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Old 09-12-2016, 08:20 PM   #1
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Best time to buy?

Hi All,
Question for those of you that have bought a new unit.
In your opinion and experience.
When is the best time to buy and get the best deal on a new (looking at Salem Villa or Wildwood Lodge) destination trailer?
1) The 2016's have clearance prices right now but the season is almost over so it sits all winter burning a chunk of warranty.
2) Wait for the RV show this January (2017's) when they want to sell you.
3) Order a 2017 in February for spring delivery?
4) Avoid 1, 2, and 3 and just buy wholesale..2016 or 2017?

Thanks for your opinions, this will be my 3rd trailer but my first new one.
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:45 PM   #2
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Thoughts:

I expect that a northern dealer (Like Albany RV in NY) would be more willing to deal in the winter when sales are slow there. Florida dealers are very busy in the winter, and possibly less eager to deal.

Finalizing a deal at the end of the month or the end of the year can sometimes get you a better price, since most dealers are pushing hard to make their numbers for the period.

On a one year warranty, you will be sitting through an off season no matter when you buy.
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Hi,
Thank you for the reply. We are in Ohio, would be the Cleveland RV show.
Jeff Couch RVNation and RVW are both in Ohio. (Wholesale option)
You are right about the warranty period, did not look that far ahead. Lol
I will buy the FR 2nd year.
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Since you are talking about a destination trailer, I not sure there is a better time like regular RVs.
Regular RVs are mostly used during summer months and then sit unused during school months and cold weather. So dealers often lower prices to get them off their lots before the next model year units start showing up.
Destination trailer are different and have more in common with mobile homes. So there isn't as much of an off season as regular RVs.
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Alot of times it is if your happy with the unit and what you paid.We looked at smaller used and new trailers in mid summer.We ended up buying a 2' longer 2016 trailer from another dealer for what the 14's were price wise because their 2017's coming.We were happy with that. Good Luck
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You can find good deals at an RV show.
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Hi crunchman12001,
You mentioned buying the FR 2nd year extended warranty.
BEWARE you only have something like 10 days to apply for this
& don't expect your dealer to tell you about it.
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:27 PM   #8
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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.
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Hi crunchman12001,
You mentioned buying the FR 2nd year extended warranty.
BEWARE you only have something like 10 days to apply for this
& don't expect your dealer to tell you about it.
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!
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Ultimately it's when you are comfortable to spend the money. You may be able to save a few dollars at a RV show but you will be spending money during it's lifetime for things such as repairs and mods. One thing about RV ownership is you WILL spend money, sometimes when you have to and sometimes when you want to.
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