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Old 04-13-2008, 11:06 PM   #29
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wow, i absolutely do not believe what has been written here. leslie is the rental agent at camper clinic and has nothing to do with the people who fix the trailers. i bought mine there and have it serviced there. although they are a bit pricey, i pay it because they do excellent work and they do timely work. not everybody who owns a mercedes can get it maintained and repaired at the mercedes dealership. if you cant afford them, go to camping world.
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:40 PM   #30
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wow, i absolutely do not believe what has been written here. leslie is the rental agent at camper clinic and has nothing to do with the people who fix the trailers. i bought mine there and have it serviced there. although they are a bit pricey, i pay it because they do excellent work and they do timely work. not everybody who owns a mercedes can get it maintained and repaired at the mercedes dealership. if you cant afford them, go to camping world.
Sorry you don't believe it, but there it is...price and service are not always the same in value...maybe if I had bought a new Airstream, they would have been more attentive to DETAILS, but I wasn't aware it was criteria for appropriate service...I went to them, because they are AIRSTREAM dealers...Camping World is not, although we did go to them AFTER the CC2 fiasco, and they were timely and pretty darned cheap...AC fixed in about 1 hour, $85 for the repair, and they were waiting for me when I arrived at the appointed time(New Braunfels)...I know where you can put your Mercedes.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:00 AM   #31
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Lets see. Right now the counter says 555 hits on this thread. I wonder if any distribuship owner could see through their short term profit to think that 555 positive reviews might get them a few more AS sales, than 555 negative views and people going elsewhere to get their oil changed.
Naw, probably not. Doesn't matter because I'm in Nevada.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:55 AM   #32
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If a dealer had removed my hitch and given it to another customer my first action would be to contact the district attorney and police department in that area and press charges against them for theft. I would be relentless in pursuing charges against such scumbags, using every legal means necessary, and would not DISCUSS anything related to the case with them.
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^^^ Exactly. It is theft, pure and simple. I still can't imagine the gall it takes to do such a thing. Unreal.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:51 AM   #34
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wow, i absolutely do not believe what has been written here. leslie is the rental agent at camper clinic and has nothing to do with the people who fix the trailers. i bought mine there and have it serviced there. although they are a bit pricey, i pay it because they do excellent work and they do timely work. not everybody who owns a mercedes can get it maintained and repaired at the mercedes dealership. if you cant afford them, go to camping world.
Probably not referring to the same Leslie. There is a Leslie (male) that was the service manager at the time, and had been for quite a while when I had my issues with them. (I believe he was part owner as well) The issue I have is the integrity and quality of work performed, not the price. I will more than gladly pay for $80-90+ per hour labor rates if the quality is there. At the time I went there, work performed did not reflect in the labor rates.

Since you brought up Mercedes and are also in Austin, I must say that the service I receive at Mercedes of Georgetown far exceeds Mercedes of Austin, again, due to my personal experience with work performed at both locations. Both have comparable labor rates, but my experience has shown that Georgetown's service, integrity, follow thru, and "fixed right the first time" is better than that of the Austin dealership.

Point being is that it isn't about what can or cannot be afforded, or if it is an Airstream or Mercedes. Its about comparing different "qualified" repair facilities, and the different outcomes and experiences we have had.
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I have been made aware of this site today from one of our customers. I am sorry to hear about the issues with our service department, but would like an opportunity to address the ones I can.

The oil change mentioned broke down this way;
3/4 hour to change engine oil and filter - $127.52 (labor, oil and filter)
1/2 hour to change generator oil and filter - $78.55 (labor, oil and filter)
1/2 hour to check and fill leveling jack fluid - $54.14 (labor and oil)
Tax and Shop Supplies - $18.32
Total 1.75 hours, oil, filters, etc. $ 278.53.
Not only has the price of gas gone up, so has oil and everything associated with it unfortunately. Our shop time was reasonable and our rate is only $95.00 per hour. I do not know what happened to the odometer, but I can assure you it was not removed to fix another unit. I would like to see if I could talk to the customers and see if there is anything I could do to change their opinion of our shop.

As far as the question about the hitch, we did make a mistake, but did corrected the situation as soon as it was found. When the trailer in question came in, this was in October of '04, it was improperly installed by the dealer they had bought the trailer from. The tech working on it had to dismantle it and reassemble it. Unfortunately, when he left for the day, it was not complete. A second tech had a delivery the following day that included a hitch. Seeing the hitch pieces, he assumed they were for his delivery and used them, not knowing the full situation and not investigating. He did not realize that parts had not received his hitch from our supplier, the old "assume problem". When the couple came in on Monday, the morning we discovered the problem, we got them a new hitch to replace it. We have since corrected the communication problem so it doesn't happen again to any other customers. I do know that we did see these customer on several more occassions for warranty repairs. I am sorry they went to Weatherford for their next purchase, but I have great respect for Roger Williams' staff and know they will be treated well.

In closing, I realize we are not perfect. When dealing with both business and personal issues, employees can have an off day. While we do our best to try and put the customer first, it doesn't always happen in the real world. I do ask all customers that feel we did not perform at our best to please let me know. We have a good crew, but alsways have room for improvement. The problem is, if we don't know we screwed up, it is hard to correct it.

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Old 04-14-2008, 07:20 PM   #36
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As far as the question about the hitch, we did make a mistake, but did corrected the situation as soon as it was found. When the trailer in question came in, this was in October of '04, it was improperly installed by the dealer they had bought the trailer from. The tech working on it had to dismantle it and reassemble it. Unfortunately, when he left for the day, it was not complete. A second tech had a delivery the following day that included a hitch. Seeing the hitch pieces, he assumed they were for his delivery and used them, not knowing the full situation and not investigating. He did not realize that parts had not received his hitch from our supplier, the old "assume problem". When the couple came in on Monday, the morning we discovered the problem, we got them a new hitch to replace it. We have since corrected the communication problem so it doesn't happen again to any other customers. I do know that we did see these customer on several more occassions for warranty repairs. I am sorry they went to Weatherford for their next purchase, but I have great respect for Roger Williams' staff and know they will be treated well.
Hello Don,

First, let me commend you for your response to this public forum. That action alone does speak something.

Second, I would like to address your information on the hitch. Yes, the first time I went to CC for service, my hitch was improperly installed by Alamo City RV (now out of business). At that time, I did pay a flat labor rate to get it reinstalled.

However, it was on a subsequent visit for repairs that the hitch was taken off my unit. This was admitted by Leslie. They rectified the situation by delivering the trailer back to my home and getting me a new hitch. Unfortunately, they ordered the wrong hitch head to the sway bars (Equa-i-zer setup) as I had 1000 lb bars and they ordered the head/bars for a different weight rating witch resulted in the bars not fitting into the head... so although my trailer was "delivered" back to my home, it took an additional 2-3 days before all the parts were delivered to my home before I could even hook my trailer up to my truck.

Anyways, as I stated, good to see you respond, but in my case, I needed to clarify the facts on my situation.
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Don, thank you for the response. Your business philosophy comes through in your post. As with each of our jobs, misunderstandings often can be dealt with by broader communication. In my professional life I certainly would welcome clients to get second opinions laterally among my peers and would actually point them up the ladder. Daylight is refreshing & renewing.

In this thread points have been made from several perspectives. I would strongly recommend that individuals with a bone to pick follow up in person. On top of that, AIR Forums policy linked at the bottom of every webpage says,
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Actually, more like 3....

As we used to say in law enforcement, there are 3 sides to every story, yours mine, and the truth.

I do have my receipts to show the timeline of events....
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thanks don,
it is that kind of level headed business that makes camper clinic my choice for airstream and having a 1970, i do need service every now and again. thanks for the response and explaination.
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Don, Thank you for coming to the forum...
I appreciate your explanations, but our original oil/filter change for the Onan 6.5 was right at $700, and no one would listen to me...just come back later...we were on the road...I would be happy to send you copies of the paperwork, if you want to send me a private message with an address. It did take 3 visits to rectify the billing. I did have an appointment set up in advance, and the rig was not looked at for the following 24 hours. I will go into more detail, if I get a respose from you.
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