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Old 10-27-2011, 01:36 AM   #1
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Question How can we get the best deal on a new TT?

We're new to this forum and this is my first attempt at posting thread. My wife and I (+2) are ready to replace our starter camper (2001 22cb Taho Lite by Thor) with a Rockwood 8312ss or Flagstaff 831bhds. We're sold on the Diamond Package so know we'll have to order it. Have friends who paid $18K for puma30kfb closeout and friends who paid $18K for North Trail 32BUDS ordered from factory but they drove from WI to IN to pick up ($500 fuel +time). Both have similar floorplans but puma is stick and tin so heavy. Is there a good way to figure what a good deal is? Any advice or tips are appreciated!
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:03 AM   #2
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after reading all these forum sites you need a local dealer because things break. i had a dealer tell me they take care of there customers first. i was thinking of getting mine 8 hrs away and save a few grand.but after reading all these ?'s on this website things break. negogiate hard with your local dealer. go to jrconsumer.com and order there book. i did well worth it .$60-70. when you get new tt but it on craigslist.it will tell you ratings ,what you should pay,tell about all the companys. and for $30 more you can get 3 full reports on the ones you might want . no experation date
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:37 AM   #3
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We purchased our from RVWholesalers in Ohio. We checked locally and for what we saved....it was worth driving to Ohio. We (under the radar) called our local dealers and ask "we have Forest River product will you do warranty work on it" - Almost every dealer said they would do any warranty work. Even though those same dealers when looking (in-person) The sales people said " we dont do warranty work on Campers not purchased from here!" -- then call the service dept directly, bet they tell you different !
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:38 AM   #4
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The quick answer is, read, read, listen. All the info you need to make an educated decision is contained on the internet. This forum helped me tremendously!
As far as the local dealer, I have a great local dealer who is not franchised for my specific trailer, but is franchised with Forest River for other products. They make the phone call and ALWAYS get the authorization to do the work. I have never had any issues with my priority because I didn't buy from them. If your local dealer has a problem with you purchasing somewhere else, than they obviously are not interested in selling you your next one either!
I drove 400 miles round trip to pick up mine and saved almost 3k on the purchase price. That nets out to about 2700.00 in savings for 7 hours of driving and associated fuel costs. (I dont make that much money in a day, so it was easy math.)

Our search actually started looking for a enclosed trailer to pull our toy around. Then it became, enclosed trailer and class A motor home. After much reading, going to shows, listening, we settled on the toy hauler and a tow vehicle (which I still needed to buy).

Bottom line, read, listen, and decide what best fits your current situation.

Good luck and enjoy the ride
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:52 AM   #5
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We're new to this forum and this is my first attempt at posting thread. My wife and I (+2) are ready to replace our starter camper (2001 22cb Taho Lite by Thor) with a Rockwood 8312ss or Flagstaff 831bhds. We're sold on the Diamond Package so know we'll have to order it. Have friends who paid $18K for puma30kfb closeout and friends who paid $18K for North Trail 32BUDS ordered from factory but they drove from WI to IN to pick up ($500 fuel +time). Both have similar floorplans but puma is stick and tin so heavy. Is there a good way to figure what a good deal is? Any advice or tips are appreciated!

Generally the best prices are during the "RV Show" season, whether that timing works for you or not depends on where you live related to the show.
In NE Ohio the show is early Jan every year so there is time to make a deal and then have the unit built prior to the camping season start, some locations that does not work. So now that you know the timing to consider, over the years I have found that by pricing RV's local and on-line ahead of the show I get a good feel for the market price, then during the show I will get the show price, these are generally very good prices, but I will then go back to the on-line sites like RVwholesalers and verify any season pricing changes, then make my decision. On our latest RV we purchased from a local dealer and I was able to use the online quote to get the dealer to drop the show special price to get very close to the on-line price from the local dealer. When ordering an RV this way be sure to understand what options and packages you want on it and their cost up front, if you go back to make changes to the order afterward you will have no leverage and all changes will be basically at list price. Good Luck
Also - Keep your right to sell your trade until delivery as part of the purchase agreement. What I mean is handle this as two separate deals, agree on a trade price and a new RV price independent of each other that way during the six to 8 week time it takes to build your new RV you can list you existing one on Craigslist or somewhere and if you can sell it at a better price you still have a clean deal, Online guys do not like to take trades anyway so if you go that route you may be selling it on your own anyway. This will not affect your purchase price as most show prices are "no trade" prices anyway.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:06 AM   #6
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When we bought our 5th wheel this summer we had no certain floor plan in mind.
with that being said we wanted a fifth wheel.
I am lucky I have 8 or 9 rv dealers within 60 miles of home and we hit them all!
Every dealer had similair brands but mostly every one had something different to offer.
after we saw what we did or didn't want based on price and function we decided on the very first one we liked.

So now I'm at home ready to research pricing.
I priced units as far as 6 hours away to find the best price.
I found no one close enough with the unit we wanted that had a price we were willing to pay.
except our home town dealer.
I literally pulled my hair out for 2 weeks to please my dw that there was no better deal out there worth driving to. So we bought local from a family run rv store and could not be happier with our decision.

One of the things I was worried about was driving 4 5 or 6 ours with a trade in unit that when we got to an rv store that we wouldn't be able to make a deal we liked and having to tow it back home with nothing to show for it.
Btw we got the best over the phone trade in price site unseen from the same dealer we purchased from. And they stuck to that once they did see it.

Just my 2 pennies
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:25 AM   #7
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We're newbies to camper forums so just getting to know my way around here. I've learned a lot on this one so far! My wife and I take tours of the campgrounds we stay at. They're great places to shop for campers! We've found most people happy (and proud) to show their campers to you and tell you about good or bad experiences.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:56 PM   #8
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I've traded in one PUP and two TTs. All three times they gave me a trade-in price sight unseen. All they wanted to know was the details on the trade-in and they asked me to rate the condition 1-10 and of course I always answered 10! The price they came back with for trade-in was ABOVE what I expected every time. In one case WAY above! (I had estimated appx $3500 and they gave me $6500.)

I also didn't give them the chance to back out by claiming the roof leaked or it was too dirty or something. After they said the new unit was ready and I got the walk-thru and passed everything, I had them deliver the new unit to my property and haul away the old one. On a new unit they didn't even charge for delivery (it was about an hour away). The delivery drivers don't give a care, they just pick it up. What they do (or think) about the old rig is then THEIR problem.

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Old 10-27-2011, 09:54 PM   #9
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we looked at our home area and ended up with the 2012 salem pricing out at 33.899 Canadian. Ohio and Couchs was 15,899 US.

Made 5% on the exchange when purchased dropping the price costonce, and when we brought it home we made another 2% exchange dropping the valued price off the 15,899 for Canadian taxes.
Couchs prices were less than most other places in the US
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:45 AM   #10
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Put it out to bid

We do not have a Forest River XLR dealer within a 6 hour drive of Memphis. What we did was spec out the trailer the way we wanted it and then e-mailed 6 different dealers asking for a bid. Our closest dealer was $6,000 higher than our lowest bid. We ended up with RV Wholesaler in Ohio which offered the best price. In your situation, I would comparison shop in the same manner and then take your best price to your local dealer and ask them to match it. Of course, price is not everything, and if you have a good local dealer, it is worth something to buy from them. Best of luck!
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