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Old 02-28-2016, 02:14 PM   #1
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No Deal?

Tried to order a Jay Feather today. I Had a quote for $6000 less (whole sale) and another quote for $3000 (same state as me) then their offer of $24000.

Wife and I had to walk away.
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So you had two quotes and your local dealer couldn't match? That happens. Do you plan to go with one of the quotes? What trailer are you shopping?
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Old 02-28-2016, 03:07 PM   #3
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Just don't be upset when the local dealer puts you at the back of the pack for service/warranty work.. Some will even refuse to work on your rig..
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Saving money is great, but think long term. I got quotes from all the wholesalers. I paid a few thousand more, simply for the piece of mind my dealer will take care of me for warranty work. They technically have to work on your rig if they are a Jayco dealer, but they have the ability to make you wait a LONG time during peak season.
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Just don't be upset when the local dealer puts you at the back of the pack for service/warranty work.. Some will even refuse to work on your rig..
What happens when you're 1200 miles from home?
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:55 PM   #6
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I'm looking at the 26bhsw. My 21k quote is nearly exact same distance from Indiana as I am but it's a 7 hour car drive from me. It's not a whole sale, it's just a large dealer.
My local dealer did in fact say they only work on RVs they sell. I didn't get a very welcoming feeling from sales manager (they need to put food on the table).
I may look at Grand Designs Imagine if this won't work out.
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What happens when you're 1200 miles from home?
Unfortunately you will likely be out of luck. Even if the dealer is willing to repair it, repairs usually take a LONG time... weeks if not months for most things. Unless its a simple repair, the dealer will likely have to get authorization from Jayco, then order parts, wait for them to be delivered and then start working on your rig. And that is if they don't have a wait list of RV's ahead of you.

If I can save thousands of dollars, I am willing to go out of state to buy. I almost went about 300 miles away to Albany for mine, but a local dealer came within a couple hundred bucks for me. If we are talking $3K to $6K savings, I will make a vacation out of it. That is a LOT of money being saved.

Also, the RV dealer isn't your only option for repairs. There are plenty of authorized repair places that aren't dealerships. There are lots of stand alone RV repair places that Jayco can authorize to do work.
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I always get the cheapest deal I can. In over 20 years of buying and owning RV's I have never once returned an RV to a dealer for warranty repairs. Small things I take care of myself. The manufacturers will provide you with the parts. All the components have their own warranty anyway. Only major stuff would I have done under warranty and I'd return to the factory for that although I've never had that happen.

I'm sure there are some good RV techs out there but I've never met one I'd trust on my rig with a screwdriver.
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Warranty only lasts two years. I'm not paying thousands more out of fear a dealer won't service me during those two years. I wouldn't let the local dealer touch mine anyway. If the local dealer has too much overhead to deal that's his problem...
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What happens when you're 1200 miles from home?
Every dealer I have ever encountered will prioritize a broke down out of town traveler. It's the right thing to do, but more importantly it's typically not warranty work. Rarely does a warranty items strand someone, of course there is the occasional stuck slide or stabilizer jack and they take care of them.

The issue is the traditional warranty work; fit and finish items, paint fade, electrical items, plumbing items, etc. if these are things you are going to require dealer support then it might be problematic to not buy locally. I for one will self support 95% on my service needs.
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