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Old 09-14-2016, 09:30 PM   #21
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Briorick,
Thank you for the link. Both the Sierra and the salem appear to be covered on the 2nd year.
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:45 PM   #22
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You speak of model years 16 and 17, didn't the 2017 hit the market late spring 2016. By the time you are camping in Ohio the 2018 will be hitting the market, am I correct?
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:52 PM   #23
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You speak of model years 16 and 17, didn't the 2017 hit the market late spring 2016. By the time you are camping in Ohio the 2018 will be hitting the market, am I correct?
Right now the 2017's are out. The dealers are clearing the 2016's. If I order over the winter, the 2018's will be out.
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:57 PM   #24
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In my Opinion:

1.) If you plan to not use the unit over the winter than that portion of warranty will always be under utilized so when the 1 year starts to me doesn't matter. It would be nice to have some warranty left when you do the spring start up.

2.) I'm not a big fan of buying at RV shows. If you find exactly want you've been looking for and if it happens to be a unit they want to move quickly you may get a good deal. Otherwise.. I don't think you'll find too many "steals" at a show. They are great places to see many different models with reduce sales pressure,

3.) We ordered our last 3 unit in Jan or Feb so they arrived near the start of camping season. We tend to focus more on getting exactly what (we think) we want instead of getting the rock bottom price. btw if you order in Jan or Feb, you'll most likely be getting a 2018.

4.) I know many go the wholesale route. We're pretty lucky in that we have 3 family owned Mom/Pop dealers in our area and have always been satisfied with our deals. They have always beat the large dealers like CW, General and Lazy Days.

Ultimately, you need to buy what you really want and comfortable with your decision. A year after your purchase, you'll likely not be thinking about the good deal you got if you are disappointed in features or floorplan compromises.
Thank you, best advice I have heard. You are right about the features and floor plans vs price.
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Old 09-15-2016, 03:43 AM   #25
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I'm of the opinion that the 10 day time limit went away a year or so ago. At least it was no longer applied when I bought my 2016 MAXX in May, 2015! So unless it's been reinstated, you have a bit more latitude on when you apply for the 2nd year warranty.
Really no reason to dilly/dally though, get it done!
I was dealing with FR about this within the past week. Straight from the FR warranty administrator the window is still 10 days but they have been flexible for a bit longer on a case by case basis. I have to second what you said that there is no reason to delay submitting the application, just git 'er done or you may miss the boat.
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Buy the unit you want when you want from a dealer you can work with. IMHO the dealer is more important than the unit. If you wait around for a perfect deal, the floor plan or some other important to you feature it may be gone by the time you are ready to buy.

When we purchased our Concord we weren't really in the market, we had planned on waiting another year. We had started looking, saw the Concord it checked of 98% of the boxes on our list and the price was good. We bought a 2016 model in February of 2016. FWIW we started seen 2017 models in May of 2016.

We camp all year round here in the south so I can't help you much on the non-camping warranty issue. Other than to recommend that you do a thorough testing and walk through of everything, then make sure any issues are dealt with prior to signing on the dotted line. Especially if you are buying something that is going to be hard to move once it is set up.

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Old 09-15-2016, 06:06 AM   #27
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This week in Hershey PA is the Largest RV show in the USA.All the Mfg. are there with over 1,000 units of all sizes and types. Bought mine 2013 Flagstaff V lite there 4 years ago and got a terrific deal.
Yeah the Hershey show is a big hit going on now. For the past 5 yrs I have had a different friend or family member going just to look but ended up buying because of the deals, they are ready to lay out the best prices from what i have seen and heard.
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If you're "narrowing down the search". Remember to look for lots of wardrobe space. Never seems to be enough space for your clothes. Our TT has a pop-out wardrobe in the bedroom.
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If you're "narrowing down the search". Remember to look for lots of wardrobe space. Never seems to be enough space for your clothes. Our TT has a pop-out wardrobe in the bedroom.
Our first season with our TT is coming to a close and we still have storage cabinets that we haven't even opened since the dealer inspection.
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You can probably get a deal on last year's model but two things come to mind.

1. Tires have a definite shelf life so even though few miles have been put on them they are closer to expiration date.

2. Some RV parks have a 10 year rule which keeps out trailers older than 10 yrs old.

Just sayin...
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