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Old 04-09-2014, 06:11 PM   #15
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:45 AM   #16
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I think Lazydays is more forthright than many RV dealers, but they are still in the business of selling RVs, so you have to do your own "due diligence" as well.

When shopping for a new or used RV, a huge inventory and continual supply of new rigs gives the buyer the advantage of selection. That makes big dealers like Lazydays, North Trail, etc. a good place to shop.

We've bought three RVs in Ocala (Marion County) from three different dealers and two at Lazydays.
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:13 AM   #17
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Also had a real bad experience with LD and under no conditions would I even consider buying from them. Have purchased three Class A's ( 1 new and two used ) from Orlando RV and they have treated me fair and honestly. They are owned by RVONE which is owns five dealerships including Tampa RV. The three brothers took over the dealership from the father whom started it in Albany NY. Matt who now manages the one in Tampa has been the one that I have dealt with and will be returning if and when I want to upgrade next.
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We are from Citrus County, FL and after searching around thru local dealers we bought from Independence RV in Winter Garden (close to Orlando). We were treated very nicely at Lazy Days but when we were looking could not find something that fit our needs.

We have been very happy with our purchase of a 2005 DutchStar DP from Independence RV. They fixed any problems we found and treated us wonderfully during our stay.

Good luck on your purchase.

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Old 04-10-2014, 08:13 PM   #19
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We bought from Palm rv sales in Fort Myers. We felt like we received a great deal. It is a consignment dealer mostly. Put a bid in on the coach and the owners took it. Was given an excellent walk through. We were sure that when we left we knew how to operate everything.
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We just purchased from LazyDays RV in Seffner, FL (Tampa area which is about 1 1/2 hours south of Ocala). LD is a large dealership with LOTS of Class A's that strives to provide good customer service. Our salesman was David Lewandowski who was very knowledgable. We would be happy to have you use our name as a referral if you decide to go there. Best wishes in your hunt.

Are the units open or do we need an escort? I will be there on Monday/Tuesday next week and hate when sales people are with me, i would like to be prepared.

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Are the units open or do we need an escort? I will be there on Monday/Tuesday next week and hate when sales people are with me, i would like to be prepared.


Most of the units (about 10 or so) are in front of the main building are open, but all of these are new. The remaining units (both new and used) are spread out all over and you would need a salesman to take you to them.

We found David to be a very patient salesman who met with us 4 times for us to just look.


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In case you want it David's work # is 813 246 4999 x4318 and his cell is 813 482 6722


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One I would not recommend is Lazy Days. They have a hard time with an item called the truth. They are so good at not being truthful, you don't even know you are being taken advantage of. Just my personal experience. They also do an outstanding job at cover up of repairs instead of fixing them.
I have found that in ANY RV dealership you can run into salesmen that play a little loose with the truth. We had a good experience with Poulsbo RV in Seattle, but worked with several salesmen we didn't really like before one found us an RV we really wanted. Then the dealership was absolutely phenomenal getting us financing and helping us every step of the way. Lazy days has lots of people that were happy too, so I'd imagine you just need to keep your eyes and ears open and don't take anything at face value. LD has been good to me in the past.

I am also not a big fan of getting any significant repair done at a dealership. I've had MUCH better luck finding reputable independent shops that do great work, don't sell RVs, and have good reputations, especially with iRV2 as a resource.
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Are the units open or do we need an escort? I will be there on Monday/Tuesday next week and hate when sales people are with me, i would like to be prepared.

Depends on the dealership. Many smaller ones open up everything during the day, but some keep them locked up to prevent vandalism. It depends a lot on where it is and what the local issues are.

If you look on a lot that has locked RVs, simply ask a salesman to open the one's you are interested in seeing and politely state that you'd like to look at them alone so you are free to discuss pros and cons without an audience. He can hover outside if he wishes, but if you don't look like trouble chances are he'll just tell you where you can find him when you're finished looking and wish you well. If they take offense to this you should take your business elsewhere.

Another thing I learned the hard way. NEVER, EVER put down a deposit on any RV until financing is approved. I had a dealership refuse to refund it even after the ONE credit union they submitted the deal to didn't approve it. I had to stop payment to get my $5k back and I've never done that again. If you do leave a deposit, get it in writing that it is refundable, use a credit card, and don't give them more than a few hundred. I just tell them if they want to sell it to someone else go right ahead....(with the very clear implication that if they do I won't come back). Believe me, they won't refuse you the sale.

Never ever give up after one or two lenders turn you down either. I recently bought a great RV and it took the dealership over two weeks to find a lender that would agree because it was an expensive RV. Eight rejections later I got my RV. They really earned my business and I'll never forget it.
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You do not need a sales person to view any coach, new or used at LD.Plenty will come along and offer to help but they are not required to walk into any RV. Lately LD has seen some major changes in sales staff but we live nearby and often stay at their Rally Park and walk through all the RV's
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I cannot imagine how long our search to find an RV would have taken w/o the assistance of our salesman. When he showed us a coach he listened to things we liked, as well as things we did not and used that info to select the next coach. There are probably more than 1,000 coaches at LD, and having the knowledge and ear of someone who knew where to find the units we might like was invaluable to us.


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I cannot imagine how long our search to find an RV would have taken w/o the assistance of our salesman. When he showed us a coach he listened to things we liked, as well as things we did not and used that info to select the next coach. There are probably more than 1,000 coaches at LD, and having the knowledge and ear of someone who knew where to find the units we might like was invaluable to us.
x2 here. We pretty much knew we wanted a Monaco, but had very specific wants. Once we found a good salesman, he figured out pretty quickly what we were looking for and patiently showed us coach after coach including lots of Monacos until he found just the right one. When the coach we bought came in on trade, he hid it behind the service dept and called us immediately to come down and see it. We bought it that afternoon. EVERY coach he showed us he moved to an open area (if required) put out the slides and started the generator. The AC was on and we could take our time and check everything out. He was fantastic, and earned every penny of commission he made.

If anyone is in the Seattle area and needs a coach I'd be happy to give you his name.
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