Originally Posted by K9-24
If you wouldn't mind advertising I'd be interested in knowing where you bought yours. The lowest I was about to price out a 2013 350ts was through rvdirect. That was $95,000 with partial paint. Also, can you elaborate on the differences between 2013 and 2012? I haven't been able to find many in my research.
I got mine at Terrytown RV in Grand Rapids, MI. Despite my firm belief that all RV dealers are horrible evil places, so far they are a pretty good place to deal with. They beat the RV Direct price. Also they are the closest dealer to the the GT factory. So my unit only had a couple hundred miles on it. I know that prices have gone up a little bit since we bought ours last fall. But I'm sure you can beat the RV direct price by shopping around.
The differences in 2012 and 2013 are: front cap, residential refer, 1K watt inverter, 24K GVWR chassis instead of 22K, built-in ladder on bunks, larger tv in bedroom, tile option vs linoleum, dream dinette. There are also several things that are now standards that were options in 2012 (ie: fantastic fan in galley, etc).
For me the upgraded chassis is a big deal and the looks of the new front cap. But really all the upgrades in 2013 made for a good value add and worth the money for us. Although I am not a fan of residential refers, so we were able to get ours with the good old LP gas /electric.
One option I got that I would definitely not recommend is the GPS. It's pretty much worthless. The angle of the screen does not make it easy to see and it freezes up constantly. I'm hopeful they can fix it someday soon. But even with it working, I would have much rather bought the RV GPS system that's out there.
Lastly, something to consider is that if you ordered a new unit now, you'd get a 2014 model year. That's 2 years newer than 2012. So even if it's 15K more, your total cost of ownership should be better than buying a 2012 at $85K.
Hope some of that info/opinions are helpful to you.