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Old 01-30-2012, 12:26 AM   #11
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I think there's a lot to be said for establishing a relationship with a dealer from the get-go. I've done this with cars, with my motorcycles, and now with my RV dealer. I actually go WAY out of my way to take my stuff to dealers that I've established that relationship with, even though there are ones closer to me. The question to ask yourself is: is the couple hundred or thousand dollars I'm saving now going to be worth the headache of not having a trusted dealer down the road when stuff breaks. I'm just sayin...
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:42 AM   #12
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There are 3 dealers within 15 miles who all advertise that they will work on any brand of trailer regardless where you purchased the trailer, only one of these 3 are a forest river dealer
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:09 AM   #13
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We bought our trailer from RVW, about a month later we were camping and met someone who had the same model that they had purchased less than 100 miles from our home. We called their dealer and they agreed to do the minor warranty work we needed. They were very prompt and helpful, I made the comment that I was worried about finding someone to work on our TT since we bought out of state. The service guy said warranty work pays the same whether you buy from us or not so we will be happy to take care of any problems.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:54 AM   #14
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Take the readout from your internet deal, and use it as a bargaining chip for a dealer price. If the internet seller can sell it for x amount, then the dealer should come close to that price.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:20 AM   #15
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"The question to ask yourself is: is the couple hundred or thousand dollars I'm saving now going to be worth the headache of not having a trusted dealer down the road when stuff breaks."
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Considering the difference in price for our fifth was over $3000, you bet it was worth the "headache".
Besides, the local FR dealer we were trying to deal with were complete jerks.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:08 AM   #16
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I'm In Washington, my local dealer doe's not sell Rockwood but they do sell Surveyor I'm looking at my options. I spoke with a guy from the service department. He had told me that if I was to purchase outside my area, he would have to put me in back of the line for service needs. I think that might have been a sales tool. I'm calling spokane dealer today to ask about some pricing, we shall see what they say. They are about 300 miles from me. There are some good prices out there with internet sales but I have to also include the delivery charges. I'll keep you all posted.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:12 AM   #17
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The dealer we bought from didn't handle Flagstaff, but they were more than happy to sell us one anyway.
If the dealer is only 300 miles away, why wouldn't you pick it up rather than having to pay for delivery?
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:51 PM   #18
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I was going cross-country and needed a couple of minor warranty items fixed. RVW helped me find dealers on my route, while conferring with FR as well. Some of the dealerships I contacted refused to do the work, some didn't have time while I was in that area while a couple were great service-oriented dealerships that were happy to take my business. Here comes the BUT... But when discussing payment, those that took the work asked me to pay them and get reimbursed by FR myself. One of them said it was a pain for them to get the warranty dollars in a timely fashion while the other did not work with FR directly anymore (supposedly with similar reasoning to the first).

RVW warranty manager was in the loop the whole while and took care of getting my money reimbursed.
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:34 PM   #19
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ERNDOG2, Last year I shopped around for a 270ret crusader. I got a price from a local rv dealer. Then I went to Primetime's web site and looked up the factory zip code. I entered the "find a local dealer" on Primetimes web site with Pimetimes zip code. That gave me a dealer close to the factory. I called that dealer with all the same options and got a price from them. I then called my local dealer and they matched that price. I saved about $3,000.00 ...................PLAY THE GAME>>>>>>>>
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:31 PM   #20
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I spoke with the dealer in spokane the salesman gave me a price of 35,000. I had asked the salesman if they would possibly price match a internet price. He said he would, we will have to see. I found a few internet deals, between 23,000 and 26,000. I had a salesman call tonight and tell me he could sell one to me fully loaded for 21,000, I'm going to look further into this to make sure he is all that he says he is.
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