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Old 08-27-2015, 01:00 PM   #1
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Reality TV: RV shopping

I realize there isn't a lot of actual "reality" in reality TV but my wife and I happened to catch a marathon of some show where they followed people who were looking to purchase a new RV.

They pretty much all follow the same formula. They give a budget and a list of "must-haves" and the salesman shows them exactly 3 RVs. Each one has pros and cons and then at the end of the show, they pick the one they like best.

After watching 4 or 5 shows in a row, I was pretty amazed at how often the salesman could find an RV within a few thousand dollars of their budget. One couple wanted an RV for around $100,000. So that's what they showed. Another couple wanted one for around $225,000. So that's what they got. I honestly couldn't tell the difference between the cheaper ones and the more expensive ones. Although a couple of the more expensive ones didn't even have LED lighting.

I thought a few times they really had to reach to find a problem with them. One lady didn't like the feel of the carpet. Another didn't like the way the drawer handles looked. One didn't like the way the couch folded out.

Having gone through it a few times myself just makes me notice how horribly fake the show is. They usually show the people a few months down the road with the RV they purchased so apparently they were able to live with the "cons" of that particular one.

Somehow we were lucky enough to buy one that doesn't have anything we don't like about it.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:15 PM   #2
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I have seen the show a few times also. Not sure how up to date it is. It amazes me they took one off the lot when they could have ordered one exactly how they wanted it.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:24 PM   #3
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I like when they find one they really like, but it is WAY above their budget. The salesman says "we can make it work for you" and they somehow get it for 10 or 20 thousand less......

If I learned anything from that show, it would be to reinforce that they can come way down from the prices they ask
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:29 PM   #4
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It's TV folks what do you expect!

In my humble opinion they have already purchased their RV unit that they want. Now the show is going to highlight the pro's and con's of each unit that is written by some staffer who does not understand the RV trailers at all. Have you every notice that the producers stay away from the technical side of things and just focus on the glitz. Such as in one episodes the 5er has a residential refrigerator in the trailer and nothing was mention about the inverter required to power the refrigerator when not connected to shore power! They just left that feature out and moved on to a dual source refrigerator.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:30 PM   #5
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And the one about the couple buying a 5th wheel....the EDGE....and showed them driving off in it when the wheels on the passenger did not match!
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:21 PM   #6
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I like when they find one they really like, but it is WAY above their budget. The salesman says "we can make it work for you" and they somehow get it for 10 or 20 thousand less......

If I learned anything from that show, it would be to reinforce that they can come way down from the prices they ask
I assume the prices they are quoting are either completely made up or the simply the MSRP. A couple of times the people ended up buying the same model trailer they looked at but a year older.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:11 PM   #7
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I have also seen that TV show a number of times and I do enjoy it.
It is TV and I like it when the guess the price.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:12 PM   #8
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I thought a few times they really had to reach to find a problem with them. One lady didn't like the feel of the carpet. Another didn't like the way the drawer handles looked. One didn't like the way the couch folded out.
I hate our carpet and would eventually like to upgrade it to something with some meat to it.

I actually don't care for our drawer pulls but am too cheap to replace them. They're more "country" looking than I like. We are more of a modern design kind of folks.

And the couch- I specifically chose models that did NOT have jack-knife sofas because I couldn't imagine someone sleeping comfortably on them.

I assume all things have things that you like and don't like. I can rattle off a dozen or more things that I don't care for in my camper and would have liked different. I can literally do that in any camper I've ever walked in. Or houses or cars or you name it.

BUT- it doesn't lessen my enjoyment of those things.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:23 PM   #9
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The show I saw looked like an infomercial for LazyDays. DW always seemed to get the one she wanted except dor the DD piece. Gotta admit Lazydays doesnt look like the Dealer lots I went thru
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remember it an infomercial for lazy days
entertains but not realistic
reality tv is the most scripted thing you will ever watch
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