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Old 03-25-2016, 10:29 PM   #1
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How far did you go?

How far did you travel to pick up your first camper? I have what I feel is a great deal on a 26bh in front of me, but I will need to travel about 600 miles (9hrs) one way to get it. I've never pulled anything other than a 5'x10' landscaping trailer and I'm worried that my trip back with the camper will be challenging one. Trying to weigh how much of a pain it will be to go get it into the cost. Driving this far will save me about $3000.
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Go for it. Book a couple sites on the turn trip
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The only down side is if you can't find a local dealer to service it for you if needed
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:16 AM   #4
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Luckily I found ours locally. Just keep in mind that the return trip you'll be driving slower with a trailer so add on that additional time. Agree with above, grab a site one night.
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We bought our first trailer years ago while living in Hinton AB. There was one dealer on the way to Edmonton. Once in Edmonton there were a few. I thought somewhere there we would find something. Many stops in between and we finally ended up in Calgary. Our route put on over 600 kms one way.
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Is this a new trailer? If no other dealer closer will even meet you somewhere in the middle, or even cheaper than 1/2, go for it!!! Hard part is going through the trailer before signing the papers, and having time for repairs if needed before heading home.

Make sure the tire pressure is good to go (including the spare tire!!!), lug nuts are torqued properly, wdh adjusted, and the brake controller adjusted. Take the right equipment to be able to replace a tire in the even you get a flat. Jack, some boards for the jack (to raise the jack if needed), socket/ ratchet/ torque wrench, etc.

As for towing a larger trailer, just remember that stopping distance is increased, and when turning do not cut the corner!!! The longer the trailer, the further you need to go into the intersection before turning so the trailer doesn't clip the car waiting to turn/ or possibly the median. Check your mirrors as you are making turns to make sure you won't clip anything with the trailer. Take your time and you will be fine!

Good luck!!!
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Forget worrying about dealer service. In this day and age, people move all the time and dealers have a real hard time trying to tell someone who moved from Indiana to Ky that they won't service that trailer they brought down with them. My experience with a local dealer [who quoted me a higher price and lost the sale] was great when I took my W Hawk in for final warrantee service on the TT I drove 450 miles one way to buy for thousands less.

Go easy on the drive back, pay attention at the pickup [do your homework], and if possible take a veteran RV owner with you on the trip.
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If a dealership won't work on a vehicle that wasn't bought there, they won't ever get my money. Besides, as with cars, isn't service (and used models)where all the money is?

Btw, I drove roughly 170 miles round trip to pick up mine
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I traveled 1200 miles one way to Middlebury, Indiana.

Saved about $5000, spend about $1000 in hotels and fuel.

But, I got to take a mini vacation and really enjoyed the few nights in the TT on the way back. No reservations. Just stopped at ones I found along the way.

Was worth every penny\mile. I would do it again.
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If a dealership won't work on a vehicle that wasn't bought there, they won't ever get my money. Besides, as with cars, isn't service (and used models)where all the money is?

Btw, I drove roughly 170 miles round trip to pick up mine
Dealers don't make any money on warranty service. They are lucky to break even.
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