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Old 07-08-2016, 11:19 AM   #1
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I am currently trying to trade up on my 2012 390-60. A dealer I have been talking with is "typical". Trade is worth nothing and their unit is the best ever. Does anyone have a good recommendation to a dealer that doesn't play the typical games. It's exhausting and wastes time. Any and all advice is welcome.


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I don't know any RV dealers in my area, southern California, that won't lowball a trade in. They give you a story about how they have to do a safety inspection, yada, yada. Then have one of their service guys look at it for an hour and put it up for sale for double what they paid you for it.

If you're not upsidedown in it, go through the hassle and sell it yourself. It may take a long time, but your wallet will thank you.
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:11 PM   #3
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Unfortunately the RV industry is experiencing the best years it has seen in a long time and they can sell them faster than they can get them ( Supply and demand) so there is not a lot of motivation to negotiate. That being said, there are still some deals out there if you are patient and do your homework. Check out local shows. As mentioned, if you can sell your unit yourself, you are usually better off although it can be a hassle. If you are handy and can handle many of the small repair items, you can buy from a dealer a distance away. Understand that warranty service could be an issue, but if you save enough on the purchase, you can pay a local shop to do the repair and still come out ahead. Lots of options, just have to decide what is best for you. My last two purchases have been from distant dealers ( one by choice and one not). Both had some issues that I repaired with parts provided by the dealer.
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I am currently trying to trade up on my 2012 390-60. A dealer I have been talking with is "typical". Trade is worth nothing and their unit is the best ever. Does anyone have a good recommendation to a dealer that doesn't play the typical games. It's exhausting and wastes time. Any and all advice is welcome.


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PM me and I may be able to help you out. A good friend of mine owns 5 RV dealerships and I can put you in direct contact with him.


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Unfortunately the RV industry is experiencing the best years it has seen in a long time and they can sell them faster than they can get them ( Supply and demand) so there is not a lot of motivation to negotiate. That being said, there are still some deals out there if you are patient and do your homework. Check out local shows. As mentioned, if you can sell your unit yourself, you are usually better off although it can be a hassle. If you are handy and can handle many of the small repair items, you can buy from a dealer a distance away. Understand that warranty service could be an issue, but if you save enough on the purchase, you can pay a local shop to do the repair and still come out ahead. Lots of options, just have to decide what is best for you. My last two purchases have been from distant dealers ( one by choice and one not). Both had some issues that I repaired with parts provided by the dealer.

Just an FYI, any local dealer that sells the same manufacturer ( Forest River) not brand (Berkshire) will and can do the warranty work. I live in VA and there are no Berk dealers around me so I take my coach to any FR dealer and they do the work. If ever you have an issue, call Randy at the Diesel division and he'll talk to your local dealer to ensure they do the work.


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I am currently trying to trade up on my 2012 390-60. A dealer I have been talking with is "typical". Trade is worth nothing and their unit is the best ever. Does anyone have a good recommendation to a dealer that doesn't play the typical games. It's exhausting and wastes time. Any and all advice is welcome.


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I thot my dealer was fair but I'm way over here on the east coast.
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Try motorhome specialist in Texas...


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PM me and I may be able to help you out. A good friend of mine owns 5 RV dealerships and I can put you in direct contact with him.


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When I was trading in my last rv, two years old and 6,000 miles with $8000 worth of add ons, all of the dealers low balled me, even the one that I bought my Berk from and traded there. But, I got such a good deal on the buy side, it offset the loss on the sell side and I didn't have the hassle of trying to sell it myself. What they'll give you on the trade in isn't always the whole story... Look at the bottom line out of pocket cost on your new vehicle. Have a number that you're willing to spend and if their entire deal hits that number, you both win.


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