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Old 09-11-2018, 12:00 PM   #1
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Order from factory or what's on dealer's lot???

Hey everyone, new to the forum but have owned pop-ups, TTs and a Class C.
Now that the kids are grown and retirement is just up the road, we are back looking for our next motorhome. Won't bore you with the details but we are between a Class C diesel or a larger Class A gasser. Will do a lot of travel but will mostly hit Nat'l and State parks, etc so don't want anything over 32' to limit us.
Anyway, I'm aware that it's hit or miss with quality. So my question is, do folks who have ordered a unit from the factory find that the quality of the build was better than what was seen on the lot?
I guess my thinking is they might pay a little better attention to the build process if it is a customer order, rather than just going to some dealer's lot.......
What do you think?

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Old 09-11-2018, 12:11 PM   #2
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I don't think it make any difference. They build them all the same.
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Unless you can't find a specific model, I actually think that you are better off buying off of the lot at this point. That way, you can inspect the quality in person while you are shopping and not be stuck with a unit that you put money down on coming in with all sorts of issues.
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:32 PM   #4
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Buying off the lot you may get a better price than a factory order.
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:35 PM   #5
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If it's a dealer lot order they get built better because they still have to sell it, customer orders have been sold already
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I bought my last Jayco off the lot at a steep discount. It has been virtually trouble free except for normal maintenance and wear and tear for 7 years.

I have ordered one built for me (sob) and there are always surprises. Something you see listed may be discontinued or changed by the time you get it. I liked seeing what I was buying before I bought it.
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Old 09-11-2018, 02:26 PM   #7
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We've done both ways. Our '93 Jayco 2018 pop-up was ordered and so was our old ''03 Kiwi 17a hybrid. Our current X20E hybrid was off the lot. I'd say quality was about the same. Never had anything major wrong and all 3 units were pretty solid overall. All 3 did have a number of small issues that I fixed myself, things like doors not quite lined up right, misaligned dead bolt on both hybrids, a few loose screws on the interior, that sort of thing. Price has more to do with when you buy then whether it's ordered or not. We actually didn't get a great price on our X20E because we bought it in mid-may.
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Old 09-12-2018, 07:45 AM   #8
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Quality does not matter.

I prefer buying off the lot for two reasons. First, I get to inspect the unit closely before deciding. Look behind drawers, sit on the furniture, stand in all the regular places, etc. See if it really 'fits'.

Second, dealers discount units depending on how long they sit on the lot. The longer it sits the more they will knock the price down. Of course you run the risk of someone buying it before the price drops too much, especially these days.

Downside is the units on the lot may not have the options you want.

Factory workers don't care (and probably don't know) if the unit is going to a dealer or if it is special order so build quality will be the same. They just have a build sheet for the unit they are working on.
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Unless you can't find a specific model, I actually think that you are better off buying off of the lot at this point. That way, you can inspect the quality in person while you are shopping and not be stuck with a unit that you put money down on coming in with all sorts of issues.
X2 for me - I want to be able to spend time checking the unit and knowing exactly what Iím getting before offering a price!
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Thanks for the replies. Kinda what I was feeling as well, but wanted to check with those who have ordered one.
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