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Old 11-18-2010, 10:58 AM   #11
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No need to be sorry. It is very True that after the deal is signed, anything you want to add will be at full MSRP. They will not budge ! Gotta be careful and think a lot before the ink touches the paper

I hope OP starts shopping around. I hope we did not overwhelm him ...
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:08 AM   #12
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:20 AM   #13
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My little trailer had an MSRP of around 20K. After some "negotiating" via email, the dealer sold it to me for 15.5K and threw in (at no additional cost) an Equalizer hitch, 2 Maxxair II vent covers, and a Prodigy brake controller (all installed).
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:26 AM   #14
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Very nicely done, that's the spirit we should all have !

After every negotiation for an RV or car, I invariably hear that I should be a salesman. You can't go wrong with saving money, especially for me with two kids in university and just me supporting them

I hope OP will give us a report on how he is doing ....

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My little trailer had an MSRP of around 20K. After some "negotiating" via email, the dealer sold it to me for 15.5K and threw in (at no additional cost) an Equalizer hitch, 2 Maxxair II vent covers, and a Prodigy brake controller (all installed).
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:16 PM   #15
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In keeping with the spirit of this thread:
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS with all my options as ordered:
Queen size Hide-a-bed w/ air mattress in L/R
15,000 BTU AC
Power Awning
Spare tire with carrier and cover
Rear Ladder
Tire pressure monitoring system
Counter extension
CO Detector
Heated Master mattress
Water purification system
Create-A-breeze vent fan
Ceiling Fan in L/R
Outside stereo speakers
3 Slide toppers
RV deep Cycle battery
Microwave oven

Forest River MSRP: $35944.77

RV Wholesalers quote: $25,434.00 - About 70% of MSRP

Local RV dealer "final negotiated price" $26,756.00 - About 75% of MSRP

I bought local even though they were more expensive than RV Wholesalers because I wanted to support my local store and build up a relationship with the dealer. I have since regretted it and for what I would have saved, I would have still gotten the same crappy service after the sale. Oh well, live and learn.

None of these prices included "tax and tags" this is to compare "apples to apples"

Not the my best work by FAR, as I do much better with automobiles and trucks. To be fair, it was my first camper purchase and I was still learning the ropes.

Shoe, at $32,500 for MSRP you should buy that exact camper with NO changes for $26,000 at a MINIMUM. That is ONLY 20% off. 75% off would put that unit at $24,375 and should be easily in reach with some fortitude.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:08 PM   #16
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Thanks for all your inputs, I did try RV wholesalers, but they dont carry the brand I was looking at, Crusader 290 by Prime Time, division of Forest River, its a new model so not much about the longevity. Hard to tell MSRP, sites I have looked at give different prices for MSRP. All my options are still open, I havent signed anything yet...we'll see what happens...
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RV wholesalers, but they dont carry the brand I was looking at
They do not carry the Flagstaff either, but they DO carry the Rockwood equivalent and the price structure (including options) are IDENTICAL.

RV Direct might also be a source of good competitive data if there is no equivalent model that they do carry. MSRP data can also be had from your insurance company.

Good luck and good hunting! "Illigitimus Non Carborundum"
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:31 PM   #18
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Question for those of you that have bought over the internet and not locally - any warranty issues?

I was at an RV show over the weekend and many brands and dealers were present, many brands are of course parented by Forest River. On all the FR brochures it states in plain english that a dealer isn't obligated to honor your warranty of you purchased somewhere else. I don't know how legal this is (us fair trade laws and all that) but I do find it interesting to see it say so on their literature. It does say your warranty is in effect when traveling, so I suppose a deal will ask to see your registration and can look up where you bought it - live local and bough 500 miles away and if nothing else you'll be moved to the bottom of the to-do list I suppose.

As a business owner and having spent 20+ years in car/motorcycle dealers (and 10 in the mailorder biz so I saw the other side too) loyal frequent customers do get more service and perks than those that pop in for a cheap deal and move on.

I've also lived long enough to know that once you sign the papers STOP LOOKING! Guaranteed you'll find the same thing, or someone who just bought the same thing, for less.

Your time has value too - a 10 hour round trip to pick it up costs time and gas money. As they know you're gone when you go you best know what you're doing - so I'd strongly suggest a first time buyer go local.

But it's your money.
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List on my unit at dealer was 31K, online price was 21K, got it from the local dealer for 22K. I will never buy from this dealer again because of poor after the sale service and warranty work. I have been getting the parts directly from Forest River and making repairs myself. Buy an RV from RV wholesalers or RV direct, both have a nationwide service.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:03 PM   #20
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Good Luck and there is alot of Good info in this thread - search the internet and you will find what you are looking for

Dealer I bought my unit from said they will never service any one that didnt purchase there unit from that dealer - it is a xmall dealer family owned

Here is an example of my unit broke down
2011 Rockwood Mini Lite 2306

MSRP with freight is $21,959 (from another dealer with the same options)

I saved almost $5,000 off MSRP

My Purchase price is $16,766 - out the door price $17,923.85

The unit with convenice package was cheapest ($13,953) I had seen and comparable to RVW - it was when they added all the options I wanted is when the price went up

Options were:
2nd Year Warranty
Wood Look Floor
Gas Oven with Range
12V Holding Tank Heating Pads
14" tire upgrade with Double step
Storm Windows
Large Assist Grab Handle
(2) two Max Air II Roof Vents
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