Originally Posted by Triguy
Thank you Mtnguy. With your friend's example, I wonder how they felt about that relative to past years. You know - did they think that was a better or worse deal than they could have gotten a year ago?
I don't think my friends had been actively searching for a new trailer, so I am not sure they could compare to previous years. The had bought a Jayco 165 a year or so before, and pulled that with an S10 pickup. The went to the Richmond RV show, and fell in love with a Puma 20-QB.....we have some mutual friends that had a Pioneer version of that floor plan. I don't know if they were intending on buying at the show, or got caught up in the moment. They took a hit on the Jayco, and even had to buy another pickup to tow the bigger trailer, but they have really enjoyed their new trailer since they picked it up last spring.
My daughter and son-in-law went with me to the Richmond RV show, I think in 2007. The fell in love with a Jayco 186, and spent a bunch of time talking to the salesman. They came back home without the trailer, but were debating whether to go back down the next day and sign the paperwork. The called a closer dealer, and worked out a comparable price over the phone.....using the leverage of the Richmond Show unit.....not quite as good of price, but the local dealer threw in some extras, and they liked the salesman much better.
When my daughter and son-in-law saw the floorplan of our friend's trailer, they traded in that Jayco on a used Puma last spring.....geez. That makes 3 trailers with the same floorplan that sometimes travel together........I am 1 of the oddballs with my Surveyor, and the other traveler has my old Trailmanor.
I think what I am trying to say with all of the previous ramblings......be careful and not get caught up in the moment. Those spotlessly clean trailers, with all of the lights turned on, soft music coming from the stereo, and big time price slashes can get to ya. It is an excellent time to look at different trailers, and even buy if you go there with that intention after doing your homework. I would suggest going the 1st day the show opens, and if you find the perfect camper, call around to dealers close to you to see if they can match or better the price at the show....be sure in include all options in the negotiating. Also, get on the internet and see if you can find it cheaper, and take a printout to your local dealer. If you really want that particular camper and can't find it closer to home and the show price is the same or better than you can get anywhere else, go back to the show the next day and sign on the dotted line.