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Old 02-09-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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Hello - just purchased my FR3!

Hi there,

My name is Jon, I'm new to this forum - but I've been lurking a while and new to the FR3, but not to camping and touring. I just pulled the trigger on a 2014 FR3 30DS, and I found much of the information posted here to be very helpful in making a decision.

Here's a picture of my Wife and kids at the RV show with our FR3 today:

I'm in Redmond WA, were going to be picking up next Saturday. I looked at the following rigs:

1. FR3
2. Thor ACE
3. Thor Axis (too small)
4. Fleetwood Storm

Overall I thought the FR3 was definitely the best value and had the best mix of quality/features/price. We bought at the Seattle RV show, although I've been researching for some time and by the time of the show had narrowed it down to the FR3/ACE shootout.

I think we got a good deal, don't mind sharing as I think my strategy worked.

* I researched thoroughly and found the best deal on a '14 was wholesale from RV Specialists in TX. Their best internet special was $76,900

* I wanted to work with a local dealer even if it meant a paying more, as I wanted to assurance of warranty work done close to home

* I weeded out the 'sale' prices which were running about $89,000 and waited for a show when they would have a factory rep attending

* I went straight in with a polite but firm 'no BS' attitude, I had the internet wholesale quote in hand, plus a pre-qual from my Credit Union and explained I wanted to give to my local dealer(s) a shot, and yes, they would get a signature today if they could make it a decent deal!

* I know they can't match wholesale, but on like for like, I asked for their best shot

I think I did okay, I swung a deal for a '14 like for like for $79k with a reasonably priced extended warranty for 5 years and 4.99% financing.

I'm pretty happy, I had to do a wee bit of arm twisting, but that seems like a good deal for these waters, and is significantly cheaper than any dealer within 500 miles. Like I said, I was polite and the sales guy may have been stroking my ego, but he said he much preferred to deal with a prepared buyer who was decisive and knew what they wanted and what it would take to seal a deal. I think we both walked away reasonably happy! I can't wait to get her out on a shakedown cruise, I see Yellowstone and Yosemite in my future :-)

Thanks for all of the good info here, hopefully I can give some back...

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Old 02-10-2014, 01:23 AM   #2
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:27 AM   #3
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Congrats on the new rig. I didn't go to the show because I would have bought one too!
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:26 AM   #4
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Welcome form Wisconsin and congrats on your 2014 FR3 30DS.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:30 AM   #5
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Congrats on your new MH! I looked at them during a recent RV show and thought they were nice. Now the fun begins!

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Old 02-10-2014, 07:09 AM   #6
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I just bought one too in October, haven't had the chance to take it out yet, waiting for the 4 feet of snow to go! Off to Alaska in the spring...I guess I like the cold..LOL.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:20 PM   #7
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Congratulations on your new FR3. I had a similar experience. Researched the FR3 when it first came out a year ago and waited a year for them to work out the typical first year new product bugs. Educated myself on what the lowest advertised price was and knew what I was willing to pay for it. I bought mine at the Tampa RV show. I truly believe having the factory rep present at the show helps the dealer get pricing concessions. Waiting for mine to be built, can't wait to pick-it up in a couple of weeks!!!
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:57 PM   #8
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Nice to see another NW owner. We have had our FR3 since October. Haven't taken trip yet, but have a lot planned for the summer. We are Bluegrass musicians and mostly go to Bluegrass Festival in the NW. The best and biggest is in July up in Darrington, Wa. Good plan to work with a local dealer, we did the same and paid about $2K more than the Wholesale price. We have one of the early FR3s, doggy window, Jensen TVs, and too much carpet, all things we can live with. Lots of work to get it ready to go. Shelves, closet hardware, we didn't even get cup holders. Congratulations and have fun.

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Old 02-10-2014, 01:27 PM   #9
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:42 PM   #10
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