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Old 04-17-2013, 01:07 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Terier View Post
Buying an RV is similar to buying a car where you might not pay the sticker price. If it were me I would try to find out the best price from the dealer and think it over. One downside I can see is that the peak camping season is right around the corner. Generally I would expect a better price when sales are slower.
I thought this too last year, and figured end of summer was best time to buy, but found out not true at all. No local dealer was willing to move off their season long pricing even with frost in the forecast. We traveled to get ours at an ordered price which was about 10-20% less than local dealer.


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Old 04-17-2013, 01:56 PM   #12
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We have been camping for some time, owned numerous travel trailers and one popup. We bought our first brand new trailer in 2011, having owned all pre-owned/used prior. It was a KZ spree and we have been less than satisfied. We love the new Salem Hemisphere RK, but we are a little 'gun-shy' about taking the hit on a brand new and being dissastified with workmanship like we were with the KZ. Any thoughts to help us take the plunge to this new purchase? We want this trailer to be able to take us into retirement travels, about 7 years away...
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You live in the very state that manufactures more RV's than any other... Take a ride to south bend and have a look around. I to have owned many different types of RV's and up until 12 years ago all were used. I do not tow my camper so quality began with metal siding. I am not a fan of the fiberglass panel sided RV's as they tend to delaminate over time. There are many beautiful RV's available. I am sorry that you have been disappointed in the past and I can tell you first hand that there are plenty of RV's that are junk. Wildwood and Salem are the best I have ever owned and both are made by Forest River. I own a Grand Villa 40 FLFB. It's big, Roomy and suits my needs to a tee. I hope you find a suitable unit for yourselves and begin to put some faith back into a camper of your choice...Good luck.

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Old 04-17-2013, 02:25 PM   #13
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Sad fact today is that you will end up paying a fair bit for a new trailer and it will be full of a lot of junk pieces.

Plastic faucets and fixtures, made in china pex lines that are not really pex lines, shoddy electrical installation, particle board cabinets and countertops, genuine "panaphonic" entertainment systems (IE: junk), etc, etc.

A lot of this is for weight savings, but it's also manufactures trying to maximize their profit margins.

Just about everywhere you go, you will find this type of thing.

Now, that being said, if you're half ways handy, it's all easy fixes when or if it breaks.

We've got a 2011 flagstaff classic and it's already required tweaking and work. IE: plastic faucets had to be replaced, plastic lines replaced with real pex lines, warping countertops replaced with coriander like product, chassis wiring redone in areas, etc.

However, it's also got alot going for it: colors are modern and pleasing, floor plan is just what we like, tows relatively easy with my older 3/4 ton diesel, nice slide outs and an atrium slide, it's feature packed with power jacks/stabs/awnings, etc.


I'd say pick the best rig for your use and fully expect to spend a bit more on it getting it just right in some areas. By all means warranty what you can, but don't be surprised if your new righ is "some assembly required"

Kind of like buying a new house. No matter how good the builder was, there's always something that needs fixing....

For depreciation, meh. If you plan to keep it for the next ten years or so, does it matter? Get what you like.

For dealer prices, well....that depends on where you are. When we bought our flagstaff, we haggled them down nearly 10 grand. 38,000 asking and got out just under 30,000. Of course, I though 38,000 was ridiculous to start with.

Where we are now though, you'd be lucky to get a dealer to move a couple grand and the prices are still in the ridiculous category.

In your situ, my advice would be to get a price in mind and hold firm to it. Maybe come up a little bit, but hold to it. If you don't get what you want: walk.

You've got 7 years to retirement and you've already got a trailer in the driveway to serve you until you find what you want at the price you want,

Don't let that new trailer fever drag you into something you didn't want....

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Old 04-17-2013, 02:58 PM   #14
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I prefer not to take "the hit" of a new unit, although we have bought new. Typically in TT/MH it is very much like buying a car. Even though you think you will keep it forever, I have found a rare individual who does that. Do your homework, scout internet sites for potential issues with your particular model, run the numbers on kbb then, hopefully, your choice will be clear Happy Hunting~

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