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Old 03-18-2014, 06:02 PM   #21
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Being in Canada I have become very used to making deals on email and sight unseen, I just drove back our X5 2950KM sight unseen.

I have no issues doing it at all.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:51 PM   #22
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Me neither....trailer that is on order is our 2nd one, and have bought 3 vehicles that way....but key is...I did a ton of research prior...in almost every case I knew more about the features with each vehicle/trailer than the salespeople did. I knew exactly what options were and were not available, and I had dealers send me a ton of pictures...I knew exactly what model I wanted. If you go into it blind and counting on salespeople to guide you through all of it, then you are asking for trouble.

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Old 03-18-2014, 11:18 PM   #23
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ParishCamper, I don't think you mentioned the dealership yet, but the one I am familiar with that has a few dealerships around the country and one specific on in Orlando is RV Direct. Maybe there is another.

However, if it is RV Direct, I will let you know in about 10 days. I purchased a Sunseeker 3010 DS back in December. I now have a PDI date in Orlando for the 28th of this Month. Maybe I shouldn't have, but I did send them the final payment and they now have my money. We'll see how things go. You can bet that if things don't go well, I will have many negative things to say about them on this forum. As mentioned above, I'm betting that the dealership has a lot to lose if they get bad publicity. I'm also guessing that Forest River will work with us to help make things right in the end. So, honestly, I'm actually expecting good results. Before I bought, I did see quite a few posts form others that seemed to have pretty good experiences with RV Direct.

BTW -- I honestly think we should be fairly open on this forum about specifics experiences with specific dealerships. If they are good and treat their customers right, I don't think they would object. If they aren't up front and above board, I think we all have a responsibility to shed light on that fact ..
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:49 PM   #24
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Last summer we were considering trading up to a Park Model/Destination Camper. We decided not to because of career decisions ahead and the vagueness of not knowing what the next year or two will bring. Why buy something and just take a huge hit on depreciation? However, I found that local dealers matched or exceeded the On-line RV dealers.
Therefore, I would go with a local dealer. Perhaps our geography is a bonus. South central Michigan....close to Indiana.
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Perhaps our geography is a bonus. South central Michigan....close to Indiana.
let me assure you, DEFINITE bonus!
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Hi can anyone help I have a 2005 Chev Lexington 210 ,I ..live in New Zealand and looking for a new sewage hose and replacement canvas for the Dometic awning and 2 small parts for awning, I have contacted a supplier but no response which I find common when I try to purchase something in the USA from here.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:21 AM   #27
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I don't think the OP was ever implying that online dealers will be cheaper. The OP addressed the process of buying online, or buying from a long distance away, therefore not seeing the unit, not necessarily just from the likes of RVW or RV Direct. In this day and age pretty much every RV dealer has a website and will attract some business from far away if the price is right. Many who have bought "online" have simply used the net in order to find the dealer of their choice and from there conducted their business over the phone and email...so yes, in many cases local dealers will be as good or better than the RVW's and RV Directs, and especially so if you live in MI, IN areas....that's exactly where many of us who have bought "online" have ended up...I am headed there next week to pick ours up!
Like one of the earlier posters stated...not exactly sure what is meant by "buying online". It may start online but usually ends up with personal contact from there....Not exactly ordering from Amazon.
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Me neither....trailer that is on order is our 2nd one, and have bought 3 vehicles that way....but key is...I did a ton of research prior...in almost every case I knew more about the features with each vehicle/trailer than the salespeople did. I knew exactly what options were and were not available, and I had dealers send me a ton of pictures...I knew exactly what model I wanted. If you go into it blind and counting on salespeople to guide you through all of it, then you are asking for trouble.

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A ton of research is not needed to know more than the person selling, my 8 year old has better knowledge than the bulk of sales people I have talked with.... Makes me mad when they lie and/or just say crap that is totally false, I often want to just walk up and say look I know more than you so just shut up and get me the keys.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:25 PM   #29
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Long distance purchase

I feel your apprehension. We just purchased our first camper in November from RVW in Ohio. We live in Georgia. I did a lot of research and asked a ton of questions both in person, on the phone and forums like this one. We had to put up $1000.00 deposit to get the ball rolling and electronically sign paperwork. I was sleepless for 6 weeks until the camper was delivered. This was the first time I had bought anything like this sight unseen.

The camper arrived on time and in good condition. The only problem I found was that the exhaust fan over the stove didn't work. RVW immediately set up an appointment for us to have it fixed and the only slowdown to the whole encounter was on the part of Forest River.

We have been extremely happy with the decision to purchase our camper this way. Saved a huge chunk of cash but there are tradeoffs. No face to face interaction other than with the delivery person. For warranty work it will cost you an additional phone call or two. The sight unseen aspect is probably the most unnerving especially with this being our first camper.

I would definitely not buy a used camper this way. Too many variables and too little recourse.

I can understand the need for a deposit but I do fail to understand the need to sign a purchase order if the camper will be delivered to a local dealership. It seems like that would be taken care of at the time of your pdi.

I hope this helps more than hurts! Good luck!
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Last summer we were considering trading up to a Park Model/Destination Camper. We decided not to because of career decisions ahead and the vagueness of not knowing what the next year or two will bring. Why buy something and just take a huge hit on depreciation? However, I found that local dealers matched or exceeded the On-line RV dealers.
Some might... Mine didn't.

Even after I showed him the quote from RVW and told him if he cannot match that price I will go out on my phone and order one (well, actually 2, but that's another story) while sitting in his parking lot. He hemmed and hawed, and made vague excuses about inventory and overhead and whatnot, but in the end, he would not budge off his original price, which was nearly $4k more than RVW's delivered price.

that $4000 was worth the slight angst and uncertainty of doing it online. And after it was all said and done, I felt stupid for even worrying about it in the first place.

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