I picked up my Mark III last weekend & the dealer was a MADHOUSE --- I've never seen anything like it. Everyone is in PANIC-MODE! They had to set up ropes meandering all over the floor to corral all customers looking for sales help -- the line was nearly out the door!!! The sales lady said people were pretty hostile & she was not enjoying her Saturday there, regardless of the profit coming in. I know how people are in this part of the country -- no surprise there
I cut the entire line because I was picking up.( I had a feeling this would happen, so I placed my order over a month ago). I could see some disgruntled faces as I stepped up to the customer service booth. People were NOT happy.
I enjoy that!
But getting that S. O. B. out of the truck & into the house was HELL with just me & my wife. 530 lbs. is NOT light!! Had to build a loading dock (actually it was an entrance to a huge barn that came down --- I just had to clear out the stone & concrete trash, & cut a tree down to get in there). I broke the winch cable on my ATV, AND, broke a tow strap trying to move a MASSIVE chunk of an old foundation -- what a nightmare. Had to weigh at least 1200 lbs. I'm sweating profusely, swearing at the top of my lungs -- my poor wife is trying to hold this stove that weighs 5 times her weight from tipping over. EEEFFFF!!!!
Had to use the ATV to push the stove (on a 2-wheeler) up a ramp & into the house. I still have to get it downstairs!! If there is a next time, I think I'll pay someone else to do this.
The best part of this story is the ride home. I went to pick up the stove in a hurry & forgot all my tiedown straps. Luckily I had one in the cab. So like a moron in a rush, I ran the strap around the bottom of the pallet. So when I jacked the brakes on (due to my inability to drive normal -- was going too fast & I almost passed a left turn) the 530 lb stove came hurling toward the cab of my not-yet-paid-for Silverado at the speed I was at prior -- which was high..........NICE.
Was a good test for the workmanship of both the stove & the truck. The stove only suffered a broken firebrick, & the front part of the bed in back of the cab was only bent about 1 inch forward.
All this to save some money on oil. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!