From reader Cindy Trombly
A few weeks back you asked for stories about good experiences with RV manufacturers and dealers. This is one on a manufacturer, Viking RV, part of Coachmen and Forest River.
A couple of years ago my son purchased a used Viking pop-up. By the end of last year the floor needed replacement. The dealer wouldn’t touch it and claimed the manufacturer wouldn’t either, obviously less than helpful and probably not honest.
In the course of his travels as a pilot, my son struck up a conversation with a guy and the conversation turned to camping. My son expressed his disappointment at the quality of his camper and how he just wanted to get it fixed. The conversation turned at this point as the guy gave my son his business card. He was a VP of Production for Viking, ironically at the very plant that built the unit.
MY SON WAS TOLD TO CALL and make arrangements to bring the unit back to the factory and they would complete all repairs (that included a failed water pump as well) for FREE. He took it to the factory back in late Jan/early Feb and just got the call that it was done. He has received apologies from not only this VP but the president of Viking. They are trying to change their methods/production/etc., for the better going forward.
They have instructed dealers to repair certain models/years even if out of warranty. It is probably best to contact the manufacturer to find out the details of course. (Please note this happened only because my son had a calm conversation not a temper tantrum). I think that if I were in the market for a pop-up I would seriously give some consideration to this company.
I guess the proof will be how well it holds up after a season of camping, but I remain optimistic.