One reason that we don’t have very much advertising from the RV industry in the Gypsy Journal is because I have never made it a secret that a lot of what is being made and sold is junk, and that poor service after the sale seems to be the norm with many companies. In fact, I have been advised to tone it down more than once if I wanted a company’s advertising or to speak at certain RV shows and rallies. But I’m just not a tone it down kind of guy.
That being said, not everybody who builds, sells, or works on RVs is out to take advantage of you. I want to share an e-mail that I got the other day from a woman who feels she got ripped off by a mobile RV repairman who took advantage of her situation and my response.
She complained that the air conditioner in her fifth wheel trailer had stopped working and her husband works in the oil patch and was going to be gone for the next two weeks. It was over 100 degrees inside the trailer with all the windows open and her two little kids were getting sick from the heat, so she called a mobile RV tech. He drove 30 miles to get there, worked on it for an hour, replaced “something” and now the AC is blowing cold, but he charged her $200, which she felt was outrageous. She added, “Doctors don’t make $200 a hour. This is an example of somebody taking advantage of a helpless woman with kids and ripping her off. It should be illegal.”
I replied, “I don’t feel you got ripped off. First of all, he may have worked on it for an hour, but that 30 mile trip to you and then back was another hour or more. That was time he could have been working on someone’s else’s rig. I don’t know what the part he replaced in your air conditioner was or what it cost, but he didn’t get it for free. Not to mention that his truck, tools, and training didn’t come free, nor did the fuel for his 60 mile round trip. Plus, your air conditioning is working and your kids are not getting sick. I think you were treated fairly.”
What are your thoughts? Fair deal or ripoff?
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Thought For The Day – It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.