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Old 09-03-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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Question Negotiated Price and Options by Phone

We just spent two days negotiating by phone with a dealer that is further away than our local one (local one is not that close either). We put down a $100.00 credit card deposit, by phone on a 2,011 X17C Jay Feather Sport. If all goes well when we go to sign the contract, my husband and I will be owners of our first travel trailer. I am a bit worried since we don't have anything on paper that we negotiated by phone and wonder if anyone ever did it this way before and, if so, how did it work out? We didn't even see the trailer. The dealer closest to us only had 17 Z's on the lot and we did not want to travel back and forth so far to see the 17 C so I called about it. Before I knew it we found ourselves negotiating by phone. The pictures and floorplan look very much alike but the C weighs a bit less and is shorter - 17'11''. Our SUV can only pull up to 18 feet so we choose the C over the Z.
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Sabina, we did about the same thing when we bought ours. I put $100 down without seeing the tt. (They never actually charged the card) When we got to the dealer we inspected the tt to make sure that was what we wanted, did a little more negotiating - basically had them throw in the Equalizer hitch - and finished up all the paper work. Everything worked out OK. Good luck and keep us posted!
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:40 AM   #3
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We did almost the same thing. We negotiated over the phone on a new JayFlight 22FB and got the price down 30% (our goal). We didn't leave a deposit though, we drove to the dealer the next day did a complete inspection and bought it.
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We researched through online/internet sites. When we saw the 30% off MSRP quote which we asked to have emailed to us, we took the "written" quote to the "local" dealer (via phone/email) to see if he would match it. He did and we bought over the phone. Do you know the formula to figure 30% off MSRP? Let me know and I can post or PM.
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Good luck Sabina !!

We bought our first TT the same way. We had totally researched online and found the cheapest dealer and things went very very well. Actually we were more impressed by the unit when we were sitting in it than looking at it online.
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Congrats Sabina! Have you made maiden voyage plans yet?
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Congrats Sabina! Have you made maiden voyage plans yet?
Thanks!

Don't want to go too far from home on our first trip. We have a few favorite places to camp but none have hookups. The closest very favorite to home is a state park in Delaware ( Cape Henlopen) which takes about four and a half hours fast driving to get to from where we live, water is on most sites and they have modern bathrooms and showers, washers and dryers. The park is gorgeous and many sites are huge, though. If anyone ever wants to go there we know you would love it. Another favorite is a D.E.C. park up in the Catskills, called North South Lake, (not far from here) but no hookups. As tent campers we never needed electricity or sewer so we camped in many different state or municipal parks in various states here on the East Coast, from Connecticut to Key West Florida. We have been almost everywhere in the state of Florida, tent camping. If anyone has suggestions for the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania area let me know. We, of course, need full hookups so we can test everything on our new camper.
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And of course, don't forget the pics!
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And of course, don't forget the pics!
I just mentioned pics in a different post. Anyway, I would love to post pics but have to wait for one of my kids to show me how. I know my computer can do it because when my daughter was staying with us (her husband is in Special Forces in the Marines so she and my granddaughter lived with us while he was in Iraq and than Afghanistan) she was posting pictures all the time using my computer. Talking about my daughter, she and my sweet,sweet, granddaughter, whom I miss terribly, just went back home to Colorado, where we hope to take the Jayco next year. After that we are off to California where one of our sons lives. We are hoping a small hybrid like our new Jayco 17C can make a trip like that from here in NY.
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Sabina,

Don't be afraid to "dry camp/boondock" without hookups or electricity for a few days at a time, then find a dump station at a commercial campground that will permit you to empty your grey and black water tanks for a fee. You might consider a one night stay at a commercial campground with full hookups near your residence just to try out all the features of your new trailer without having to tow it too far.

If you have not considered towing mirrors you may want to do so. The side mirrors on your Nissan do not extend far enough out to allow you to see the sides of the tt and traffic coming up beside it. The Nissan mirrors will allow you to see the front of the tt and not much else. There are several brands of clip on mirrors available; here is a link to the McKesh brand we use: http://www.hensleymfg.com/mckeshmirrors.html

Good luck on your maiden voyage!
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