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Old 03-03-2015, 02:51 PM   #11
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Hello all,

Looking for guidance on our first RV purchase. We want to buy a new GT but the local dealerships are unwilling to negotiate anywhere close to dealerships only a 4-5 hour drive away. I have also read that the first year could require lots of little fixes along the way. I would like to get feedback from people on the following:

1. Success working with local dealers for warranty when not purchased locally
2. Forest River willingness to pay 3rd party repair centers for warranty work

Ultimately, the potential savings is $8-10K, but it's it worth the hassle getting work done on the RV

Many thanks.
We drove to Chicago from southern Missouri to pick up our Forester and had our local Camping World work on all warranty issues with no hassles.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:32 PM   #12
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We Bought our Sabre from rv wholesalers and saved over $10 000 . we live in Canada and not worried about warranty had a few small issues FR paid invoices no problem. As far as warranty it is 1 year and if you camp just a bit as I work full time that can be as little as 14 days. so $10 grand was way better
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:34 PM   #13
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We purchased our Sunseeker MH out of state at rvdirect.com. Had 3 warranty services at local dealers. One was a Sunseeker dealer the other one sold Rockwood trailers and no motorhomes at all. Had no problems. The most I waited was 2-3 weeks during the peak season. We saved almost $18,000 buying it in Des Moines Iowa, compared to the 3 dealers in the Denver area. Good luck.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:47 PM   #14
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I like Big Vic's comment that if you do some of your own work, you will have a better understanding of your units working system. I could never figure out why a business would refuse to work on something that you bought somewhere else. I had a Craftsman chop saw about 30 years ago that needed new brushes and I called a local electric shop to see if they would work on it. They said hell no. I have yet to go back there. If it meant that I would make a few bucks, I would do it. my2 cents
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:50 PM   #15
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We were lucky our small local dealer was $800 cheaper than the any dealer within 400 miles. His labor rates are low. $65 Here's our problem his lot is full of trailers awaiting repairs (he could use more help......). His other problem is getting the owners to pick them up after they are repaired. There are 8 trailers that the owners don't seem to want to come for them (its winter ). He is having to resort to charging a storage fee.........

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Old 03-03-2015, 04:14 PM   #16
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My "local dealer" is still 70 miles away but this is how I did it on our last two trailers. I searched the internet for the best price on the unit I wanted. I got them to email me an invoice showing the vin# and options and their price. I took that to my dealer. The first one I bought the local dealer was about $800 higher. When I figured the cost of gas and a night in a motel it was about a break even deal and this was without figuring my time. Two years later I bought another trailer from the same dealer this time I showed them the invoice and they matched it exactly. They have taken care of my service work and I am a "Happy Camper".

Did the same thing. My dealer was$1000 more. You will be making some trips to dealer during warranty period.



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Old 03-03-2015, 04:14 PM   #17
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Hello all,

Looking for guidance on our first RV purchase. We want to buy a new GT but the local dealerships are unwilling to negotiate anywhere close to dealerships only a 4-5 hour drive away. I have also read that the first year could require lots of little fixes along the way. I would like to get feedback from people on the following:

1. Success working with local dealers for warranty when not purchased locally
2. Forest River willingness to pay 3rd party repair centers for warranty work

Ultimately, the potential savings is $8-10K, but it's it worth the hassle getting work done on the RV

Many thanks.
You do realize you could pay out of pocket for a TON of repairs and still come out ahead, right??? Or purchase an extended warranty that would work almost anywhere and STILL come out way ahead.
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:35 PM   #18
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$8-10K is worth traveling that far to us.
We went 1,000 miles to buy our new one and saved about $12,000
During the first year, we saved up a bunch of little things and got them all done at Goshen.
WHen we needed local service recently and the FR dealer didn't want to help,
Andy found us an 'authorized' repair center that did not even sell new units.
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:37 PM   #19
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Our dealer has been quite reasonable though in the beginning we did have some words over what should have been slam dunk service but he came around and its been a 7 plus on a scale of 1 to 10 in getting stuff done and the quality. My one year warranty is up in April so that marriage is going to come to an end and we will take our 7 year extended warranty and go elsewhere.

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we purchased our HTT, from a dealer 2000 miles away.
FR found local dealers that were willing to do the warranty work.
Had no problems.
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