The plan…What was supposed to happen…
- Ride to work with my husband to pick up a check from the credit union.
- Make the short drive to RV Park to pick out spot and pay for a month.
- Pick up husband at 11 a.m.
- Drive to Brandon to pick up rental truck to move the trailer.
- Head to Florida, spend the night and arrive at RV sales center at 8:30 a.m.
- At 9:30 leave lot with Trailer. Head back to Mississippi.
- Set up trailer; head to Brandon, then to the big house for the night. Husband had to be at work next day at 6:00 a.m. Florida time (total for the drive to three places 11 hrs.)
What actually happened…
- The credit union opened 30 minutes late due to road closure.
- RV park owner not available but we were able to pick out spot And arrange payment later. Husband delayed until 11:20
- Picking up rental truck went as planned.
- Ended up in a hotel in a different time zone, RV dealer sits just beyond new time zone. Lost sleep 😦 Thanks to salespersons knowledge we found out in enough time to arrive on time.
- Change in personnel employed with the dealer, our sales manager (which if you haven’t purchased a vehicle before is the person who takes over from your salesperson, during the final stages of the sale) was no longer employed with the company as of the day before. We encountered Massive delays due to his departure.
- Moral of Story if have to purchased trailer out of town on a timeline, have it delivered. It’s worth the extra cost.
In the end, we ended up with a beautiful trailer, parked in a lovely location and with time the pain of it all is fading. We learned some very valuable lessons about laws and delivery. If you live in Mississippi and purchase a trailer in Florida, be prepared to take delivery of said trailer in Alabama. This was not in our plan and cost us several hours drive and my husband several hours vacation time. I want to stop here and tell you about our salesperson. All the way through the four-month process she kept us updated, fielded a thousand calls and earned more than she will make in commission in stress. All while having back surgery. The three of us were happy when the day was over. If anyone needs an RV in the Florida panhandle area, send me a private message on Facebook. You will find the link on my blog. She is honest, fair and treats you like family. Such devotion in a salesperson is hard to find.
Let me know how you feel about the format. I felt it a better tool to get the information out in a limited space. I Will do an update to actually living in the RV next post.