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Old 03-14-2012, 08:46 AM   #11
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Some bad math I'm afraid. I know it's more than 220 miles from IN to CA. Using my Garmin software, it's 2115 miles from Elkhart to Los Angeles. So even at $2.00/mile for shipping that's $4230.

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Thanks Dave your right loll I used 220 miles and should have used 2200.
Not bad math just fat fingers lol and didn't double check my work.
Ty for the correction
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:30 AM   #12
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i'm one of those who refused being taken advantage of, by West Coast dealers, and made the 4000 mile round trip.

and Forest River found other FR dealers that were more than happy to do warranty work. in fact, there was a FR popup dealer in town that did the first year of warranty work. they were way closer than the 3 Roo dealers that said they would refuse to do the warranty work, if i didn't buy from them.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:34 AM   #13
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I must correct what I previously stated about getting 40% if you do then you did better than me, I only got 38.12%

I just checked back to my email negotiations with RVW, I was offered 33.33% off MRSP, that was not too difficult, then I managed to get them to 38.12% off MRSP + gas bottles filled and a starter kit thrown in.

MRSP was $39597 and in the end I paid $24500, the best price I got in BC was $32560

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Old 03-14-2012, 12:14 PM   #14
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i'm one of those who refused being taken advantage of, by West Coast dealers, and made the 4000 mile round trip.

and Forest River found other FR dealers that were more than happy to do warranty work. in fact, there was a FR popup dealer in town that did the first year of warranty work. they were way closer than the 3 Roo dealers that said they would refuse to do the warranty work, if i didn't buy from them.
This is how I was thinking. Did you take the first offer from RVW? It seems that RV Direct is a little cheaper for the same model. I will give my local guys a chance to come close to the quoted price but I'm sure they wont and they will dangle the warranty work in my face.
Thanks for your input!!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:49 PM   #15
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Recently purchased a Windjammer from a Michigan dealer, shipping to Ca., was 3680.00, still saved about about 3k, over the best price offered by a local dealer. The local dealers kept telling me they could match the price, but when it came down to the true figures, they told me to go ahead and buy from Mich., because they wouldn't or couldn't match the price.
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Shipping cost are high with the price of fuel, but to keep the dealer honest, require them to provide you with the bill of lading for the actual shipping cost. This way it is harder for them to inflate the shipping cost like they do with extended warranties, etc. You are paying for the shipping and you have evry right to it.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:49 PM   #17
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This is how I was thinking. Did you take the first offer from RVW? It seems that RV Direct is a little cheaper for the same model. I will give my local guys a chance to come close to the quoted price but I'm sure they wont and they will dangle the warranty work in my face.
Thanks for your input!!!
i got prices from 3 dealers outside of Calif., RVW, RVDirect and House of Camping.
HOC had the best price of the three and the interior decor that the DW wanted.

i took that price to the other 3 NorCal dealers and they basically laughed at me.
told me they wouldn't budge on the price. dared me to go get it, if i wanted that price so bad.
the lowest price i got, from any of them, was $19,500.
i bought mine new, from House of Camping, for $14,500.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:14 PM   #18
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Try a car transport service. They will give you a good price if they are tiring to fill up space for a full load. I had to wait one time when I had a car from SF to Miami shipped but they did it for half price. I also had a 40' sail boat shipped from SC to SF, that was about 3000.00 if I remember right. and that came on a load by itself(before the high gas price, which will change eveything)
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i got prices from 3 dealers outside of Calif., RVW, RVDirect and House of Camping.
HOC had the best price of the three and the interior decor that the DW wanted.

i took that price to the other 3 NorCal dealers and they basically laughed at me.
told me they wouldn't budge on the price. dared me to go get it, if i wanted that price so bad.
the lowest price i got, from any of them, was $19,500.
i bought mine new, from House of Camping, for $14,500.
House of camping was 1k more than rvdirect. I already tried one local dealer and he wouldn't lower the price at all. Business must be good. Haven't tried the other. I will be ordering soon.
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thank you for all of the replies. Unfortunatley, picking up a trailer back east isn't going to be an option for me due to job, family, etc. and the quote I got from RVwholesale was 3K less than local dealers, but shipping costs added in over 3500. This is my first TT purchase and I asumed that I would be able to find out the dealer invoice like when I bought my truck. I know that even though you know the invoice that is not the true cost, because of hold backs, rebates, incentives from the manufactureres etc and I am sure it is that way for RV dealers. I just can't seem to find the invoice anywhere. I don't mind paying a fair price, but I don't want to be the guy that the dealer makes a huge bonus off of. I though for sure that with the www it would be a lot simpiliar to find out relative dealer costs on a trailer.

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