A horrible story, but it would be nice if you could fill in some of the missing pieces. If they couldn't fix it how did you get back on the road to get home? Did they agree to invoice you, our did you have to make a payment? If you paid by credit card you can contest the charges. If you paid by check you can stop payment on the check. I wonder because we seldom have a check on hand when we travel, probably never, and we don't travel with a lot of cash, certainly not $700, so if assistance were to be needed requiring a payment we would be SOL (totally out of luck). Glad you made it home safely, and hope this business dispute can be resolved to your satisfaction.
We were there this April and we had snow. It snowed for two days and we felt it would be best to make accommodation and we stayed in the RV park an extra day. The many people in tents filled up the Kamping Kabins. It was cold, it was wet, and the 5 year old twins had a blast. We still drove up to the South Rim, even with blowing snow it was a great trip in the car. We stayed at Williams/Grand Canyon Circle of Pines KOA, we've been there a few times and I highly recommend the campground. Large indoor heated pool and spa, lovely playground, lots of really big shade trees. Bearazona is another local attraction that should not be missed. It is a drive-through animal park, where you can take all the time you want to slowly drive the large complex and see the bears, mountain goats, wolves, etc at play in open environments. There are many nice (not great but nice) restaurants in Williams, and if the weather is not perfect, and even if the weather is perfect, you can take the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the South Rim, walk around or take the trams to see the sights, and then take the train back. Truly we found the Grand Canyon more enjoyable on sunny warm days, but a day or two of snow will certainly not ruin a great vacation.
Although the idea of an introductory price seems like a rip-off during renewal, it appears to be a well established principle in many businesses. My cable company constantly offers introductory deals which I cannot receive as an established customer. Same for my cell phone, as I can only get the "new offer" if I upgrade or give up my current benefit. Many gas companies offer a few cents off per gallon on a limited number of purchases if you get their credit card. I agree, it is not right...but it is the way promotional offers seem to go. JMHO
I've driven a 39ft MH with toad, not a trailer, but I still think I should offer a reply. If you are talking about highway 1, Big Sur, from Morro Beach to Monterey, DON'T DO IT. Going north you will be up against the mountain cliff, no shoulder, very tight turns, and local commuter traffic. If you are going South, there are shear drops, easily a hundred feet, down to the rocks and ocean, again without any or with very little shoulder. It is fantastically beautiful, but it should be a day drive in a car or in the tow vehicle, without the trailer. As for the rest of highway 1, no problem. Lovely drive. Just when you get to the Big Sur area, catch the 101 to Carmel, then back to the 1.
I like extended warranties. I don,t have the mindset to put a limitless aside for repairs, but I guess that is sort of what you are doing with a warranty ...in a lump. Call or contact wholesale warranties.com. They offer multiple products and are very knowledgeable.
I have come to realize that some people just truly believe that what they have chosen is the BEST EVER. Be it a Ford, Chevy, Dodge, towing flat, towdolly, whatever. My first rig was an Establishment 28ft C. Loved every minute with it. The advantage, in my humble opinion, of a C or A over a TT is the ability to make a quick walk to the back for a snack or a potty break. Also the comfort of a long drive on the couch...naturally you give up the assumed safety of seatbelts and a autochair. You can pull into a spot an be hooked up in moments. The TT does generally have a more spacious floorplan. You have your car/truck with you without towing a toad.
It really depends on what type of RV travel YOU think is best for you and yours.
Sometimes the truth is so much easier. They should have just told you that it is their policy not to negotiate or release their business model without knowing completely who they are deal with. It is their business, therefore they can choose not to make a deal if they wish. However, by reaching for some silly excuse, they have completely lost your trust, and most certainly have lost a sale. It would be nice if you disclose the name of the dealer so others can benefit from your experience.
The MSRP, Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, should be compiled and posted by the manufacturer. You could check the websites of other dealers for the model and see if they list the same MSRP. Often the manufacturer's website will give a base price and range for models.
You and the family will love Mesa Verde and the Durango area. Travel the 89 to the 160 through Monument Valley. Then up to Mesa Verde. Follow the 160 east to the 25, then up to Denver. You DO NOT want to take the 550 over the mountains. Then west to Salt Lake City on the 70. There are so many places to visit along the way it would take a book or travel guide to name them all, and even then you would miss many. The Air Force Academy, Vail, Golden, Pikes Peak...on and on. In Salt Lake take the drive to Antelope Island. We had so much fun there.
Enjoy and Happy Trails.
We really like Grand Canyon/Williams KOA. It is a gem in the KOA group, large sites, lots of shade trees, far enough from highway to be quiet. Indoor pool and spa. A great basecamp. It is about an hour drive to the Grand Canyon in the toad, but it is an easy nice road. You are close to Bearazona (a must see drive through attraction, 15 minutes from Flagstaff, 15 to 20 minutes to Sedona. If you don't hike, etc, one day at the Grand Canyon will be wonderful! JMHO, but there is so much to do in the area. The Grand Canyon Railroad is a fun day trip. An hour or so drive to Petrified Forest. Sedona is good for a day or two of touring, with great lots of shopping, and you can take a lovely tour in the Pink Jeeps or Hummers.
I have had a Good Sam membership for many years. It is not expensive. I don't purchase a great deal from Camping World, but once or twice a year I usually find something I "really need", so the discount is nice. Many if not most of the campgrounds we travel through offer the GS discount, which is appreciated. I have GS roadside assistance, because I have had the other two big companies and have posted my complaints...that's not to say GS will be better when I needed them, but I hope I never need them. Also, and very important, GS maintains this very nice website that I enjoy visiting. I feel it is only appropriate to support the GS community.
When you purchase a home you seek a realtor to help you find what you want, but after the sale, it is your problem alone if something not withheld was missed. The sale was AS IS. When purchasing a previously owned RV again the sale is AS IS. Unless known information with withheld, and you can prove the deception, the problems are now yours. Camping World, like many dealers, stock an inventory for your inspection. They make the purchase very convenient, as inventory from one area can be moved to another, and an area wide or nation wide search can help you find just what you want. But again, unless WRITTEN otherwise, all sales are as is. Make sure the tires are current, have a qualified person look over the RV with you, even if it cost you, before you sign the purchase agreement, to spot major or hidden problems. Anything ANY salesman says does not count, it must be in writing on the purchase agreement. Private parties withhold truths too, and the sale is AS IS unless you can prove deception in court...and that could cost you up front.
I love my RV, and I will sell you mine when I purchase my new one...soon, but I will purchase from a dealer, as I do not care to drive all over California to find my next RV. Driving to two or three dealers will be sufficient for me.
Happy Trails, and Enjoy.
More thoughts for your trip: Some of the fantastic views in Yellowstone are on smaller, one way roads restricted to motorhomes and trailers. Example, the "Grand Canyon of Yellowstone" and a warm water swimming area along the river. Renting a car or van for travels through Yellowstone really seems like a good idea. If you can fit it into your schedule go to the Bar-J Western show in Jackson, Wy.
Glacier National Park has a great Red Bus Touring system operated by the park which will take you up the Highway To the Sun and around the park. You could rent a car there, but you can do just as well with tourist transportation. If you go into Canada, be sure to take the family to Buffalo Jump, a Canadian museum and display about early Indian buffalo hunting.
Again, Have Fun.
Just returned from a vacation which included a week at West Yellowstone. Our troop included my wife and myself, two 5 year old grandchildren, my daughter and son-in-law all in our 39ft MH. Fantastic trip. We stayed at the KOA West Yellowstone, which is about 6 miles from the park entrance. Lovely RV park, and I chose it because they allow tents outside the MH. As luck would have it, it rained every evening, and we decided to all sleep inside, but it was still a good choice as it is a lovely RV park. We traveled with another couple who traveled in their rig. Therefore we rented a 15 passenger van from BIG SKY Rentals in West Yellowstone. This turned out to be a wonderful plan, as we could see everything and pull into all the turnouts without concern. They also rent smaller vans and cars. Very Nice people to deal with.
As for what size RV is best: Bigger RVs sleep people more comfortably. But a large RV just will not fit into the turnouts and pullouts. Many years ago, like 30 or 35, we traveled Yellowstone in a 28foot C, I remember that we could not fit into many of the turnouts back then...and the roads have not changed.
Hope this helps with your planning.
Call or contact Wholesalewarranties.com
They offer a selection of warranties with various degrees of coverage. I have one of their products, and it has paid a few rather expensive claims. You must understand that warranties do not cover everything, and you must follow their rules to the letter...Wholesale warranties acted as my agent and helped me follow all the rules. You must get prior authorization for repairs, and you do not get reimbursed for repairs you make yourself.
For me, it pays to have an extended warranty, as if gives me peace of mind for major repairs...like basement a/c, hydraulic jacks, and a transmission...all covered over the years on different rigs.
The Ford V10 performs fine in the mountains of Southern California...Grapevine, Cajon Pass. Let me expand a bit on that: I could tow my previous SouthWind and 3000lb toad over these mountains at 50mph...if I lost momentum I could regain about 45 mph on the real steep grades. However, just because they stick a 5000lb hitch on the RV that does not mean it will perform or be safe with that load. Check the Gross Vehicle Combined Weight Rating, and subtract the actual weight of the motorhome. It will give you a better idea of what can be towed.
For better or worse (I will not take sides on this one) the DEA and many State Boards are now actively prosecuting doctors and pharmacist with questionable writing and dispensing practices. Note: I wrote questionable...that means even if the practice is legitimate it will cost a fortune to defend in court. In California the state DOJ has taken over punishment of physicians from the Board of Medical Examiners. Even major chains, such as CVS and Walgreens have paid millions in fines for filling questionable prescriptions from "medication mills."
Yes, life as a pharmacist has really changed since I started in 1970.