Originally Posted by Joshua Cavitt
Keep the comments coming! We need to see the likes and dislikes so we know what we can improve on.
The M-B Sprinter Cab Chassis can be equipped much
better than the "stripper" chassis Forest River is ordering. I'm already paying a premium price to have a M-B, spending a few bucks more to have a nice
Sprinter wouldn't be a big issue.
The Base Price for a 3500 Cab Chassis is $36,585 MSRP. That is a Zero option build on the M-B website. I don't know what the MSRP is on the current standard FR build but it can't be much above that number. Fully optioned, I checked almost every block available, the price is $43,351 MSRP. The difference is $6,766. Your current build falls somewhere in between those two numbers so the price isn't going up the full $6,766 even if you did add it all!
I have attached the .pdf of a quick build I did on the M-B website to illustrate the difference. And I wouldn't want all of the options I clicked, this is just to illustrate how minimal the price change would be at a "W" MSRP.
To me options like a TPMS are a safety item. Upgraded lighting, to the HID system, are a safety item. Additional Air Bags are a safety item. Quit making me spend money upgrading a new coach to safety standards that have been out for years in cheap
I fully realize you have to stay price competitive, however.... Offering a basic chassis package, today's "stripper", and an "upgraded" package with a decent mix of options should not be that difficult to produce. Yes, it is an additional inventory item, and Yes, now you have to order two configurations from M-B. I would think you would do that now for the DynaMax Isata 3 anyway to compete at that coach market's price point.
Your competitors are ordering a better equipped chassis than FR. And they don't hesitate to tell potential customers how much safer and better their MBS build is compared to FR. If we had stayed with a "R" style floor plan I wouldn't be here... There are nicer options that aren't that much more expensive.
So how about a FR Customer Survey asking us what options we want in our chassis? Let the Owners tell you what we would be willing to pay for to create a "upgraded" chassis package.
Happy now Josh?
Brian may be coming over to see you later I suspect!
As always thanks for paying attention to your customer's reviews and hanging out here to see what we think!