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Old 05-13-2016, 02:34 AM   #1
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Shady Truth about Buying an RV

For folks considering an RV purchase, here is a great resource for answering many of your questions: Shady Truth about Buying an RV
The authors are full time RVers, and this is from their blog. Experienced RV owners will find a lot to agree with. Examples: The "we won't service you" scare tactic that dealers use to persuade you to buy from them, and "the buyer knows more than the salesman." It is short and to the point. Recommended reading.
BTW, they have great RV how-to videos, too.
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:52 PM   #2
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I read this article....interesting...
however, I think the buying public is alot smarter today, than yesterday.
We search and research everything before we buy, and with just cause.
The internet has afforded us this luxury which gets better every day.
For instance this Forum...10 yrs ago...this plethora of information did not exist
with the stroke of a few keys.

Another thing I find interesting...when we visit an RV Dealer..which we seem to do whether or not we are shopping...it is just what we do.
Often, no one comes to try to sell us a unit. We walk for 30-45 minutes..in and out of coaches, etc...looking...sometimes for mods and ideas.
Occasionally, someone will approach us...but, we are left alone, for the most part, to do our search.
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Old 05-14-2016, 12:53 AM   #3
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Another thing I find interesting...when we visit an RV Dealer..which we seem to do whether or not we are shopping...it is just what we do.
Often, no one comes to try to sell us a unit. We walk for 30-45 minutes..in and out of coaches, etc...looking...sometimes for mods and ideas.
Occasionally, someone will approach us...but, we are left alone, for the most part, to do our search.
The dealers around here keep all the outside coaches locked. If you want to see one you have to go ask..which naturally involves a salesman dogging you after that.

Hence the only time we go looking like that is at the shows.
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Old 05-14-2016, 05:34 AM   #4
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The dealers around here keep all the outside coaches locked. If you want to see one you have to go ask..which naturally involves a salesman dogging you after that.

Hence the only time we go looking like that is at the shows.
Really?!!! .... we have not run into that situation. We browse CW in KC at will..and a couple others in our area ...and have done so at several dealerships in Florida and CW in Omaha.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:48 AM   #5
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The dealers around here keep all the outside coaches locked. If you want to see one you have to go ask..which naturally involves a salesman dogging you after that.

Hence the only time we go looking like that is at the shows.
The same applies in my area. The dealers keep them locked unless they are having some type of special sale such as Memorial Day and then they will bring select units up front and have those unlocked for the day. The majority however are on the lot locked until you talk to a sales person.

I have noticed, however, when travelling and going to a Camping World they generally have all of theirs unlocked and some are trashed from folks walking through them day in and day out with them being cleaned.
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Old 05-14-2016, 12:36 PM   #6
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Interesting that some dealers keep new rigs locked but leave customer owned rigs in for service UNLOCKED!.
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Old 05-14-2016, 01:55 PM   #7
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In our 3+ years of RV shopping, we have seen everything from a sales person who spent an entire day showing us everything in the Newmar line (and knowing we wouldn't be purchasing soon) to dealers who leave everything unlocked to dealers who schedule a sales person to take you to the units they feel meet your requirements. We have even been given a pager and told the next available sales person would page us (and waited over 2 hours, after driving 2 hours to look) and immediately lost any potential sale.

In the end, it came down to getting to know the sales person and the dealership as well as talking to many, many people who went through the process of buying their motorhomes like we were and listening and learning from all of the resources available.

I agree that there are many more resources available today but the best path is still to go through RV shows and go to as many dealers as it takes to get fully ready for the whole process of selecting a model, choosing a dealer, making a deal and then getting the financing or closing the deal in the way that makes you happy.
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:19 PM   #8
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We go to RV Show in Kansas City each January .. Having shopped online for several months when we decided the toy hauler was not for us .. We went to the RV Show ... CW did not have the 24.1 at the show but the salesman from Atlanta arranged a test drive for us .. 2 days later we were back to do the deal !

So... We agree .. A show offers you many options .. Without a lot of pressure .. And,often, that is where you will get a decent price reduction .
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Interesting that some dealers keep new rigs locked but leave customer owned rigs in for service UNLOCKED!.
We had a Camping World salesperson try selling us a customer owned Outlaw 38RE that was in for warranty repairs while the owners were sitting in the waiting area. The salesman was so idiotic he couldn't take my wife's hint when she asked if Thor or Camping World selects the food inside the fridge or if you provide your own shopping list. We immediately exited the coach and the owner walked up while the salesperson was trying to convince us to put down a deposit because he had another customer interested in that specific coach. That was the last time we darkened the doorway of any Camping World for any reason. We could still hear parts of the conversation between the owner, salesperson and CW manager as we drove out of the parking lot.
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Old 05-14-2016, 04:16 PM   #10
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We had a Camping World salesperson try selling us a customer owned Outlaw 38RE that was in for warranty repairs while the owners were sitting in the waiting area. The salesman was so idiotic he couldn't take my wife's hint when she asked if Thor or Camping World selects the food inside the fridge or if you provide your own shopping list. We immediately exited the coach and the owner walked up while the salesperson was trying to convince us to put down a deposit because he had another customer interested in that specific coach. That was the last time we darkened the doorway of any Camping World for any reason. We could still hear parts of the conversation between the owner, salesperson and CW manager as we drove out of the parking lot.
WOW ! crazy story ! At our CW units in for repair are tagged on the windshield with corresponding tag on work order. And...our CW just bought adjoining land for service building and parking area, especially for customer owned units.

Our CW was privately owned until 2 yrs ago...and I think their philosophy has carried over to a certain extent.

Sound like we are fortunate to have a good dealer in our area...hope it stays that way. I have heard ownership of CW is not good...I will leave it at that.
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