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Old 06-19-2016, 10:43 AM   #11
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Thank you, that is a great idea. It seems that most of the big RV shows are not in CA which is surprising. Most of the shows we've seen here are "dealer shows."
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:44 AM   #12
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Thanks, we live in CA.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:45 AM   #13
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Wow, thanks. We are very new to this and had seen "RV Direct" mentioned but since they weren't local I dismissed them the first time. Didn't even think about online dealiers.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:47 AM   #14
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Thank you. I think I need to go visit RV Direct and see what they offer. Since we are going to be traveling anyway I would have no problem driving to pick up a new trailer.
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Old 06-19-2016, 11:38 AM   #15
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If you know what you want and have price shopped so you have a good idea of what your purchase price should be, then a show might offer a better deal, especially if they have mfr. incentives.

OTOH if you are just beginning your search and find one at a show that suits you, I'm of the opinion that that is basically impulse buying and may lead to paying too much and, price aside, buyer's remorse down the line when you realize there were better floor plans for your family, etc.

As one who has listened to over a thousand divorce cases, many were a result of marrying that first "successful" date.
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:14 PM   #16
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So off we drove 3+ hours and looked at the Jayco hybrids, X20E and X23B. The DW really liked the larger model. Once we got back home, I called our dealer and said we found a unit we liked and asked them if they could get it for us, they replied no they weren't planning on stocking it. I even said I was willing to pay more for it because they are local, but still no go. So back we went to Cincy to make the purchase of our X23B.
That is a horrid dealer! We too knew what we wanted. Being in Maine dealers typically are low volume and dislike keeping much on the lot as between Nov and April there is lots of snow to move ( 150 inches)
10 minutes from home is one of the few Jayco dealers in state. I believe they are the only one that sells new. Of course they did not have the unit we wanted but there was no bait and switch. They simply said they would order what we wanted.
They did. They found transportation for the unit mid winter and we got it about 10 weeks after ordered.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:13 PM   #17
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We purchased ours at an RV Show in January. We went on the last day of the show which resulted in a discount and purchased the floor model which resulted in an even better discount. Because it was the floor model it had the entertainment package already installed so we essentially got a free TV.
That being said I recently saw a commercial for a local RV Dealer that mentioned them having "show prices" extended for a couple of weeks.
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:18 PM   #18
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RV buying has changed the last few years with the upswing in sales. There's too many of fellow RVers walking in the local dealers and paying full price. Me being in sales are finding it tough to get good deal on a fifth wheel. We go to several shows per year to do research but the best advice which has been mentioned is knowing what you want and what you are willing to pay. I personally stay away from models with options that everyone wants. Also the list price or MSRP that is listed is BS. When I bought my current 334, I pinned 3 dealers against each other, my buy price was 8,500 different for the same year, model. You'll know real quick what RV dealer likes to make deals and who doesn't care if you buy from them or not. After settling in on the dealer I felt was serious which was three hours from home, wrote out the deal and slid it under the salesman face with the price I was willing to pay and they took the deal. The price may not seem fair to them but it's what your willing to pay. Another tip is to buy on a Saturday afternoon after thanksgiving, full time RV salesman hate working Saturdays, dealers hate carring left over inventory into the winter...
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RVDirect is a GREAT low-cost supplier..... BUT, if you count on them for follow-up or warranty service, they would have to improve some to just SUCK.....
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We "found" ours at a show in NH. Went to the dealer (in Mass) a week later to take another look and compare interior colors. Was told that they had sold the one that was at the show and 4 or 5 more they supposedly had on order. Couldn't promise delivery until sometime in July (this was in early April).

Called the two dealers in Maine.

First one was basically at full list price on an in stock 2016. Told them it would be a cash deal with no trade. Refused to budge.

Second (closest to us) had a 27.5 RLTS on order for stock. They matched the show price and split the cost of the Corian countertop (it was already ordered that way) with us. Because it hadn't been scheduled we were able to change a couple of things (interior color and Morryde pin box) to our liking. In the end we got a 2017 (with all the upgrades) ordered to our specifications for the show price of a 2016. Needless to say we are pretty happy.
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