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Old 06-13-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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First time camper buyer

I will be buying my first camper soon and I was wondering if anybody had some tips and pointers for a first time buyer. How to negotiate on a good price, what is the range of after costs, such as freight, hitch, etc. I'm looking at a 2016 coachmen apex 193bhs. So if you have had an experience with Coachmen TTs or something close to this floor plan any advice would be appreciated. I just want to know what I'm walking into and be prepared. Thanks
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Old 06-13-2015, 06:05 PM   #2
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Wow, where to begin...

Weight distribution hitch is probably a good idea, not sure what you are towing with.
Take good note or even video of the walk through on how everything works including winterizing and de winterizing.
Price negotiations is just like any vehicle purchase...there is always negotiating.
Hummmm, add on costs could be in the hundreds of dollars ranging from chocks to sewer hoses, water hoses, etc. Amazon is great for this stuff. Don't forget towing mirrors.

Just a start for ya

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Old 06-14-2015, 03:29 AM   #3
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I'll be towing with 2003 Jeep Liberty v6 4x4 3.7L engine. I know my jeep's towing capacity is right around the 5000 lb mark, but I'm not gonna push it. The trailer I'm looking at right now is just north of 3000 pounds so it should be just right. The asking price for the camper is 17,997. I've found other exact models (just not within my state borders) that are cheaper by about 3500 dollars. What would be a good price in your opinion to offer while throwing on some the extra accessories? Satelite, surge protector, wheel chocks, etc.? Thanks DD01

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Old 06-14-2015, 11:15 AM   #4
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I thought only the diesel Liberty had a 5000lbs towing capacity.
The regular gas engine Liberty has a 3500lbs towing capacity, I believe.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:25 AM   #5
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I thought only the diesel Liberty had a 5000lbs towing capacity.
The regular gas engine Liberty has a 3500lbs towing capacity, I believe.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:32 AM   #6
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It might depend on the year...pretty sure mine had 5k but that almost a decade ago. Short wheel base on them though.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:46 AM   #7
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Don't just worry about the trailer weight, you have to consider the combined gross vehicle weight rating (CGVWR) too. I have a v8 Ford F-150 and thought all v8 full size trucks could tow 8,000 or 9,000 lbs. I was wrong. Mine is rated at 5,300 with a CGVWR of 10,600. I was right at it with the truck and a MicroLite 25 DS.

Someone else mentioned a weight distributing hitch, get it with sway control as well. As for price, I have seen wide ranges of price. Some give you a great price right off the bat and others make you hagle for it. I personally wouldn't spend a lot more than you see it elsewhere but that is a personal decision. Watch for them trowing in extra warranties without telling you.

Good luck and enjoy.
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If you get in a "tight" spot.....Can you put the pedal to the floor and get out of it?????
Will you have to get a run on to pass somebody?
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5000 with a gas v6 isn't happening. You better look around the 2000lb or less area to be safe and realistic.
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Old 06-14-2015, 06:32 PM   #10
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I am also a new camper buyer. If you order through rvdirect.com (rvone) plan on it taking at least a month and a half longer than when you expect. I had an expected date of delivery in early May, and I am STILL WAITING. I have gone through 4 weeks of vacation time and still no camper. Very very
upset!!
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