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Old 04-08-2013, 01:40 AM   #11
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though i didn't buy from RVW, i bought from a dealer 2000 miles away. we went and got it ourselves and made a camping trip out of the drive back.

FR helped us find local dealers to do the warranty work. they found two that i had no problems with during the warranty period.
and we saved over $4000-$5000 from what the local Roo dealers were selling them for.

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Old 04-08-2013, 05:52 AM   #12
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I live in Boaz, Alabama and its a 9 or 10 hr drive to Ohio from here. I really want to trade local and I like the Sabre the local dealer has, but, the interior is mocha and it doesn't have the rubberized pin box. I would rather have Cocoa interior and the rubber pin box at the price that RVW has it for. I tricked one out with almost every option and RVW had it for 45000. So I feel like I'm getting ripped by the local guy asking 45000 for one that doesn't have everything I want on on it and in a different interior color. I don't mind trying to sell my old camper for a while. If I can't sell it after a couple of months I may go back to the dealer at the end of the month and see if maybe he hasn't met his quota by then. If he hasn't then maybe he will be willing to negotiate a little further. I wouldn't mind the drive to save several thousand dollars and I've checked and there are 4 RVW authorized repair centers within 50 miles of me.
That is a really good plan. It sounds to me like you could be giving advice. Our used Award TT sold on Craigslist on the 3d day. We bought local with the dealer matching RVW, but were prepared & expected to drive to OH to pickup our new TT. I hope it all works out for you.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:03 AM   #13
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We bought from RvDirect and saved $8000 over dealer who was 200 miles away anyway. No regrets at all. Several minor issues in the last year have been dealt with by dealing directly with FR warranty dept.

I believe RvDirect takes some trades. What about RvW?

I buy lots of stuff via internet. Have never had Wally world or others offer to meet price. Local RV dealers are going to have to step up with pricing or value added if they want to stay in business IMHO.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:05 AM   #14
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Bill, after all considerations of price, travel, local vs. distant, etc. we purchased our Rockwood 2304 from RVW. They were superb to deal with and customized our unit to exactly the specs we wanted with a factory order. FYI, we live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, so the 1445 mile one-way distance was a bit further to drive compared to where you live. I would not hesitate doing business with RVW again.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:13 AM   #15
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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.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:52 AM   #16
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Another happy RVW customer

We spent hundreds of hours both going to local dealers and looking at internet dealers.

In the end we sold our pop up ourselves and got $2000 more for it that we were quoted for in trade.

And buying the camper from RVW saved about 30% on what we would have paid a dealer here in SW Ontario, Canada.

Ask for Kelly Tussing. He was great to work with. I wanted the wardrobe by the bed changed to a nightstand. This was NOT a listed option. He asked FW and the modification was done NO CHARGE.

So far (keeping in mind spring has only just happened here) we are happy with the unit. Have not had to deal with any warranty issues yet but lots have and the RVW network seems to work okay.

Good luck with your new purchase!
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:27 AM   #17
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My daughter is going to put my camper on Facebook today. Lots of folks around here are using that media to sell item. Usually they move fast because so many people see it on a daily basis. I will also put it on Craigslist this week. I have spent many hours on the internet and have gained too much knowledge to get ripped now. I was a camper virgin when I bought my first one and I got screwed. Now I know better but was hoping the local dealer which is 4 miles from me would be more willing to negotiate. Looks like I'm going to Ohio. One dealer up there takes trade ins and RVW doesn't. I will try the dealer that does also. Keep ya'll posted!
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:38 AM   #18
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I bought local but would probably go the RVW way next time.

Warranty work is overated.

If you are somewhat handy, I have heard they will reimburse you for repairs, you should get that in writing though.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:23 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by herk7769 View Post
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.

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Old 04-08-2013, 12:27 PM   #20
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If you are looking at driving that far to purchase vs. a local dealer you might want to look at Cheyenne Camping Center in Davenport, IA. Great prices and they do take trades (granted you will get much less than retail value.) Just bought my 36QBOK from them and traded my old unit. If you want a conct there, PM me and I will send you information. Search this forum for them you will see several posts in the last few months.

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