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Old 10-04-2007, 05:14 AM   #1
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I'm not particullarly proud to anounce that I'm now the owner of a new "Basement" model air conditioner. The repair shop that did the repair/replacement said that the serial numbers of the original unit was manufactured two years prior to the model year of the coach.
With that in mind; some of the problems was due to corrosion, therefore the extended coverage would not cover those items. When I return from my month long travel this will certainly be brought to Winnebago's attention. These multi thousand dollar A/Cs should not go belly-up as often as they do. Winnebego and others should not install units that have been sitting around for two years. I assume that this unit was not in Winnies inventory that long as that would be poor bussiness. At this point I'm not a happy camper about the situation.
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:14 AM   #2
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I'm not particullarly proud to anounce that I'm now the owner of a new "Basement" model air conditioner. The repair shop that did the repair/replacement said that the serial numbers of the original unit was manufactured two years prior to the model year of the coach.
With that in mind; some of the problems was due to corrosion, therefore the extended coverage would not cover those items. When I return from my month long travel this will certainly be brought to Winnebago's attention. These multi thousand dollar A/Cs should not go belly-up as often as they do. Winnebego and others should not install units that have been sitting around for two years. I assume that this unit was not in Winnies inventory that long as that would be poor bussiness. At this point I'm not a happy camper about the situation.
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:23 AM   #3
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If you have an issue that you feel strongly about I would recommend not waiting for a month until you return from a trip. I would call Winnie customer service now to register your complaint. Sometimes waiting to address an issue minimizes the importance of your problem.

Just a suggestion.....

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Old 10-04-2007, 10:18 AM   #4
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SargeW: You are right about that. Guess I'd better get busy and do it. I'm getting behind on getting stuff together as the RV shop had the unit way longer than he should have. Let it sit there too long before he cracked it open even after a scheduled time slot. The shipping company didn't know which way was up and took 12 days to ship in stead of the five days they promised. So now I'm in the crunch and leaving behind schedule. The only reason I'm still here is everything got stacked up.
Just frustrated at this point.
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Old 10-05-2007, 03:41 AM   #5
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Cliff - welcome to the new AC club

When I removed the rear TV, I noticed the manufacture date preceded the coach by about 18 months.

It might be a bit of a stretch to link the date of manufacture with corrosion. If Winnie had it in production inventory for two years, it would have been stored inside their monster warehouse.

I can't imagine RVP building it and letting it sit around two years - if they are the culprit, then their manufacturing scheduling is a little wonky.

We like to sit and wait on repairs - a little more hassle up front, but it solves problems of dealers sitting on it.
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Old 10-05-2007, 05:14 AM   #6
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C. ZIMM: Man I feel your pain, I would be smoking hot at this point. Even though I like my basement A/C, I would give serious consideration to getting a coach with another one. I agree with other posters, report it now to Winnie, it will not take long and the record is made.
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:52 PM   #7
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Update on the A/C situation:
Just returned home and did my own research on the build date of the Coleman A/C.
Apparently my mechanic got some really stupid info. The A/C was actually built in Sept. '03 about the same time I ordered the Vectra.
Really glad I did my own investigation before I shot from the hip with inaccurate information.
Good thing I retrieved the old unit as I would never be able to validate the numbers. Now it's in the garage waiting for me. Maybe I can use it for a bench and have coffee with the neighbor.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:04 PM   #8
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Cliff - glad you got that all sorted out. You were a careful and thorough person to double-check the AC date.

It is a big old thing, isn't it! Not sure I can come up with a better use other than a bench
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