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Got our new truck.
After the dealer told me about the damaged front end I emailed my contact at the factory and they replied right back that they would get with the dealer and get the parts right out. And they did. The dealer had before that siad no ETA on parts.
The dealer asked me if I wanted to go to work for them as I was so good and getting backordered parts.
So on May 5th I took delivery of the new truck.
I just love the color.
It has every electronic gadget known to man on it. It even has a dash readout that tells the posted speed limit as I pass the MPH sign. Even announces when a school zone or railroad track are upcoming. We have been driving it the last few days breaking it in per the manual. Just got 501 miles on it as we pulled into our home property. Friday after a full day of fun slow driving southeast AZ. Now it will be officially broke in for our trip to SD next week. (See below on why that trip)
Now for an update on the motor home issues.
The Freightliner shop replaced a speed sensor to fix the ABS fault light. But the Allison transmission is still giving off a DD error and not shifting. They are trying to get a later software updaate downloaded and installed. We shall see if that helps.
We are just leaving it at the shop as we are driving our new truck to South Dakota as Terry needs to renew his drivers lic.
Things just seem to be in a whirlwind right now.
Just want to get all this together and be able to head out for the summer and fall as we didn't get any travel done in 2020.
Now time to live again and Be Very Careful.
Above is my new truck which I am still waiting to be delivered. Made the deal on it on March 15th as it was said to be just in transit. Since it had been a week I f reserched on the web and found a contact at the factory (Comm Manager) who sent this to reply to me on March 23.
Thank you for reaching out with your question and VIN. According to our records, your GMC Canyon Denali is being completed at Wentzville Assembly. It will soon be shipped to your dealer with no outstanding issues.On April 12 got another email from the factorey and said it was held up in shipping since the plant had been shut down for two weeks. It should of shipped as it ws complete but didn't.
On April 14 the factory said it had shipped. The dealer was amazed that I was getting more info than they could.
On April 22the sales manager at the dealer called said it had arrived.
BUT there is a small problem, it is missing the fuel door on the fender.
A forty six thousand dollar truck and it comes without a fuel fill door.
Now they have to run that down and find the parts for that and paint it.
Well news on the truck just got a whole lot worse...
The dealer now sez the front end got damaged also.
Bumper dented and grill cracked
Both of which there are no parts available in the country.
Along with the missing fuel door.
So no ETA.
Looking like this is not going to happen.
Now that I have a BlueOx tow baseplase $550 BlueOx tow bar $950 and wiring harness and cable $150
Brake pedal controller $1200, wireless breakaway cable $125, tow vehicle battery charger $95
Tonneau truck Bed cover $850
Yep $3920 for parts I have no use for. What a deal.
All sitting here ready for a non existing truck.
Checked GM national inventory. Nothing out there.
Crying in my beer... make that vodka and squirt.
Might just be spending another summer right here again.
Not... Still have my tow dolly and will use it to pull my Buick Encore if all else fails.
After the sales manager at the Tucson dealership told me parts were not available I emailed my contact at the factory again
The factory contacted me right back and the dealer and said that they were sending parts needed ASAP right from the assembly line.
Guess it helps to know people in high places.
So back on to get my truck.
Now in the midst of all this discovered my motor home has a ABS and Check Engine light on and the speedometer does registor MPH. I have a fault meter ScanGaugeD and BlueFire and both say error 84 - 2 which is
(wheel based vehicle speed data error).
There are sensors on each wheel and on the transmission. Had thelocal RV shop in Mescal AZ right close to me check it out and they cleaned the sensors and swapped out a used transmission one (which you would think would be the one for the speedometer) and didn't fix it. Got helpful info from a couple of experts out in Oregon who were engineers on the original Monaco MH. Source Eng LLC
To get it in to the repair shop here in Tucsonthat they recommended is weeks out for appointments (mid June) as you can expect these days.
Called Frieghtliner in Tucson and they have a scanner that can read the data bus and should be able to determine which sensor is bad if that is the problem. And they don't take appointments. All on a first come first served basis.(I can see that as truckers don't want to wait around.)
So on Thursday off we headed off to Tucson to Freightliner and when I got on the interstate the transmission would not shift up. Read out Arins Controls stayed on DD and RPM goes to 3000 when I floor it and stays there, wouldn't go faster than 45 MPH.
Made it to Freightliner and left it. It didn't over heat so that was good.
Book sez reading DD means the J1708 data buss not working or not connected.
If it would read contstant D3 it would mean it was in limp mode, so not that. Still hoping it is a trans sensor affecting the speedometer and Allison shifter (Arins Control) as it can't read the speed.
We shall see what Freightliner comes up with. Neverously waitng for that call back.
They requested and took my Wholesale Warranties plan info but dought it will cover this unless it's a internal transmission part. Doesn't cover sensors, etc. I don't care just want my motor home back in running order.
And it just goes on and on....
Well Terry needs to renew his SD drivers lic. Birthday in June.
And to do that online you need a camping or hotel receipt so went to our mail forwarding company and bought one for $50
and had a vision form to also send in, and more noterized forms. Then went online to renew and found out you can only renew once every ten years.
So now Terry has to travel to SD to renew.
Right in the middle of getting the truck and my colonoscopy scheduled on the 25 th of May..
So made an appointment with SD State Lic Bereau for May 14 at 11 AM in Hot Springs SD and a reservation at a motel.
If the truck gets here we both may go or maybe just him in our old pickup.
Would be nicte to take a field trip and break in the new Canyon Denali.
Hoping the truck gets here for my appointment to get the BlueOx baseplate installed on May 10th.
Just talked to the RV dealer and they will work with me if my truck isn't here on the 10th.
One small break for mankind.
Cutting things close to be sure.
Some good news was when I ordered a baseplate form etrailer they told me it was on backorder. So I called BlueOx direct and they said had just one left in their CA wharehouse. So I ordered it.
Later they said they didn't have it and yep it was also on backorder. Well the same day they said that I got from UPS one on my doorstep shipped from someplace on CO.
I called the and they said now way they shipped it.
I said welll don't ship me another one as I got one and don't want to pay for two.
So they canceled the order and credited my credit card.
I can't help it if they don't know what is going on. So I got a free $550 baseplate. I tried to tell them but they wouldn't listen.
And so it goes.