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Old 05-30-2015, 12:32 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying Avenger 27bbs "scared"

New to forums and RV'ing in general. Wife and I are looking to get a new 2016 Avenger 27 bbs. We have been searching forums left and right for info and to be honest we are very scared right now.

It seems like the overall quality of construction on most TT's is very poor. We have read more posts about leaks and equipment malfunctions on NEW campers.

This just blows my mind that there are so many issues.

Would love some advice to easy my nerves. This is a big investment. And to be honest, I am not getting the warm and fuzzy from the dealer. They seem more interested in making a buck then making the experience enjoyable.

Also, as for financing. We agreed with dealer for 800$ down... we put 400 down yesterday and agreed to the other 400 at signing. The dealer said it should take a couple hours to hear back from bank and they would call us.

That was at 2:30pm yesterday. They closed at 6pm and they did not call us at all. It is 1:30 today and still no word from them.... is this normal? I do not mind waiting, but a call from the dealer would be great to let us know they are still working it... feel like they are leaving us hanging. Thanks
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:02 PM   #2
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First of all, we have an Avenger 27BBS and we are enjoying it. We have had it for close to a year and have added a lot of mods to it. Sorry for your trouble, but sad to say but this type attitude seems to be not that uncommon with travel trailer dealers and their service. My advice would be to pick up your deposit and go find a dealer who cares.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:27 PM   #3
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EYEMAN... Thanks for your feedback. I am glad that your enjoying your Avenger!!

Still have not heard back from the dealer... Does it normally take 2-3 days to get approved? I know with car dealers, they can have an answer in 1-2 hours.

This is the 1st time I have tried to purchase a TT, so I am not sure how long the financing process takes.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:37 PM   #4
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You are right to assume that they are not built very well. If you can't laugh when things break, don't buy a trailer.

It's been an immensely rewarding hobby for my family, regardless of this. But only you know you.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:45 PM   #5
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If you think the selling process is bad wait for warranty service with all RV dealers. Car dealers are wonderful compared RV dealers. We have dealt with three different Rv dealers on three different trailers and have not been happy yet. If you still buy check for financing with credit union or insurance company for better rate. Do not let dealer sell aftermarket warranty as they are rip off. FR has a second year warranty on most units for $150. Just my 2 cents good luck.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:02 PM   #6
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Thanks all for the feedback... much appreciated.

Just a little overwhelming for a first time TT buyer.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:29 AM   #7
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When went bought our tracer last month, we had approval in less than 30 minutes. This was through our credit union but should be no different elsewhere. Do to the volume of business the dealer sells, they were able to get us a rate below the lowest advertised rate by our credit union. We did buy the 5 year warranty only because we had bad bad luck with our previous used trailer. The warranty can be cancelled at any time for refund, and only added 10 bucks per month to my payment. It also provides roadside assistance, towing, tire coverage for trailer and tow vehicle, and more importantly, covers the slide and stabilizer Jacks. You are on your own for water damage though, which still scares me with fiberglass sided rvs and all the delamination horror stories you read about.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:14 AM   #8
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Most trailers are built to be inexpensive and the manufacturers are largely competing on price, not quality.

If I were doing it again, I would look hard at Northwood Manufacturing (Arctic Fox, etc). Their reputation is a step up from others.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:00 PM   #9
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Thank you all for your posts and advice.

We are going to hold off on getting a TT at this time...

again, thank you.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:10 PM   #10
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Just keep in mind it is usually only the people with problems that post about it on the forums. I think this gives an unclear picture as to the quality overall of most trailers. Yes, they are not built like cars but then again they are not built by robots either so there will be differences in quality even between two identical models on the lot. You have to expect some problems during the first year as these minor issues are found and addressed but if you are vigilant on maintenence, a trailer will last for many years to come.

Don't discount the feeling of waking up in your mobile cabin in the woods, looking outside and admiring the river you are camped next to and opening the door to the smells of nature and camp fires. That sort of experience is worth it to me, and why I've been through 5 campers. Despite issues with all of them I just keep coming back. Building memories with my family and getting to take my cabin (trailer) anywhere that suits my fancy is priceless in my book. Hope you reconsider and don't get too discouraged by any negative comments in the forums, take it all with two grains of salt and learn from the horror stories so they don't become your own.
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