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Old 02-27-2015, 09:38 AM   #11
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When researching RV prices, research the service records of the dealer ( this forum is a great tool). Use that as a decision maker in your final choice. If one of the dealers selling pints is local service and his reputation is poor, it should be discounted. My local dealer tried to use local service to justify a 10% higher price, however by just asking questions during the search process, it was obvious I would not be taking my unit there for any service. If everyone used the service records of dealers as part of their decision, they would be pressured to improve service and poor ones would be weeded out in favor of good ones.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:55 AM   #12
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I also negotiate price to bottom line - out the door.
That way there are no surprises at the end.
Years ago I was wheeling and dealing at a mega used car lot.
I told the salesman I was offering $xxx as bottom line price.
He agreed and I thought it was a done deal.
When he filled out the contract the bottom line on the contract was
not the final price. The bottom line on that paper referenced you back
to the middle of the page where they had added "paint sealer, upholstery
stain block and undercoat". He kept pointing to the last line and
saying this is your bottom line!!
I laughed at him and walked out.
They called me the next day and met my price.

Good luck in your negotiation but I do agree with others- dealer
location AND reputation are worth something.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:06 AM   #13
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It's good advice from others to negotiate on an "out the door price" versus sales price.

Good luck with your purchase!
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:47 AM   #14
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Did you get an out the door price in writing from the original dealer? If not there is probably a surprise (or two) there waiting to happen as well.


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Old 02-27-2015, 11:02 AM   #15
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There isn't a dealer close to me that seek that camper especially where I would be camping. Besides. I can fix it. I don't like the look on wildwood and did inquire about it. I just want the camper. I know how to operate it. Make sure it's sealed up and everything patches and closes and operates and I'm good.
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:14 AM   #16
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There isn't a dealer close to me that seek that camper especially where I would be camping. Besides. I can fix it. I don't like the look on wildwood and did inquire about it. I just want the camper. I know how to operate it. Make sure it's sealed up and everything patches and closes and operates and I'm good.
I still recommend you check out the Puma line. We've been very pleased with ours- on our 3rd one now, plus in laws have one. Appearance is very subjective, but I haven't found an aluminum sided trailer yet that I think looks as good as the Puma line. The 32-DBKS is the equivalent to the Cherokee you are looking at. One issue I notice with the Cherokee is that you only have 1441 CCC. Add propane, batteries and options and you will likely only really have ~1000 of CCC. You'll probably use every bit of that, meaning you'll be traveling completely maxed out on the rig. You might go over if you haul water with you. The Puma has a listed CCC of 2215 and the GVWR is 1K higher, meaning it'll possibly have a beefier frame, and maybe even one step up in load range on tires, which is a big deal.
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:23 AM   #17
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x100 on the Puma we have had two Pumas, both nearly trouble free........... Great quality for the $$$$$. A greatly kept secret.

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Old 02-27-2015, 11:34 AM   #18
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I talked to dealer willing to ship out the door and that is my price as of today. No fees. So they get my business.
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:39 AM   #19
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What difference does it make if there are "fees" as long as they don't try to change the bottom line? RVW charges $250 for doc and $45 for title fees, but the bottom line has always been thousands cheaper than local dealers bottom lines for me- even if they didn't show any "fees".
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:48 AM   #20
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I'll look at them I have looked into toy hauler but the 351 bath isn't big, wofe wants a big shower. And I didn't like small door in garAge to kitchen. I'm googling now

Ps it's not about fees it's about bottom price. I'm paying 22611 shipped to me. That's loaded with every option. And camping world came to 23511. That's half my taxes and I have to go get it 3 hr trip.
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