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Old 10-19-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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Camper Clinic II, Buda Tx.?

Had my AS delivered. Now have bought TV. Camper Clinic II is local AS dealer and I'm thinking of going to them for hitch purchase and installation.

Have read threads here and am overwhelmed with the discussions.

Anyone done business with CC II and what was your experience?

thanks in advance.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:34 PM   #2
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I've not done business with them, but I hear they are a good repair shop in this area. About hitches, however, I have two friends that went to them for hitch setups, and neither one got a good job. I'd sooner trust a friend to help you that understands the hitch. I think you'd get a better job. On hitches, they seem to just want to get you out the door.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:46 PM   #3
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I've heard some very bad reports on the Austin area dealer. Not sure if that is the one, but be-aware. My next door neighbor bought a new AS from them (the Austin area dealer, whoever they are) recently and was very unhappy with the customer service.
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:03 PM   #4
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talet and experience have movedOnly the bones remain Ito

The real Airstream folks from Camper Clinic have left and moved to their own facility just East of Austin. Whats left is something like the Explore America Airstream dealers in the DFW area. Not a pretty picture.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:08 PM   #5
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Where would this facility be just East of Austin? When did this occur?
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:18 AM   #6
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We took our 2004 trailer w/a recall to Buda didn't stay for the work after seeing their shop. Seem to have poor customer service. My husband & I have installed 3 Hensley hitches--just need to read the instructions. Also, good advice to connect with other Airstreamers that may be happy to help.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:21 AM   #7
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We bought our 2009 Bambi there a few months ago. We had a good experience with the salesman, but the process went downhill from there.
Even though we didn't finance the purchase, the finance manager was "impossible" to reason with. He lied to my wife regarding the remaining factory warranty - he was giving the "hard sell" for an extended warranty.
We picked the trailer up with a new Ford pick up that had not been set up for the electoral system to charge the batteries in the trailer. We found this out after a 6 hour tow to our home.
To make a long story short, I would not recommend this dealership for anything.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:55 AM   #8
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I've used Camper Clinic II extensively in the last year. Had a brake problem with a backing plate that I had purchased from them and installed myself. They helped me diagnose the problem (bad part) and they replaced the defective backing plate and adjusted the other three. Without charge.

Had them replace/rebuild my toilet platform that had significant rot. They did an excellent job at a reasonable cost. My experience with the service manager Les and the scheduler Lucinda has been very good.

One of my best contacts is Bill in the parts department. Bill is very bright and helpful with Airstream original parts and after market alternatives. I use him often. I recently complained about the high shipping costs for bulky items from Airstream when he suggested that if I had the time he would have the part shipped with a new unit and bypass the shipping cost!

I have not had any dealings with the sales department!

I think my frequent interactions with the folks in service and parts may give me an advantage because I know them fairly well at this point.

I would suggest you give them a try!
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:23 AM   #9
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Have had good luck there, especially with Bill,Carlos and Lucinda. Alan is their chief mechanic and is very knowledgeable. Have NOT delt with their sales department.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:00 PM   #10
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I would second those who suggest installing yourself. I just installed a propride 3P with the physical help of a friend and the collective knowledge of this forum. Took about 6.5 hrs in total.

I did this after one of the local AS dealers told me to go to "a hitch place" to get it done. This was before I decided to buy a propride hitch, so I guess the profit margin on a hitch install was not good enough for them.

Anyways, I decided to do my own since I figured that a general Hitch vendor may not treat my AS any differently than A landscaping trailer. I'm glad I did since I now have a much better appreciation for how to adjust the towing characteristics when needed.

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Old 10-21-2010, 01:05 PM   #11
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Hansom-Man--good advice as I have had bad experiences with installers of an awning (not for AS) as well as a trailer wiring setup for my boat.

I can't believe that these guys are that incompetent--must be poor training or that they just don't care.
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We bought our 2009 International 27FB from Camper Clinic II in November of 2008. Our sales experience was ok. Several hours of negotiation resulted in a fare price. I had them install cam portion of my Reese Strait Line hitch system I bought on line. They drilled the holes and mounted the cams, but they did not complete or "tune" the setup. That was something I felt I wanted to do myself.

April of 2009 I returned for my first round of warranty work. Both skylights, as well as the front and rear windows leaked. Both skylights were replaced and the quality of Camper Clinic II's work was better/neater/cleaner than Airstream's. Weather stripping on both windows was replaced as well. Work was completed in a timely manner. On the down side, we had a couple of below freezing days during this time period. I called Lucinda and she assured me my Airstream would be plugged in and the heat turned on. Lucinda was kinda pissy about this request. I went by to check on my trailer and found the heat was on, but it was not plugged in. Propane tanks were empty and batteries dead. My trailer was returned with boot prints all over the floor.

December 2009 I returned for my second round of warranty work and a bearing repack. Over the course of the year I had developed a list of 18 warranty issues. The most serious of of these was stress cracks in the skin at the corners of the front storage compartment. Melanie took lots of pictures and fought with Airstream for 6 weeks while they bitched about authorizing the repair, denied that such a thing could happen, sent the wrong parts, forgot about me, etc. The work was completed and the repair job looks great, but they scrapped up the a-frame when they were installing it and didn't repaint it. So big jobs (fighting with Airstream and body repair) they did great. Details... Could be better.

Most of the other items on my list were corrected, but a few were not. Before I left I had a tech come out and fix the remaining items (a few popped and/or were never installed in the first place interior rivets, putty in some finish nail holes, missing cabinet screws, etc.) Dealt briefly with Lucinda again at pick up- she was crabby and seemed put out... Melanie was awesome. Interior was dirty again- boot prints, rivet shafts, dead weather stripping, saw dust.

I'm fix'n to have my last round of warranty work and another bearing repack the first week of November.
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I hear ya loud & clear. It seems like it's a combination of both. It was for this reason that we purchased a used airstream. I wanted to avoid a dealer since I've rarely had them ever follow through with any service promise(cars, boats, etc..) without a major battle.

That being said, this is a good thread since I'm currently looking for a shop in the region to do some warranty repairs. At the end of the day I take a lot of comfort in the fact that the knowledge & spirit of the folks on this forum will keep me on the road for a long time when I exhaust my warranty options.
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:04 PM   #14
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Had my AS delivered. Now have bought TV. Camper Clinic II is local AS dealer and I'm thinking of going to them for hitch purchase and installation.

Have read threads here and am overwhelmed with the discussions.

Anyone done business with CC II and what was your experience?

thanks in advance.
I bought a new 2008 28" International from CCII in Nov 2007 including a HA hitch, which I very much like.

The folks at CCII did lots of things right, and I have taken my AS back for work several times - never been disappointed.

However, with respect to the hitch things were not quite so good.

They failed to lubricate the pins that fit into grooves in the spring bars (keeping them from falling to the ground when they are "unloaded". Within two weeks the pin on one end of the zerk fitting had worn in half and had to be replaced.

They also provided a hitch bar that had the wrong off-set making the AS ride lower in the front. It likewise had to be replaced. While none of this caused any real damage it was IMHO a poor job.

I continue to recommend them to friends, but for my part I try not to leave my AS there over night.
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