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South Hill R V Sales

Phone: (253) 435-7751Fax: (253) 435-1730View Additional Phone Numbers12414 Meridian E, PuyallupWA 98373-3416 Send email to South Hill R V Sales

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This company offers RV sales and service for both new and used RV's.

BBB Accreditation

A BBB Accredited Business since 07/01/2002

BBB has determined that South Hill R V Sales meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised South Hill R V Sales' rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 2 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

2 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Advertising / Sales Issues1
Problems with Product / Service1
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 2

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on South Hill R V Sales

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience
Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (2)BBB Closure Definitions
02/24/2015Advertising / Sales Issues
09/06/2013Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

While on family vacation, on July 10, 2013 we arrived at South Hills Rv with our Palomino trailer. We disclosed that the hitch was bending and that is was unsafe for us to tow. We gave a conditional offer that we would buy a new Rockwood Freedom 1910 for $10,000 if they took a trade in on our unit. They agreed and the paper work was drawn up. We paid for the new unit in full the agreed amount. We were told that the title would take a few days and to stop back on our way to pick the title up. I called the office (the next day I believe) and spoke to ***** (the financial officer) about having the title mailed since it would take us 3.5 hours out of our route to return. She agreed. ***** on the phone she did leave a general message on our voicemail at home on the 12th asking that we contact her (no mention of the reason). I called several (4 or 5) times asking for her always being told she was out. I called our friend on the 25th to ask if she received any mail from the RV dealership and she told me she did. Thinking that everything must've been resolved, we arrived at our friends house and opened the letter to find no title but rather a demand for an import custom form 7501 or 3641. We decided to continue to the border to inquire. We were turned back at the Canadian border because they will not allow a tent-trailer to come in the country without a title. We spoke to an agent at the US border showing her the letter we received from the RV dealership. Officer ****** tells us that we don't need a form since we did not have the intention of selling our tent-trailer at the time of entry but rather the issue presented itself during the trip to became necessary to come up with a solution to sell it. We ended up taking the new trailer to a business for storage thinking we could resolve the situation from home. Once home I spoke to ***** who expressed once again the need for a customs importation form completed for the title to be released. She has told me that they did not know they needed a customs form for issuing a title in the U.S. for our trade-in. But at no time took ownership of that. She insists we are the ones that should have known. I cannot understand a business that makes a mistake and blames the customer. The request for a customs form was not once mentioned when they sold the new trailer to us and let us drive off the lot and leave our old trade-in with them. It is a condition made after the sale. Which in my humble opinion makes them a dishonest business. Further makes me sick to think they gave us the impression they were helping us out. We have since found out that we cannot get this customs form after the fact, as the trailer must be presented at a port - so we are unable to get this form for them. They have said they will not accept the new trailer back and give us our old trailer and money back to undo the deal.

Desired Settlement
We would like to return the the new trailer. Reverse the agreed deal. We would have not purchased the new trailer if they didn't take our trade-in. The onus is upon the dealership to make sure they have all that they need for the trade-in. They live in the United States and are in the business of dealing with Rv's and therefore should be aware of what is required.

Business' Initial Response
My name is *** ***** Sales manger and Family member here at South Hill RV Sales! We follow every rule & guideline laid out by Wa State and federal law. We Work very hard at making EVERY customer happy, With no exception here. We tried hard to accommodate ***** and **** ******* when they came to us looking to upgrade Tent Trailers. We were only showed a bend in the frame on the trade in and made the deal going on just that, Her words were everything else is perfect. We hold every Tittle for our units new and used and apart of making this deal was for the *******'s to stop back by here after the two week trip to get their tittle ( I explained it's needed to enter Canada)and they agreed. We do this to make sure all money's clear and the trade in is in fact legit/legal etc etc. (they left a message here a day or so later saying they will not be back by) The next day as my Licencing gal started on this deal & we realized their was no vin# plate (HUGE RED FLAG) so we started calling the *******'s and leaving message after message. (Now clear why they did not want to come back and would not return a call) They did not call myself or ***** the Finance Gal back but left a message for the Salesmen stating got your messages and you must have noticed no vin plate on the trade and we "*****" have it with us and assume you will need it or maybe for us to pay the $1488 you gave us on trade..?"we also saved & have this recorded message of admittance of not disclosing this very important fact" #1 it's illegal to ever take any vin plate off any unit and see NO reason to ever do so & #2 this should have been mentioned at time of sale, and this makes this Trailer unable to be licensed and useless/no value to us/SHRV. Mr *******'s 2nd or 3rd excuses was "out of site and out of mind" ( I also have every e-mail admitting/saying this as well) They also mentioned what a wonderful cross country two week trip they had and now they are done and after misleading us to get what they wanted at the time of sale now want their money back. I feel they knew this Trailer was not legit nor could it pass inspection and is why this most important information was withheld. I have tried a number of times to explain this and help them but they have refused and feel I should pay for their admitted mistake. I also told them as nice as I am I will not be bullied or intimidated and only ask them to do what is obviously the right thing and pay what was given for this trade I was 100% mislead on & That I am now unable to resale because of the vin being taken off by these customers and not being able to pass inspection because of this. As soon as they pay what is owed ($1,488) I will release the Tittle/MSO for the new Trailer and we can all go our separate ways.

Consumer's Final Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
This business does not accept responsibility for it's own mistakes but made their mistake my problem. Of course we remitting the trade in value not because we accept blame but rather the cost was mounting daily and we had no choice. I would like to add that I am not angry but rather feel it my duty to warn future customers that this company does not act in good faith. The recording that Mr. ***** refers to is one of a desparate woman at the US border not able to take property that she purchase at $10,000 not home with her. I would like Mr. ***** to maybe sympathize just a little with my situation and not attact my character for which if I was what he claims would just be done with this but sorrily he is mistaken once again.

Business' Final Response
We have wasted enough time and have proven the fact these customers tried to pull one over on us. (it is on a recorded message) I called them out and they were forced to do the right thing. Why the BBB is letting them continue this is beyond me as we have done nothing wrong except call their bluff and this is the way ***** ******* is going to hurt SHRV after I jumped thru hoops to get her family Camping the same day and overnighted the title as I said I would after they fixed their admitted mistake. She is angry she was not able to rip us off and this is how she feels she can hurt us? This is frivolous and with NO merit what so ever. I will state it again we follow the law to a tee and will do about anything for our customers and sorry this Canadian customer mistook my kindness for weakness. I still wish them many years of Happy Camping even though they are doing everything she can to hurt my good name with nothing to back it except spite..

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Recreational Vehicles - Dealers

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 07/01/2002Business started: 07/01/2001
Type of Entity


Incorporated: July 2001, WA

Contact Information
Principal: Lisabet Tatum (President)Customer Contact: Mr Ted Tatum (Sales Manager)Mr Rich Hopson (Assistant Manager)Mr Lon Tatum
Business Category

Recreational Vehicles - Dealers

Alternate Business Names
L L Tatum Inc

Map & Directions

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Address for South Hill R V Sales

12414 Meridian E

Puyallup, WA 98373-3416

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  • 12414 Meridian E 

    Puyallup, WA 98373-3416(866) 435-7751
    (253) 435-7751
    (253) 435-1249
    (253) 435-1557
    (253) 435-1781

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  • (866) 435-7751
  • (253) 435-1249
  • (253) 435-1557
  • (253) 435-1781

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