Originally Posted by herk7769
I bought local and regretted it. My local dealer was a loser. Paid 4,000 more for the camper and they ripped me off on several repairs.
IMO, buy where you get the best price and sell your trade yourself.
RV Wholesalers has a warranty work network and should you need it they will hook you up. If you don't want to stay with the recommended "in network" repair guy, ANY local truck service place will do work on your camper.
I agree completely with Herk. Not a fan of my closest FR dealer (there are actually a couple in my area), they refused to even contact FR on our past trailer to see if something was warranty because they did not sell it.
However, I am not sure I am tracking the numbers with you. First off, you said there is a 5K difference between the local trailer and the trailer at RVW with more options. That is NOT a 5k difference, it is 7-10K difference depending on the cost of those options.
Most important - if the local trailer does not have an option you want on a new trailer - DO NOT BUY IT! No trailer is a good deal if it is not exactly what you want.
Finally, make sure you know what you can get for your trailer local on craigslist or whatever before you crunch the numbers. Sometimes you will find that your trailer is not worth as much on the used market as you might think. Many people simply cannot get a loan or have the cash for used trailers unless they go through a dealer.
Finally, like many people I did NOT buy local. We went about 6.5 hours away (still in state ironically) to a dealer who offered me a great deal. I shopped around a lot and have been happy with them. We actually planned into the cost the need to take it back two times for warranty work, and then put aside some money for having work done local, and were still thousands ahead of local dealer price.