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Old 06-18-2016, 09:24 PM   #1
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Purchase at Dealer or RV Show

We are going to purchase a Jayco 23MRB. We plan to start traveling in July/August of 2017 but want to do a couple of weekend practice runs before then. We've been to every dealer within 200 miles; settled on the 23MRB. Now the question comes as to where to purchase. We've already crossed off the dealers who don't have the capacity to do service. We've been walking through camp grounds and talking to people and were surprised at how many told us to wait for the RV shows. Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:35 PM   #2
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You can get a good deal at both,just know what you want and how much they cost..make sure your tow vehicle will tow the trailer..the dealer will tell you want you what to hear to make the sale..I drove 2&3 hours away and got a great deal 45mins away from my house..good luck..
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:25 PM   #3
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We bought ours at the local camping show, from the local dealer. Got a good price, there service has been great. We had talked to them for the months.leading to the show so we know what they were offering before the show, and it was close the same price at the show. It just allowed us to compare alot of models and dealers at one time without driving all over the metro area.1
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Thank you! This was really helpful. Another RV owner mentioned that it is best to purchase in winter; don't pay attention to the RV shows. Lots of great advice here, thankfully we have some time.
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We walked around looking and comparing for two days at the RV Show in Harrisburg, PA, last September. It was worth the effort, because we actually found a couple of floor plans that we liked better than the one we were considering before the show, and seeing and comparing the quality first hand was critical in our decision making.

Signed the paperwork (and made a small deposit) at the show, formalized the paperwork with the dealer (and my bank) a couple of weeks later, and picked-up the unit on Thanksgiving weekend.

Went to the Springfield, MA RV Show in Feb, to buy accessories!
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We purchased ours from a dealer at an RV show and we got an amazing discount. Very impressed. We went to the Hershey RV Show this past September. Before we went we had our choices narrowed down to 3 different brands / units and the RV show gave us an opportunity to walk in all 3 and compare. We then sat down with the dealer that was selling the one we wanted and mad a pretty amazing deal. Very happy we did it the way we did.
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We then sat down with the dealer that was selling the one we wanted and mad a pretty amazing deal.
Do you land with Fritz RV, out of PA? That's who the Jayco rep put us with, and we were, and are, very happy with them. It's funny, because Albany RV, a big Upstate NY Jayco dealer, is located about 15 miles from my house.... Didn't really want to try to do business with them again, anyway.....
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Actually we went with Rhone's RV out of Williamsport PA. Ended up being about a 4 hour drive for us, but well worth it. They were amazing and very accommodating to our needs. They even had us stay over night on their lot in our new FW. They told us to "use everything and make sure it all works". We found one or two items that they fixed in about 5 mins the next morning and we were on our way.
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We've been walking through camp grounds and talking to people and were surprised at how many told us to wait for the RV shows.
A lot of times the manufacturers will give the dealers extra incentives [discounts] at RV Shows to sell as many units as possible. We purchased our Eagle at an RV show and got an insanely good deal. If you don't want to wait for an RV Show, get a quote from RV Direct or any of the online dealers and take it to a local dealer to see if they'll match or come close to the price. Online guys seem to have the best prices.
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The wife and I did our shopping on the internet. At the time we made our purchase, there was only 1 Jayco dealer near us. They didn't stock many Jaycos because they were more in to carrying Forest River TTs, i.e. Coachmen, Rockwood, etc. So we looked at Jaycos' web-site and viewed the different floor plans. Once we settled on one we liked, we searched for dealers that were fairly close to us and had the model(s) we liked in stock to look at. The closest to us was in Cincy, Ohio.

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.

One other thing I did was I got on RV Directs web-site and had them give me a quote on a custom built unit and I must say I was amazed at the price they gave me. It was better than any I had seen. I used this quote as a bargaining tool at the dealer.
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