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Old 10-17-2018, 08:29 PM   #1
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Buying off the lot vs ordering from factory

We are looking at getting back into a CC after being in a Open Range for the past 4 years.

The floorplans to our liking are centered around the 37flk plan and its ilk in the Silverback version.

My last 2 5v'ers I've bought have been off of existing inventory on the dealer's lot.

I've never bought one via sitting down and 'building' my own from scratch to be built at the CC factory.

My questions to those that have done both are:
1) is there a big difference in price paid by special ordering one vs getting one off the lot (assuming all options being equal on a unit for the sake of the discussion)

2) how long is the turn around generally between ordering and delivery?

3) with the stupid unregulated MSRP's most dealers show on units how the heck do you know if you are getting a fair price via special ordering?

4) any other information you think I may need to know that I haven't asked?

on a related note:

5) anyone have a 37flk specifically and would care to comment on your feelings/opinion of it so far?

Thank you all in advance.
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We have always found buying off the lot to be the best bet for a great price. More room to negotiate.

We did order one, it was about eight weeks wait time. We got a good deal, but not a great deal. But we figured getting exactly what we wanted was worth the difference.

We have bought the last several off the lot, long distance. By shopping nationwide you can get pretty close to the options you want.

As far as what is a good price, lots of research on what is out there and what similar units have sold for is about all you can do. You can also use the percentage off of MSRP. 25% to 30% is usually a fairly good deal.

Good luck!!!
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I bought mine by ordering. Got exactly what we wanted, which is seldom available anywhere. We bought from Couch's, so there's not going to be a better price anywhere. Best of both worlds.
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Thanks for the input Wildcat...

Might I ask if there is a good source for what is a good price for a unit other than my current method of using RVtrader website and others and just getting a feel for the range of prices for a unit?

edit: thanks to you too Band - we crossed posted these 2
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IF you find what you want already built, that's cool too!
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Band, just checked out the Couch's website - didn't even know that existed - thanks for tipping me off to that

I'm outside of Dallas so from what I can tell funtown rv is the only Cedar Creek dealer around - and I am less than impressed by them based on online reviews and my first CC purchase.

maybe traveling somewhere a bit further out may be the way to go especially since I have no intention of using the dealers service department.

How did couch's handle a trade in for you if you did a trade in?
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Thanks for the input Wildcat...

Might I ask if there is a good source for what is a good price for a unit other than my current method of using RVtrader website and others and just getting a feel for the range of prices for a unit?

edit: thanks to you too Band - we crossed posted these 2
Rvtrader is a great start. NADA RV is also good. My wife had a website for towables and actual selling prices. Similar to PPL for motorhomes. Of course, we can't find it now. Sorry.

We find a particular model we want, as you have, and then find the best price anywhere in the nation and then negotiate. Has worked very well for us.
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Band, just checked out the Couch's website - didn't even know that existed - thanks for tipping me off to that

I'm outside of Dallas so from what I can tell funtown rv is the only Cedar Creek dealer around - and I am less than impressed by them based on online reviews and my first CC purchase.

maybe traveling somewhere a bit further out may be the way to go especially since I have no intention of using the dealers service department.

How did couch's handle a trade in for you if you did a trade in?
I sold outright first. They were like any dealer, they offered wholesale price for tradein. I think they offered 10K and I sold for 14K.

Couch's treated us great. And no one will beat their price.
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We are looking at getting back into a CC after being in a Open Range for the past 4 years.

The floorplans to our liking are centered around the 37flk plan and its ilk in the Silverback version.

My last 2 5v'ers I've bought have been off of existing inventory on the dealer's lot.

I've never bought one via sitting down and 'building' my own from scratch to be built at the CC factory.

My questions to those that have done both are:
1) is there a big difference in price paid by special ordering one vs getting one off the lot (assuming all options being equal on a unit for the sake of the discussion)

2) how long is the turn around generally between ordering and delivery?

3) with the stupid unregulated MSRP's most dealers show on units how the heck do you know if you are getting a fair price via special ordering?

4) any other information you think I may need to know that I haven't asked?

on a related note:

5) anyone have a 37flk specifically and would care to comment on your feelings/opinion of it so far?

Thank you all in advance.
I could write a book on this subject, but I will try to keep it to the short, short, in the nutshell version. In my adult life I have purchased 3 FW's and one TT (see my albums) 1 fiver off the lot, 1 fiver privately, Ordered the TT which turned out to be a disaster, after waiting 9 weeks, so many things were wrong, not only were they 3 weeks late my wife and I wondered if they even looked at the build sheet when assembling it, not to mention the construction was very sloppy on this unit, it was a total disappointment. We had to refuse the trailer and played hell getting our deposit back with numerous phone calls and disputing our CC. I swore I would never order a trailer again. We ended up buying the same model TT 900 miles away that was almost identical to what we had ordered the first time. I did eat my words on ordering, I did it on my current 5th wheel and I will say it was a better experience, but not perfect, as far as price I really haven't noticed a major difference between what I have ordered and an equivalent trailer on the lot. Now in my opinion I would say because of the speed that these trailers are turned out that the biggest negative to ordering is not being able to see and touch the unit before you put money down on it, after waiting 6 to 10 weeks and you get your anticipation up of how this trailer you ordered is going to be, only to be disappointed when you first lay eyes on it. Not to say that this is always the case, but like it or not it's your trailer because dealers generally don't like to let loose of your deposit even if you are not satisfied, they want to fix it, so just walking away is a lot more difficult. Even though I did order my current 5th wheel trailer I still recommend buying off the lot.
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We purchased ours of the dealer lot, about 320 miles from home (Vegas to Mesa, AZ). Dealership in AZ have the floor plan we want. None in Vegas. Drove turn around 1 day to check the condition (new unit). AC switch was missing. I was told they pulled it to fix a unit that was sold earlier. After negotiating on the price, we put a deposit and came back the following week for PDI with credit union check on hand.
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