Originally Posted by glbtrekker
... Anyway, at this point, we have selected our dealer. I was actually hoping to get advice on the actual purchasing process (sorry...should have been more clear). Pitfalls to avoid, items to verify, things I need to check for to make sure that we don't get taken advantage of, etc.
Also, I do need advice about a good hitch. Thanks for bringing that up. I've read several threads about the merits of the Reese Dual Cam and Equalizer. Seems that the Reese might be just a smidgen better in sway control, but much more finicky to adjust. Is that a fair assessment? Also, how does the Husky Centerline compare? Thanks everybody!
Sounds like you've got everything set wrt the dealer you'll be doing business with. Good for you.
As far as advice on the purchase process
, I'm sure others will chime in here, but here's some basics.
- Make sure you go over the order form very closely to make sure everything you want is clearly identified.
Ask to see the specific order form they'll be sending to Jayco.
- Watch out for extra charges that the dealer tries to add.
You can expect extra charges for Delivery, Prep, & Processing Fees. Other then that, ask the dealership to justify the charges.
- Since you're buying out of state, they should charge you Sales tax, but you'll probably have to pay that to your own state when you register your trailer.
You may want to confirm this.
- Since you're buying out of state you may want to check with your DMV to get transfer plates and to see what the process is to register your trailer.
Not sure if your state requires an inspection or what paper work you'll need.
If you need specific paper work, make sure you get this from the dealership when you take delivery.
- Make sure the Purchase Agreement the dealership provides you has all the options correctly listed and any other work you expect them to perform.
Note: The your Purchase Agreement the dealership gives you is different from the order sheet they send to Jayco - so make sure both agree.
- Not sure if you'll be financing the trailer, but if you are, the dealership will probably offer you financing services. Check around so you have a comparison so you can determine if the dealerships financing is good or not.
- The dealership may also offer you an extended warranty. That's a personal decision and you probably should think about if you want it or not. You could check with the dealership to see what their cost is and it's offered through.
If you are thinking about getting an extended warranty, this is something you could also check with at your local dealer. If you buy an extended warranty through your local dealer, they probably would be more willing to take care of you.
Though I've purchased an extended warranty on our trailer - primarily because of all the electronics on our unit and for peace of mind, but I'm still of the opinion that extended warranties are not worth what you pay for them.
As far as delivery / pick up
- Get yourself a good PDI list, there's many here on the forum and on-line if you do a Google search.
- I would email the PDI list to the dealer to inform them what you plan to do (i.e., on your own) to inspect the trailer prior to final sale processing.
- Don't finish the sale / give the dealership the final payment / balance for the trailer until you've thoroughly checked out the trailer.
See Fairenatic post on his trailer inspection at the bottom of page 2 of this thread http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...i-33788-2.html
to get an idea. Fairenatic provided an excellent post on what he did to inspect his new trailer.
- If things need to be fixed, don't pay for the unit and come back when the trailer's in the condition you expect to take delivery.
I'm sure there's a lot more things to consider that others will contribute.
As far as the WDH
, a lot of my camping buddies have the Reese Dual Cam and love them. You're correct in the Reese DC is a little more finicky in setup. If you do get a Reese DC and looking for some setup help, PM because I have a camping buddy that is an expert at its setup.
When we had TTs, we had the Hensley Arrow hitch. It's expensive, but the best hitch I ever owned. Now that we have a 5vr, I can honestly say that the Hensley hitch made the TT tow just like a 5vr. Absolutely no sway what so ever.
Hope this is of some help to you.
Good luck with the purchasing process.