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Old 08-21-2018, 12:02 AM   #1
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Hershey Show / anyone ever buy there?

We have been researching for a while, ( looking at ToyHaulers ) , has anyone ever scored a good deal at the shows? If so what were the logistics?
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Old 08-21-2018, 05:52 AM   #2
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Yes we have but it is pretty much just like trying to deal at their location. Usually sale price is listed, if trading expect the lowest offer on it, sometimes the factory might get involved with a rebate as a last stitch effort. Keep in mind if ordering a new unit to be built the time frame will put you into late November then you would be picking up and doing a PDI in cold weather....Trust me I know about that and would not really want to do it again .
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I've had many friends attend the show a come out purchasing a new rig. Prices are decent but dealers now are making very comparable deals so depends what your looking for and what you want to pay it may be worth going to show or not.

Wife and I are heading in there this year to ponder possibly upgrading.
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I tried to buy at the show. Got a decent price on a new unit but they would not budge on my trade value. We were 1000 dollars apart on price. I walked away. 1 year later I found the unit I wanted online and got a better deal and more for my trade than at the show.
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:41 AM   #5
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Hershey Show / anyone ever buy there?

Depending on the Toyhauler your looking for you may not find it to walk through at the show.

I went one year looking for toyhauler and the ones I had it narrowed down to during research could not find it there.

It is a fun place to go but Toyhauler are hard to find.
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:01 AM   #6
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Hershey Show / anyone ever buy there?

We bought our Forester at the Hershey Show in 2016. There are a few things to keep in mind.

This is a manufacturers show, meaning all units are shipped directly from the manufacturer. The dealers have nothing invested in them, but are obligated to take them if they do not sell.

Many of the sales persons just work shows and are not connected to the dealer. The dealer and the sales people are paid a set commission from the manufacturer, irregardless of the price for which the unit is sold.

The “show price” is totally irrelevant to the final price and is negotiable. I purchased my Forester for $10,000 BELOW the show price. The MSRP was $115,000 and the show price was 84,500. I paid 74,500. It took some dealing. EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE. Don’t pay more than 35% below MSRP.

Purchase from a dealer close to you if possible. I purchased from Campers Inn because they have a dealer close to my homes in Virginia and Florida. This has been great for service and warranty work as I can get it done at either place.

There are factory reps at the show. One spent three hours with me showing me everything on the unit and how to use it. He also gave me his cell number to call if I ever needed it. I used it twice the first year and he was very helpful. The owner of Campers Inn was also there and did the same. He walked through the unit for anything that needed fixed, gave me a list and also a personal not for $100 store credit.

They delivered it to Virginia from their Philadelphia dealership after the show.

Finally, as with buying a new car, you are ALWAYS better off selling your old one rather than trading it in on a new one. ALWAYS. You can’t expect to get rock bottom price on the new unit and top dollar for your old unit unless you buy the new outright and sell your old unit yourself.

Campers Inn has been excellent to work with, and the Forest River Warranty Department has been superb. I’ve had issues, and a couple major ones, but the dealer and FR have repaired them all, with one coming six months after the warranty expires.

Good luck.
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Thanks. I have had numerous issues with our 2017 Forester 3011DS, and would love to corner a FR factory rep. Now camping in Maine and our bed slide and generator icons "disappeared from Lippert control panel... AGAIN. Had to pull bedroom drawers with slide in and "jiggle" module connections until I got them back and put bed slide out. We have LEMON FR rig.
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One person's opinion......Based on what I have seen and heard I am not sure this is the best show to buy from....I believe other shows are better.....I have heard some real horror stories about this show especially after purchase issues.
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Thanks. I have had numerous issues with our 2017 Forester 3011DS, and would love to corner a FR factory rep. Now camping in Maine and our bed slide and generator icons "disappeared from Lippert control panel... AGAIN. Had to pull bedroom drawers with slide in and "jiggle" module connections until I got them back and put bed slide out. We have LEMON FR rig.


I had the same problem with the Lippert Control Panel. I sent an email to their customer service rep and he immediately sent me an updated Control panel. Plugged it in, and it works perfectly.

customerservice@lci1.com
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Old 08-21-2018, 02:43 PM   #10
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We've gone there several years while we were still looking. Just purchased a Surveyor 241 RBLE from Keystone RV Center in Greencastle PA. They were great and got a fantastic deal. Didn't have to fight the crowds and competition of other buyers like you do at the show. Plus if you buy one that's on the lot at the show you have hundreds of people walking thru what you have purchased.
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