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Old 04-15-2006, 08:10 AM   #1
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Thumbs up today's the day!

Nic and I are in MT today, and going to be picking up our new Bambi this afternoon. Can't wait!!

Went by the dealership yesterday (Bretz RV) to have a pre-look. The sales guy was fantastic, unfortunatley the management has lived up to their billing. There should be a sign on the wall that says "We believe in win-lose, and the customer is ALWAYS wrong". A long story with an ridiculous ending, It was not a fun conversation yesterday. I highly recommend NOT purchasing from these bozos in the future.

Regardless, the trailer looked great but we will go through it with a fine tooth comb today. We'll post some pictures later!!


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Old 04-15-2006, 08:53 AM   #2
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Brad,

I have the same tube and a horror story about the delivery process also. Situation sounds very similar. Hope you make out OK. If you have any questions or problems and need a 'professional advisor' feel free to PM me.
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Old 04-15-2006, 10:19 AM   #3
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We stopped in at Bretz a couple of weeks ago to check out the latest with Airstream. They only had three of them although their lot was overflowing with other makes. They did not have an Airstream brochure. We asked about info on the 75th SE. The salesman hadn't heard about it. He was quite up front in saying we knew a lot more about Airstreams than he.
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Old 04-15-2006, 11:23 AM   #4
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We asked about info on the 75th SE. The salesman hadn't heard about it. He was quite up front in saying we knew a lot more about Airstreams than he.
We know what you mean! I suggested looking at 'new' just as the 2006 25' FB SE came out last June. One dealer had a 2005 FB on the lot (bad suicide door design for 2005! Only 5 ever made IIRC.) but was really in the dark about the SE option. We bought from another dealer -- and we knew a lot more about this new model than they did, but this was July '05 after all... To remain that ignorant about Airstream's hottest offering is inexcusable. Kinda tells you where the SOBs fit in their priorities!

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Old 04-15-2006, 02:23 PM   #5
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Hi all,, just have to reply to this post,,,, that particular rv dealership in Missoula Montana is a well oiled machine,,,, they admit not knowing much about streams,,, purchased my Bambi there new in 2004. bottom line,, they are the only game in town for quite a distance,,, and had it not been for them,,, would not be a streamer now,, was love at first sight,,, Happy Easter! donna
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Old 04-15-2006, 08:43 PM   #6
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Brad,
Soorry to hear that. Let airstream know of your experience. THere are plety of other deakers that would love to sell thier porducts.
I wlaked away from Bretz when I did not like the way I was being treated. I ended up purchasing on the east coast and I am in the process of towing my baby across the country. I will be at the factory on Monday and Tuesday.

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Old 04-15-2006, 09:23 PM   #7
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Bretz DOES have fantastic propane prices during the summer. Or, at least they did through last year.

However, after the abysmal service experience we had there the summer before last, cheap propane is the only thing I'd ever go back there for.

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Old 04-15-2006, 10:35 PM   #8
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reporting from Jim and Mary's in Missoula!!

Well, the bambi is officially hooked up to the Pathfinder, and low and behold I didn't "need a new tow vehicle", but thanks regardless to the tow vehicle alarmists. We are hooked to water, power, and the coach is absolutely awesome. I can't even tell you happy we are with the trailer. It's raining cats and dogs in Missoula tonight and we love the fact that none of it is hitting the floor inside our trailer.

The experience at Bretz was even worse today. I have never in my life been treated so poorly by a company. They are the absolutely the most unprofessional people I have ever had the misfortune to deal with, if Karma catches up, they are unsalvagable. Today, he mentioned that they couldn't install it as they don't deal with that hitch. They were "very sorry that you bought that hitch, it's a very poor hitch." The business managerhad the nerve to call me dishonest to my face.

After the delivery appointment started 45 minutes late and the delivery guy did a very, very good job, although he knew less about the coach than I did, we were left in the rain to set up my hitch. They wouldn't even allow us to use their front door canpoy, nor would they let us borrow a wrench to do the install. We actually had to drive to Wal-Mart and buy a wrench to use in their parking lot.

The only positive was the salesperson, Richie who I can whole-heartedly recommend to anyone. I can't recommend Bretz RV however. Letters are being written as we speak.

Only a couple issues with the coach:

1. The tank monitor is malfunctioning and is reading the grey tank as completely full although it is empty. Any help on this appreciated.
2. The LP tanks are mounted crooked (no biggie)
3. Some classic 'ugly' cuts and finishes.
4. Minor scratches on the interior and exterior skin (no biggie).
5. May not be a specific problem but the stereo doesn't seem to have a option to plug in my ipod. If anyone can help with this one I'd appreciate it. I assume I need to use an FM modulator for that to work.

Other than that, as I mentioned, it is absolutely FANTASTIC. I took a bunch of pics and will upload soon. Thanks to everyone on this site for the wisdom, I felt completely prepared for delivery of the trailer and we're right at home already.

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Old 04-16-2006, 01:26 AM   #9
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Sorry your experience was so horrible. I can't imagine not letting you use the canapy but not letting you have a wrench and this after they wouldn't touch the hitch is terrible.

In your Airstream book there is a paper on the monitor and tells how to recalibrate the monitor system.

You should be able to get a standard RCA cord from Ipod to radio, I think.
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5. May not be a specific problem but the stereo doesn't seem to have a option to plug in my ipod. If anyone can help with this one I'd appreciate it. I assume I need to use an FM modulator for that to work.

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Hi B....I just put in a Sony X-Plod CDX-GT100. It has the auxiliary jack in the front to hook up your i-Pod and doubles for headphones. 52w x 4. Cost was about $100 and an easy install. Got it at Best Buy. Also LED face is a nice Airstream blue

PS..also you can pick up the FM i-Trip on ebay for less than $20...works well.

Good luck with your "New" toy!!
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ok so I was tired.......
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The experience at Bretz was even worse today. I have never in my life been treated so poorly by a company. Dave Bretz is the absolutely the most unprofessional man I have ever had the misfortune to deal with, if Karma catches up, he is unsalvagable. Today, he mentioned that they couldn't install it as they don't deal with that hitch. He was "very sorry that you bought that hitch, it's a very poor hitch." - whatever Daver. Phil Ryan, the business manager is in the pathological liar club and had the nerve to call me dishonest to my face.
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Don't know what type of hitch you have, but it must be a BAD one!

One of my many problems with Bretz also involved our Reese HP dual cam hitch. Their service manager told me they had NEVER seen or worked on a Reese hitch before, which I found incredible. He said everybody in Montana, and I suppose every other person who has ever been at the dealership - what do they have 45 servcie bays at that "small" dealership? - only use Equilizers.

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Old 04-16-2006, 08:41 AM   #13
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First night report!

John,

The "very poor hitch" I bought is an Equal-i-zer. Seemed to work just fine and was a snap to install. We just didn't have a big enough wrench for the hitch head install. Pretty amazing about your Reese experience as that's what they carry now. We'll make sure to give an extra one finger salute on our way out of town for you.

First night was really neat and spent alot of it staring at the bunk on top of me . Not necessarily a space issue just getting used to the sounds etc. of the trailer. Playing with airflow. We don't have an opening side window in the back due to the overhead bunk. I left the canopy of our 2nd fantastic fan open to create some flow but it seemed to battle with the furnace. I'm going to play with a few of the systems this morning and see how everything works but so far there's been no problems other than what's been mentioned.

We've got the disco station tuned and just showering up. We'll report from wherever we end up tonight!

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Old 04-16-2006, 09:23 AM   #14
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Brad,

We've Equalizers on both of our ASs...installed as part of our "going down the road" agreements with our Dealer in Sandy Utah. Your 19er with an upper bunk is the first I've heard of. Will be interested in seeing photos. Ours has a settee in place of the dinette.....each to his own.
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