Houston . . . we have a problem!!



Kinda bummed! Our 2016 Vanleigh Vilano 325RL is ready to be picked up. BUT we found out about a recall on the winch that supports the spare tire and now want to have them fix it while it’s in the shop. How long will it take to get the parts to our dealership?

To add insult to injury . . .  our “new to us” 2011 Dodge RAM 3500 Laramie diesel dually truck is in the shop at Barney’s Auto Service and has been pretty much since we bought it. Found out that the computer system has been replaced and the wiring is all jacked up. So we were quoted a little less that $5,000 to get it all fixed.

BTW . . . We did a CARFAX report and it doesn’t show that there was any flooding of this vehicle.  However, the mechanic at Barney’s Auto Service told us that it has been in a flood because there is some rust under the hood.  They also told us that the computer in our 2011 Dodge RAM 3500 Laramie isn’t registered to the VIN number and that we will continue to have wiring issues.  To me that means that the computer was replaced for some reason . . . flood???  I would say “Yes”.

This is probably the first time, ever, that my husband didn’t take the vehicle we were planning on purchasing to a mechanic to have it check out before we buying it.

Lesson Learned!!!

We trust that Barney’s Auto Service is being truthful to us because we have had a lot of work done on our vehicles there.  They are very trust worthy.  We are just really mad that the dealership in Dallas . . . Motorcars of Dallas . . . sold us this 2011 Dodge RAM 3500 Laramie after claiming they do a 136 point check on all their vehicles!!!

After much discussion, we have opted not to have it fixed.  The mechanic at Barney’s Auto Service has been working on diesels for 30 yrs and he said he wouldn’t spend the money on it.  I guess we have a 2011 Dodge RAM 3500 Laramie without cruise control and he assures us that the wiring could or could not be a problem.  He said that when something has had water damage, you just never know what will be wrong and assures us that a fuse would blow before a fire would start.  Please keep all your eyes, toes, legs and fingers crossed that he his correct!!

We thought about hiring a lawyer to see if we had any recourse with Motorcars of Dallas but then we’d be out that money if nothing could be done.  So again . . . we are having to “suck it up buttercup” and live with our decision to purchase an older truck.  Poor hubby . .  he really didn’t want to buy a used one . . . especially this old.  But we both fell in love with it and it looks so great with our 2016 Vanleigh Vilano 325RL 5th wheel!!!

Tomorrow, Friday, we will pick up our 2011 Dodge RAM 3500 Laramie and then on Sunday we will head back to Oklahoma to pick up the 2016 Vanleigh Vilano 325RL at RV General Store.  I called them today and they have finished our “punch list” which includes taking care of the recall.  Which is AWESOME because I don’t think that Vanleigh has sent out all the notices yet.  I guess since I forwarded the article on the recall to them, they are fixing it with the assurance that Vanleigh will reimburse them.  That is how great the service is from Vanleigh!!

I am so excited to finally bring our 2016 Vanleigh Vilano 325RL home to Texas!!  Because we haven’t been able to ‘fill her up’ with all of our stuff yet.  I reserved an RV site at a local RV Park here called Fort Amarillo instead of putting her straight into the storage unit we have rented at All Storage.  Kinda funny tho . . . we’ve paid 2 months of storage and our 2016 Vanleigh Vilano 325RL has never been in it yet.  LOL!!  When we found that All Storage had an opening, we grabbed it!!!  They are far and few between!!

Stay tuned for more excitement to come from “The Ole Rooster and his Hen” . . .



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