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Old 09-11-2006, 07:50 PM   #1
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Thank you Keystone!!

I want to thank everyone at Keystone for their superior customer service!!! My coach is currently sitting over at their service center in Goshen, having 3 problems corrected.

Today I showed up at the service center without an appointment. As some of you may know, I have been having problems with my bedroom slide over the past two years. My dealership has worked on this problem, and has not been able to come up with a solution. I had been in contact with Dale from Lippert about having the slide inspected at his facility. Dale and the rest of the great folks at Lippert were willing to address the slide issue and come up with a possible solution. After arriving at Lippert, I talked with Dale and his mechanics about the problem. They were able to locate the source of the problem and came up with a solution they felt would correct it. After 2 hours of work, they were unable to fix the problem. They advised me to contact Keystone and see what they recommend.

After thanking all the folks at Lippert, I decided to head directly to Keystone's customer service center. Once there, I was greeted by Darrell. During my explanation of my bedroom slide problem, Darrell and I went out to the coach to take a look. After looking and listening to the problem, he went to work! He explained what was wrong, and the steps they were going to take in correcting it. My bedroom slide is going to get an entire tear out and rebuild, including replacing all the seals and updating some of the hardware used in this slide. Darrell proceeded to ask if I was having any other problems with my coach. Today a new problem surfaced that I have never experienced before. Rain water from the tire spray had somehow worked its way into my kitchen. Today is the second day I have ever towed in the rain, and the first time I have been inside the coach on the same day. Had I not been in the coach for the bedroom slide issue, I would not have come across this problem. Darrell got this issue written up on my work order as well. The final issue is my battery. It does not seem to hold a charge more than 6 days. The mechanics are going to check out the battery and charging system while they have the coach.

Remember, I came to Keystone today without an appointment. Darrell was able to work my coach into the schedule this week and expects to have all repairs done by Thursday evening or Friday morning. I know that my coming unannounced will create additional work for the service department. That has not gone unnoticed! I was offered free camping at the service center while the repairs are being done, but decided I would go back to Chicago and leave the campsite for other owners with appointments. I got the coach unhooked and was getting ready to leave. Darrell realized I was somewhat uncomfortable leaving my coach outside in their lot with nobody staying in it over the next few days. He quickly got a maintenance bay cleared and had my coach moved inside until it could be worked on.

I want to thank Darrell and all the folks at Keystone for going above and beyond the call of duty to take care of my coach. It is appreciated more than they know.

I know we are quick to talk about all the negative things that go wrong with our RV's. I felt this story needed to be shared with all of our members. Remember, Keystone cares! I know their will be another Keystone product in my future.

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Old 09-11-2006, 08:50 PM   #2
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Dave - thanks for putting this out, it is very encouraging to the rest of us. I'm with you, we are too often lax in expressing our appreciation but you did it well, and in a place with maximum exposure. This seems to be one of those times when everyone really went above and beyond!!!

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Old 09-11-2006, 08:57 PM   #3
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Great story Dave,

That will help making the drive all the way from Spokane to Goshen and back a little more special.
Just think the best is yet to come..... spending all the time at the Rally.

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Old 09-11-2006, 09:15 PM   #4
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J&D: When are you leaving and what is your route? Sunshine and Chaser are traveling fairly close together (if we don't indeed catch up to them) we'll be hitting I-80 North of Salt Lake City and venturing East to near Des Moines, then South to circumvent Chicago - if interested in hooking up, just let either of us know - Sunshine has been on the route many times - this is our first trip East, let alone towing anything, so will be taking it carefully.

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Old 09-12-2006, 12:46 AM   #5
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Thanks for the post Dave. Good to hear.

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Old 09-12-2006, 02:22 AM   #6
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Thanks Dave! Positive words are always appreciated. Sometimes we only hear the negative. Nice to hear Keystone made good on your issues.

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Old 09-12-2006, 02:51 AM   #7
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Great post Dave. Your experience just re-enforces what a number of us have been saying about Keystone and the Montana line. We do get a lot of BANG for our buck and there will absolutely be another Montana in my future.

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Old 09-12-2006, 02:55 AM   #8
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Good to hear they stepped up to the plate.

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Old 09-12-2006, 02:56 AM   #9
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Glad to hear that Keystone is taking such great care of you and your Montana. It is nice to know that they living up to their reputation of being the number one seller for the past five years. A company with great customer service will stay at the top.

Hope you have a great time at the rally.

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Old 09-12-2006, 03:05 AM   #10
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Great to hear they are taking care of it even out of warranty.

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Old 09-12-2006, 03:22 AM   #11
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That's a great customer focus story and that's the type action that keeps customers coming back to the Montana brand. It would be great if Keystone handled all valid problems accordingly.

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Old 09-12-2006, 05:19 AM   #12
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Thank you Dave for letting us know the good news. I'm sure one of the reasons you got such great service was your attitude. Knowing you I know you went it there without a chip on your shoulder. The way we approach things makes a big difference in the outcome. The fact that Keystone is taking care of your rig enforces what we all know - they are a great company.
Happy trails......................

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Old 09-12-2006, 05:43 AM   #13
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Thanks for that information Dave, I was begining to feel a little uncomfortable with Keystone customer service there for awhile. We still love Montana, and wouldn't have any other RV.

Pete, Waltraud (Wally), Brian(Grandson) and Hannah (Big German Shepherd).
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Old 09-12-2006, 07:27 AM   #14
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Thanks for the great story! It is always nice to hear positive things about Keystone. We also had a very good experience with them. We had some air bubbles is the fiberglass on the side of the Montana, our dealer called Keystone, sent them pictures, and (wha-la) they authorized the fix. It too was off warrenty! Great Company!


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Old 09-12-2006, 07:36 AM   #15
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That is great news! And Dale is a great person who has the "servant" attitude as well. I had a problem with the hydraulic valve selectors. I mentioned this on the forum and he told me to give him a call. I called and now I have the problem fixed.

I bet you just hate to leave the Monty behind for those few days to get it fixed.

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Old 09-12-2006, 07:54 AM   #16
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For wannabees like me who are looking at a Montana and comparing it to the "competition," stories like this really reinforce one of the strong reasons to go with Montana rather than a competitor. Much greater peace of mind knowing you are with a company which will give such great support!!

Dave, thanks for sharing!! And look forward to seeing you at the Rally next week.

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Old 09-12-2006, 07:56 AM   #17
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Great post and great service. It does confirm our already high satisfaction rate with Keystone. I'm glad everything is working out for you.


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Old 09-12-2006, 09:22 AM   #18
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Dave, we're so glad that you've received great service from Keystone. We stopped by the service center in July, had an appt. for an evaluation only, and once they examined our rig for the frame flex, they wouldn't let us leave until we were fixed. Darryl and George were great! We were very well cared for and appreciated it as you do. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 09-12-2006, 05:36 PM   #19
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Great news about great service!! This is how a company wins loyal customers. Way to go Keystone!!!

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Old 09-14-2006, 10:42 AM   #20
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Dave, that's great! Thanks for reporting about it. That's pretty much the type of service we've seen, too, and is one of the major reasons we are now on our third Montana. Darrell and George are great to work with.

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