Originally Posted by portliz
Did I ask something inappropriate?
To a certain extent - yes.
Everytime Canadians (and I am one of them) ask price questions on RVs it stirs up lots of emotions, on both sides.
You see, Canadian RV dealers have always enjoyed healthy margins, 'cause of the higher cost of doing business in Canada BS. It's Low volume, high profits or High volume, obscene profits; the Canadian RV dealer way. But none will ever admit to that.
We also pay lots more retail taxes than most - if not all - states.
Bottom line, no one Canadian dealer will ever match a discounted US dealer price, none.
If you shop in the US, you will save substantial $$$ for sure, no ifs or buts.
But then you have to ask yourself, am I ready to drive there, pick it up, pay a fee at customs and Canadian Tire for an inspection, then the HST or other provincial tax to get your plate. All of which is VERY easy by the way, and US dealers who sell to Canadians will make it very easy.
Then there will be this oh-so hot issue of service and warranty. What will happen if I need service ?
Polite and restrained Canadians will most often swallow the pill, pay the piper and buy it locally - at the obscene high price and move on.
Bottom line: when a Canadian asks about price, he/she will be told to buy in the US and you'll save lots of $$$. Our Americans friends cannot swallow that pill.
Note that lending institutions in Canada will not finance a US purchase... so it has to be a Cash purchase. A risk that could affect their profits, RBC only makes $20 million in profits each day, day in and day out.
PS. For sure, when I buy another RV, I will buy from the US, worth the 4-5 hour drive to save $5,000 plus.