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Old 01-28-2011, 10:45 PM   #1
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Kinda dissappointed.....

in a local dealer. They have very little inventory and seem a little hesitant to help a new shopper. So I found one of the online dealers and I asked for a quote. They came off the MSRP about 30% on their first quote. I have never purchased an rv. Is this about as good as I can expect, or like car dealers, should I never jump at their first offer?

Any of you who have purchased from the online dealers, please help with your comments and advice.

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Old 01-28-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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30% off listed MSRP is a good deal. Some might get 32% off and some might only get 28% off. Thus, 30% off is a good deal.

Also... Before signing, remember to "negociate" any optional included items as well. For example, WD system, slider topper (slide awning), AC cover, special tires (like chrome instead of white), Brake Controller for your Tow Vehicle, etc. etc. Thus, getting 30% off those "bundled" items as well.

Happy shopping...

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Old 01-29-2011, 08:37 AM   #3
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Couple of thoughts. Did you talk to a salesperson or the owner? If you talked to a salesperson I'd go back in and ask to speak to the owner. Explain your interested in a trailer and express your initial concerns/disappointments. Money talks and if the dealer wants your business they have to earn it. Little inventory, could be your local dealer might have sold off last years models/inventory and hasn't got in his 2011 models yet. You didn't mention where you're from but if you live in a cold climate this might be the case because sales really fall off during the winter months. They don't want alot of inventory just sitting there. Example: around here places like Home Depot are selling off their snow blowers now and won't be getting any more in 'till next fall. Also, you didn't mention what model you're looking at but few dealers keep all models in stock, they'll concentrate on their most popular sellers. Nothing against online sales but keep in mind, that local dealer who is a little hesitant on helping a new shopper will probably carry that same attitude if any service/warranty work is needed on a unit weather they sold the trailer or not.

I agree that 30% off is a pretty good deal, but like Spike99 mentioned above try to carry that 30% as far as you can on dealer options and accessories. Some have printed the quote from an online dealer and taken it to their local dealer to see how far that dealer will go to earn your business. If you're not happy with the dealer who isn't willing to help you (don't blame you a bit) do you have another dealer that's close to see what they can do for you?

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Old 01-29-2011, 08:55 AM   #4
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There is more than price...

Did sales person show you different floor plans? We spent over 4 hours learning about floor plans and different layout and what fit us best. I'm a tall guy at 6'2" I want to fit in side with ducking, folding myself up in bed, etc... I wore a cowboy hat that day so if any was to low it would hit the hat first. (Warning sign). Make sure you lay down in the bed and get comfortable positions and make sure you fit. What good is it to buy a trailer you can't sleep in comfort? Being the bathroom is the smallest room make sure you can fit in there. Stand in the shower, sit on the can. Etc.

Did the the sales person show you construction of the TT? Ok the next step of the day the sale person was showing us different frame designs and coach constructions. Then when into internal contruction showing cabinet door construction, bench seating, etc... Sale person went as far to show the different between brands and years of models.

We opted for a heavier enclosed frame of the Jayco versus the light version knowing that we might tow it up a few forestry road now and them for camping.

If you enjoy cooking you might make sure you got enough counter space for cooking. Most trailers are very short for work room.

After about 8 hours... We found a lonely RV sit back in a corner... By about a week later it came home with us...
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:44 AM   #5
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I used this site, wholesalervclub.com to get a quote on the unit I was looking for and then took that quote to my dealer. The dealer then beat their price. I don't think I could have gotten any lower. I thought 30% off the MSRP was a good deal. It all depends if you are happy with the deal you get. That's about all that counts to me. Someone will probably always say they got a better deal.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:04 PM   #6
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my two cents is simple. This is the best time of year to buy a camper especially if you live in North East. Lots are usually full and no one is buying. Negotiate your ass off..lol. I find dealers are just trying to move inventory at this point with little to no profit. The 2 times I bought at this time of year, first was Fleetwood pop up that was 14,900 walked out at 7,900. Second time I had just bought my Jayfeather 24J the year before, they paid it off and came down to 25g after taxes on my Jayco 314BDS Eagle Superlite.(list i think is 32 and change) So long and short shop around and Mopar is right there is more to buying then just price. Warranty is important and so is the shop that executes the work. I found another place to do work on camper under warranty other then dealer that I bought unit from. Price was great but service dept lost my confidence.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:10 PM   #7
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Good info.

Thanks for all the good points to consider. I prefer to by from a local dealer, but will only do business where I feel they have earned my dollar. I would not expect a local dealer to spend hours or days educating me on the different models and then meet the online dealers quote. I feel service is worth a little more in the price and I would be willing to pay for it.

But, I am seeing more interest in making the sale from an email dealer than the guy down the street. Sure I have to drive a few hundred miles to pick it up but I guess that is just part of it. As far as servicing it, I expect a Jayco dealer to service my new Jayco, no matter where it was purchased. I'm sure Jayco does too.

Bottom line for me is if a local dealer wants me to buy from him, then he needs to get a trailer in here for me to see (or arrange one for me) and then be competitive on his price. He doesn't have to be the lowest, just competitive.

Thanks again guys.

I appreciate your comments.
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I agree they should definitely earn your business. Shop around and be aggressive. Trust me there not selling campers like crazy this time of year, unless your in a year round warm climate. Then that could be different. As far as warranty, any Jayco Authorized shop can perform repairs in the event you do buy online. Good luck keep us posted!
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fyshy1...have you thought about buying used by someone who might be in a "disparate" situation that has to sell a good used unit?
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:39 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the good points to consider. I prefer to by from a local dealer, but will only do business where I feel they have earned my dollar. I would not expect a local dealer to spend hours or days educating me on the different models and then meet the online dealers quote. I feel service is worth a little more in the price and I would be willing to pay for it.

But, I am seeing more interest in making the sale from an email dealer than the guy down the street. Sure I have to drive a few hundred miles to pick it up but I guess that is just part of it. As far as servicing it, I expect a Jayco dealer to service my new Jayco, no matter where it was purchased. I'm sure Jayco does too.

Bottom line for me is if a local dealer wants me to buy from him, then he needs to get a trailer in here for me to see (or arrange one for me) and then be competitive on his price. He doesn't have to be the lowest, just competitive.

Thanks again guys.

I appreciate your comments.


I was kinda in the same spot, wanted to buy close by, couldn`t make it happen. With one dealer I asked for 2 quotes on different units from their websites "request a quote" site, where you fill in the info about what you are interested in. Never got a return phone call, email, nothing. These were units they did not have on the lot at the time. They would of course have to order them. Didn`t wanna make a sale very badly did they?

I tried another one and the salesman did call back. He gave me a price that was up in the stratosphere. Would not come down, said they were "selling like hotcakes at that price" and that was it. Keep in mind this is Summer 2009 in the heart of the financial crisis and one of the worse sales years on record in RV history. TURNOFF.

So I got the quote from RV direct in minutes,all questions were promptly answered either by email or phone, ordered it a few days later with 10% down and it was ready for pickup in about 6 weeks just when they said it would be. All paperwork was handled either via email or overnight FEDEX. Easy and no hidden fees. I even financed with them and they knocked off another 500.00. Made the 430 mile trip to Albany to get it and the wife and I made a nice little getaway out of the whole thing. PDI was very professional and thorough. We camped overnight about 30 miles from the dealer to try everything out and relax before the trip home.

I prefer to buy local whenever possible and if you can get a dealer to work with you and get reasonably close in price, then that`s the way to go. If not the online direct or wholesale dealers are a viable option. At least they want your business.

I really do not have any local dealers anyway, there are a few within 70 miles that sell something I was not interested in. As I said I would have liked to buy closer for all the usual and obvious reasons but could not make it happen.


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