Originally Posted by Loranimal
How good of a deal can/did you get? What's a good percentage to shot for?
Most of those responding are talking travel trailer or 5th wheeler, which may/may not have a considerably different pricing model than an A-frame.
Last year when we were buying an A-frame, they were generally selling within 2 weeks of delivery to the dealer. The bottom price I could find anywhere for a new base A122 was just under $10K. And that was for an order to be filled in a few months in New England.
Two of the local dealers we checked with did not have any base models in stock, but would get us one in a few months for $14K. The dealer we bought from had one in stock that was already sold, and had another coming in 2 weeks that we could have for $10.5K. No deposit required, just our word after checking out the already sold one.
In 3 weeks we took delivery of our A122. Out the door price including sales tax, registration fees, and options (hitch installation and wiring on our minivan, Equalizer install, 2nd battery) was just under $13K.
IMHO, unless Forest River publishes an MSRP on the A-frame, MSRP is whatever the dealer says it is. As you can see from my example, what a dealer is willing to take can vary by as much as 40%.
What current prices are on 2015 or 2016 A-frames - I just don't know. We are pleased with the price we paid, the exemplary dealer service, and have thoroughly enjoyed our camper.
2014 Rockwood A122
2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan) with Equalizer 600/6000
camping Colorado and adjacent states one weekend at a time