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Old 02-16-2013, 01:13 PM   #11
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I've found out that when I get a quote I want a breakdown of all charges ( Unit- transportation- sales tax- license fee- documentation fee etc...). That way I can compare dealers more accuarately.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #12
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What dealer did you buy from?
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:46 PM   #13
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What dealer did you buy from?
Indiana RV Connection, 3 miles from the Jayco factory. Price was $21,777 versus price at TX dealer of $24,985.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:51 PM   #14
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This makes sense, but it seems like the Jayco dealers country-wide would be able to post the same MSRP no matter what part of the country they are located in, but also include a "transportation fee" that would reflect the cost of moving the unit from Indiana to whatever part of the country.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:18 PM   #15
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According to Richardsonís RV in CA (Internet Sales) where we purchased our 2013 Eagle 284BHS, the delivery charges are based on miles from the Indiana Jayco Plant. They quoted us $1900 to ship it to Orlando, FL from Indiana. We were camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the time, so we sold our TrailManor 2619, delivered it to the new owner in Chattanooga TN, and continued up to Indiana to pick up the new Eagle. We enjoyed the trip back in the new TT and it was a good test to make sure everything worked properly. We also saved about $1000 after deducting the return trips fuel/camping. Would do it again.
First post here, but I want to add some insight pertaining to Richardson's RV. For a while I've been researching several new TTs and came to the conclusion that my wife and I wanted to purchase a JayFlight 24FBS. I contacted RVDirect first because my father a couple of years ago purchased an Eagle 320RLDS from them, so I know first hand how painless the experience was. However, I didn't necessarily want to have to make the trip from SoCal to Des Moine,Iowa again. After talking with RVDirect I found out that the 24FBS is manufactured in Jayco's Idaho plant. As a result RVDirect doesn't typically carry that model, but could order it anyways. They stated that transport from Idaho to Des Moine for pickup would be roughly $1700.

So knowing first hand the above information, I went to the Richardson's dealer in Menifee. They had a fully loaded 24FBS, which is exactly what I was looking for. The first sign that I would NOT be doing business with Richardson's was because the MSRP was about 10k over what Jayco states the actual MSRP should be. I know that RV dealers have more wiggle room on this, but it seemed excessive. Additionally, the same spec sheet with MSRP indicated the transport cost from the factory to the dealer was roughly $3800! That made no sense really, because the mileage from the Idaho factory to SoCal is far less than from Idaho to Iowa.

Right when I walked in the door, I was honest with the sales person and told her that I had done my research and priced out that trailer with RVDirect. I proceeded to ask her what Richardson's policy was pertaining to warranty repairs on RVs purchased via other dealers. She informed me that they would indeed service anyone who purchases via another dealer, but they would have lower priority over their customers. Which makes plenty of sense and is reasonable. However when my wife and I were trying to negotiate down the absurd MSRP, the sales person contradicted her early statement and told us that if we did buy from RVDirect we'd have a difficult time getting any warranty work or service performed. That pretty much was the last straw, so we walked out. Needless to say they didn't come close enough to RVDirect's pricing.
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Wow, 10K over Jayco`s MSRP? That would make for one pricey 24FBS! BTW welcome to the forum.
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Wow, 10K over Jayco`s MSRP? That would make for one pricey 24FBS! BTW welcome to the forum.
Indeed! Like I said the MSRP and transport pricing was so out of whack it made no sense. Just wanted to mention it because unscrupulous dealers don't deserve the business.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:21 PM   #18
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So knowing first hand the above information, I went to the Richardson's dealer in Menifee. They had a fully loaded 24FBS, which is exactly what I was looking for. The first sign that I would NOT be doing business with Richardson's was because the MSRP was about 10k over what Jayco states the actual MSRP should be. I know that RV dealers have more wiggle room on this, but it seemed excessive. Additionally, the same spec sheet with MSRP indicated the transport cost from the factory to the dealer was roughly $3800! That made no sense really, because the mileage from the Idaho factory to SoCal is far less than from Idaho to Iowa.

Right when I walked in the door, I was honest with the sales person and told her that I had done my research and priced out that trailer with RVDirect. I proceeded to ask her what Richardson's policy was pertaining to warranty repairs on RVs purchased via other dealers. She informed me that they would indeed service anyone who purchases via another dealer, but they would have lower priority over their customers. Which makes plenty of sense and is reasonable. However when my wife and I were trying to negotiate down the absurd MSRP, the sales person contradicted her early statement and told us that if we did buy from RVDirect we'd have a difficult time getting any warranty work or service performed. That pretty much was the last straw, so we walked out. Needless to say they didn't come close enough to RVDirect's pricing.
If you use an RvDirect quote to negotiate with a "local dealer" in the future, try contacting the internet manager directly. Depending on the dealership, you could contact the actual owner (if owner actually works on the property). Taking a quote in hopes to have it 'met' and discussing with a sales person won't help you out...No matter, the dealer still has to pay that salesperson you just spoke to, so if there is a next time, by-pass the salesperson at that point in your potential purchase process.

We took our quote straight to the Richardson's internet manager, who after getting the ok from the owner, agreed to sell us our tt (we ordered it). He wound up unavailable the next day, so we completed our paperwork with the owner (this whole process was accomplished on the phone and email!). At the time, the delivery would have been somewhere under $2000 (I don't have access to my paperwork). We decided to use the $$ and pick it up ourselves (see post #5 this thread). We looked at a tt there a couple of years later (when gas jumped up to near $5 a gallon here in Cali) and the delivery price jumped dramatically.

I agree about any staff at any dealership ... if a salesman will announce that their dealership might have issues servicing your Jayco in the future if you don't buy with them, I would also turn and leave.... however! I would make sure that the manager and/or owner is aware of it as this might just be an overzealous salesperson misrepresenting the dealership's intent in order to make a sale for themself. Any dealer might put their own customers on priority, but they won't deny you service just based on who you bought from. If once is all said and done and that occurs, contact one of the supervisers at Jayco directly to file a complaint.
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