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Old 01-03-2014, 08:11 PM   #1
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How far did you travel to "test drive" and purchase your trailer?

So......the wife wants to look at a couple trailers but we're not finding any local dealers that have what we want in stock.

How far do people usual travel in the southeast to "test drive" and/or buy their trailers?
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:14 PM   #2
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Our dealer is 2 1/2 hours away, so we sent the check in before we actually seen the trailer but we live in Minnesota
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:34 PM   #3
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So......the wife wants to look at a couple trailers but we're not finding any local dealers that have what we want in stock.

How far do people usual travel in the southeast to "test drive" and/or buy their trailers?
We found a great price (almost too good) on a used 28BHDS and drove 4 hours to look at it. This was after wifey said "We won't know unless we go look at it." Made an offer and bought it on the spot. No regrets.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:36 PM   #4
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Our last trailer we drove 250 miles for the right price, and saved thousands. The recently purchased Eagle was found online and negotiated on the phone, then drove 2 hours to pick up. We have plenty of RV dealers in our area, but none were willing to make the deal I wanted.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:40 PM   #5
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We went about 250 miles to get ours, got the 5er we wanted at the right price
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We purchased our2012 EAGLE 284BHS from an internet dealer while we were camping in the North Ga Mountains for 3 months. We sold our TrailManor over the internet, dropped it off at the new owners on our way to Indiana, and picked up the new trailer at a dealer about a mile from the Jayco mfg plant. We drove back down to North GA and finished our stay and then back home to central FL. After deducting the cost of gas we saved just under $1K in shipping by picking it up. Great way to get used to the bigger TT.
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I am SO showing this post to my wife. . . She thought 1 hour drive to our dealer was bad..

Let me build on the original question, for those of you who store your TT how far away is your storage lot?
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So I will play Devil's advocate here. For those that purchase trailers from dealers that are 1 or 2 hours or more from home to save money what do you do when you need service? Every trailer will have some issues from time to time and I was curious how you handle. A friend of mine bought his trailer from a dealer over 4 hours from home and had multiple issues he had to pay for while mine was bought locally and my dealer took care of any issues I had.

Just curious what you really save in the long run.
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So I will play Devil's advocate here. For those that purchase trailers from dealers that are 1 or 2 hours or more from home to save money what do you do when you need service? Every trailer will have some issues from time to time and I was curious how you handle. A friend of mine bought his trailer from a dealer over 4 hours from home and had multiple issues he had to pay for while mine was bought locally and my dealer took care of any issues I had.

Just curious what you really save in the long run.
I normally do not buy new, just new to me so I do not have a warranty. Our 2013 308RETS was originally purchased in June by a retired Navy Vet who after two trips traded it in for a 40' 5er. I actually got to meet him at the dealer when I picked up the trailer in November. With this one, I did purchase a 7-year warranty with this one because of the purchase price and I never had one this nice..
The one I did drive 250 miles for was the only new we've ever had, and we did have minor issues that were taken care of by the local dealer. Service departments are separate from sales and will try to earn your recurring business (if their a good dealer) and warranty work is paid by the manufacture.
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The dealer I purchased mine from also owns another dealer that is about an hour away from the campground, they will do a service call for $75, I had them out once last summer and if it wasn't under warranty I would've fixed it myself, just wanted to make sure the repair was documented as it was a questionable seal on the top of the slide, this spring i'll get the roll of eternabond out and seal it the right way, not the half a**ed job they did
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