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Old 04-05-2016, 06:12 PM   #1
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What's the furthest you have traveled to buy an RV?

Just wondering if it's worth it to save a couple grand or would it be best to stay with your local guy? Got a real good price on a unit but it's 5+ hours away as opposed to my local dealer about 15 minutes. I'm thinking it's good to stay in the good graces with your local guy in case of future work needed.
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:26 PM   #2
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I traveled 3,600 mi round trip (AZ to Middlebury). I would have LOVED to deal with a local salesman/dealership. The reality is I traveled hundreds of miles (Phoenix to Las Vegas and in between) looking for someone I could work with. EVERY SALES PERSON I ENCOUNTERED SUCKED.

Well, that's not totally true. There was one that seemed decent, but he couldn't give me a price and when he did (about a week later) it was for the trailer MSRP! He could have given me that within minutes of talking to him, not a week later.

I gave up and ordered my trailer online.
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Spend a little time at your local dealer talk to the service writer then ask to meet the service manager. If you build a relationship with the service team they will save you $2,000 dollars in time parts and agrivation during the warrantee period.
Be honest tell sales and service you have a second quote and see what they can throw in to ease the pain and bring the price closer together. I am for trying to work with the local rep and consider his costs. Purchase where you can get the best value cost being only one of the factors.
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We have purchased 3 fifth wheels all from the same dealer. Unfortunately they are 300 miles away. Each time we say, next time we'll go somewhere closer, but then they always have the best deal and give the best trade. At this point, I'm sure we'll never learn.

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I travelled once a 2200 miles roundtrip and the last used one I bought was a 900 mile roundtrip. If Jayco would sell direct I would pick them up at the factory. When the price is right including the travel cost........I would be on the road again.
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New to the forum and funny how relevant this topic is.

I am about to go 2300 miles one way to pick up my new 355w Seismic.
I would buy local if the pricing was better. CW is the only dealer near me that carries the Seismic line and they are priced $10k more than I am paying for a unit that has $5k more in options. So a $15k difference. Well worth the drive for me.

My last toyhauler I went 1200 miles one way to buy due to great pricing. Had it for 2 1/2 yrs and sold it for $3k less than I paid new. It takes a little effort but pays off in the long term.
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Welcome to the JOF and be safe picking up your new Seismic.
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Welcome to the JOF and be safe picking up your new Seismic.
Thanks....Love a good road trip.
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Planning to travel 2,300 miles one way this summer to pick up a trailer from Middlebury, IN.
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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.

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