Just a little patience – buying a Thor RV that’s been a disaster of Biblical proportions

I keep singing the lyrics of Guns N’ Roses “Patience.” It’s the quality I’m in need of most with the disaster of an RV situation going on.

To paint a quick picture for you… I bought my RV on September 24th. Because of poor work ethics from Lazydays RV in Nashville, I didn’t actually pick up the RV till October 1st, a week later. A week after that, the RV was in a shop in Florida due to those poor work ethics. Thor is to blame, too, but Lazydays takes the cake on how NOT to run a business. So as of yesterday, Thursday October 28th my brand new 2022 Thor RV has been in the shop for more days than I’ve had it in my possession. Sounds like the punchline to a joke, right? Sadly, it’s not a joke.

Patience is part of the fruit of the Spirit, referencing the list from the Bible. Like many people have said (and I believe it), the problem with praying for patience is that often-times God will help you practice it by allowing situations where you need it! There are a handful of experiences in my life where I needed a lot of patience. This RV thing blows them out of the water. It’s been a plague which seems to have no natural remedy.

The situation has also required some of the other qualities on the list of spiritual characteristics. The entire list goes like this: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

From that list I’ve had to… remember where joy comes from (it’s not from present circumstances, although besides the van, my life is great), keep myself in control (when on the phone with Thor and Lazydays RV), and faithfulness (trusting that God has a plan while realizing it is different than my plan).

From those few things, I am compelled to say that self-control doesn’t mean being a doormat. It doesn’t mean letting others push you or me around. I’ve learned that I’ve got to fight for myself. Thor doesn’t care about me. Lazydays doesn’t care about me. To hold them accountable (because if not me, as a customer, then who will?), I’ve got to stand up for what’s right. I can’t back down, and I’ve been surprised by how well I’ve conducted myself throughout this situation. Historically I’m not a combative person (except in sports where I can be way too competitive), and I’ve written about discovering more of this “a little bit guns, a little bit roses” side of my personality here.

Getting back to the patience thing… my dad wisely advised that I can’t let the huge letdown keep me from being happy. I responded with something like, “I’m happy but I’m not satisfied.” This unsatisfaction has been what’s fueling me for the last month, ever since the day Lazydays handed me the keys to a lemon of an RV. Needless to say, if you can avoid Lazydays, at all costs do it!

To give up right now, to not hold Thor and Lazydays accountable for their bad business practices, would be a mistake. I need to know in my mind and heart that I did everything I could do to make a wrong situation right, to defend myself knowing I can’t rely on either of these companies to do the right thing.

Until then, I’ll gladly welcome them to the jungle all the while doing my best to be patient.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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