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Old 05-07-2013, 06:49 AM   #21
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Floorplan.....we needed a toy hauler that could hold a Can-Am Spyder, a large motorcycle, and sleep a minimum 4. Forrest river Wolf Pack 27Wp was the only one we could find that would work.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:45 AM   #22
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I'm starting with floorplans. Quality is next, but how can you tell by looking at just brochures?
I guess it does take a heck of a lot of driving and looking...
Something to do when we are in the States for a while.
You can't tell by just looking at brochures.

We looked at several lines that we were confident in ie. Jayco, Surveyor, Roo and then kicked tires at several dealers and listened to the pitches. The first two criteria for us was floorplan and GVWR of the trailer. We attended an annual large RV show and looked at some other models and bought after careful consideration.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:23 AM   #23
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We looked at what was available at the local dealers when the yearly RV show was on. Found 3 or 4 we liked but at the time we we not really even thinking of replacing our year old bunk house unit. While at the show we went back to each dealer and it was how we were treated by the staff that helped sway our decision first to the dealer than it was down to 2 units and the V-Lite won simply because it was everything we wanted and then some. What won us over to the dealer was we talked to Tammy earlier in the day for about 10 minutes and she took us through the 2 units we liked and we left, it was 4 or 5 hours later when we went back and she remembered every detail of our conversation after talking to probably hundreds of people after our first talk while we basically got brushed off at the other dealers displays as I guess selling a trailer wasn't a high priority to them. We have been treated this way by Minards since that day as well so I guess for us it was more a dealer experience as much as the V-Lite.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #24
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Take your time, we took 17 months. We live near Houston, Texas, so there are a good number of dealers to visit. Also looked at used at PPL which I would recomend to all looking. We started with budget, about $30,000 for a 30-32 ft fiver. We knew that we couldn't afford the top line full-time units because even if you got one used, they would be to heavy for a F250, 2011, diesel, CC, longbed, RWD. Better half had ideas regarding floor plan, colors and that type of stuff. Went to two Houston RV shows and visited as many dealers as you can and then go back and visit them again. Ruled out a good number of brands because we didn't like floor plans, Coleman and Jayco, but did like the Jayco quality but not ther floor plans. Please go see as many as you can and then go back and look at them again.
After 17 months we liked the V-Cross 275 fiver and had a $29,999 price from a local dealer for a fifty AMP, 2 AC unit, because of were we live, hot and humid, the worst weather in the US. Almost ready to get it and the Houston RV show can around again, so we desided to go to the show and then go get the V-Cross 275. At the show, the local dealer had 20 trailers there, but not the one that I wanted. They, the dealer, RV Station, Cleveland, TX, introduced me to the Forest River rep who was there and I complained that the trailers in this show were priced about $3,000 more then I could have bought them on their lot last week. I showed them the paper work for the unit that I wanted and he told me if I would give him a deposit today, he would take another $1,000 off, so I get it for $29,000.
So much for good deals at the RV shows. They told me that the dealer had to pay $20,000 for the floor space at the show for the 4 and one half days!
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:33 PM   #25
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Wow. I think we'll have to get a small TT just to spend time looking and traveling to RV shows, etc.! That may be a fun plan!
I really appreciate everyone's input. I look forward to more!
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:05 PM   #26
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Interesting reading...90% of the respondents are not mentioning brand at all! "floor plan, pin weight, price" etc.

When we went shopping it was the same thing - even the people that sell them can't tell you which is 'chevy' and 'mercedes' either. And 'brands' change owners or are all build on the same assembly line so are in effect the same item only with a diff name and graphics.

Its intentionally confusing I believe.

At the RV show it was fascinating to ask about 'build quality' and have every brand tell you the same thing "ours is better because we do X" and then keystone says the exact same thing - same walls, same siding, same appliances, same roof...

As you go up in price you get more warranty (10 vs 12 on a roof for example), 'real' light switches, appliances with more features, maybe better counters/cabinets but I'm not so sure of that until you get really pricey.

Airstream is different for sure, but the 'stick and tin' brands are all very similar to eachother
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:14 PM   #27
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We had seen a V nose trailer at Camping World. We liked the layout at when at the Ottawa RV show Gary from DEE JAY RV informed us that he had a one year old 3001w at his lot. The next day we drove the 2 1/2 hours to the dealership and made a great deal on the unit. We did not have a trade so Gary had more room to move with the price.
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Take your time, we took 17 months. We live near Houston, Texas, so there are a good number of dealers to visit. Also looked at used at PPL which I would recomend to all looking. We started with budget, about $30,000 for a 30-32 ft fiver. We knew that we couldn't afford the top line full-time units because even if you got one used, they would be to heavy for a F250, 2011, diesel, CC, longbed, RWD. Better half had ideas regarding floor plan, colors and that type of stuff. Went to two Houston RV shows and visited as many dealers as you can and then go back and visit them again. Ruled out a good number of brands because we didn't like floor plans, Coleman and Jayco, but did like the Jayco quality but not ther floor plans. Please go see as many as you can and then go back and look at them again.
After 17 months we liked the V-Cross 275 fiver and had a $29,999 price from a local dealer for a fifty AMP, 2 AC unit, because of were we live, hot and humid, the worst weather in the US. Almost ready to get it and the Houston RV show can around again, so we desided to go to the show and then go get the V-Cross 275. At the show, the local dealer had 20 trailers there, but not the one that I wanted. They, the dealer, RV Station, Cleveland, TX, introduced me to the Forest River rep who was there and I complained that the trailers in this show were priced about $3,000 more then I could have bought them on their lot last week. I showed them the paper work for the unit that I wanted and he told me if I would give him a deposit today, he would take another $1,000 off, so I get it for $29,000.
So much for good deals at the RV shows. They told me that the dealer had to pay $20,000 for the floor space at the show for the 4 and one half days!
The 275VRL ROCKS. Bought it on a whim to get rid of 2008 35 ft 14k pounder that I shouldn't have been towing anyway. Good price at the Denver show, good trade in, what's not to like.
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We looked at alot of trailers and did our research online. Went to a dealer and found one the wife really liked, I thought it was ok but we went ahead and put a deposit down.

During the sale we talked to the different people that started with the salesman then the finance person, and things got kind of rough with the people in the way they talked to us and the questions we asked.

We left with a bad feeling and they were kind of rude. My wife and I talked about it that night and we decided to go and get our money back.

When we did they were about the most absurd childish adults we had ever met.
Very glad we moved on.

Went back to a dealer who we had been to twice and the salesman would always be kind even though when he would ask if we were coming back he was not a hard core rude sales person and was very kind to our kids.

So the next day we went to that dealer and bought a much nicer 5er (355BHQ) and we have been treated VERY good and I have had some issues and they have stuck behind me ever since the sale.

We really like our Forest River Primetime product but more so we Love our dealer who really cares about us and if we are satisfied with our purchase.

I am not an easy person to satisfy and my dealer does it in spades!!

So for us it was the Dealer then the floorplan.
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So who was the dealer? It sounds like they deserve a mention here...
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