Venture Out - Cudjoe Key

Venture Out - Cudjoe Key
Fox at Quail Run

Friday, August 27, 2010

Motor Home Dash Cover : (

The dash cover came today. 

The first thing I noticed was the box was much lighter than I expected, and much smaller.

I opened it up and the color was not what I envisioned.  I ordered vanilla and it was not my idea of vanilla, but okay.  I could live with it. 

It was much thinner of a material than I thought it would be and very light weight.  I was wondering if if would even protect the dash from kitty claws.  There are strips of Velcro and you attach it to the dash that way.

Just looking at it, I really didn’t think it would fit, but we took it up to try it out.  Well, it didn’t come close to fitting…by no stretch of the imagination.  I was very upset.  When I ordered it and was told someone else had already shipped it back, a red flag went up.  I should know to listen to my red flags, but I didn’t.

I called the guy I ordered it from and explained the situation.  The sales receipt had the wrong model of motor home on it, so I could understand why we got the wrong one.  Anyway, he was very nice and said to return this one and he would order a new one from the factory in Arizona. 

I asked him about the thin and lightweight material.  He said you don’t want anything too thick (like carpeting) because when your front window sweats, it would get the mat wet and the lighter weight would dry out faster and not grow mold.  Okay.  I asked about the vent holes.  There were none.  He said since vent covers can frequently be in slightly different locations, they leave the cutting of them to you.  You take off the black covering of the vent, cut out the mat and then screw the vent cover back on top of the mat.  Okay. 

I then asked about my laptop desk that is raised.  He said to cut the two sides and flap it back when you’re using the desktop and then when you’re not, lay the flap back down and it would not show.  okay?? 

He also said that there is no rubber backing on the back.  I would think a rubber backing would help it to stay in place. He said you don’t want rubber backing because when it gets hot, it can become glued to the dash. 

The cover does appear to be made well, but since it didn’t fit, it’s hard to tell what it will be like.

I hope I didn’t just make a $150 mistake.  He said it would take about 2 weeks to get the order from the factory.  I’ll let you know.

I tried to take a picture of the mat sitting on the dash of the MH, but it didn’t come out well.  I’ll try to take a few more pictures so that you can see what the mat looks like.

5 comments:

  1. He sounds like a use car sales man had all the answers and excuses.

    I hate when you have to order on line and can't see or feel it..

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  2. Karen you are so good with those sales reps!! Good luck!

    Cindy and Walker

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  3. Sounds to me like you are having to do a lot of "construction" work with this new mat. Hopefully, it will turn out ok just as the guy says. I'll be looking forward to hearing your next report on this!

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  4. The man I ordered the dash cover was not your typical salesman. He was an elderly man (76 he told me) and evidently in poor health. I took pity on him, so I wasn't too mean to him :)

    I don't think he was trying to "hoodoo" me, but I definitely wasn't happy with the first cover. We will see.

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  5. Good luck with the new cover. Let us know how it goes when you get the replacement.

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