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Old 11-16-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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Not sure this is an appropriate question but I don't have anyone to ask this question. As first time buyers we are looking for either a new or used motor home. I have done a great deal of research (enough to know there's lots more to learn) and we've visited a number of different dealers. Throughout my research I've sort of picked up on some negativity toward Camping World. Before we would consider purchasing from them I want to know that they are trustworthy and will continue to look after us after the purchase. Our first visit to a store a couple of hours from us was awful and I wouldn't buy anything from that salesman. Other two stores we have visited have been very nice. Thoughts please.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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You know what opinions are like! Everyone has one, my opinion is I would not buy from CW unless I had more money than I really needed.

I would suggest whether you want a practical inexpensive rig or the fancy ones you can find them on Crags List. I believe CL can give you a good taste for the market from your easy chair.
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Go shopping, not buying.
Talk to as many folks as you can to learn.
Rent some RVs to find some target size, length, layout, style, etc.
Look online a lot. Get a feel for cost/value.

Go shopping, not buying.

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Old 11-16-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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let us know your general vicinity, I'm sure someone could make a recommendation on a good dealer or two. ask lots of questions so that you go in well prepared to deal, know about extended warranties and what to generally look for (run away or look further) when deciding on a MH. some advice I ever read on the forums was "all sales people lie". LOL but good to keep in the back of your mind.
great info above
take care and enjoy the shopping!!
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:50 PM   #6
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We bought from a dealer we had bought from before, and they had sold out to Camping World, but still had K & C RV on the sign. We were not happy with service!!! Very upset! They lied to us repeatedly, kept our brand new 5er for over 5 months, and didn't fix a thing! Do Not buy from them unless you are looking for lessons in patience, and frustration.
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Welcome to iRV2 and no question is inappropriate.

As far as where to buy...where you can get the best deal on used. Lowball, lowball, lowball...there are a lot of used coaches out there. See if the dealer will give you an extended warrantee plan as part of the deal, after you have a price you think you can live with.

As far as Camping World, you don't have to service your coach at the same place you buy it. Some CWs are better than others. Look to the forum for a reputable servicer for your coach in your area...just ask for your area and coach type.
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Welcome to irv2.
As a starter check out this web sites,irv2, Classifieds .
You can use this for reference also.
Check these dealers for price matching.
Reviews of dealers.
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I'd say "it depends." Not all Camping Worlds are the same. Much like, for example, not all Ford Dealers or Chevy Dealers are the same.

Perhaps you should try to get some feedback for a specific dealership.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:47 PM   #10
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Thank you!

We are in Eastern NC and have traveled as far as Wilmington and the Triad area looking. We have seen four that we liked, all different makes but similar floor plans - a Coachman Encounter (new), a Thor Daybreak (new), a Thor Hurricane (new) and a Challenger (used) with less than 5,000 miles on it (wonder why). Some of the best advice I've seen is to be able to walk away and we can definitely do that. One can learn a lot shopping around! We had originally decided against getting a new one but now are debating that. The used ones that we have seen have really been used and most were purchased at auctions.
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I looked at a used CW motorhome that had a prior leak through one of the rooftop ACs before they had a chance to remove the interior roof stains. They steam cleaned it so that it looked like new and told me the leak was fixed. When I asked if they would warranty it against any future leaks, they said no and offered to sell me an extended service plan with the unit for a LOT of money. Needless to say we didn't buy it.

As far as service, I have a friend that bought a unit from them and brought it in for service in September. After sitting for 5 weeks he went there to see what had been done. The mh was still in the same spot he parked it in and hadn't had any work done on it. He ended up taking it home and having a local shop do the work... In 3 days...

IMO, they are a good place to buy "stuff" but would not buy or let them service a motorhome...
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I'll chime in here because we like you are buying our first class A. Just like you also, we have done a ton of research. We will not buy from CW. Just too many folks have had bad experiences with them and hardly anyone has gone to bat for them.

While we have two more factory tours on Monday to do we have pretty much narrowed down which coach it will be. Based on that and discussions with different dealers we have also nailed down the dealer too. But are not committed.

We are retired and the homed is sold so we have all the time in the world to negotiate.
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I suspect that when you buy from CW you will pay more as the profits not only have to support the sales team, the facility with all of their employees & the corporate structure. The pie gets sliced up many ways when the store is part of a large corporation. Some of the CW retail stores are some of the best that I have seen.
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