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Old 05-17-2019, 07:13 PM   #1
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Travel 1,700 miles to save $8k?

Hello all. I've been reading this forum for months now and I'm getting very comfortable with the idea of owning a Rockwood Mini Lite 2506S.

These units are around $31K here at home and about $23K closer to the factory. Is there a good reason to NOT buy a new TT away from my back yard?

I'd like to forgo the school of hard knocks where I get the test before the lesson...

Thanks in advance. I've really learned a lot reading everyone's posts.

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Old 05-17-2019, 07:26 PM   #2
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Need a good pdi. Make sure the rv has upgraded tires!

Prepare to spend a night nearby in a motel, just in case.

For 8k it will be a fun vacation going home. Have fun. We seldom travel over 300 miles a day.

Money fixs everything. Id do it in a heartbeat.

We have rv discounters and Couches rv here near Dayton Ohio. Coming here?
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:33 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. One thing you may run into is your local dealer may not do warranty work on your trailer. RVs are not like cars and dealers are not required to do work on rigs they didn't sell. For 8K I wouldn't worry about it JMHO
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:35 PM   #4
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I would travel to purchase now knowing what I do now but plan a few days for them to fix anything found in a PDI or be prepared to walk away paying for the trip. Also make sure you know how to complete a good PDI.

I would first go local and give them a chance to price match just to save the time and more money. No sense paying for the gas if you don't need to. Most of the time the prices are the same but the one negotiates and the other will not much assuming the options are the same on the trailers.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:46 PM   #5
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Hello all. I've been reading this forum for months now and I'm getting very comfortable with the idea of owning a Rockwood Mini Lite 2506S.

These units are around $31K here at home and about $23K closer to the factory. Is there a good reason to NOT buy a new TT away from my back yard?

I'd like to forgo the school of hard knocks where I get the test before the lesson...

Thanks in advance. I've really learned a lot reading everyone's posts.

Duggie
if they would come to within 2500 of that 23,000 then by at home . figure they had to pay to get it shipped . but not 8,000 , some your local dealer has some great wiggle room . if they won't budge then off you go to save some bucks
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:39 PM   #6
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Good tips! I'm not sure where we'll buy yet. When the time comes, we'll give the local dealer a chance. Looks like I need to search purchase inspection check points. Planning a day or two at the purchase point makes good sense too.

This forum is a great education!
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Hello all. I've been reading this forum for months now and I'm getting very comfortable with the idea of owning a Rockwood Mini Lite 2506S.

These units are around $31K here at home and about $23K closer to the factory. Is there a good reason to NOT buy a new TT away from my back yard?

I'd like to forgo the school of hard knocks where I get the test before the lesson...

Thanks in advance. I've really learned a lot reading everyone's posts.

Duggie
Duggie, we drove from the SF Bay Area to Chicago and back, to get our new HTT, back in 2006.
Saved $4500, even after trip costs.
We moved to Washington and were ready to go to the Midwest again, for our new retirement TT. But we found a closeout new year old model in Arlington, that was as cheap as the cheapest Midwest prices.
But we have no hesitation to do it again, since West Coast dealers know they can jack up prices out here and get away with it.
And FR found us local dealers willing to do the warranty work. If not, we could use an independent RV shop or mobile RV technician. We just have to get pre-approval from FR and be willing to be reimbursed.
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Good tips! I'm not sure where we'll buy yet. When the time comes, we'll give the local dealer a chance. Looks like I need to search purchase inspection check points. Planning a day or two at the purchase point makes good sense too.


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Use the quote from the far away dealer to negotiate with. Tell him to make his price low enough it's no longer worth you taking a trip. Just be sure you are absolutely talking apples to apples with all equipment and options the same. When I bought my trailer I found cheaper units across the country but when comparing included options they were not included on the lower price quotes. As it turned out my unit was purchased by the Dealer as part of an RV Show "flooring package". Loaded to the gills and discounted deeply.

The worst they can do is say no.

BTW, if you do go to the distant dealer to buy, be prepared for local dealers to put you on the "we can't do that warranty work for 6 months" list.

There are often benefits to deal locally.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:23 PM   #9
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Use the quote from the far away dealer to negotiate with. Tell him to make his price low enough it's no longer worth you taking a trip. Just be sure you are absolutely talking apples to apples with all equipment and options the same. When I bought my trailer I found cheaper units across the country but when comparing included options they were not included on the lower price quotes. As it turned out my unit was purchased by the Dealer as part of an RV Show "flooring package". Loaded to the gills and discounted deeply.

The worst they can do is say no.

BTW, if you do go to the distant dealer to buy, be prepared for local dealers to put you on the "we can't do that warranty work for 6 months" list.

There are often benefits to deal locally.
We bought from couch's, drove from bellingham wa. To ohio.Took two weeks coming back.needed ac repair. (Loose wire) while in eastern wa.no problem at all getting in. 1 week.most dealers will accommodate someone who didn't buy from them when on the road.wink wink. .
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We drove 8 hours to buy ours. Would have driven further if we were already retired. We bought in Scottsdale AZ and drove up to Prescott to camp for the first night just in case we found anything majorly wrong.
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