Checkout prices across the country on rvtrader.com
. Also check out seedealercost.com
. We found a lower price within a reasonable drive. We took a firm email written offer on the same fiver to our dealership. We allotted our dealership the difference in what we would have paid to drive up there and for the differences between the 2 fivers (ie ours had more options on it). We used the seedealercost website to help determine a value for those items (we gave them a little more than that said dealer should pay). Our local dealer came really close to that offer after we almost walked out the door. We took the offer and are glad we did as we ended up with a great dealership to work with. This brings up another point. Learn about your dealership and how they are after the sale. Look for one that is reputed to have a good service department. All of these trailers will need work on something, the key is to have one who works with you. Remember that buying far away, you may have trouble locally getting someone to work on it for you. If you choose to purchase from a distance, I suggest calling local dealerships to see what their policy is for servicing trailers not purchased there. If you buy from one that has a service chain (ie route 66, rv warranty forever, camping world) with a local member that could work out well for you.
When it comes time for your pdi, videotape it. If it turns on or off, opens or closes, or has a mechanical function you want it demonstrated and you return the demo. Even bring a cup to boil water in the microwave. It might sound silly but my microwave ran but didn't heat. If you have a wdh or sway control have them demonstrate that too. Don't forget to get them to show you the hot water heater and water pump (not just it's in that cabinet) and have them show you how to winterize and dewinterize the trailer. Check all caulking and climb up on your roof to check it out. Do not hand over any money until the pdi is done to your specifications and any repairs are done to your satisfaction. Get a we owe sheet for anything g not completed that day and have a deadline for those items to be completed.
Good luck in your Rockwood purchase and welcome to the forest river family.