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Old 04-12-2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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Buying in Canada vs US

I have been looking at a new TT.
The Surveyor 294 to be exact.
Online, it is as much as $14000 less in the US. ($34,000 cdn from my local dealer, $20,000 us online)
I realize that I may have a harder time with warranty issues if required, but that is over a third of the price of the unit.
Is there that much margin in trailers?
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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Yes! Your local dealer should provide warranty work for your TT, it may not be at the top of his work list, could take a couple of weeks to get in.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:28 PM   #3
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I have been looking at a new TT.
The Surveyor 294 to be exact.
Online, it is as much as $14000 less in the US. ($34,000 cdn from my local dealer, $20,000 us online)
I realize that I may have a harder time with warranty issues if required, but that is over a third of the price of the unit.
Is there that much margin in trailers?

First off list prices are just that. The list for my trailer was almost $30000, I paid $22000. I looked at the 291 also, it would have been $1500 more. My brother priced one last year and is wasn't much more than the year before for me. I believe that there is a HUGE markup ( list price vs. selling price ) on many rv's. Just remember, service and proper hitch work is worth your life so the best price isn't always the best deal.

Better RV dealers will let you test tow before you buy
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:32 PM   #4
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Even if your local dealer won't do the warranty work (though they should), what will go wrong that will cost more than $14,000???
A U.S. dealer will extend just as many courtesies as the canadian dealer to earn your business, including a much lower price.
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:05 PM   #5
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First off list prices are just that.
Amen to that statement. List prices are made up, pie in the sky numbers conceived somehow by throwing a handful of chicken bones in the air and seeing where they land. As others have said there can be a huge markup in the prices in RVs.

I think this is much the reason that so many really bad dealers continue to stay in business as it only takes one or two rubes a month that don't know how to buy an RV to come in and pay close to the list price. Even if they cut you a 10% discount off list in many cases they are still makeing a HUGE profit.

Oh and welcome to the forum Slushpuppie. Good that you are here asking questions BEFORE you buy.
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:57 PM   #6
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Welcome to FRF! Visit often!

We've bought 2 campers in the US. Definately worth the savings and bringing them through customs is easier now then it was in 2007. It seems that most dealers in Canada, at best, offer 10 - 15% off the MSRP. In the US, no problem finding dealers discounting 30 - 40% off MSRP.

I've had one warranty issue where I took it to a local dealer for repairs...no problems getting an appt, didn't ask where it was bought. I paid up front and was then reimbursed from the dealer we purchased from.

BTW, no need to pay for an option called CSA coding (or something similiar). All components are already CSA approved.

Also check if you have to pay state tax, depending which state you purchase it in.

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Old 04-12-2010, 06:23 PM   #7
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Another point. Say you had your RV 1000 miles from selling dealer as we do tow them to far away places. One would not expect to bring it back to selling dealer if you need it fixed when away. You would go to nearest service facility that would make repairs under warrantee. So much for dealer where you purchased unit.
We also purchased unit in USA and if price was even close we would buy closer to home but $$$ talks.
Helps if you are handy and came make minor repairs yourself warantee or no warantee as most things I can do myself and not worth the agro and downtime to return to dealer to have fixed.
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