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Old 10-27-2015, 02:00 PM   #11
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I'd wait until next year and look for an even better deal, but before the spring rush.

As for what the dealer paid for it, I went car buying recently. Every dealer threw his invoice price at me, right there in black and white. Before it was all over, two of the three decided I was such a super guy that they'd sell me one at a several thousand dollar loss. And people say dealers are bad guys.
New car "Dealer Invoice" is a joke! That is the value placed on the car for shipping/insurance purposes. The dealers get incentives from the manufacturers that bring down the actual cost of the car.

I've bought several new cars. Only the first one was for more than the 'invoice' price. And NEVER EVER use the dealer's financing! They get a (kickback) commission for that too.

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Old 10-27-2015, 02:48 PM   #12
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Mike837 go, "New car "Dealer Invoice" is a joke!"

Absolutely. I told one manager/closer to "Look at me. I've been buying cars since before you even were! Don't give me that invoice crapola." By the time he came up with a figure we probably could have negotiated a deal around, I was done with them. And now the emails keep coming.

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Old 10-27-2015, 03:42 PM   #13
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If a dealer is selling below his cost he should be able to make it up on volume
As for the OP; I would go back to the "best deal-dealer" and tell him to knock off another $400 for the property tax and go for it. All he can say is no (or maybe, yes!)

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Old 10-27-2015, 07:18 PM   #14
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We drove to Keystone RV in PA for ours - saved a bundle - was worth the 2 hour drive! The dealer up the street wanted more for a 264 Swift than we got our 26BH for...

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We bought a slightly used 26BH to determine if we would like to get into camping after having tent camped in the 1980s. Jobs and other activities kept us from camping for about 30 years.

We found that in our retirement we enjoyed it and ended up in our current trailer, a totally different floorplan that works much better for us.

Chances are that your first trailer will provide the experience necessary to determine what might be best for your family. Since we are a couple we don't need a bunkhouse model, but thought that bunks would be good for grand kids. Turns out that they don't come with us very often. If you have kids you will appreciate a bunkhouse style trailer.

I would guess that there are a good number of good used 26BH or similar trailers out there for you to get your feet wet in.

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Old 10-27-2015, 09:30 PM   #16
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You will find that some dealers just will not budge much off MSRP, while others will knock off the 20-30% or more. And it does apply to the less expensive units. RV direct and Keystone RV in PA. would likely have good prices on those units.

Keystone RV in PA saved us quite a bit. I believe we got about 30% off msrp. There were no delivery or prep fees. I paid only tax and tags. When we bought I didn't know about RV Direct but my sister saved even more with them... Crabman is spot on here.
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Old 10-27-2015, 11:44 PM   #17
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I spent significant time on researching and also have chosen the trailer I want to buy (28DSBH). Was planning to do this in March/April, but we found out that second baby is on the way, so I am planning to wait for 2017 model. Would four months baby ready to go for camping?

Also, driving to Des Moines (RV Direct) will save me $2.5-3k (after all travel costs). This is 1,800 miles from West Coast one way. Based on your experience, is it worth to drive that far?
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^^ we took our babies camping at 10 weeks.

I too considered to trip to Des Moines, I decided my time is worth more. I figured it two days out, two days at a local CG putting the TT through its paces and hopefully it wouldn't need any repairs made, then 3-4 days home. The shortest that trip would be was a week and I just didn't want to spend a week retrieving a TT for a $2500 savings.
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Thanks clubhouse! Yeah, probably I will skip this trip and will pay for the transport to WC.
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Congrads on the baby bono. All 3 of ours started at 7 days old. The 2 older ones can make a salesman blush on their knowledge of these things.

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