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Old 03-13-2015, 09:07 PM   #1
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Question Camping World - WDS Setup Cost

I'll be headed up to Camping World this Friday to pick up my new camper!! I am really pumped!!

Anyway, during negotiation of the camper the dealership wanted to charge me $800.00 for the entire setup of the towing system. I asked them to clarify what was included for the $800.00. The dealer told me that I would receive a trailer brake controller and a weight distribution system with all necessary setup and installation. Well, I already had a TBC on my F150 and I had planned to get my own WDS on Amazon based on the suggestions I received from the great people on this forum. My WDS showed up today and I plan to bring it with me to the dealership to setup the camper on Friday. I'm pretty handy and have all the tools needed to setup the WDS except I will need to drill holes in the trailer for the sway controller. How much do you think that the dealer will charge me to assist with this? I just want to know what I'll be looking at. I asked my sales rep this question today and he said I would have to ask the mechanics the day of. Anyway, has anyone ever had an experience like this?

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Old 03-13-2015, 10:22 PM   #2
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If I were the sales guy I would want you to leave feeling happy and get the service dept. to do it at no cost to you in appreciation for buying from them.
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:54 AM   #3
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We bought our camper at CW Indy and they didn't charge anything for hitch set up. You spent enough on the trailer, the hitch set up should be incidental, IMHO.
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:09 AM   #4
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When I had my dealer add a left-side sway bar to my trailer, they charged for 1/2 hour of labor ($60 I think). Since I had no heavy-duty drill or thread taps, it seemed reasonable to me.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:27 AM   #5
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We bought ours at CW in Utah and they threw in an equalizer hitch including install to thank us for purchasing the trailer from them. I didn't even ask for that since we already had one. So I sold the old and kept the new one. I'm sure they hid that cost somewhere but still felt good to get that.

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Old 03-14-2015, 10:17 AM   #6
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Most dealers in my area usually deeply discount hitches if not thrown in and free install and setup with tt purchase.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:42 AM   #7
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Dad taught me, "No free lunch"! If hitch etc is thrown in, its buried in the buy somewhere. If you already have or want to get the WDH somewhere else, ask them how much they will knock off the price. $800 sounds excessive although I remember I paid $500 with my first TT back in 06 but I needed everything on my F150 at the time and had no knowledge concerning a HD hitch system. With my last purchase in 2014 I said I already had a set up. Think they were a little miffed that the hitch had to be adjusted to handle the height of the new WH but only charged me $50 labor.
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Old 03-14-2015, 02:06 PM   #8
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In October I purchased our 2015 Eagle from CW in Kingston NY. I wanted a Blue Ox Sway Pro hitch and the dealer didn't sell them. I purchased the Blue Ox from Etrailer and took it with me for the PDI. I'm very handy and wouldn't have any issue setting it up. After the PDI the tech helped me install the Blue Ox and setup at N/C. When all was done, the tech was great from start to finish so I gave the tech a $50 bill.

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Old 03-14-2015, 06:26 PM   #9
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Hard to control any transaction when the seller knows you are "really pumped". This is why you are being taken advantage of. That $800.00 is way too much money they are quoting you. If it were me, I would call the salesman and tell him to cancel the order. Be willing to walk away from this if you can. Way too many dealers and RV's out there that you could be happy with. This is an early sign of things to come when you need service from these people. I think after your call to the sales rep. to cancel he will be a little more motivated to get off his behind and do his job by negotiating with that service department on your behalf. I wouldn't arrive back to that dealership to pick up anything until all the details and costs were spelled out before you got there. Take control.
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:48 PM   #10
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they gave me a great deal with the wdh and installed and set it up for nothing then they installed my sway bar I brought in too ... the set up isn't that hard I would think an hour at most labor

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