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Old 04-22-2016, 06:57 PM   #21
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My new coachman that I have had for a month is a 2017. They don't make all of the changes when the change the "model year" I looked at 4 different 2016s and one 2015. The ones built early in the 2016 model year were just like the 2015. The ones built after around July have the same options as my 2017. I had my build held a month so I could get a 2017... Not sure why except it lets me think a have a new fiver for two years!


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Old 04-22-2016, 07:31 PM   #22
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I donít know why manufacturers change model years so early but I have a hunch that it has to do with giving the dealers plenty of time to clear old stock off their lots. RVís donít move off dealerís lots as quickly as automobiles move off lots.

Recently I was looking at fifth wheels online at a local RV dealer. I was surprised to see that he had a 2015 that had a closeout price on it. Most buyers would think itís a new RV produced last year when in reality that unit could have been sitting on his lot for almost 2 years. Remember that 2017ís started production last month. The majority of model year 2015 RVs are built in 2014. Most RV buyers donít know that the actual date of manufacture is on a placard on the side of the trailer.
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Old 04-22-2016, 10:56 PM   #23
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I donít know why manufacturers change model years so early but I have a hunch that it has to do with giving the dealers plenty of time to clear old stock off their lots. RVís donít move off dealerís lots as quickly as automobiles move off lots.
I think it's because they want the new models out before summer hits and spring is their peak selling time.
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Old 04-23-2016, 02:01 AM   #24
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Old 04-23-2016, 08:32 AM   #25
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Not only do they have changes by year but also within the same Model Year. Coachmen for example starts their changes around August of each year. My camper that was being built was coming of the line AFTER the one that I ended up with. The one I ended up with has a different colored cap, has LED lights, a white sink instead of stainless steel, I lost the pull out trash can inside and the dťcor had different options.

I think it has more to do with the final scheduling (how many left over parts they have to continue to build the older models yet the newer ones (same Model Year) have already started production as well.
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Old 04-23-2016, 01:04 PM   #26
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Nope, you are wrong about when next year's models. Almost all manufacturers begin building next years models in March and in some cases February.
More than likely as soon as the new chassis are available they build them on the year of the chassis no matter what time of the year they add the rv.
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My2016 was built and delivered in Dec 15. The only change is the 2017 has a phone port in the bedroom. Not even fabrics changed YET. Changes come when they run out of certain items/materials at times earlier and times later. I picked up a 2017 brochure 2 weeks ago and it looks like my 5er inside and out.
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With a motorhome, it is even worse. I have a Forest River 2014 model built on a Ford 2013 chassis. It is a 2014, but registered with the state as a 2013 since they use the chassis year.
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Our 2016 302FK bought in late june 2015 had a few changes from the same model 2015 on the lot, later that summer they had another 2016 302FK with a few changes. It seems like they change things pretty regularly throughout the model year. The big thing is we picked out the one we really wanted and have been very satisfied. Sure we still window shop but it doesn't cause us to regret our choice
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Kinda why I prefer to buy a RV that's on the lot, versus ordering one.
That way you know exactly what you're getting and no surprises.
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