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Old 08-07-2015, 10:37 AM   #1
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X18D Purchase

Greetings. My first post here. This forum has been a wealth of information, and I have enjoyed reading everyone's posts. I am very close to pulling the trigger on a 2015 X18D. I was looking at a pop up, then a small TT, and I think the 18D offers the best of both. The 3rd bed is really the kicker, as it will allow me to bring friends along, if only for shorter weekend beach outings. Counter space is nil, but my boss has 2 39' 5ers (yes, 2) that he lets me use at will, and I don't know if a meal has ever been prepared inside, so I don't think it will be much of an issue. Some would say, why don't you just use his 5ers, well 1. they're huge 2. cumbersome 3. you need an oil well to feed the TV 4. they're huge. Other than that they're epic. Plus, there's just something about having something as your own. I have an 2008 F150 Super Crew with 5.4, and I have AirLift bags already installed, so the 18D is well below its capabilities. I'm hoping (maybe against hope) that I can get 10-12 MPG. Last year I did a Zion/Bryce Canyon trip in the bosses 5er and spent $1,000.00 on fuel. That turned me off real quick to my big RV dream.

So, that's a little about how I got here. The local (60 miles away) dealer has a fairly high optioned 2015 X18D that is "on sale" for $19,995.00. What should I go in at if the DW decides that she likes this trailer as much as me. In my head the OTD number I want is $16,000.00. Is that realistic? I know they mark these waaay up, but not sure if 20% off on a smaller RV such as this will get me laughed out of the stealership. This will be my first RV purchase, but we have been RVing for the last 8 years. I have a soon to be 3 year old (I'm truly the old man, 40), and I want this RV and our road trips to be one of his fondest memories when he is older.

Lastly, what would be considered a good interest rate at the moment for RV purchase? My credit union offers RV financing, but they are way high, 8.75%. That tells me they aren't really interested in RV financing!

Thanks again!
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:42 AM   #2
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The only thing I can comment on is that RV dealers are like car dealers in that they want to move the older models off the lot to make room for the newer ones. I would think you could get it for 16000.00 if you persisted. I have to also say that we bought our 19RD at our local RV Show (the floor model) with a MSRP of 20,000.00 -- we paid 13,000.00.
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Old 08-07-2015, 02:16 PM   #3
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Lastly, what would be considered a good interest rate at the moment for RV purchase? My credit union offers RV financing, but they are way high, 8.75%. That tells me they aren't really interested in RV financing!
Yowsers...that seems high...

We got 4.19% on a used 2011 last year...

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We are in the OC as well. From my experience you will not get as much of a discount here as you will closer to Indiana. I think we ended up getting around 24-25%. I shopped and shopped around, compared with RV direct, shopped some more, haggled till I was blue in the face, even walked away and that was the BEST that I was able to do.

They have to cover their delivery fees somehow. If it were me I would go in at $14,000 and let them work me to $15,000'ish or throw in a WDH, extra battery, etc. That said, I have only bought one trailer.
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Old 08-07-2015, 04:29 PM   #5
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C-Mouse...we'll see how it goes. We are heading over tomorrow to check out the unit. If it is as cool in person as it is in pics, we'll see how the negotiations go. Funny thing is I'm a Hoosier by birth, all of my family is still there and I'm heading back in 2 weeks for my sisters wedding. Not planning on driving back with an X18D though. Any savings would get blown on gas getting back here.
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OC, what will you be towing with? Our first combi is below and both now sold and We managed to get in the 9's most trips. The second combi gives us up in the 13's when the fates favor us. The first TT weighed about 4800# and the second 12700#. It's all about what you pull with.
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RedHorse- I guess I'll be looking at 9 MPG, because my TV is a 2008 F150 SuperCrew FX4, 3.55 gears. (Same engine as your Explorer had, 5.4 3V) I do have custom tunes in the truck, with a specific 89 octane tow tune with early torque delivery being the focus of the tune. Will hopefully help get it rolling at least. I am really hoping for double digit mpg's, but I guess I can't get too over optimistic considering it only gets 17 hwy. under it's own heft.

I'm getting a little ahead of myself though, as I haven't even seen the unit yet. I'm excited about the prospect though. Spending time with my family is very important to me, so this RV will promote more time together....if we end up with it!
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Dealer just offered us a rate of 17% on a 2015 X23B and then would only go with a shorter term of 7 yrs. Was looking for about a $200 payment but this all would make it well over $300. We were financing $15,000 on a $22,000 unit. This was at a Minneapolis dealer.
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They must have been getting one heck of a lender kick back on that deal! I will be absolutely insulted if they throw a number like that at me!
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RedHorse- I guess I'll be looking at 9 MPG, because my TV is a 2008 F150 SuperCrew FX4, 3.55 gears. (Same engine as your Explorer had, 5.4 3V) I do have custom tunes in the truck, with a specific 89 octane tow tune with early torque delivery being the focus of the tune. Will hopefully help get it rolling at least. I am really hoping for double digit mpg's, but I guess I can't get too over optimistic considering it only gets 17 hwy. under it's own heft.

I'm getting a little ahead of myself though, as I haven't even seen the unit yet. I'm excited about the prospect though. Spending time with my family is very important to me, so this RV will promote more time together....if we end up with it!
Our 5.4 was a 2 valve, don't recall the rear gears. It did ok but was a little close on the rear axle, were about 200# below the Rear GAWR. Your custom tune should help at least with the towability. Getting the torque on earlier will help get things moving. Empty with no load and 17 sounds a little short. Unloaded we saw close to 20. Maybe our driving habits, I'm pretty soft on the pedals.
But, yeah, I would look for 9's.
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