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Old 07-26-2017, 03:09 PM   #1
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Rockwood 233s purchasing advice

Hi everyone,

Hoping to hear from anyone who has bought a new 233s this year.

We are looking at moving up from our Rockwood pop-up 2317G to a hybrid this year. It looks like the RV dealers here (Calgary, AB Canada) are close to the end of their season. We have been working on a price with a dealer up here but seem to be hitting a bit of a floor with them.

IMHO they are still overpriced by $1,500. Can anyone lend some thoughts on negotiating ideas/techniques or provide some pricing context for me?

I have some pretty solid transport pricing so can build that in as required to accomodate for regional differences. Also have a fixed US/CAD $ rate to base my conversions on.

We are looking at either a new 2017 or 2018 233s Sapphire Package unit.

PM's are welcome.

Thanks!
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:45 PM   #2
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Just picked up a new Sappire 233s from House of Camping near Chicago. Hands down best price and easy to work with.

I would get a written purchase agreement from them, factor in transport, and take it to your current dealer.

If they still won't budge, have it sent up.
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:12 PM   #3
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x2 about HOC.
We drove 2000 miles from California, to buy a Roo 23SS from them, at a fantastic price.
George was great to work with. They even installed and setup up my Equal-i-zer for free. And they didn't even sell Equal-i-zer.
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:05 AM   #4
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x2 about HOC.
We drove 2000 miles from California, to buy a Roo 23SS from them, at a fantastic price.
George was great to work with. They even installed and setup up my Equal-i-zer for free. And they didn't even sell Equal-i-zer.
I was surprised about this as well.

While we inside doing paperwork etc, the guys were in the garage and outside completely adjusting my Husky WDH & Sway Bar for the new height. By the time I got out there, my car was running, camper hooked up, all adjusted. They did a great job.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:11 AM   #5
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I went to the dealer with a quote I got from rvdirect. The came down much further. They didn't not match but made it worth my while to buy it from the dealer instead.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:19 PM   #6
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I bought 2017 233S from Buffalo RV and imported it into Canada in the early summer of 2016. Process was seamless. No issues at all. After all was said and done I still saved about $3000 over my best price from a Canadian dealer. Oh, BTW the Canadian dealer was willing to match the price from Buffalo RV at the end of the summer. I think you are holding all the cards right now if the Canadian dealer has the unit you want in stock. Get a price form RV direct network, add a hassle value to going to the US to get it and tell your local dealer you want it at that price. They should be able to match it in my opinion.

This is our 2nd Roo. I bought a 2011 183 new. Used it for 5 years until the kids got bigger and we needed more space. I much prefer the new-style tent ends and dinette slide. The 2011 had the old style velcro, snap and bungee method.

We had zero issues with the 2011 Roo and I'm hoping for the same with our 2017.
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:03 PM   #7
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We were in the same boat a few years ago with our 233S. At that time the lowest price that we could find in Edmonton and all of Alberta was $9000 Canadian over what we finally paid for it by buying it online from RVDirect and picking it up in Elkhart, Indiana. The words from the local dealers were “you will never get service”, etc, etc, etc. But the truth of the matter is that when you need service 95% of the time you are nowhere near your dealer. Even if you are near your dealer, service is generally abysmal.

The process to get the trailer across the border was painless. Pay GST at the border and if you have personal exemption amounts, they will apply them. We figured that it would take a long time, but fact of the matter was, we were through the border in 15 minutes, and that was Coutts/Sweetgrass. The only other requirement was a vehicle inspection at Canadian Tire. Chalk up another 10 minutes.

I guess the moral of the story is, if you want to get a good deal, you can always go elsewhere, even out of country. We enjoyed camping for 30 days through the Midwest of the United States working our way home. The kids still talk about it. The whole experience was positive and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new trailer.

We love our Rockwood Roo 233S still. The floor plan and huge open space has worked for us for the past 5 years. Who knew they could fit a dance floor in a trailer.
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Decision...

Thank you for all the contributing advice folks. We ended up purchasing a used 2012 one this past weekend. We are going to invest part of the substantial savings on a few upgrades extra Honda 2000 generator, PUG's and some interior upticks!
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Thank you for all the contributing advice folks. We ended up purchasing a used 2012 one this past weekend. We are going to invest part of the substantial savings on a few upgrades extra Honda 2000 generator, PUG's and some interior upticks!
Congrats! Post up some pics when you can.
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Old 08-01-2017, 04:38 PM   #10
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Thank you for all the contributing advice folks. We ended up purchasing a used 2012 one this past weekend. We are going to invest part of the substantial savings on a few upgrades extra Honda 2000 generator, PUG's and some interior upticks!

what did you pay? we bought one last year, a 2013, for 20k.
Wonder if we overpaid.
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