Well........it's a big "no" on buying the resource book.
And we're still sold on the CC 36CKTS, and will probably order one soon. I hear folks say "there are lots better ones out there for cheaper money", but I can't find them. The few that are better are way more expensive and usually way bigger/heavier. The ones that are less expensive just don't cut the mustard. And no one has really suggested much specifically that would be a better deal. I'm open to any thoughts, but the window is closing. I'm getting a B&W Companion installed today, in the new truck I bought because of info here!!!! Getting ready to do something. Some of the reason is quality. Some of the reason is amenities. Some of the reason is layout. If I built one from scratch it might look different, but they won't let me do that. And I'd sell it to me for about a thousand dollars. They won't do that either.
I've researched. I've visited dealers. I've driven 9 hours to visit the cheapest dealer to ensure he's ok. I've sent almost 500 questions to the dealer, and the sales guy has answered every one. He's put me in touch with the factory, and I've spoken on phone to them, and emailed them back and forth. I've started threads here, and asked a million questions. Factory and I have had long conversations. I don't know how to do more research.
We have a local dealer in town. I've given him 3 chances to come even close to the price I got from a dealer 9 hours away. He says he can't even come close. By 'not close', I mean he is $29,000 more expensive at best price for same unit. That's money I can't afford to spend to satisfy the "I bought local" idea.
Here's my take on the local buying: I don't have a lot of years left, but I hope I have a few. And if I was offered a great warranty for $29,000, I wouldn't buy it. If I was told I might have to live without warranty for minor items, but I'd save $29,000 (which, actually, is what I am being told), I'd still do it. That year goes fast. Even if I buy the 2nd year warranty, to me that's just insurance against an a/c unit or a refrig going out. It's NOT worth it to drive 9 hours towing 16K pounds to fix a drawer handle. Not to me.
If repair is needed after the warranty, I have a local dealer that is apparently better at service than he is at sales. So I pay, and I get it fixed. My sole concern would be the first 1-2 years, and even then if something goes nuts. So maybe I hopefully get to go to Goshen in August and they fix it anyway!
I do understand Buyer's Loyalty. I hear a lot of that. "I bought a Majestic WooHoo trailer, and its the only one you should consider". I'm that way about my Chevy truck!!!
But there are about 1,000 brands of these things (I think that might be literal), and finding one that we like, then finding a dealer that sells them, then finding one at a price we can afford, and then researching all the issues with them.......well, that's not that doable. I think most folks stumble up on a TT that they liked, they bought it, and they like it. That's awesome. But that ain't us. We have one we like but want a bigger one, and we THINK we've found one we'll like. I MAY be back on here by summer whining my patoosie off about it, I don't know. But I bet that risk is prevalent in any of them.
Still.................I'm open to any specific considerations. By specific, I mean exact comparable competitive models, at same price and quality, and where to buy them.
I sound firm in my decision. I guess I am......and if the situation were reversed I doubt I'd reply to this.........but I honestly am open to honest discussions of other stuff. I've had a couple of PM's with some alternatives, and they are good stuff, but don't match our needs 100%.
I've rambled enough, and beat this one to death.
PM me if you want to discuss further. And THANK YOU for everyone here who took their time to try and help us in this decision. This Forum is awesome, and has made a huge difference to us in our Trailering lives.