1300 miles from home! My 2016 Redhawk 26X1 (Chevy chassis) is in the shop far from home. We were driving back from a summer on Cape Cod to home in Fort Lauderdale. In eastern Pennsylvania, the engine check light came on and the engine started making awful noises as the coach lost power. I was able to coast down the exit ramp into the lot of the Chevy 21 dealer in Bethlehem. The service department ran the engine codes which indicated a problem with the MAP sensor. When the code remained after replacing the sensor, the mechanic pulled the valve cover to discover that the valve stem broke and dropped into the #5 cylinder. This coach had 4,000 miles! This particular dealer lacked the facilities to drop the engine, so the search began to find a Chevy dealer which could handle mid to large Chevy trucks. After a day and night of searching, the Redhawk was towed to Brown Daub Chevrolet in Nazareth, PA. This dealer advised that there were three major jobs scheduled ahead of mine and it would be a month before they could look at my Redhawk. We had to rent a car and drive home.
Lessons learned thus far:
1. Do NOT call the Coach Net number posted on the interior of your Jayco. I did and they kept asking for my platinum membership number. As I tried to explain that this was a 5 month old Jayco under warranty, they kept asking for the platinum number.
2. I had to call my dealer in Florida to obtain the number for Jayco. They had to call me back as they had no idea what to do but at least called back within a few minutes as promised.
3..No matter which prompt I pushed for Jayco customer service, i kept getting the towables division and they wanted me to leave a message. I finally got around this by punching 0 and speaking to a live person. Once I explained my plight, they advised me to call Chevrolet Roadside Assistance and provided the number.
4. Chevy Roadside Assistance has absolutely no idea what to do with anything other than a passenger car. They even told me that it was MY responsibility to find a warranty dealer who could perform the repairs. All they would do is arrange towing to whomever I told them to tow the coach to.
5. You cannot take your Chevy coach to a GMC shop, even if they are both GM divisions. Chevrolet will not honor warranty work performed at a GMC repair facility. A GMC was available to work on the Redhawk in 5 days but they would not be able to perform work under warranty.
So, at this point, it's a waiting game until the Chevy dealer can work my coach into the repair calendar. It's my position that Chevrolet should be replacing the engine since the cylinder and piston likely suffered major damage when the valve dropped. A piston replacement will require a reboring of the cylinder wall and a slightly oversized piston which could result in an imbalance of the engine. That would place stress on the crankshaft and set me up for potential failure in the future when the engine is out of warranty.
We'll have to fly up to Pennsylvania to bring the coach home next month. I'm hoping they can get this completed before cold weather sets in since we've not winterized the unit.
I can't say enough nice things about the Chevy 21 dealer in Bethlehem, PA. They did everything they could to help, and even had the owner, Jerry Horst, involved. He was in the garage after hours measuring doors and lifts to determine whether the service department could handle my rig. (unfortunately, they couldn't) Jerry's wife even gave me a desk to make phone calls and arranged a rental at no cost through their dealership. Outstanding folks!
What a hassle and a major headache. Oh, and did I mention, this is a 5 month old Jayco with 4,000 miles?