Originally Posted by TurnerFam
taking a 'motorhome' for a test drive is a wholly different test than jumping into a new car and making a test run. most folks aren't used to driving a large 25,000lb + vehicle and the dealership cannot allow everyone who just 'wants' to test drive one without serious intent, otherwise known as a sales contract with downpayment.
yes, it makes sense to most of us to 'test drive' a vehicle before we purchase it, and you certainly can if you get serious with the dealership, but it's not realistic that every dealership has the time or manpower to allow everyone who wants to - their insurance policy may also have something to do with it.
you can, however, put a contract on a unit, test drive it, decide you don't want it, and will probably be allowed to test drive another unit you change to. They want to make sure money is in hand, and serious customers are driving the coach.
Both of my purchases I test drive long before signing any contract or handing over any money... They both ended up being used - but at least in the second case they offered a new one too. I just didn't want to spend that much more - never asked to drive new the first time...
May vary by dealer - first was a small family owned dealer... Second was General RV. Or maybe I just looked like I was serious about buying... lol