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Old 12-14-2012, 07:49 PM   #11
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Expect a long silent wait unless you have a great dealership who will follow up frequently with the factory and call you with status reports.

I have heard rumors that dealerships like this exist. I personally have never seen one; but ....
Herk - I am pretty happy with my dealer ... so far ... but they had no clue my trailer was coming in when it did. They were as shocked as I was!

I am thinking this rumor is a myth. Ranked right up there w/Bigfoot
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:17 PM   #12
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I think Rip is playing us.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:50 PM   #13
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I will be ordering my 3025w tomorrow and will have to put $1000.00 down. Cant wait to get the new TT, good luck on yours!
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:16 PM   #14
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Hi all, appreciate the feedback. No, cantho, the only thing I did my homework on over the past year was the trailer model that fit me best, what I could afford, and what factory options seemed the most practical for the money.

I usually bought vehicles, appliances, tractors or my one previous trailer off a lot or from a private seller. This is my first order, and I'm learning things the hard way. This is the first time I've dealt with an RV dealership. RV Station is an area chain that has a dealership here in town.

There's more story to my purchase. I've been shopping for the Flagstaff or Rockwood model for a few months, missing good deals on 2012 models cuz I wasn't fast enough. So, I decided to buy a 2013 for more money. Many of the 12's I looked at did not have the interior led lights, which I think are great for an RV.

Kelly at my local Bryan Forest River dealer did not have the model I wanted and did not think he could order it for the price I wanted to pay. He said there was a Vibe over at the Nacogdoches RV Station dealer a couple hours away. So, I drove over and looked at it, talked with Mandy, and she showed me some other trailers because I felt the Vibe bedroom was too small.

I was looking at more expensive versions of the Rockwood/Flagstaff model three hours away, but couldn't convince myself to spend more for the platinum or diamond option bling. Then, Mandy called, and said she felt she could order the trailer I wanted at the price I mentioned. Apparently, she shared that with Kelly. So, I got to buy what I wanted from my local dealer but I had to "order" it.

I am "order stupid" but I was happy to keep my purchase local which many folks said was the best to do over the long run. And, that brings me to now, and all my questions as I try to become smarter about the RV world. I tried to read and see if anyone gave a timeline, paperwork or steps to the Forest River order process but missed that thread. Seemed like it would be useful to others not used to working with "RV dealers" and ordering their new trailer for the first time.

I was impressed by the cooperation between the two RV Station dealerships. -ray
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:28 PM   #15
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They said RV Station requires a fifty percent deposit to place a factory order. I thought this was high, but wrote a check for half
We've ordered factory built once each from two different large internet dealers. Both required a 10% deposit with the order so I'm assuming (you know what that sometime means) that a 10% deposit is what the manufacturer has to have in their hand to accept the order and start the build. One of the dealers required payment in full before the camper could be released from the factory...in other words, the buyer is financing the whole deal. Some may have a problem with that but it may be one of the reasons that their price is so low. If the dealers are using there own money in the process, the cost of that has to be recovered in the purchase price.

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:37 PM   #16
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I've been shopping for the Flagstaff or Rockwood model for a few months, missing good deals on 2012 models cuz I wasn't fast enough. So, I decided to buy a 2013 for more money. Many of the 12's I looked at did not have the interior led lights, which I think are great for an RV.
FWIW, the manufacturers have been builiding 2013 model since March '12...that's when they change over model years. The difficulty in factory orders is to determine what exactly is being built now as manufacturers tend to make changes whenever within the model year...some minor some major.

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Old 12-14-2012, 11:10 PM   #17
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...One of the dealers required payment in full before the camper could be released from the factory...in other words, the buyer is financing the whole deal... (slice) ...If the dealers are using there own money in the process, the cost of that has to be recovered in the purchase price. Dave
Thanks for sharing this, Dave. I don't recall exactly what Kelly said, but it went something like we will have to pay a little more with this order so we're asking a higher deposit if that's not inconvenient.

Since I had the cash to buy it off a lot at the time, I didn't think too much was wrong in making a large deposit.

You may have explained what happened this one time. -ray
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yes enjoy your new unit and merry xmas
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Rip, I apologize for the playing remark no offence intended. Welcome to the forum and enjoy your new camper.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:26 AM   #20
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@Rip

It looks like you are getting a price you are happy with, you could afford to make the deposit the dealer asked for and are getting the exact trailer you wanted with the exact options. I wouldn't call that stupid .. I would call it smart

I am envious of you ... I wish I was in a position to pay cash for my new trailer.

Hopefully your new trailer will come in quickly and you can get to campin!



@Dave

I had spoken with a number of dealers and none were asking for more than $1k deposit during my year+ long saga (AKA finding the right RV). In truth I didn't talk with any internet/wholesale dealers so I don't know their practices. Could you're being in Canada and ordering across the border make a difference in what dealers will ask for?
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