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Old 01-29-2015, 09:16 AM   #1
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First Purchase - Good Price?

My wife and I are considering purchasing a 29QBS. The options we want are:

Customer Value Package w/ 15,000 BTU A/C
Elite Package
Thermal Package

I received a quote from a dealer ~1,000 miles away for $21,225. I also received a quote from a local dealer for $23,475 including a WDH and sway bar setup.

The unit MSRP lists for $30,712 with options which would put my local offer at 24% under MSRP and the free WDH. The unti 1,000 miles away would be 31% off MSRP without the WDH.

I have heard that the local is very stand up and provides very good service to their customers from these forums and others. While I like to support the local guy, it is hard to give up 7%.


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Old 01-29-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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But dont forget the cost of fuel for a 2k mile round trip. Plus the free hitch that would run you somewhere in the 5-8 hundred dollar range. I would go with the local guy. If and when you need warranty work you are his customer and not put at the bottom of the list.


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Old 01-29-2015, 09:32 AM   #3
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See if the local guy will match the other guys price or come closer to his price. Keep in mind what it'll cost you to travel 2000 miles round trip. Add that to the out of town guy's price. Your local should be able to match his price or at least get you to price that would be the same that would include your travel price to the other place.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:33 AM   #4
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If you have a written quote from the low dealer, take it to the local dealer and try to negotiate a lower price. A WHD (bar type) and installation shouldn't be more than $500 for a basic setup. If you have to take your TT in for service, the local guy is also going to remember where you bought that TT from.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:07 AM   #5
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Just remember if you buy from the away dealer the local guy my put you to the back of the line when it comes to service and warranty.. When you add the cost of fuel back and forth and the sway hitch I think the local dealer is giving you a better deal...
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:20 AM   #6
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When I was looking at TT's last year I had priced units in both Canada and the US looking for the best deal possible keeping in mind current exchange rates and delivery in the prices. I had found the same TT at my local dealer who actually beat the best price I had found in another province by close to 2G (25% less than MSRP). After I had purchased the TT the WD hitch that they had sold me turned out was not suitable so they exchanged it for a Husky Centerline hitch without any problems and made sure I was satisfied with how it towed. I have had my TT in for some warranty work and the first question the service dept asked was "did you buy it from us?". In your case $1000 more to purchase from your local dealer is worth it in my mind. Bring in a written quote and see if you can squeeze another 1-2% more off MSRP. Worth a try.
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:17 AM   #7
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Buy where you can get it cheaper - including the cost to go get it and the cost of the extra's. It's that simple. If your dealer is asking if you bought it from them, it better be because they don't want to have to start new paperwork, not because you are going to the back of the line. I would not buy from a dealer that has a list for priority depending on if you bought from them or not - if I buy used does that mean I am at the back of the line? That 2k miles round trip will cost you about $500 (2000mi / 10mpg = 200gallons x $2.50) + $5-800 for a WDH = $1k-1200. Sounds like the two deals are nearly the same. I personally drove over 500mi to a different state to buy my trailer as the local dealers wanted $7000 more - not including the WDH that I also got from the dealer out of state. I have had no issues with being on a list from the local dealer.

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When you calculate your travel expenses to the dealer 1,000 away, don't forget to add $200-$300 for motel costs along the way, and at least one night in a campground on the way back. I doubt you're going to drive 1,000 miles (17 - 20 hours) straight through . . . each way. And that doesn't include the value of your time.

As for dealers putting you at the back of the line unless you bought the trailer from them: I know it's not right, but it happens all the time. If you put yourself in the dealer's shoes for a minute, you'd probably be more likely to bust your hump for a loyal customer than for a stranger, too. If it were me, I'd ask the local dealer if he can come closer to the other guys price. He may surprise you and come down a bit. It's all part of the negotiating process. But whether he does or not, I'd go with the local guy. JMHO!

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Old 01-29-2015, 12:11 PM   #9
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If 1K each way figure 4 days minimum and that is worth something. If the local guy is reputable and has a good service dept then stay local. I think all in you are 1K apart and I would make it clear to them why after you negotiate your best price. Having an itemized quote with the options listed helps this process.

Ask to see the manager or owner and tell them you are trying to keep it local and support them. 9 out of 10 times you are going to need something serviced under warranty and having the pull locally might be the difference in a trip for you down the line. There are just too many gadgets in these newer models for something not to go awry during the course of ownership.

I kept my last purchase local after pushing very hard, paying slightly more and making it clear why I was staying local at the slightly higher cost. My dealer has gone over and above for me and kept my trips on schedule as a result. They serviced my last unit bought far away, but the reaction time has greatly increased since becoming a purchasing customer.

Just my 2 cents and to some that's what it comes down to, so a road trip might be in your near future. Welcome and good luck in your purchase.

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I'd go local.

- You said he's reputable
- Better warranty service because you bought from him
- Probably the same price by the time you factor in gas, weight distribution hitch, hotel cost, etc
- Wasted time on your end. You are looking at a 3-4 day trip minimum hauling a trailer home. My time at home is invaluable to me. Versus an afternoon picking it up.
- Lastly, I try to always support my local area first.

To me it's a simple decision. But I'd use the other quote and see if you can get the price down a little more just in case.

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