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Old 05-12-2016, 12:25 PM   #31
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Delivery of trailers

This is my understanding of the build process and may explain the 'delay'. The factory gets orders and groups them together by model. When they get enough orders for that model they schedule the build. There are a bunch of the same trailers going down the line at the same time. If yours just missed the last build for that model it is going to take longer than normal.


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Old 05-12-2016, 12:39 PM   #32
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The point about the payments really isn't what I am concerned about. The fact that what I thought was a reasonable delivery time is the issue.
My Mini Lite took 13 weeks. I think you're getting a little too anxious.

Also don't understand why you're paying for a TT you don't own yet. I can see putting a few $$$ down when you order, but that's about it.
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:56 PM   #33
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If you are already speaking to somebody at Coachman and have a promised delivery date, then you should already have the VIN...and, presumably, so does your lender.

It is true that there is a backlog for delivery with just about every manufacturer. Getting (and keeping) delivery drivers seems to be a constant struggle for the transport companies. Several years ago, there was legislation proposed in Indiana to eliminate the requirement for a CDL for the transport drivers so it would be easier to attract more drivers (the rational being that the owner doesn't need a CDL to pull his trailer, so why must a transport driver, doing exactly the same thing, have to have a CDL?)

If you go by any manufacturer's facility, you will see completed units sitting waiting for delivery. Consider that one plant may be putting out 15+ units every day. Even if they had enough people to deliver all 15 on the day they came out of the factory, by the time those were delivered and the drivers returned, they would be days - if not weeks - behind in deliveries.

That being said, we just took delivery on Tuesday of this week on a unit that we ordered on March 10...just 3 days over their predicted 8 weeks.

Good luck. I hope yours gets delivered soon, but please heed the advice that many others have just given. Make sure you do a thorough PDI and get everything fixed to your satisfaction before accepting the unit.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:44 PM   #34
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I just spent 30 mins with the sales manager for coachmen. Very easy to understand and he was very forthcoming with good reasonable explanations. Very impressed. He explained all their production timings etc. He also indicated what he was going to do to have the trailer fast tracked up here.

The dealer is great. He offered a trailer for the weekend and is going to put in a winter cover for the deal. Still glad I chose this dealership.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:04 PM   #35
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New update..... and not a good one........ I have started making payments to the bank for a trailer that forest river hasn't delivered. I realize most people here will blame the dealership but I have no doubt that the dealership would be very quick to deliver the trailer IF THEY HAD IT.
Why did you pay for a trailer before you took delivery of it? I've never heard of this.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:17 PM   #36
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I've been in this situation. My first trailer was delayed and I had already made my first payment before I took delivery. The bank only required the year and size along with the approximate sales price.

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I have seen stories before where the trailer's built and sitting on a lot, but the dealer can't get somebody to move it to them.
This was the reason...along with not understanding the process.

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I have no clue what your financing is (nor care to) but making payments on something you haven't taken delivery of is unheard of. Something is amiss there?.
Some banks will throw money at you if your credit score is high enough. What I've learned from trailers one and two, though, is to (at least with my bank) leave the vehicle info blank as much as possible and basically get a check for "up to $X.XX". More of a pre approval. I know now I start making payments two months after they issue that check. This time, I won't apply until my offline date.

Now...speaking of offline dates, I contacted the Rockwood people this morning out of curiosity as to something on my order and, while I was at it, asked if they could give me a tentative date. They told me 5/24. I ordered on 4/8 so that can give someone a fairly current point of reference. About 6 wks for build (and getting a little longer closer to summer). My dealer sends drivers, so probably about a week after that barring problems and a couple of days for prep. 8 - 10 weeks is a decent estimate.
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Over the years I read about folks waiting and waiting on delivery of an RV already purchased and long waits seem common. I've purchased three RV's in my life and all of them right off the lot. All the RV dealers I have dealt with have lots of stock and most don't really have room for more. I know they are selling because they are still in business. Here in Texas there always plenty to choose from. I am assuming that it's not that way in most places. Am I wrong?

(Just wondering)
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That seems to be pretty common. They move units. It's rare, though, that I find a car or anything else on the lot "exactly" like I want. Used is a different story but, if I'm buying new, I want what I want. It doesn't cost any more to order one and I get to pick everything out. Instead of heated tanks that I'll never use in S. Tx, give me an extra power fan. Instead of that wood look flooring, give me a second AC.
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That seems to be pretty common. They move units. It's rare, though, that I find a car or anything else on the lot "exactly" like I want. Used is a different story but, if I'm buying new, I want what I want. It doesn't cost any more to order one and I get to pick everything out. Instead of heated tanks that I'll never use in S. Tx, give me an extra power fan. Instead of that wood look flooring, give me a second AC.
The last time I went trailer shopping I found one I didn't know I wanted and I love it.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:34 PM   #40
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Small dealership here and I don't like shopping!
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