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Old 04-29-2016, 02:47 PM   #1
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My wife and i started camping with our family about 10 years ago, give or take :-)

We started out with a small Jayco popup that fit us and our kids OK, but as they got bigger we sold our camper for a larger Jayco popup (2010 Jayco 1206). Found out that just because you van can tow 3,500 lbs doesn't mean you should (I *think* the camper was around 2,400 lbs and it was tough taking it to the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky with a fully loaded van, BTW Mammoth Caves were excellent).

Now we're looking to buy a new Jayco Feather 25BH, however our nearest Jayco dealer about 30 minutes from where we live isn't budging very much on the sticker price, so we're strongly considering taking the 7 hour trip out to Indiana to buy one there.

If anyone has experience doing this and has any recommendations on a) where to go, and b) what percent off MSRP we can expect to get there, please (please, please) message me :-)

In exchange for your help, I promise to provide the same help to others down the road who might want feedback on our buying experience :-)

Thank you (moderators) for running this website and allowing me to join!

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Old 04-29-2016, 02:53 PM   #2
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Welcome to the JOF and happy trailer shopping.

I bought from Indiana RV Connection in Middlebury, IN. Smooth transaction with NO surprises. Very happy and wouldn't change a thing.... although the 3,600 mi round trip was a bit long.
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Hello Buffalonian and welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum!

I live in your neck of the woods up in Niagara County.

Are you referring to that big bad Jayco Dealer on Southwestern Blvd? I purchased my Jayflight 27RLS there last spring and did quite well with my deal, however it took 2 days of haggling, mostly getting a good trade-in allowance and my wife playing "bad cop" in order to get the price I wanted. I would try them again, especially now at the end of the month as sales quotas come into play. I would just say to them this is the price you will pay for that unit and see if they will counter offer. You can always tell them that you have a better deal from the Jayco Dealer in Rochester and see if they take the bait.

Good luck and stop back here soon!
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Welcome to the JOF and happy trailer shopping.

I bought from Indiana RV Connection in Middlebury, IN. Smooth transaction with NO surprises. Very happy and wouldn't change a thing.... although the 3,600 mi round trip was a bit long.
Thanks for your feedback :-)

I've seen their name come up before, so they are on my list to check out. If you have the name of the sales person and wouldn't mind sharing, I'd appreciate it :-)

Can I ask approximately how much off of the MSRP you were able to get? If that's not an appropriate question for this forum, please let me know (I'm still learning about proper etiquette for this forum).

Also, did you close the deal over the phone and then drive there when it was ready to be picked up, or should I expect to have to drive there to sign on the dotted line and possibly have to make a separate trip to pick it up?

Please send me a private message if you don't want to post your response to the whole forum.

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Old 04-29-2016, 03:25 PM   #6
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Hello Buffalonian and welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum!

I live in your neck of the woods up in Niagara County.

Are you referring to that big bad Jayco Dealer on Southwestern Blvd? I purchased my Jayflight 27RLS there last spring and did quite well with my deal, however it took 2 days of haggling, mostly getting a good trade-in allowance and my wife playing "bad cop" in order to get the price I wanted. I would try them again, especially now at the end of the month as sales quotas come into play. I would just say to them this is the price you will pay for that unit and see if they will counter offer. You can always tell them that you have a better deal from the Jayco Dealer in Rochester and see if they take the bait.

Good luck and stop back here soon!
Yes, that's the place :-)

It's been an interesting process... they started just below the MSRP and made it clear they did NOT want my trade. They eventually came down a little in price, but not much. Then eventually WANTED my trade and increased the trade-in value by $2,000 but also increased the price of the new camper as if I couldn't figure that out! When I said no to the trade, but wanted to confirm the price on the new camper (w/o the trade), the price stayed at the new higher price!!

They said the increased price was because of their "sale" where they would match a $500 deposit. I asked is the price would come back down after the "sale" but they said 'no'. Interesting sales tactics :-)

I'll let you know how I eventually make out.
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Thanks for your feedback :-)

I've seen their name come up before, so they are on my list to check out. If you have the name of the sales person ...snip...
Can I ask approximately how much off of the MSRP you were able to get? ...snip...
Also, did you close the deal over the phone ...snip...
Please send me a private message if you don't want to post your response to the whole forum.

Thanks,
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Len:

To begin, buying our trailer goes back to the last few weeks of 2014 to get in on the 2015 building schedule. After nearly a year and a half, I've forgotten many details and don't believe I'll be much help. Sorry.

I don't recall if the initial contact was phone or email and don't recall the names of the folks I communicated with. Most of the information we exchanged was by email, not verbal, to prevent misunderstandings and have a 'paper trail.' IMO, Indiana RV Connection is a 'lean' organization. I never saw a large contingent of salespeople, unlike some RV sales places I've seen.

As far as I know, JOF does not have restrictions on talking prices etc. However, I don't recall the MSRP or what I paid. I do recall I was OK with what they quoted and it was in the range folks talk about on this site; 25% to 30% off the MSRP.

After the preliminary emails etc., the purchase agreement was sent to me electronically, I signed it, and I FAXed it back. They ordered the unit and called me when it was built and when they picked it up. Then we established a date for me to pick it up.

This is probably less information than you wanted, but I hope it is of some help.
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Hi Len, small world, I used to live in Tonawanda, now Cleveland. We have an excellent dealer here in Cleveland by the name of Jim's trailer sales in Grafton (Jtsrv.com). He carries Jayco and Coachmen. You can email them or call them, ask for Jimmy (owner) and tell him Lance sent you. Hopefully he can help and it's a bit closer than IN.
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Welcome to JOF! Enjoy the camper when the deal is done. Personally shopping is fun but buying is a chore for me. I hate the games salesman play.
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