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Old 04-06-2016, 07:59 AM   #11
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Well, I just did an 1800 mile round trip, due to the cost savings. Closest Jayco dealer is an hour & 40 minutes away. I tried to give them my business but they priced themselves out. So I went to Colerain RV in Ohio. Couldn't be happier with everything.
Hey, that's where we got ours (used)!

But it's only 25mins from us!
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I just made a 2400 mile round trip from Houston to Middlebury, IN.

You would think that living in a large metropolitan area like Houston that one could get competitive pricing. No such luck.

They would rather save their inventory for what I call, the "Big Fish".
You know who I am talking about. Those who buy on impulse or just have no idea that there is over 30 to 35% mark up over retail to be put back in your pocket.

So, after visiting over 10 dealers in my area and narrowing my choices down to either the Grand Design or the Jayco, I ordered from Indiana RV Connection. No haggling, no BS. Just a great price.

Saved $5000 over any local quote, got to go on a mini vacation with my GF, and took a tour of the Jayco factory.

RV One had to be the biggest joke. Never heard so many salesman "one liners" in one sitting.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:38 AM   #13
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I ordered our trailer (Eagle HT 26.5BHS) from a dealer about 8 hours away, 800 miles round trip. Currently its sitting at the Jayco factory waiting to get delivered to the dealer we used. Local dealer doesn't carry the Eagle HT line, and the next closest dealer couldn't come anywhere close on price. Would have liked to have stayed local if I could have, but it wasn't possible.
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Longest distance I've traveled to purchase a camper?...starting from 1975 through last August purchase... about 20 miles...and still saved a bunch of money in doing do
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:44 PM   #15
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You would think that living in a large metropolitan area like Houston that one could get competitive pricing. No such luck. (I had the same lack of luck in the Phoenix/Las Vegas areas.)

They would rather save their inventory for what I call, the "Big Fish".
You know who I am talking about. ...snip... (Yup. One 'salesman' actually left DW & I in middle of looking to go talk to a "big fish" that dropped by. We then stretched that session WELL BEYOND the point where we knew they had nothing to offer just to waste that salesman's time.)

So, after visiting over 10 dealers ...snip... I ordered from Indiana RV Connection. No haggling, no BS. Just a great price. (Us too. Same company, same smooth transaction.)

Saved (a bunch) over any local quote, got to go on a mini vacation with my GF, and took a tour of the Jayco factory. ...snip
The major difference between us was that DW got sick just days before the trip so I had to go solo.
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Longest distance I've traveled to purchase a camper?...starting from 1975 through last August purchase... about 20 miles...and still saved a bunch of money in doing do
Wish we had this luck in the Asheville area.

Had good dealing with Tom Johnson in Marion on 2 trailers, but for the newest, we liked the Jayco and the floorplan better than any brand Tom Johnson sold.

The local Jayco dealer, (Miles) didn't want to even come close to what I could get price wise with a little traveling. I really wanted to buy from them, and would have paid more than the "direct" dealer to do so. But, I was not willing to pay $6500 more. (Plus tax on that additional $6500.) I was even told by the salesman he wouldn't waste his time to sell at a price even close to our quote when others were willing to pay more....
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We just purchased our first, a class A. Crazy thing is we have a camping world 5 miles away, they made us a price and I thought it was a little high. Started dealing with another CW 350 miles away, they came off another 20k, ended up a fair amount lower than I was willing to pay.

So I traveled 700 miles round trip and have a dealer 5 miles away that will take care of warranty work and maintenance


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Old 04-06-2016, 09:08 PM   #18
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Well, I just did an 1800 mile round trip, due to the cost savings. Closest Jayco dealer is an hour & 40 minutes away. I tried to give them my business but they priced themselves out. So I went to Colerain RV in Ohio. Couldn't be happier with everything.

Dave...
We just ordered from Colerain in Dayton, well..."Wholesale RV Club." I know you said you were happy with them, but how was the delivery/pickup process? Which location did you purchase from? We hope to get ours soon.

To answer the OP's question, as far as necessary. Buying local is nice only if the local dealer is someone that you want to work with and if they are willing to negotiate a fair price. A dealer must earn my business, they are certainly not going to get it just because they are local.

We are traveling an extra 10 hour round trip to buy ours, but the local dealers were thousands higher and would not budge at all. Furthermore, they honestly didn't seem to care if they made a sale or not. There was no attempt to win my business, only a "that's cheaper than we can buy it" kind of response.

It is costing me an extra $100 in gas, and a campsite fee to save several thousand dollars...it's a "no brainer" to me.
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Decided to Stay Closer to Home

We had purchased a Forest River MH which was over two hours away. When we went to pick it up, we discovered a major water intrusion problem with this brand new coach so we chose to stay close to home and go with Jayco's 2 year warranty.

We were able to get 2016 Redhawk 26X1 (Chevy chassis) from the local dealer for 25% off MSRP. I found comparable units online at a 30% discount but they were in Michigan (I'm in South Florida) however, I used that in the negotiations. I got the local dealer to throw in a spare tire and bumper mount, slide covers, tee for the propane tank and valve stem extensions, plus a small gift certificate to their retail store.

I figured that after the water problems with the Forest River, it made more sense to purchase from a local dealer in case of a problem. All in all, I think I made an okay deal and have some peace of mind of having a dealer 10 minutes away (although that may be false security)
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I just made a 2400 mile round trip from Houston to Middlebury, IN.

You would think that living in a large metropolitan area like Houston that one could get competitive pricing. No such luck.

They would rather save their inventory for what I call, the "Big Fish".
You know who I am talking about. Those who buy on impulse or just have no idea that there is over 30 to 35% mark up over retail to be put back in your pocket.

So, after visiting over 10 dealers in my area and narrowing my choices down to either the Grand Design or the Jayco, I ordered from Indiana RV Connection. No haggling, no BS. Just a great price.

Saved $5000 over any local quote, got to go on a mini vacation with my GF, and took a tour of the Jayco factory.

RV One had to be the biggest joke. Never heard so many salesman "one liners" in one sitting.


RV One you say? They have given me one of the best price quotes for me. I'm actually ready to go with them. Like others I do have a dealer close by to do any needed service work I suppose. Just wish these dealers would give a good price to begin with rather than making you get price quotes from all over the place to try and get him to come down a bit.
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