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Old 01-31-2016, 12:33 AM   #31
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Just to add my 2 cents regarding RV Shows and their pricing. We had went to the St. Louis, Missouri RV Show a couple weeks ago and had found a nice unit we liked. Talked to the Salesman, got the figures, very little haggling was accomplished, as they were set on their "very minute" Show Sale Price. We were satisfied with the unit we saw, but not the bottom line finance figures they gave us. They were giving us a decent trade-in value on our trade-in, and I wrote down the figures to use to my advantage, at a later date, if needed. Even took a picture of the Show Price with my phone for reference.

What we did thereafter was came home and did some Internet searching. And then started making the calls. I spoke with to 2 different dealers, both 5 hours distance from our home, with 2 different selling prices.

I had stated I had recently been to the RV Show in St. Louis and was inquiring about the same unit they too had in stock. Told them of the deal I was presented with and they presented theirs as well. I asked my 1st dealer contact if they are competitive with other dealers, and she said YES. I told her of another TT I had also inquired with, but with a different interior color scheme ( not my favorite, but the price was better ), and the drive to either Dealer was the same regardless. Shortly thereafter I got the bottom line figures from my 2nd dealer contact, pitted them against each other, and used them to my advantage.

In conclusion, we picked up our new 2016 Cruise Lite 171rbxl today, as shown in my signature, with the interior color scheme we wanted, with an additional $2000 more knocked off their original Selling Price.

I would never have gotten this great of a deal at the RV Show. It truly does help to shop around and "come prepared", as it is said. We are truly "Happier Campers" today!
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:04 AM   #32
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The first thing you need to do is make sure your truck can tow it.Better look at your gross vehicle weight for towing. Then look at the weight of the trailer and then add a 1000 pounds.Any thing over 3000 pounds you will need a elec brake.Add that into your expense
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:47 AM   #33
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Sorry if this has been a topic before, I new to the forum and to forums period. My wife and I are going to the show in Atlanta this weekend and are planning to purchase our first camper if one is found to suit our liking. I hear they give a great deal at the shows, much lower than at the dealer. Can I expect to still be able to haggle them down still and try to get a hitch and a break controller out of them. Also is it worth trying to get the lowest price out of them and walk off to check the internet for a better deal within a few hundred miles. Thanks for any help.

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I would suggest you buy from a Dealer closes to your home !!!
You may have to take it back several times,,, before it is right ???
There are more important things than just the price !!!
If your plan is to buy a towable,,, make sure you know what your 1500 will tow !!!
GOOD LUCK !!!
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Old 01-31-2016, 10:11 AM   #34
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I second the thought to buy local. I know there are many who would disagree and buy from internet wholesalers and that is certainly their choice. But research this forum and see how many unhappy owners complain about trying to get local service when they didn't buy local. At the very least, research the dealer along with the camper. Might save you some grief someday.
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Old 01-31-2016, 10:15 AM   #35
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Sorry if this has been a topic before, I new to the forum and to forums period. My wife and I are going to the show in Atlanta this weekend and are planning to purchase our first camper if one is found to suit our liking. I hear they give a great deal at the shows, much lower than at the dealer. Can I expect to still be able to haggle them down still and try to get a hitch and a break controller out of them. Also is it worth trying to get the lowest price out of them and walk off to check the internet for a better deal within a few hundred miles. Thanks for any help.

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I went to a couple of shows and checked out Craigslist but ended up with a good price from a dealer 30 minutes from me. (All American Coach ) Toledo, Ohio, besides the price they threw in free Reese hitch and brake controller. I had a problem with the 7 pin connector and had cut all the wires off and replaced with a flat 4 type. They installed a new 7 pin and bracket at no cost. I'm very happy with the experience. At the time my TV was a 2000 f150.
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If you find something @ a price you are happy with,,, check with a local dealer,,, see if they will match it !!!
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Old 01-31-2016, 03:50 PM   #37
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I agree whole-heartedly with others here, regarding buying local due to the fact of possibly needing repair work done. In our area we have Local Dealers and then we also have Camper places that sell on consignment and service Warranty work on all TT's, regardless where it was bought. This is a plus for us.... in small town, USA.


Although we bought 5 hours away, we were fortunate enough to have bought where we are originally from, a big plus, thus having family in that area. So, to us, the trip back would not be a wasted trip as we can kill 2 birds with 1 stone, sort of speaking.

In the end what works best for one person, may not be feasible for the next. All scenarios are different, and the best you can hope for is to be happy and content with your decisions. "Happy Camping"!
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Here is a good link to figure out what you truck can take payload wise. Since most trucks run out payload long before they hit the max tow. This will help you make a education guess about you truck can safely pull before you put your love ones in the truck. You still shouldn't exceed you max tow even if you truck can carry the weight.

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Here is a good link to figure out what you truck can take payload wise. Since most trucks run out payload long before they hit the max tow. This will help you make a education guess about you truck can safely pull before you put your love ones in the truck. You still shouldn't exceed you max tow even if you truck can carry the weight.

Towing Calculator based on Truck's Payload/CCC - Towing Planner

Thank you. Will fill in the blanks and see we're I'm at
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