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Old 05-15-2015, 04:58 PM   #1
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Question newbie needing advice for Windjammer TT purchase!

Hi everyone! Newbie to the forum here. I'd like to know your thoughts on our upcoming trailer purchase. DH and I have decided on a Windjammer 3006WK, Diamond package. Unfortunately, there aren't any of this model within a 10 hour drive of where we live (New Mexico boonies). We found a Forest River dealer within a 3 hour drive, but they don't have the model we want in stock currently. We are driving up there on Sunday to talk with them about getting the trailer we want.

I'm feeling a little lost here as to what the best route for us is. If the dealer doesn't have the TT in stock, and they order, is the price automatically more expensive than it would be if the trailer was on the lot? I don't want to have one made from scratch. Don't want to wait that long and I really don't care too much about the color, inside or out. We don't want anything that's not standard with the diamond package. We're also hoping to be on the road within a month, so waiting months for a TT won't work for us.

Another option is to buy, sight unseen, from a dealer far away, online. Is this done? I've seen a few on RV trader that are perfect for us, but are very far away (MI, IA, VA, etc.) One dealer told us RV shipping is roughly $1.80 a mile. This option seems risky to me, but I'm pretty clueless on the whole RV buying operation.

So, I guess what I'm asking, and I know it's a lot, is in your opinion is it generally better to order through a "local" dealer or buy one on a lot and have it shipped?

I feel like I know nothing and am a little worried about this whole process.

thanks for the help,

K
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:30 PM   #2
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Local or distant dealer

Oh boy, that is a good question! It is nice to actually see and feel the trailer you are going to get BEFORE you commit to buy it. I bought a 2014 Windjammer 3001w last year, but we were at a dealer about 30 miles away and standing in it when we made the decision. I research things to death before I spend that kind of money, and I had contacted several distant dealers for pricing with delivery. There was only a few hundred $ difference from our local guy and what the internet guys quoted (including delivery), so we went local. Love the Windjammer, BTW.
Something else you might consider is will the local dealer do warranty service on the trailer if you bought it from a distant dealer. They aren't like the auto dealerships that will service that model no matter where you bought it. I would ask the distant dealers for names of local dealerships that will service the trailer if you buy from them. . .then call that place and check. You will get more forum opinions, and those that have purchased from distant dealers will share their experiences. I see your dilemma in that you can't actually see and touch the trailer you want, but don't want to wait forever for it to be delivered also. I don't think anyone can tell you what to do as this is something you will need to research and decide, but listen to some of the stories and advice to help you keep your eyes open for problems.

BTW - Is this your first TT or just looking for new?
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:37 PM   #3
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Thanks, DB travelers. You've been a huge help. My husband has been in one, but I haven't. He fell in love with it, and I have seen enough pics and videos to know that the 3006wk is the one for me, but OH how I hate being in the middle of nowhere (we're Air Force, so this isn't permanent). This is our second trailer. Our current one is smaller and older. We bought it through a private person and never dealt with any of this.
Thanks also for the heads up on the warranty issue. Good to know! I think I'll start emailing away to different dealers and see what the "localish" dealers have to say, and after reading up on here, hopefully we'll be in a position to make a decision.

Appreciate the help!!!
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:04 PM   #4
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Since prices are so much higher out West, we bought our HTT from a Chicago dealer and went there to get it and made the return into a camping trip.
FR found local dealers that did the warranty work.
We saved $4000, even after trip costs.
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They're THAT much higher in the west, bikendan? I really can't compare since I haven't seen ANY that we want west of TX! Did you just rent a truck to haul it back? I wish we had time to do a long trip like that. We can swing Texas (10-15 hrs depending on the dealer) if we have to to save a ton of $$$.
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No we drove our own truck there.
It was also new and needed miles on it before we could tow anyway.
You can't rent a truck for towing with a WDH.
You can often pick it up in Iowa, from some online dealers.
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No we drove our own truck there.
It was also new and needed miles on it before we could tow anyway.
You can't rent a truck for towing with a WDH.
You can often pick it up in Iowa, from some online dealers.
Wow. That's a haul! WA state to CHI! My husband did contact a dealer in CA who told us we'd be better off buying in Indiana rather that buying in CA and hauling back to NM! Way more $$ That was nice of him. We're from CA and were thinking about making a road trip out there to shop. Scratched that off the list!
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We did live in California when we bought it.
Our 3 local dealers basically dared us to drive there to save money.
They know that most will pay thousands more to not have to do that.
But not us.
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Bought my windjammer 39029W from camping world in olive branch MS. The unit was located in Alabama they went and picked it up brought it back for me. I new the model and what I wanted so it worked out well for me. Don
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Let me start out by saying Rockwood Windjammers are very well built solid trailers. The 2016 models have flush mount LED lights in the ceiling. The A.C. roof vents are directional with variable air flow.
Pricing can be estimated two ways. Use the MSRP (supplied by Rockwood via their dealer) and deduct 30%. That is roughly your price not including sales tax and license plates.
Another quick way to get a price is go to RV Wholesalers website and fill out their trailer quote form. Usually you will get a price within 24 hours. Here's their website The Original RVWholesalers Cyclone Toy Hauler Haulers Raptor Toy Hauler Haulers Razor Toy Hauler Haulers

Some people use RV Wholesalers price to negotiate a price with their local dealer. If you do this then remember your dealer has to pay the freight from the factory that can be a few thousand dollars (depending on the distance). So keep that in mind.
Good luck & happy trails......
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