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Old 09-24-2012, 02:15 PM   #11
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Dustman STX, So did you buy from RV Wholesalers? I live in central Florida, checked a couple dealerships for a Columbus 365 RL. was given an offer of 50k on this unit. Which had everything on I was looking for except the 6 way auto leveling. Which I think I really would want to have. Contacting RVW they would sell the same unit with the leveling system for the same price. Just have to drive up and get it. If you bought from them, how was your experencince and would you recommend buying from them? I'm told to add on the leveling system is about 4K. I can save 2-3 K driving up and picking up at their price. Besides having a nice trip away. Just wondering about the experince in dealing with RVW. Thanks
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:36 PM   #12
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I currently have the 365RL on order through RVW. The unit I ordered is pretty well loaded except for the Auto level system. I feel it may take a little longer to be certain it's level, but once it is you should't have to mess with it. My price is around $46,600.Than I'll pay an additional $1,700 to get it down to Florida(Palmetto).

Were having it set up on a camp ground lot for now. I may get a truck for it next year but if not they will store it for me. Not much to say for now about RVW except for a great price. I'll let you know when I go out there to inspect it and how that goes. I plan to have it delivered around Dec.1st and we will stay until April 1st.

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Old 09-24-2012, 04:08 PM   #13
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We have not ordered yet, but we are looking to order from a southern dealer and pick it up in Indiana. Not sure how that will work, but the price is right with all options we want.
The six point leveling should not cost more than $2700.
We never thought about buying something like this and not having a tow vehicle. Interesting idea.
Getting down to the nitty-gritty with details and waiting for real list and confirmation now.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:24 PM   #14
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Dustman STX, So did you buy from RV Wholesalers? I live in central Florida, checked a couple dealerships for a Columbus 365 RL. was given an offer of 50k on this unit. Which had everything on I was looking for except the 6 way auto leveling. Which I think I really would want to have. Contacting RVW they would sell the same unit with the leveling system for the same price. Just have to drive up and get it. If you bought from them, how was your experencince and would you recommend buying from them? I'm told to add on the leveling system is about 4K. I can save 2-3 K driving up and picking up at their price. Besides having a nice trip away. Just wondering about the experince in dealing with RVW. Thanks
I purchased my Palomino Puma from them in October of last year and my in-laws purchased theirs sometime in the Spring. Kelly Tussing was the salesman for each transaction. I have nothing but praise for them. My 30DBSS shipped with a 13.5 BTU A/C instead of the 15K. They shipped me a new unit that sustained some damage, and then turned around and sent me another new unit to replace that one. My in-laws had slight damage to one of the leveling jacks when theirs arrived. RVWholesalers sent them a new set of BAL leveling jacks to replace them- which are much nicer than stock, and a set of the leveling blocks for the trouble. I, too, was very leery of purchasing and having the unit delivered. I like to look things over with a fine tooth comb and then contemplate- so this was a huge leap for me to buy something this expensive over the phone. With that being said, I have nothing but praise for RVWholesalers as they really went above and beyond on everything. I'll throw this out, too: I really haggled Kelly on price and they still offered great service. Many times when I've haggled local dealers on items they offer sub-par service. I guess they feel they didn't make enough on something to mess with trying to help me.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:26 PM   #15
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Thanks for the information, it makes me feel a lot better about buying from a wholesale dealer. I just hope they will still be there for me in Florida with their network of service providers. Since I don't have a truck for now to haul it, and it,s going to be parked at a semi permanent spot for now, I'm leaning not to get the extended warranty at this time. RVW wanted $2,500 for a 5 year plan. I plan
on getting the 2nd year warranty offered by Forest River for about $150. Besides I don't think EX warranty's cover anything until the manufactures warranty is up, is that correct? On the subject of trucks, those with the 365RL, what are you towing with? I like both the GMC or Dodge ram in a 3/4 ton 6.6 diesel, but the 365RL has a empty weight of close to 12,000 lbs, would I be at or close to the limit on a truck like this?
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:11 PM   #16
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I assume you live in Kennewick, WA and not in Kennwick as it says in your profile. If so, there appear to be a number of independent RV repair places in your immediate vicinity. I found them using Yahoo Maps. One or more might be able to do FR, etc, warranty work. Good luck.
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I'll put my .02 cents in on this. I probably saved over $6,000 by doing business with what I'll call the "internet" guys. While I am concerned about service, I plan to keep the unit over 300 miles from home and the internet guys have a nationwide service network. (I will have to pay travel charges for "on-site" warranty work, but I can take care of the smaller issues and if I do need the experts,,the $150-$200 travel expense should be well worth it.)
Who knows, maybe I can lure Christopher Columbus to SD with some wine, women, and song!
Good Luck!

PS - Not sure,,, may be urban myth,,,but I was told that prices may be headed upward by the end of the year,,,,anyone else hear that? (could be a sales pitch of sorts)
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:15 PM   #18
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We bought our Sandpiper from RV Wholesaler in Ohio. They were great I saved $10,000 from what a dealer wanted for a comparible trailer. If I had it delivered it would have added $875. We drove to get it. Just wanted to be there to hand over the check. I will buy ther again for sure.
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