Originally Posted by vinmaker
All great points.
The comments brings up the issue of cost vs. benefits.
Internet wholesalers require full payment up front before you are allowed to see it. You basically own it once you show up for the pdi. Any problems with the unit? You can still leave it there as was stated and yes, one should not have camping plans. But the problem is you basically own it.
So the choice is - do you save a bit of money or pay a bit more and do as was said in previous posts. Whatever choice you make, it should be something you accept.
We bought our trailer from RV Wholesalers in Ohio. They did not require that we make full payment up front. We put down a deposit of $1,000 and did a order for our trailer with 4-5 changes from the normal build. We paid the balance AFTER we did an extensive PDI. During the PDI we noticed the trailer did not come with the arctic package we ordered. RV Wholesalers gave us the option of taking the trailer as is with a price reduction for the missing package or having it a new one built with free delivery to our home in MS. Since FR actually made more changes than we expected, like swapping a window and door postion in the cargo area, we took the trailer there.
One recommendation I have is to get the actual invoice from the manufactuer when doing the PDI. Let the dealer mark out pricing if they have a concern. This way you can see that you are getting all the options you expect.