach. They say that a NEW class A diesel motor home takes about 12-18 months of adjustments to get it into tip top shape; however I think that it is more in actuality an on-going process with a lot of normal maintenance involved to keep it running smoothly. However, we got a 72 month Extended Warranty that covers EVERYTHING for just a $100 deductible. Yes it was expensive, but it gives a lot of peace of mind for when the Warranty expires (June 2017).
Anyway, we had a good time in Decatur. Given all the troubles we had with our motor home, and the fact that most of them were due to the dealer not having had the responsibility to take care of them when we took delivery of the motor home, following a very detailed letter of complaint to the President/Owner of the dealership, to the Vice President and to the Store Manager, they offered to host our stay at Decatur at a hotel nearby, as the alternative of staying in the coach overnight would involve having to get u at 5:00AM EVERY DAY in order to have it ready to be picked up to be worked on by Service at 6:00AM, and then getting it back by 2:00PM. We still have no clue WHY those UNGODLY work hours, so we were happy to have been able to stay at the hotel. At the hotel they also had no 'regular' room available downstairs (for us old folks with bad knees, so we said), so they offered us a mini-suite with a Jacuzzi Spa bathtub in the bedroom for the regular price (which we were not even paying for ourselves). After two weeks they said our coach was ready, but NO WAY. We called them up on about 12 issues that they still had not fixed and within 3 days they were all fixed (as much as it seemed that they were willing to do anyway) so we left as we both had doctor appointments that we had to get back to Apopka and The Villages for. When we leave FL in 2017 our initial aim (so far) is to travel up I-75 to the north end of Michigan before heading West, and on that northward trek we'll undoubtedly make an appointment with Factory Warranty Service in Decatur (again) to fix whatever else has developed by then, like the Exterior TV/Stereo CD Player which did not have a problem before taking it to Warranty Service, yet now has bad sounding speakers.
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