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Old 08-17-2016, 10:41 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

We've just started to browse for our first trailer, so trying to get a handle on the myriad of choices out there. You'll be hearing many questions from me, I'm sure!

So far Jayco is at the top of my list, based on quality comments I've been reading, balanced against price/value.

We're in the Denver area, any recommendations or warning about Jayco dealers within a reasonable distance. (a couple of hours)

Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:55 AM   #2
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Beware of Brand Loyalty. (I have none)


- Primarily choose based on floorplan. Will this portable house fit my family's needs?
- Are all the amenities (appliances) we need part of the RV?
- Is it well constructed? Corners fit well. Doors operate smoothly.
- Will your truck pull the monster? Find out the capabilities of your tow vehicle BEFORE you shop for a TT or 5'r. Plunking down an extra $60K because the Frontier will be a bit overwhelmed the Eagle 27.5 that you fell in love with.


Shop with your head on straight and the family in tow. Get opinions from all of them.


Negotiating tip. Keep the whiny brats close by. Walk away to tend to them in order to think clearly about your next offer. 30-35% off MSRP is normal. Start at 60% and make 'em earn it!
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:19 AM   #3
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Thanks Mike,

One comment I've heard a lot is that dealer support makes a lot of difference, which I believe. I know that, like cars, you can have issues with any brand, so how it's dealt with makes all the difference in your frustration level. I had a major problem with my truck, but the dealer was so great that what could have been a catastrophe felt more like a minor bump in the road. That's why I'm looking for dealer recommendations.

As you suggested, I'm shopping primarily on floor plan/amenities. It does help, however, when you hear predominantly good things about a brand, vs the opposite.

I did do all the math as far as my truck capabilities, and I've got plenty of head room there. I didn't want to get behind the eight ball on that one, which I'm sure isn't uncommon.
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Thanks Mike,
One comment I've heard a lot is that dealer support makes a lot of difference, ...snip...I didn't want to get behind the eight ball on that one, which I'm sure isn't uncommon.
Your planning is much better than your first post seemed to suggest.

I'm too much of a DIY'er to be much help in which dealer offers the best support. I bought my 19RD at Camping World in Kingston, NY. I've since picked up some accessories there. The propane fitting was actually incorrect and I wound up modifying it, rather than hiking an hour+ each way.

Keep shopping. Again keep everybody in the family in the loop.

Others here will chime in on their dealer experience and some online deals as well. But you need to narrow down which two or three models will suit your needs first.

Visit a couple of dealers and browse!

Then discuss with everybody that will live in the thing for "too many" or "too few" (you'll understand, one day, Grasshopper) days at a time....

Then jump in with both feet and HAVE FUN!!!
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