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50kw
04-19-2006, 09:19 PM
This is something you may know. Now confirmed.

I seems that my dealer is unable to complete the sales contract even though the Dealer Sales Manager, Dealer Owner, Sales person, Gulfstream Sales Manager signed off or said they would be available as part of the deal.

I was told by the dealer today that Gulf stream does not give the drawings to owners.

Any ideas what could be done? Since is part of the sales deal what do you think the drawings are worth? I think I am due a rebate for that part of the deal not delivered.

More later, as this develops.


Duncan

RV Wizard
04-20-2006, 04:11 AM
Duncan, Ask the dealer to request them from Gulf Stream and have then sent to the dealership. Once they get them then you could get a copy from the dealership. Good luck in this venture.

RJ82much
04-20-2006, 12:54 PM
Duncan,

Interesting you should ask about those drawings. You are NOT going to get them. GS will forfeit the sale of a motor home rather than release AC wiring drawings, or piping schematics. There is a drawing of the DC wiring, specific to a particular model number, floating around, but you will have to be quite versed in AutoCad to even begin to view & print.

Our "GSadmin", myself, & several others on this forum were responsible for GS shutting down their own forum because we continued to push for drawings. The uprise so bothered GS management that rather than read negative feedback about their policy, they instead shut down the public feedback portion of their website.

There is more: This edict comes from the top itself (the Shea family). They believe (hold on - this would be laughable if not so pathetic) that their wiring is so magical & ahead of it's time, that the competition will do anything to get the drawings & copy them into their own product lines!!! In their mind, the wiring to the microwave, for example, is a trade secret. Can you beleive that?

But wait, there is even more: Their head electrical engineer, a really helpful guy, smart, conscientious, dedicated, long long term employee, responsible for all wiring of their RV lines & mobile home lines... is forbidden to release any drawings. He supposedly has them, just can't release them. He has stated to me that he has hearburn with the policy, but has no choice.

You can call & ask Terry for specific help & he will get back to you with the exact size, route, color, part number, etc, but he cannot give you a schematic.

And lastly, my dealer claims to have an equally difficult time getting documentation. Instead, they brag how they've figured everything out themselves & are the world's most renouned expert on Gulf Stream wiring. (Don't believe them for a second.)

My final recommendation would be to write (or personally visit at the factory) a Shea brother himself. Without phone numbers, here are the key players that I have been able identify:

Gulf Stream Management: P.O. Box 1005 Nappanee, Indiana 46550

1. Bob Berardinelli, Gulf Stream?s director of service
2. Brian Shea, president of Gulf Stream?s motorized division
3. Claude Donati, vice president of the motorized division
4. Dan Shea, President Gulf Stream Towables Division
5. Dan Hammons, Plant Manager Plant 51
6. John Stringer, National Sales Manager Plant 51 Towables
7. Jim Shea, president Fairmont Homes
8. Dan Miller, IS director for Gulf Stream Coach


Good Luck, report back if you get any action. Always remember, should you get anything, the company will consider any distribution as copyrite infringement & likely pursue legal recourse. They are that manic about the subject.

gsadmin
04-24-2006, 03:12 PM
FWIW, i just visited an RV dealership north of me the other day on the way back from a trip to the Dino Park in Ogden. I knew they carried Gulfstream before so i wanted to look at the latest and ask them about service since my dealership, LaMesa closed doors last year. The gentleman that helped me said that they recently dropped the Gulf Stream line for, get this, lack of support and documentation from the factory and for Gulf Stream refusing to pay warranty work to them on items that should have been covered. And, though most of you probably think I was leading in my questioning, i assure you i was not. I simply asked if I could see a Gulf Stream Class A and that is what he told me.

All I can say is sign my petition, get the word out, and have others do the same. As I have said many times before, overall I am happy with my purchase and the value, except for this documentation issue and few nits. But, the doc issue is HUGE!

The other thing I can recommend for all my GS brethren is contact all the RV rags and editors with this subject and lets try and get them to cover it. If enough of us email them, they will see it as news and probably make a story...think GS will listen then? I doubt it...

TSoul
04-24-2006, 03:47 PM
When we first started looking at new motorhomes we thought we had a local dealer here in Harrisburg, PA, Grumbines RV. When we asked them about Gulf Streams they told us the same thing. They said they dropped Gulf Stream because of lack of support and warrenty issues. We found another GS dealer 2 hours away with a good reputation for working with GS and so far so good. The whole issue with poor factory support and warrenty repair issues very much concerned us. We chose to take a chance on GS anyway because we loved the model we got. The dealer has been great and I feel we will be ok as long as nothing major goes wrong. Then it maybe a hassel but I hope not. Happy Camping.

markbrown.com
08-25-2006, 01:28 PM
anyone who at gs mgt. that thinks prospective buyers don't read forums like this prior to buying should think twice. i have been approved for financing and am now researching to see what people have to say about the gs support.

mark brown

GStream40
08-25-2006, 02:02 PM
"Our "GSadmin", myself, & several others on this forum were responsible for GS shutting down their own forum because we continued to push for drawings. The uprise so bothered GS management that rather than read negative feedback about their policy, they instead shut down the public feedback portion of their website."

Yep, It made a lot of sense shutting down a forum that was for the Gulf Streamers International RV Club and our activities. The forum was not even for service related issues, just for club activity.

Yep, made a lot of sense on both issues. :evil: :twisted:

Ron

markbrown.com
08-25-2006, 02:25 PM
To: 58sales@gulfstreamcoach.com
CC: mottech@gulfstreamcoach.com, service@gulfstreamcoach.com
Subject: Web


Hello 58sales,

my name is of course mark brown, i am considering buying this weekend
a new 2007 Gulf Stream Tour Master T-44 W/3 Slides from a dealer in
Texas.

Below see the link for a Gulf Stream owners forum. I have read that
you do not provide paint codes and wiring diagrams for the rv's you
make and sell. This will have a negative impact on my spending
200,000.00 for your product and figured that your sales staff and
service staff might like to know that. I think more educated people
are researching reputations prior to making large purchases, more
today with the advent of the Internet. I will wait for a response.


http://www.gsowners.com

--
Thank You,
Mark Brown
www.markbrown.com (http://www.markbrown.com)

djqualls
08-25-2006, 02:58 PM
Any coach builder that really wanted to crack the magic bullet in the wiring would simply buy one and strip and blueprint it......its done in the gaming software business daily.....

GS Management needs to wake up....As for the warranty issues......McClains in Oklahoma City told me they wouldn't warranty any GS they didn't sell because GS alledgedly a was slow pay.

My experience has been frustrating to date but I'm being attented to. I feel I'm doing my part in this relationship.

gsadmin
08-25-2006, 04:11 PM
Please post back here any response you get. All of us here are very interested in this.

Just so you all know, our petition on this subject is more than 75% complete towards its 200 signature goal. It is avery interesting read to see all of the comments people make on signing it. Somehow I think only one of two things is happening here, either the top dogs at GS stay completely off of the internet or they are arrogant enough to think their customer base current and potential will not be affected by this denial of information and stonewalling. Once we reach 200 signatures, I am not only going to email them to the top brass their, but I will be printing them and sending them registered mail as well.

Don't hold your breath though on any policy shift.

As always, I will tell you I love my coach, hate the support.

To: 58sales@gulfstreamcoach.com
CC: mottech@gulfstreamcoach.com, service@gulfstreamcoach.com
Subject: Web


Hello 58sales,

my name is of course mark brown, i am considering buying this weekend
a new 2007 Gulf Stream Tour Master T-44 W/3 Slides from a dealer in
Texas.

Below see the link for a Gulf Stream owners forum. I have read that
you do not provide paint codes and wiring diagrams for the rv's you
make and sell. This will have a negative impact on my spending
200,000.00 for your product and figured that your sales staff and
service staff might like to know that. I think more educated people
are researching reputations prior to making large purchases, more
today with the advent of the Internet. I will wait for a response.


http://www.gsowners.com

--
Thank You,
Mark Brown
www.markbrown.com (http://www.markbrown.com)

poordevil
08-26-2006, 11:38 PM
I must be one of the lucky ones. In December 2004, I purchased a used 1999 Sun Voyager Bus Diesel. In going through all the documentation I received with it, I had a complete set of Gulf Stream electrical schematics, somewhere around 80 pages (I think the pages are 11 X 16". Wish I had the Plumbing, Grey and Waste schematics also. Don't know how the previous owner got them, but I'm glad I do. Have had to use 2 times so far.

gsadmin
08-27-2006, 04:47 PM
poordevil, you have no idea how lucky you are to have those. Some others on this board with similar coaches may wish to share in your good fortune. If you ever have the ability to scan the more important sheets and post them, I am sure someone out there would be indebted.

GStream40
08-28-2006, 01:12 PM
I used to be involved in the purchasing of production machinery for the company I retired from. We always negotiated a complete print & bill of material package in any machine purchase.

That usually cost us from 5% to 20% above of the cost of the machinery. But we were able to maintain the equipment and almost always had the spare parts on hand we felt had a high failure rate.

Print packages are expensive and they cut out the maker of the equipment and the suppliers of maintenance to maintain it since it allows the end user to find other suppliers and do their own maintenance.

As this applies to the RV Industry, providing complete prints to the buyer/owner could cut out the RV dealer's service department to a certain degree and also the manufacturer suppling some of the parts. With this thought in mind, maybe that is one of the reasons that Gulf Stream has maintained this policy on not releasing prints to the owners.

I realize that a lot of the RV dealers service is not up to par no matter what brand/make of RV. That is why I do most of the maintenance to our RV myself. Would I like to have complete wiring/plumbing prints, you bet.

Would I be willing to pay 5 to 20% more for the prints, as is done the manufacturing industry, NO way. It would not be cost effective.

Did you ever wonder why some dealers have a problem and others don't when dealing with any supplier/manufacturer? Makes we wonder where the real problem is.

Anyway, these are my thoughts,
Ron

gsadmin
08-28-2006, 05:41 PM
Ron, I have a feeling that your reasoning may be spot on for reluctance to release this information. Generally I feel that there could be three reasons (not really valid ones to me) to withold this info (or combonation of these three):

1. They want to keep more repair profits to themselves and their dealers. Although seemingly a logical practice, in the auto industry it was like this for years until court cases forced them to release (via sale) to the public their service manuals so that not only DIYers could do safe repairs but third party mechanics could as well.

2. The documentation is severely lacking. They might have really good documentation for general models or model years but not versions for every model/year combo. This may reflect negatively on their business.

3. Legal liability if someone uses their docs to perform a repair and then has a death or injury due to erroneous information printed in the documentation (limitations in the document itself or signed releases can prevent this one for the most part)

Anyway, like i have said many times, other top-tier RV manufacturers such as Alfa, Winnebago and others release incredible docs right from their web sites...I love my GS, but when I get the next one, my love for it will not supplant my need for good docs and if this is not yet resolved I am afraid my money will go elswhere.

GStream40
08-28-2006, 06:23 PM
Anyway, like i have said many times, other top-tier RV manufacturers such as Alfa, Winnebago and others release incredible docs right from their web sites...I love my GS, but when I get the next one, my love for it will not supplant my need for good docs and if this is not yet resolved I am afraid my money will go elswhere.

Well, in reality when we purchase our next RV, if we ever do, we will purchase the RV that we really want and fits our needs and lifestyle no matter what brand as long as the quality in the cabinets etc. is what we want. Not that the prints would not be important, if available. But I would not base my decision solely on that reason.

I have always gotten excellent, prompt responses from Gulf Stream along with great service. Being on our second GS RV, I must say that the present one had many more service issues than our first, but they have all been handled in a prompt matter by GS. Now the dealer is another matter, I don't want to get started on them. :evil:

I also agree that Gulf Stream needs to get on-board with the information world that everyone expects now. As a company it is behind many others in aspects of the information age, but they do build some great RV's.

Ron

RJ82much
08-29-2006, 08:52 AM
It's interesting how the beat goes on about drawings. The subject has a life of its own. Electrical schematics & plumbing routing diagrams (IMO) hardly constitute specially designed & machined parts. They are certainly not trade secrets. Also, there is not an item in a coach that isn't off-the-shelf from another manufacturer.

Just think how handy it would be for so many to know if their bathroom sink empties into the black water tank or the grey water tank; or what water is filtered, etc.

Just think how nice it'd be to know what circuits are on each breaker; where the A/V equipment connections run, hey, where the splitter resides for the TVs.

My dealer claimed a need to "keep trying connections" till they get the right ones for the transmission overdrive operation & indication! These were connections into the transmission ECM (electronic control module)! One wrong move & GS would have been waranteeing a thousand dollar computer to the dealership. Fortunately, I went ahead & accepted my coach with an inoperable overdrive. Then pulled a couple strings within GS to get the exact expected connection, including wire colors & connector positions. No experimenting,,, On the 1st try I had OD & a yellow light. & while I was under the dash, I found out why & corrected the inoperative fog lights that puzzled the experts.

I previously worked for a company that manufactured paper processing equipment. True, we NEVER sent out detail drawings of machined parts, but we did provide assembly drawings. Our customers HAD to be able to dissasemble/assemble & adjust the equipment. Not be able to machine the spare parts, just use them. Similarly, the customer was provided with every wire connection, wire size, wire color, junction box, switch detail & the manufacturer part number needed to replace bad items.

Gosh, I get emotional over this subject... Ha Ha Ha. I assure everyone, it is a loosing battle with GS. They have their corporate policy & that's that. To vent my frustration, I have pretty much traced out & accounted for every wire & device in my coach by myself.

gsadmin
08-29-2006, 10:06 AM
Ron, My main reason for having more documentation as mandatory (and i know others too that share it) is multifold. First, there are many aftermarket additions I would like to do (or have done to my coach), second, since I am very capable and able in areas of plumbing, electrical, mechanics, etc., after the warranty has expired, I prefer to do most work myself. This not only saves me money, but it also saves me time and hassle of shuttling my rig back and forth to the dealer. Finally, I want the docs so that when I am out in BFE with my RV, doing what you are supposed to do with your RV, and something goes wrong, I would prefer the local repair guy (that is prob not a GS shop) or myself to have as much documentation as possible to make a safe repair to things like lighting, electrical, battery isolation, etc.

Ron, you may have the luxury of excess time and money such that the above does not affect you. If I (or others) was also similarly blessed, I (we) too would only concern myself with things such as the floorplan, cabinetry, etc. I am not being cynical here...just merely pointing out that everyones life circumstances are not the same.

gsadmin
08-29-2006, 10:11 AM
Gosh, I get emotional over this subject... Ha Ha Ha. I assure everyone, it is a loosing battle with GS. They have their corporate policy & that's that. To vent my frustration, I have pretty much traced out & accounted for every wire & device in my coach by myself.

C'mon man, don't give up the fight! Don't be so apathetic! My last hoorah on this subject will be when I get my 200 names and send them certified mail to the "family". If that goes nowhere than at least I did my best for the cause! :)

GStream40
08-29-2006, 10:13 AM
You know I have been thinking about the many RV owners that I have met over the years. I found out the the biggest percentage do not even read the manuals that come with their RV's or do they do any of their own repairs.

Most of them could care less where the wires ran or connections are or what color wire was used to power the AV eqiupment.
Many of them with a tool in their hands would be dangerous.

They are the ones that are always asking you questions in the campground, you know what I mean, we have all ran into them. :lol:

Reminds of the guy I ran into a few years ago that was asking me about our satellite system. Said his TV couldn't get a good picture at all off the antenna. I ran our TV antenna up and showed him the good picture we could get off it, 6 different channels.

Asked me if I would take a look at his. I did and he was right, terrible picture. I looked at the plate where the TV wire was connected and noticed the light was not on for the booster, switched it on and right away got a terrific picture.

He'd had the RV for three years and never turned the switch on for the booster, said he never knew about it. But did remember something the dealers service dept. telling each time to turn on when wanting to use the TV. Guess he had it in several times for this problem and they kept telling him it was okay. Claims I was the first to show him how to turn it on. :shock:

I have found out that asking questions from knowledgeable techs is a great asset. Also, never let a dealer rush you through a PDI on purchase. Our first Gulf Stream was purchased from Martinsburg RV in PA, our PDI lasted for a couple of hours going thru all the systems and functions, I asked questions, MANY questions. Then they had us spend the night in their lot to make everything worked as it should. Checked with us the next morning and took care of the two things that were not right, the latches for the pivot on the drivers and passenger seats were not hooked up. They had done a terrific PDI, wish I had purchased our second GS from them, I should have.

Ron

gsadmin
08-29-2006, 10:34 AM
Ron, you are so right that many (if not most) that RV would not know what to do with a set of electrical schematics. My mother is one such person. She full-times in a Safari Sahara. Once or twice a year she comes by my place in UT with her coach to visit and have "fix-its" done. She is on a VERY fixed income and has no means to spend $100+/hr. to a shop. And, she cannot do the work herself. But, you know what, when she comes out to my place and has a problem, and I start to look at the issue, she usually comes out with a stack of paper and says "will this help" sure enough it is some schematic or detailed information on the coach or one of its systems. Even when she is on the road, many of the places she stays (like Yuma, AZ) have "work camper handymen" that are well versed in RVs and help her out...again, she hands them docs and she feels much better knowing they don't have to poke around or "keep trying connections".

As I said before, its not only for the DIYer to have as much documentation as possible on your Rig!

RJ82much
08-29-2006, 11:18 AM
C'mon man, don't give up the fight! Don't be so apathetic! My last hoorah on this subject will be when I get my 200 names and send them certified mail to the "family". If that goes nowhere than at least I did my best for the cause! :)

Hey admin,,, don't worry, I didn't roll over & play dead on the documentation issue. True, I'm merely facing the current reality, but you do have your show of force with your signatures (that does include mine!), & I've got a little something up my sleeve as well. This issue is NOT dead in my mind.

A little background. Recall that I have spoken at length with the (now retired) head electrical engineer of all GS. He agreed with me that every coach should have the diagrams included with them so that field mechanics anywhere would at least have the information tool available to get the coach up & running if not completely repaired. This very respected member of the GS family could not get the policy changed. These are the footsteps we are following.

Ron, as you point out, there are many owners who could care less about a wire size, connection, or color. They wouldn't touch it if it fell down on their foot. But their repairman out in East Osh-Kosh might benefit from the info. Of course there are the opposite: for me size, connection, & color are everything, my life. I am a power electrical engineer & I don't like to guess. When that neighbor comes over asking for help, I always answer, "Yep, show me your diagrams." Otherwise, it's all guesswork which consumes time & risks the neighbor's rig because I'm guessing.

The last "Bob" story occured at PDI. I asked tech what the unlabeled kitchen switch with the red light was for. He didn't know & managed to move me along. I concluded no biggie, I'd figure it out later - after I flicked it on and off several times. After seeing the circuit breaker (with the anti-operate clip) behind the water heater control panel, I started to get a glimmer of understanding. I finally got my answer from a set of drawings I managed to abscound with. DON'T turn the switch on without water in your tank... else, "POOF". The head electrical engineer agreed that perhaps they should mark the switch, however, he was a short-timer by then

GStream40
08-29-2006, 09:33 PM
Hey guys,

I never said it wasn't a good idea to have as much documentation as possible for your rig, I just stated that it wouldn't stop me from buying a RV that would fit ours needs and wants if I couldn't get a print.

Admin, I think it is great that your mother is s fulltimer. As you descibed, I would not put her in the catagory I descibed because she knows to have as much documentation as possible. I am sure that she knows more about her unit than 90% of the others on the road. I am sure that you are very proud of her and her lifestyle, I know I would be. Good for her and as the saying goes, "You go girl." I hope that I might meet her someday and shake her hand.

I agree wholeheartedly that good documentation is important and a cost effective matter to control ones own budget whatever it might be.

Oh, I am not rich and also do most of my own maintenance. I have a maintenance background of 31-1/2 years in the steel industry. The first 15 years I was a Millwright and 16-1/2 years in management. I know the importance of having good prints for anything, be it electrical or mechanical (plumbing etc.)

I also support the efforts for trying to get GS to supply the needed prints and documentation. I signed the petition when I first found this forum because I think it is a good idea.

Yep, I support any efforts to get the best documentation possible from ALL manufacturers of components and coach manufacturers themselves.

With that said, If I offended anyone, it was not my intent.

Ron

RJ82much
08-30-2006, 02:29 AM
Omigosh Ron, you didn't offend anyone. As you can see, this certainly is a "hot-button" topic for me & many others. We start seeing red, but not at you. As a matter of fact, documentation is probably the reason for the founding of this group.

It became so heated (as someone recently pointed out) over at the Gulf Stream Coach supported Streamer's forum, that GS pulled down the site. In fact, I was probably the fault. I didn't get hot under the collar or nasty, but I was a persistant nag that likely inflamed others. I'm sorry for any part I played in ruining the rally discussion group, especially since my nagging had no apparent effect on GS policy.

Anyway, as you discovered, we can always stir up a lively round by saying the word, "schematic" (ooops, I did it again!)

But Ron, you have said nothing to apologize for... well, other than you were a millwright. Ha Ha Ha. I worked in a papermill as maintenance superviser/planner for a couple years - got to know & love our union millwrights. whew, tough group. From the steel mills, I'd imagine a REALLY tough group! Thanks for taking the lead in so many of our GS Owners discussions

gsadmin
08-30-2006, 08:57 AM
This is all good stuff, lets keep the forum active and try and find more members like you two to add to the "flavor". No hurt feelings here, nothing to apologize for, this is what discussion is about...different perspectives coming together in a civilized manner.

BTW, Ron, my mother is an escapee and I think she may even be an officer of the singles-escapee group.

RJ82much
08-30-2006, 09:13 AM
Ron has more posts than me: 128 vs 101.

Hey Admin, Ron has more posts than YOU! 128 vs 127.

Retird2Golf
08-30-2006, 11:45 AM
When I e-mailed GSC motech and asked:

I would like to change my 19.5 wheels for 22.5 wheels. Is this feasible??

Answer was : Contact your local dealer for this issue.

Signed: Lori Kaler
Customer Service Manager
800 289 8787 Ext 3657
lkaler@gulfstreamcoach.com

GStream40
08-30-2006, 07:49 PM
Ron has more posts than me: 128 vs 101.

Hey Admin, Ron has more posts than YOU! 128 vs 127.

Okay Bob, What are you up to now? :lol:

My Post numbers are bigger than yours are!! Nah Nah Nah :lol: :lol: :wink:

Ron

RJ82much
08-30-2006, 10:29 PM
Well, I can see that in order to win this, we have to go over to total WORD count... Then I'd win hands down. I don't know how to tell a story in less than 500 when 50 would do....

what do you think about that, eh? ;))

GStream40
08-31-2006, 08:28 AM
Bob,
My post count is now 137 vs yours at 103.... You are falling further behind. :lol:

Hey, word count might work for ya, but I am pretty windy also. :P

Ron

GStream40
08-31-2006, 08:39 AM
When I e-mailed GSC motech and asked:

I would like to change my 19.5 wheels for 22.5 wheels. Is this feasible??

Answer was : Contact your local dealer for this issue.

Signed: Lori Kaler
Customer Service Manager
800 289 8787 Ext 3657
lkaler@gulfstreamcoach.com

WOW, that would be quite a challenge to do. One would have to look at the overall diameter of the tire used, would have to figure if the weight capacity would be correct for the tire, also would have to figure the circumference to figure out the difference in the speedometer, and would also have to figure out if there would be clearance for the 22.5" tires in the wheel wells.

Hmmmm.... Wonder if someone makes a lift kit for your coach. :D

I would say that it is doable, IF all the above is figured out and there is clearance for the 22.5" rims/tire combination, albeit it would be expensive.

Ron

Retird2Golf
08-31-2006, 09:58 AM
:D Rear clearance , no problem Front , maybe turning radius. Weight would be calculated on groos weight of loaded coach. my GPS would give me a check on the Speedo. I am going to have the coach "Leveled anywayso clearances coulb be adjusted. Now: .....

6 22.5 wheels $3000.00
6 michelins $2000.00
Misc lift work $1000.00

Improvement in ride and stance ..... Priceless !!

(At least that's what Visa tells me )

earljan34
08-31-2006, 10:37 AM
Hey Clyde, The factory told me that they put 22.5s on my coach without making adj. for the tires thats why my tires hit the fenders on turns like I said before they changed the fenders to tourmaster ones with full arc no more problems.

Earl

Retird2Golf
08-31-2006, 10:50 AM
Thanks Earl , I thought I had read in a post that you had 22.5s.

GStream40
08-31-2006, 11:46 AM
Clyde, The price for the wheels looks high. Was that for all 6 aluminum wheels?

Usually the rear inside dual is a steel rim because the studs are usually not long enough for two aluminum rims which are much thicker. On our previous coach we thought about replacing the steel rims with the liners with aluminum and I was quoted a price of $1200.00 for 4 aluminum rims, mounted and balanced. These were new rims, Alcoa I believe or was it Accuride, Hmmm.... This was from a local tire dealer that did a lot of big rig truck tire sales/repair and also deals in auto/pickup truck tires/rims.

We didn't do it because the wife found our new coach which she twisted my arm and we purchased. :lol:

I would think you could get all 6 22.5" rims, 4 aluminum and 2 steel for about $1500.00, I would definitely shop around.

That darn priceless card..... :lol:

Ron

Retird2Golf
08-31-2006, 12:57 PM
Thanks Ron, :oops: Shopping is a must :lol:


Clyde

tourmaster1
09-27-2006, 04:34 PM
Ron, I guess you could be right but I don't think you are on this one. My own experience in customer service tells me it is probably more a matter of GS wanting to minimize the number of people it can expect calls for help from, than it is them wanting to "protect" dealer's profits. At least with dealers GS have some control over getting service people to attend formal training on their products and so on.

There could also be a legitimate claim related to protection of trade secrets, although I suspect not. As someone else mentioned, it would be laughably easy for anyone so inclined to disassemble a sample coach and reverse engineer it. I know - I've done it (for a small piece of the coach at least)! My story on this is a little further on in this post.

Based on my own past experience trying to get technical info out of GS, I think it could very well be that they just don't have that kind of information around. Oh, they may have some sort of reference documentation, but the impression I get is that every coach is kind of a one-off deal - that is they don't build 2 exactly the same. This is probably more true for the older coaches. So, truly, they couldn't give you the electrical plans for your coach if they wanted to in that case.

Here's my story: I was puzzled by a switch that I couldn't figure out the function of. It was located in the same panel as the LR overheads, porch light, step, and cargo bay door switches. GS customer service tried really hard to get the information for me, including calling up retired engineers who worked at the plant where and when my coach was built. I got some suggestions, but none of them panned out. Finally, I resolved to disassemble the coach and trace the darn wires myself. I took out the switch panel, traced the wires into a race to the bottom of the wall by the door, tore off the interior door trim, header over the door trim, and found the same race and the wires from the switch in the panel. One pair went up to the porch light, but the other pair stopped about half way up. They appeared to go outside in the vicinity of the grab handle by the door. So I took the handle off and there, much to my surpise were the two wires, running to a burned out light bulb in the handle! Shows you what a low-class RVer I am: I did not expect to own a lighted grab handle!!! So I replaced the bulb and the mystery of the switch was solved.

My point in this is that GS might have been glad to give me the info, but seemed not to have it themselves.

I know there is a push throughout the industry to develop better documentation of the whole coach, because currently this is lacking just about everywhere, not just GS. GS could definitely pick up a competetive advantage by being among the first to offer this level of support, I think.

FWIW....

I used to be involved in the purchasing of production machinery for the company I retired from. We always negotiated a complete print & bill of material package in any machine purchase.

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Print packages are expensive and they cut out the maker of the equipment and the suppliers of maintenance to maintain it since it allows the end user to find other suppliers and do their own maintenance.

As this applies to the RV Industry, providing complete prints to the buyer/owner could cut out the RV dealer's service department to a certain degree and also the manufacturer suppling some of the parts. With this thought in mind, maybe that is one of the reasons that Gulf Stream has maintained this policy on not releasing prints to the owners.

I...
Ron

GStream40
09-27-2006, 06:05 PM
I know there is a push throughout the industry to develop better documentation of the whole coach, because currently this is lacking just about everywhere, not just GS. GS could definitely pick up a competetive advantage by being among the first to offer this level of support, I think.

FWIW....



Winniebago was one of the first. Take a look at what they provide online:

http://www.winnebagoind.com/diagram/Wiring.htm

http://www.winnebagoind.com/diagram/Plumbing.htm

http://www.winnebagoind.com/service/webcd.htm

Impressive, Is it not????? :?:

Ron

tourmaster1
09-28-2006, 10:00 AM
Now that is indeed impressive. Back to 1997, no less!!!

GS: Get A Clue!


Winniebago was one of the first. Take a look at what they provide online:

http://www.winnebagoind.com/diagram/Wiring.htm

http://www.winnebagoind.com/diagram/Plumbing.htm

http://www.winnebagoind.com/service/webcd.htm

Impressive, Is it not????? :?:

Ron[/quote]

gsadmin
09-28-2006, 03:20 PM
My point in this is that GS might have been glad to give me the info, but seemed not to have it themselves.

I know there is a push throughout the industry to develop better documentation of the whole coach, because currently this is lacking just about everywhere, not just GS. GS could definitely pick up a competetive advantage by being among the first to offer this level of support, I think.

FWIW....



Well I have made that assertion before. And, if it is true, fess up. And, BTW, I have seen some schematics of a coach that was adifferent model than mine and based on my own research the wiring harness is very similar if not identical across many of the late model coaches of a particular class (A,C, etc).

As far as others not having that level of documentation, I beg to differ, go to the Winnebago and Alfa web sites and see the level of documentation you get online. Go to the Country Coach or Monaco sites and see the wealth of data you can find...then go to the GS site and all you will find is info dedicated to SELLING you a coach...except for FAQ section that is almost worthless unless you know exactly what you are looking for and can formulate the correct keywords.

So, from even just that 10 minute exercise...do you think GS is more interested in CS or Selling based on their web site alone?

Now, we all can go on and on about the companies below in terms of what we think of their product, but look at their commitment to owners with information.

http://www.winnebagoind.com/resources/manuals/

http://www.alfaleisure.com/downloads/manuals.html

http://www.holidayrambler.com/service/index.html

http://www.holidayrambler.com/service/faqs.html

Now after visiting all of those, visit:

http://www.gulfstreamcoach.com

Now what do YOU think?

I am sorry if it sounds like I am slamming GS, but sheez guys, get with the program. Start building your web site and CS as well as your cabinetry and you really will gain the support of each and every member of this forum!

earljan34
09-28-2006, 03:58 PM
Very well put gsadmin! :shock:
If GS would only meet us halfway with CS everyone would have a lot better feeling about them. :evil:

ronbo
09-29-2006, 07:08 PM
I can't say that the schematic/wiring diagram issue is what made me dump the POS (and that doesn't stand for Point-Of-Sale) I had, but it sure helped weigh in on the final decision. I tried to get the diagrams too, and my dealer and I got the same runaround as everyone else.

I had the POS for 6 months, and 5 (count 'em, FIVE) of those months was with it sitting at the dealer, waiting on authorization for them to proceed with my 6-page gripe list. GS refused to honor it, saying the dealer was padding the list. We finally took it to the factory and they worked on it for 2-weeks solid. Never did finish with it, when I threw in the towel and traded for something worthwhile.

Anyways, back to the question at hand. Several have suggested here that it may be GS is trying to keep the 'precious' information out of our hands because we might do some repairs ourselves and cheat the dealer out of their fair-share. Well, I don't follow that, since GS is keeping the info away from the dealer too, and then the dealer charges the time back to GS (if it's under warranty), and GS ends up paying anyways. Be cheaper for them to release them, like Winnie or the others.

I'm more apt to believe it's because of the replorable shape of the documentation in the first place. The dealer did show me a diagram (original was in pdf-format) he'd gotten from GS several years ago when tracing another wiring-issue, and GS was more open. OMG, a 6-year old kid could have done a better job! It was awful, as if someone was doodling in their spare time. And this was supposed to be a 120vac circuit to something non-lethal, simple and inexpensive like an air-conditioner? Made us wonder about how the rest of the stuff must look hidden away in Nappanee.

Sorry, but if this is how they treat and view the 'outside world' it must be a very interesting world they're in. And I for one, am disappointed to say that I'd bought into it (if even for only a while).

Ron

Retird2Golf
09-30-2006, 12:03 PM
Yeppers, got the same "run-a-round" just to replace a switch .......

Had to send it back to factory so THEY could "re-wire"
a new one to match ????? Apparently They don't know how
it was originally done !!

tourmaster1
10-07-2006, 09:48 AM
My point in this is that GS might have been glad to give me the info, but seemed not to have it themselves.

I know there is a push throughout the industry to develop better documentation of the whole coach, because currently this is lacking just about everywhere, not just GS. GS could definitely pick up a competetive advantage by being among the first to offer this level of support, I think.

...
As far as others not having that level of documentation, I beg to differ, go to the Winnebago and Alfa web sites and see the level of documentation you get online. ...

So, from even just that 10 minute exercise...do you think GS is more interested in CS or Selling based on their web site alone?


A few others is not a whole industry - which is lacking according to those I've talked to and what I've seen. I never could get a response from Thor on my Tahoe TT, much less any useful information for example. The examples you cited are no less awesome though - that is what the industry should be doing!

As for web site alone, I don't think it is fair to judge by that. If you can get the information in some way, shape or form then I would be satisfied.



Now after visiting all of those, visit:

http://www.gulfstreamcoach.com

Now what do YOU think?

I am sorry if it sounds like I am slamming GS, but sheez guys, get with the program. Start building your web site and CS as well as your cabinetry and you really will gain the support of each and every member of this forum!

My advice to GS would be build Customer Service first, and then the web site. I believe it is the information and service that is most important, not how it is delivered. They do seem to be trying harder. The folks at GS I've been in touch with via email have been very responsive.