On Tuesday the final walk thru and pick up of the Alfa was scheduled for 11:00 a.m. I figured we would be there for a couple of hours, then go to a parking lot for some practice and be on our way home by mid-afternoon.
Our service guy was very thorough and explained every switch and item in the coach. We checked electrical outlets and lights, appliances and mirrors. He allowed us to ask questions as we went, and we noted several things that still needed attention (one burner on the stove didn't light, and the back engine cover was still not closing right although they had worked on it.) We video-recorded almost all of the three plus hours he spent with us.
The water issue had been taken care of and it now doesn't have a bad smell. We are used to using bottled water for cooking and drinking at home because our mountain water sometimes tastes off, so we will probably continue this in the RV.
We noted a couple of things the salesman promised would be fixed in the final service check that had not been done (sliding doors not quite right).
The problem with the upper corner slide caulking had not been worked on at all. We went to the service writer and he checked with the guy that was supposed to have done it. He said there was nothing wrong. We took issue and since it was one of the written to-do items, our guy took another look and spent about an hour caulking while we waited.
We were happy to see six new coach batteries, and glad we didn't have to deal with propane or fuel right off. They filled the propane and put in a half tank of fuel. Full would have been nicer, but we actually expected "fumes."
Supposedly all routine services, oil change, fluids topped etc. had been done as part of their standard pre delivery policy. But we were not provided with any records. We asked for something, but were given a bit of a run around, and were by that time feeling comfortable with the condition of the Alfa and totally overloaded with information so we let it go.
It was 5 p.m. by the time we were finished and Craig got into the Alfa and I went to the Prius. The Prius wouldn't start! This has never happened before and we had no idea what was wrong.
Craig looked thru the Prius owner's manual and decided it might have a dead battery. I was going to call Coachnet (covers all of our vehicles) but one of the mechanics from La Mesa wheeled out a jump-start cart. It took awhile for the two of them to figure out how to open the compartment under the hood of the Prius to give it a jump, but finally did, and it started right up. Later in the evening Craig decided he must have forgotten to turn it off. He was so stressed by the whole process that he had forgotten a simple almost automatic step in driving his own car!
By this time we figured it was best to skip the practice and just drive home. I wrote about that yesterday.
All in all we were satisfied. Not overly pleased, but satisfied. At no point did we ever feel "taken care of". We had to push for everything (except for the batteries and fuel) and were glad to see the end of the day. Hopefully we will not have any issues in the next 15/30 days. We bought an extended warranty plan, so if the issues are minor we might just wait and use it for help in getting repairs. I hope we don't have any!
As usual I had a very hard time sleeping last night, but it was a different kind of wakefulness. Instead of worry, I was kept awake by excitement!
The best part of the day was when on several occasions Craig said
"I really like this machine!"