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Old 01-08-2014, 02:34 PM   #21
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My dealer is about 4 miles away, there are several dealers locally, I could probably find just about any trailer I would be interested in within 15-20 miles, I guess I'm lucky here especially in a rural area.

Boise is about 2 hours away, add that to the list, I think just about every brand and option is available
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:16 PM   #22
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We went to our local dealer and found the TT we wanted and then an internet search for the same make and model. We found one in the Chicago area (about 500 miles away) for about $1500.00 cheaper. Printed the add and then went back to the local dealer. He took off another $1000.00. I figured we couldn't drive up and back for the difference and still have local service. It pays to shop around.

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Old 01-09-2014, 04:41 PM   #23
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About 60 miles to the only Jayco dealer in the area (Forrest Marine & RV). They have been great to deal with and have helped guide us through our first TT purchase. The next closest dealer is about 100 miles. Talked to them once and that was enough - according to the salesman I spoke with my Tundra will pull anything safely. I know that's typical of a sales person, but we didn't get that in dealing with Forrest, and in fact they wouldn't sell us what we initially wanted as the truck couldn't handle it. Glad they didn't too because we're much happier with the floor plan we ordered.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:53 PM   #25
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430 miles each way, camped 30 miles from the dealer the first night to give everything a good tryout. Over 4 years ago now and its never been back to a dealer.
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:06 PM   #26
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traveled 59 miles to Mayfield, Ky...in our third new Jayco purchased at this local dealership.
storage...all have been parked here at home in our 74 feet long concrete driveway... :-)
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:38 PM   #27
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We drove 2400 miles (Alaska to Mt.Vernon,Wash.) intending to buy new. Dealer had a used 2012 model exactly like we wanted. Used less than 6 mo., 100 miles on it and all of the stickers/tags on the appliances and furniture. We got it for $10k less than new and had them throw in a 15k A/C and a roof mounted Winegard Sat. Dish. Very happy with our deal and the people involved.
We towed it ourselves to southern Az. (1700 miles) through Seattle, Boise, Las Vegas and Phoenix. No problems. Towed well although I was a little apprehensive at first. It is 8.5' wide and 41' long. These rigs are not intended to be towed every day over the freeways but I would not hesitate to tow it anywhere now after the experience we got. It handled excellent except for in a crosswind blizzard in northern Nevada.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:21 AM   #28
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Did you sell the TT before returning to AK? Best deal in Alaska is Anchorage at one of the rental company used sale outlets. Were you factoring in a trip thru the lower 48 when you drove back to buy? I would not look forward to the drive thru Canada on the return. How did that go?

We talked to many who drove everything from a Mhome to a pickup cab over and each and every one of them vowed that they would never do it again unless the drive thru Canada was part of the adventure. Most experienced $2000 or more in repairs on the trip north and lost days waiting for parts to be shipped in for the repairs. The last Mhome we rented out of Anchorage [2012] was a current year model with less than 7k miles so most of that was the drive up from Indiana. Found dozens of screws missing and hinges on cabinet doors barely holding on. It was a very nice unit but the drive north had obviously taken its toll.

Just wondering why you did what you did?
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Bassdogs........

No I am going to leave the TT in Az. year around. We drive the truck back and forth.
My wife and I have made 77 Alaska Hyw. trips since 1963 with approx. 50 pulling a RV or boat. 3 flat tires, all on RV's, two my own fault. My present truck has made 11 round trips and still has the original windshield with only a few minor chips..
I would estimate 95% of Ak. Hyw. RV/vehicle damage is because they were driving too fast. It is a very good paved road but has some frost heaves and chuck holes in the north end. A few short gravel places because of road repairs. It is NOT a interstate freeway. 2 lanes, crooked in places but it gets you there and back safely if driven sensibly.
Going back up again in April towing a 26' boat for another person for a $$$$ contribution. Helps pay for fuel and motel. Will be trip 78.
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400 miles and 5.5 hours each way to save over $4000.
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