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Old 03-06-2014, 12:06 AM   #1
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Buying a used Forester

Hello everyone! I have never been here before but I am not new to RVing. Been out of it a couple years. Had a 2008 Phaeton DP then. Sold it had way too many issues with the CAT engine. Looking to get back in and I have found a nice 2013 forester 3011DS with only 7K miles on it. Looks to be optioned out very nice. So my question is what should I be concerned about? Has this been a good coach? any known problems? What do they generally sell for? I know how to buy DP and how to figure out the price you should pay but the gas market I have not watched so close. In the DP world you have to mark off 26% the first year and the 4% each model year after that to come up with a good used price. I know what NADA says but what do they really sell for out there. Any input would be great as this deal may happen tomorrow. Thanks for any advice on what to check out on this model. Please PM me with price info so we do not make any one upset on the fourm.

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Old 03-06-2014, 02:42 AM   #2
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it would help if you posted what area of the country you're in.
because RV prices vary greatly by region. since most RV's are made in the Midwest, new and used prices tend to be lower there, while prices are higher on the West Coast.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:42 AM   #3
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I am in Utah. Not liking Utah winters at all since I am from So Cal. We usually hit the beach a few times a year.

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Old 03-06-2014, 12:39 PM   #4
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well, Viper, prices in the West are higher, used or new. the farther you are away from Indiana, the higher the prices go up.
dealers claim high transport costs but if you compare prices with Midwest dealers, obviously the Western dealers are making a profit on the transport costs also.

the only time you see competitive prices, are when the RV is made out west.
for example, Wildcat opened up a factory in Oregon a few years ago, with models known as Wildcat Maxx. most Wildcat models out west, are from that factory and prices for them can be close to what Wildcats made in the Indiana factory, sell for.
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So would you consider 70K for a decked out full body paint with all options 2013 forester a deal? Or is that about what you would find on a lot at retail?
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I don't know if that is a good price for your area or not but (depending on options) it may be within about 10-15K of a brand new one in this area.
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Keep in mind that the factory warranty is only 12 months on the coach. Depending on when the coach was sold as new will determine how many months are left on the factory warranty. I paid 72.5 for my 2014 3011ds fully loaded but without satellite and full paint options in Virginia beach. Full paint is approximately a $4500 option + dealer markup. Looks like you would only be saving 7K on a used optioned out 2013 3011ds if you wear buying it on the East Coast with a shorter factory warranty. I cant speak for West Coast prices. How much would it coast you if you wear to order a 2014/2015 with the same options in your area?
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Keep in mind that the factory warranty is only 12 months on the coach.
If motorhomes are anything like trailers, the factory warranty doesn't transfer.

IMO, if it were me- I'd definitely buy a 3rd party warranty.
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I have to ask. I hope it does not come off as rude. Did you check the Forest River web site concerning all the options. Lets just say the words "fully loaded" can mean many things to different people. I was shown a fully loaded Class C per the sales guy. Well it was not. Be careful.
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I have to ask. I hope it does not come off as rude. Did you check the Forest River web site concerning all the options. Lets just say the words "fully loaded" can mean many things to different people. I was shown a fully loaded Class C per the sales guy. Well it was not. Be careful.
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To be honest we did not get the grill either.
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I don't want to get into a debate but I don't like 3rd party warrantees. If you choose to do a third party warranty make sure you read plenty of reviews of the company and Know what your plan will cover and how they will cover it. Will you need to pay up front for work and then submit receipt for reimbursement, will they cover items broken from normal use or just factory defects. Will they cover all labor rates or just what they feel the job should cost. Call random Forest River dealers in the areas you plan to travel and tell them you have XXX aftermarket warranty and you have XXX problem with your fridge, slide out, A/C or any other part of your coach. Then ask if they will accept that warranty as full payment.
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