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Old 03-13-2012, 03:05 AM   #1
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Do people on the west coast pay more than the rest of the country?

I am currently looking at a rockwood 2702ss and the dealers out here in california are telling me that they are higher priced due to frieght charges and I could save 3-5 thousand if I picked it up in indiana. Is ther any truth to this? I would not think that it cost 3-5K to have a trailer shipped out here.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:54 AM   #2
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I would bet they are paying freight charges. With the rising price of fuel I am sure the cost of freight is going up as well. 3-5K seems pretty steep though.
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A quick check on the internet indicates that FR has plants all over the place. Here are two links to dealers that contain interesting information on the subject.

Toured Forest River Oregon Plant

Read the "more information" on the first trailer listed, the one that has been sold. New and Used RVs Including Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels, Truck Campers, Pop-ups, Motorhomes and Touring Coaches in Eugene, Oregon at George M Sutton RV

For all I know the 2702 in built in Indiana and shipped to CA. On the other hand --- check out the FR (and other)) offerings for trailers made closer to you.
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here's what my experience has been.

YES, West Coast customers pay more. the only exception are the few RVs that are built on the West Coast.
probably 90% of RVs are built in the Midwest. West Coast dealers know that most of us wouldn't drive that far to save money.
so, not only do they make a profit on the selling price, they also try to make a profit on the shipping costs.
i found that my Roo 23SS cost between $4500-$6000 more out here, than many Midwest dealers. on a $22k MSRP trailer!

the 3 Roo NorCal dealers told me that if i wanted those kind of prices, i should go there to buy it. so i did.

the problem is the dealers know they have most West Coast buyers over a barrel, so they can charge as much as they want.
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I wonder what these hot shot haulers are getting per mile ?
5 to 6 dollars a mile doesnt seem to low considering they have fuel,wear and tear,lodging,food etc etc
thats about 1100.00 dollars from In. to Ca. @5 dollars a mile
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Pcaman, the internet is a wonderful tool, ask for as many quotes as you can get in the west then compare these to RVW and RVdirect, then play RVW against RVdirect, then give your local guys a chance to get as close as they can, calculate your costs of going to and from Indiana or Ohio then make a choice.

For us we saved $8000+ on the same rig in BC and we are retired so the trip there and back was an awsome experience for us.

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Gee!
Buy in Indiana, tour the county for a year ending in California. Sell the used rig for close to what you paid for it. Sounds like a deal to me.
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I wonder what these hot shot haulers are getting per mile ?
5 to 6 dollars a mile doesnt seem to low considering they have fuel,wear and tear,lodging,food etc etc
thats about 1100.00 dollars from In. to Ca. @5 dollars a mile
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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The rockwood I want is $31,263 form one local dealer and $30,500 from another here in Northern California.
RVDirect for the identical trailer delivered to my door is $28,315. If I pick it up in Iowa $25,298. And another $500 off if I finance through them. What would you do?
I know dealers pay freight but I know it can't be no where near $4K from what I've seen on invoices.
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Can you do better from RVW and RVdirect, you should be able to get at least 40% off MSRP and some goodies thrown in as well?

Do you have a TV that is up to the job and reliable?
Do you have at least 10 days free to make this an enjoyable unrushed trip?

Bear in mind that if you do this your local guys could be difficult when it comes servicing or scheduling repairs. This never bothered me because I am a hands on kind of person and can do servicing and repairs myself, saves an awful lot of time, fuel and at least I know the jobs will be done well.

These are some considerations to help you decide.

This is copied and pasted from RVDirects website:
Forest River Rockwood Ultra Light Travel Trailer 2702SSBase Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price: $25,490.00You won't pay anywhere near this price with RVDirectSM. Expect 20% - 40% OFF.

Obviously you want a whole bunch of extras added to the $25490 base price but you can still get 40% off the total. They will aim to give you only 20% making all sorts of excuses, not available on Rockwoods, etc etc, but this is BS offer to buy with 40% off or walk, do the same with RVW. You gotta be tough!
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