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Old 05-08-2021, 05:46 PM   #1
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Ordering a 345IK

Hi All,

I'm planning to order a 345IK with the following options:
Standard Exterior
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Cedar Creek Advantage Package
Cedar Creek Convenience Package
Power Package
RVIA Seal

Interior Decor, Mink
4 Camera Safety Security System
Dual Pane Tinted Windows
TrailAir Air Ride Hitch Coupler
Truma On Demand Hot Water Heater
Heat Pump on Main Air Conditioner
LP Generator, Prep Only
Slide Room Awning Toppers
Thule 2nd Slide Room Power Awning
Luxury King Mattress
Washer & Dryer, Front Loading

I would like to order from my local dealer in Texas, FunTown RV.
However, they seem not to be interested in orders, just selling then (basic models, few options) from the lot.
They gave me a price of 85K, which does not include taxes.
They also said it would take 8 months to build.
Based on what I'm reading in the forums, it seems to be 3-4 months.

I have a couple of questions submitted to the sale dept. of Forest River.
How long does it take from order to deliver, and can the price of the RV change once the order is placed?

The best deal, and really the order one that seems interested in ordering one for me, was Couch's RV Nation in Ohio for 72.5K, not including taxes.
I live in Texas. I have no issue driving to Ohio to pick up the fifth wheel and do the check out of the unit before I pay for it.

Are many dealers such bone heads about ordering a fifth wheel?
Is 3-4 months the time line from ordering to delivery?
Can the price change once the order is placed? This seems odd, if it can.

This is my first fifth wheel/RV and I'll part time with it. I'll travel about 20% of the time.
I also got my class A license to be legal, yea!!!
Thanks
Kevin
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Old 05-09-2021, 09:08 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. here's a hint keep your post short and to the point if you want folks to read them. Not sure I understand the bonehead comment dealers are in the business of moving inventory and volume sales. I can understand them not wanting to wait given the large amount of time for delivery due to so many folks ordering rigs. This does not mean I agree with that approach just I understand it.
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Old 05-13-2021, 11:34 PM   #3
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I was in the same boat a few years ago. Finding one exactly like you want is difficult.

I ordered from Couch's in December of 2016. I picked it up March 1st 2017. So the 3-4 months is about right during normal times. It might be possible that 8 months is correct. I would ask Couch's to see what they say about the current lead times.

Everything was as expected when I picked it up. As with all dealers they will try to sell you a bunch of extra stuff when you pick it up but they were not too pushy. I declined everything.

I was at the factory a few weeks ago. I will say it is crazy out there. They are having trouble getting appliances and other things just like everyone else is.

I have been hearing about add on prices that Forest River is putting on recently. Something to do with Covid related expenses. $700 or so. I can see this being real because they sometimes build a unit with a missing AC, Refrigerator, etc., then put it on the back lot and then bring it back in once they get the missing items.

Could they be taking advantage? Maybe a bit, but these are strange times.

If you have the patience, ordering will get you exactly what you want. Couch's was good for me. If not, there is one at Funtown listed for $64,498 on RV Trader. Maybe they can add the items you want and still be close in price.

Or you could take it to Amish Family RV in Topeka, IN and have them add what you want. They are very good and can add or modify almost anything you want in a Cedar Creek. They are probably booking service for November right now.

Good luck on whatever you decide!
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Old 05-14-2021, 06:10 AM   #4
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If not in a hurry I would wait and order exactly what YOU want. Besides Couch's there is also International RV Wholesaler in Elkhart In and they sell Cedar Creek, that is where we got our River Stone. Nice thing is they are not far from the factory and you could plan a shake down stay close by incase you have any issues, we use the campground at the flea market in Shipshewana, plus they have a great service center there and are a River Stone authorized center, not sure about Cedar Creek but you are only a few miles to the factory. Good luck on your decision.
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Old 05-18-2021, 07:44 PM   #5
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Thxs for all the responses!!!

I ordered the Cedar Creek 345IK at Couch's RV Nation.
I plan to drive to Ohio, from Texas, to pick it up and make sure all is OK before I pay for it.
I think it will work well length wise, 37', and options for my wife and I.
I hope it gets built within 3-4 months.
I'm excited!! My first 5th wheel!!
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Old 05-18-2021, 07:53 PM   #6
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Congrats! Hope the waiting doesn't drive you crazy!
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Old 05-18-2021, 10:47 PM   #7
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Got ours from couches June of 2016 ,drove from Washington took two weeks going back.left a week later ,have been full time ever since..minimal problems with our 2017 35 ik.
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Old 05-18-2021, 10:48 PM   #8
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Back then date of order till couches had it was 8 weeks.
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