We did it! First I'd like to say thank you to the forum members, your advice and comments, and having such an active forum gave us some invaluable information before making such a big purchase. We felt like we knew what to look for, and what questions to ask through out the buying process. (I'm sure we will have many more as we go forward 😀
We purchased our RV from Reines RV in Manassas, VA. with the help of our salesman (Hayden) from our local Reines dealership. We went to check out the unit last Saturday, and were met by the General Manager (Doug), he walked us out to unit which they had washed and set up, he let us spend approximately 2 hrs just seeing how things worked, and playing with everything, he would check in with us periodically to see if we had questions, when he couldn't answer them he sent out their head technician (Tom) who also spent some quality time with us. We test drove it both on local roads and the highway. We agreed to purchase, set up the PDI inspection and pick up for yesterday (Friday, June 24th).
Drove back to Manassas yesterday (absolutely the worst part of the entire experience, not sure how folks deal with 95 traffic on a daily basis). They had the RV inside, water, electricity, etc all set up. Our walk through was done by Fred, he was very thorough starting with all things outside, and moving through the coach. He was methodical, and thoroughly explained everything, (including how to use the "facilities" 😀
He found a couple of things, as did we - which were fixed right away to all of our satisfaction. Knowing we were newbies, Fred and another tech Larry, answered any and all questions and offered advice and information freely. Both told us to call them directly if we had any questions or problems going forward.
We have planned a "shakedown" night tonight in a local campground with full hook ups, Fred told us to make a list of anything we have questions about or find not working and give him a call. Overall the buying experience was great. Everyone that we dealt with at Reines seemed truly invested in turning over a trouble free unit.
We can't wait to get started!
Mike & Jani
2016 Forester MBS 2401R