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Old 12-08-2012, 07:08 PM   #11
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I have bought from a lot and this is my first time ordering. I will have to say I will probably always custom order my RV's from this point on. My reasons are for the fact that I get exactly what I want instead of buying one from the lot and then figuring out if I am going to add the extras or have the RV dealer add the extras.

At the show I was able to negotiate with the dealer for my trade, and the price of the 5th wheel they had at the show. Once I got them to agree on a price, I then started talking about the extra's I wanted which I knew would require them to order another for me. I was able to negotiate a lot more at the show and managed to get most of the extras to be installed at cost instead of dealing with a lot of up charges.

On our TT we bought, we managed to get a really nice deal on it due to the fact they had newer year models coming in and they were trying to eliminate stock on the lot. Ours was new, but cost us $4,000 less than buying one that was 1 model year newer, even though everything was the same.

Also the best deals I have seen and been able to get on RV's over the years has been around October and November at the RV shows. The dealers for some reason seem to give the best incentives / discounts at the shows (from my experiences).
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:38 PM   #12
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I do agree about the advantages of ordering as mentioned above.

There can be advantages of buying off the lot too including the time factor for taking delivery. I brought off the lot and had the chance to *kick the tires* on my TT before.

Which method is best? It's a personal choice and often comes down to whether or not you are compromising with an unit on the lot.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:28 PM   #13
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The 295 was the 1st Columbus we toured (ordered the 320 RS),,,,I still really like it. If not for the ton of Grand Kids (a little extra square footage for an inflatable bed), we would have ordered that unit...
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:20 PM   #14
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I liked the 320RS as well, but right now since it is just my wife and I and 2 labs, we should be good with the 295RL and still have room for kids

I was trying to keep the length of the trailer to no more than 35ft and this one fit the bill for us. Who knows what I will upgrade to years from now
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:38 PM   #15
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We just received our 295rl several weeks ago. We purchased it from Quietwoods RV in Wisconson and had it delivered to Seattle area. The trailer they had on the lot was exactly how we would have ordered it from the factory. They also had the best price even with deliver so far away.

Quietwoods rv were great to deal with. I highly recommend them.

We also looked very hard at the 320, but like yourself liked the length. We can't wait to go traveling.

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:42 PM   #16
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Let me know how things go with yours. My wife and I have the first week of January off and are hoping to get it sometime in there so we can do our shake down trip while we have time off of work.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:08 PM   #17
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I liked the 320RS as well, but right now since it is just my wife and I and 2 labs, we should be good with the 295RL and still have room for kids

I was trying to keep the length of the trailer to no more than 35ft and this one fit the bill for us. Who knows what I will upgrade to years from now
I know what you mean about the length. I am still a little concerned with the length of the 320. Like you, it is just the two of us and our labs, both over 100 lbs. But after consideration, we decided to go with the 320 because we want something we can spend a longer period of time in when we retire. Overall, a tough choice, and I dont think you can go wrong either way. Good luck with yours!!d
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:13 PM   #18
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I totally hear ya on the bigger size for longer stays and when you retire. I still have about another 20-25 years before I get to retire and I will most likely be buying a new one before then. Hope your 320 works well and I will let ya know how the 295RL works out.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:03 PM   #19
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We have had our 295RL for a couple of months. There were a few minor problems but the dealer has taken care of them. The configuration of the sitting area and the island sink makes it difficult to view the TV. It is definately a two season unit. We were out a couple of weeks ago in FL and it got down to the low 40s. The furnace ran all night and the Fireplace heater didn't do much to help. The one thing I can tell you for sure... don't buy a Ford F-150 ECOBOOST regardless of what FORD claims in their ads or what the dealer tells you about towing and load capacity. As is probably evident, this has not been a very good experience for me. All things considered, I wish I would have stayed with my class A motorhome.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:27 PM   #20
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I can understand what your saying about viewing the TV from the side with the island being in the way. I will have to see how that works out. The odds are I will be using the theater seating recliners to nap in or playing on the computer. Definitely good input and something for me to check out when ours arrives.

Depending on which seating I like best (Couch or recliners) I might just have to make sure I have the one I use the most in the rear of the RV inside of in the slideout.

As far as the F150.......yeah, I wouldn't pull much more than about 8000 lbs with one of those. But look at the positive side, at least you know it can pull something of that size when you want / need to.
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