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Old 05-19-2016, 05:53 PM   #11
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Our Greyhawk came with full gas and LP tanks, various hoses, and as much PDI time as we wanted to spend with the tech. There was no charge.
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:56 PM   #12
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You can also go to the sticky for the PDI Checklist and do your own PDI if thats the case.
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Old 05-19-2016, 06:36 PM   #13
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You can also go to the sticky for the PDI Checklist and do your own PDI if thats the case.
Actually the dealer is supposed to do his own inspection and unit prep before the customer does the walk through inspection. That is what some of them charge for.
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Old 05-19-2016, 06:39 PM   #14
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I would not be comfortable giving them an additional $695.
I can think of a bunch of other things I would be comfortable buying for $695!

I guess if I were in your position and I really wanted the trailer and wanted to close the deal ASAP I would tell them I would only pay $195 processing fee (this would cover any costs they could think of) and not a penny more.

Then take the $500 you saved and get a few nice things for your new trailer!
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:00 PM   #15
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We were shopping at CW and found a good price until all the add ons were included. They wanted extra for a trailer inspection to ensure everything worked, then more for a tech to show us everything and how to work it, then more for propane and a battery, then the final insult they wanted to charge us an inspection fee on our trade in. Needless to say we went to a small family owned business and the base price was a little higher but the bottom line was lower and that's what counts. Plus they have been great about service.
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When I bought mine, there was no PDI fee, and a new Reese WD hitch was included, along with the dump tube. Depends on the dealer, and how much they want repeat business. Maybe you could tell them you won't pay the fee, but will spend most of that money at their dealership to buy some of the things you'll need.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:20 PM   #17
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Our Greyhawk came with full gas and LP tanks, various hoses, and as much PDI time as we wanted to spend with the tech. There was no charge.
+1 I bought used and it came with basic hoses, full propane, etc and all the time I needed with the tech on the walk through. The unit was powered up on 50amps & water on the lot for delivery.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:45 PM   #18
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I would converse with Costco they are VERY protective of these programs. And if you have, in writing, something that goes against the program rules, they WILL take action. This dealer would be dropped from the program if proven he violated the rules.
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:13 PM   #19
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I would converse with Costco they are VERY protective of these programs. And if you have, in writing, something that goes against the program rules, they WILL take action. This dealer would be dropped from the program if proven he violated the rules.
Yes, they are... they WILL look into it and in very short order. That initial email from the salesman could prove to be some very damning evidence and I'm certain that 695$ fee will disappear very quickly.

However, this is where things may get sticky. RV dealers are far and few between... this isn't like buying a Ford, Chevy, Toyota, ...etc.. where you have a multitude of dealers to get service from. I don't recall if this is the OP's first RV or not, but at some point you WILL MOST LIKELY have some issue that you need/want service maybe under warranty or out of warranty. This is when it becomes critical that you have established a decent relationship with your dealer and that they value you as a customer. Right/Wrong or otherwise I'd certainly want to know how they treat their customer when there is an issue....

For instance there is a lady posting on here today who had an issue with a queen bed breaking and a slide that would not go in, she is upset about her new trailer but if you read closely she made a call to her selling dealer and they came to her home today to help and are making some emergency repairs so they can still go on there outing. Dealers have a limited capacity and some repairs can take some time.... I'd want to know where I fit in the food chain should something go south. Obviously the easy customer that paid full boat might get bumped to the head of the line.

Nobody wants to overpay, but sometimes the cheapest price does not equate.

Investigate the dealer and propose some scenarios and ask how they would be handled.

Good luck with your decision and let us know how it works out.
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:38 AM   #20
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Thank you for all the replies. I ended up working with Costco and they called the dealership. All this resulted in the PDI and/or the "camp ready" fee to be dropped. I have not spoken to the dealership yet in regards to the sale. I am a little worried about how they will handle the sale now that I made such a 'fuss'. I am really hoping that they are professional about it all. My plan is just be as nice as possible and hope for the best.

On a side note. The Costco Auto program team was beyond helpful and I can not say enough good things about them.
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