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Old 02-26-2015, 07:54 PM   #1
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Have any of you ever purchased through PPL? I am wondering if it's worth a trip from So Cal to look at a couple of motorhomes. I have seen a couple on their site that interest me, but I am reluctant to fly there based on pictures alone. I would appreciate hearing about your experience, would you buy from them again? Should I pay a few thousand more and buy locally???? It's a long way to go based on a picture.

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Old 02-26-2015, 08:43 PM   #2
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I bought my 1999 Intruder from the store in Houston. Very nice people, no pressure. I would buy again. Before I traveled that far I would call and ask questions. Also, I assume the coach could sell while your on your way to see it, so keep that in mind.
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I live in Houston and have been to PPL several times. I have not purchased from there but have spent a lot of time checking out the different brands & models and getting educated. They are a consignment lot and very low presure. As a matter of fact it's kinda hard to find a salesman when your there. When you walk in the front door they give you a map and listing of current inventory and send you out to the lot on your own. If your coming from CA you must check to make sure what you want to see is still there and available. The list they hand you will have several units crossed off, so you can miss out on what you wanted to see, so check first. If you really like something you can give a refundable deposit to hold it for you before you fly here. I have noticed however that several units look better on their web site than they do in person. Do your homework on the features etc. because you have to explore the unit on your own. With this sales strategy you don't have a salesman breathing down your neck but you also don't get much help learning about the unit without prior knowlegde of it. With that said you will see some damage that may have been caused from everyone poking around and pulling off knobs etc. (lot rot). Like I said I did not purchase from there and I do not know how they handle those things. I'm sure the owners may not know the units are being damaged but they do have tons of people walking thru them.
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I live in Houston and have been to PPL several times. I have not purchased from there but have spent a lot of time checking out the different brands & models and getting educated. They are a consignment lot and very low presure. As a matter of fact it's kinda hard to find a salesman when your there. When you walk in the front door they give you a map and listing of current inventory and send you out to the lot on your own. If your coming from CA you must check to make sure what you want to see is still there and available. The list they hand you will have several units crossed off, so you can miss out on what you wanted to see, so check first. If you really like something you can give a refundable deposit to hold it for you before you fly here. I have noticed however that several units look better on their web site than they do in person. Do your homework on the features etc. because you have to explore the unit on your own. With this sales strategy you don't have a salesman breathing down your neck but you also don't get much help learning about the unit without prior knowlegde of it. With that said you will see some damage that may have been caused from everyone poking around and pulling off knobs etc. (lot rot). Like I said I did not purchase from there and I do not know how they handle those things. I'm sure the owners may not know the units are being damaged but they do have tons of people walking thru them.
We live in Austin and find the same with the New Braunfels location (which we've visited several times). Primarily their pictures are better than actual. Another problem you'll have is that there are 2 locations 200 miles apart.
Never heard anything bad about them and they are certainly NOT high pressure but believe I would use their internet site for education (pricing)...
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I purchased a 2006 Revolution from PPL last year after many trips there and walking the lot. Great way to look at real world whats out there. I traded in my gas Rexall as well and am extremely satisfied with PPL sales department.
Different people have different wants and needs, I would see many on line there and be disappointed when seeing in person. I did however find just what I was looking for at a price I felt was fair.
It was easier for me as I live only 30 miles from PPL's Houston location.
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I would go look somewhere else or do as I did and ask here on the forum if anyone is going to be there and could take a quick look at it for you. I just copied this from a older post from over the summer when we were looking and found one on PPL site that we liked and was listed at very good +. Here are two seperate people from the forum that looked at it for me. One lives close by and stops in once in a while to see what they have and the other was looking at a coach there and purchased elsewhere.



Mike,
To put it bluntly, this poor vehicle has been "rode hard and put up wet" (Texas for "it needs a LOT of work - translated = money) The pictures on PPL's ad do not indicate the true condition.
Leather on the pilot/co-pilot chairs is heavily cracked. Both sofas are badly stained and appear to have been "lived on". Wonder if this was a full timers vehicle? They did have an animal as the chair skirt had been chewed/ripped. Windscreen was cracked from top to bottom in front of the co-pilot. The 3-M coating on the entire front of the vehicle looked terrible and needed removal then repainted $$$. The slide awnings were ripped to the point of replacement needed, not repair. Carpet was stained (probably beyond cleaning). Looked in the engine compartment - couldn't see much for all the dust, dirt, grease and wasp nests. Storage bins were the same. Exterior paint had the "checking" which is known in this era Monaco. Ours has it but not as bad as this vehicle. Tires were a hodge podge from the 2010-11 time frame. good tread and slight cracking.

It was in such bad shape that the maintenance would be VERY suspect but we had no time to find nor inspect the records.

I'm a do it yourself type with a steel barn and concrete floor - Wouldn't even think about this one. If you do, a mechanics inspection and engine/transmission oil analysis should be done before money changes hands.

Stickers indicated a San Antonio vehicle and it was apparent it had never been inside so sun "worn" everywhere.

Sorry to be so negative,


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Good to hear XXX had the same opinion. Everyone looks at stuff differently and has different tastes and opinions of what is good and bad. I was very hesitant to call it a POS, but that is the best description one could give for it.

I am with you on the PPL deal. Lots of people rave about them, that is the only reason I went down to look at a couple coaches. To me, that is the absolute worst place you could take your coach to sell. They dont care about the coaches, they just sit out in the weather and get hammered. They don't clean them or do anything to them to take care of them. We had some crazy high winds come through recently, they did not take the slides in on any of those coaches, several awning were ripped and torn up as a result.
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The salesman told me this coach was in great condition and would buy it himself. He explained to me they work on salery and no commission so he could say that. I'm glad I found someone to look at it real quick for me before I flew from ct to tx.
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They are a valuable tool, both for online research, to see in person, and to see the prices of previously sold RV's. It is very hard to see motorhomes in Austin, no dealers for DP's to speak of. As mentioned, they are 30 mi up the road. I did not buy from them, but I would. They have a very good BBB rating. They told me they would do a thorough PDI, for a fee.

I have a friend wanting to sell a TT that he is upside down on. I told him about their consignments and he dropped it off. Saved him his monthly storage fee and he may actually sell it, without losing as much money.
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A bit closer to you is an outfit called Motorhome Specialists in Alvarado, TX, (a bit south of DFW) that does the same thing....sells new, used and consignment. Hundreds, if not thousands of coaches on a sprawling, paved, lot.

How to get to see what you don't even know is there? No problem, the salesman gives you a golf cart and wishes you well on your tour. You look and touch and feel without any salesman with you. Most coaches are open and are plugged into SP.

There are two colors of golf carts. Salesman told us that if we had a question, flag down one of the (?) blue carts because those are employees, and they could get an answer quickly.

Most amazing facility I've ever been to. During the several hours we were there, we saw no barkers. Not to say there weren't any, but none out of the several dozen we walked through.
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They have a very good BBB rating.
You do know that BBB is BS.
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You do know that BBB is BS.
No. I don't. Let's hear it. To me it is just one of a number of tools to start the process.
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FYI. I bought our Motor home at Motor Home Specialists in Alveredo, TX and while there the salesman steered us away from the consignment units and concentrated mainly on the pre-owned units that they own themselves. A natural occurrence I suppose but just saying.....
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We too bought ours at MHSRV. They gave us a cart and said "go looking and when you find something you're interested in come back and find a salesman". We did just that. You can look all you want, crawl around, whatever. As was mentioned earlier, they all look better in the pictures. Hard to see the dirt and small boo boos in a pic.

X2 on finding someone to go out and inspect one for you before you spend the coin to fly out. You could stay somewhere in the middle and spend a weekend or more between MHSRV and PPL.

Good luck in your search.
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No. I don't. Let's hear it. To me it is just one of a number of tools to start the process.
Well you basically pay$$$ for a A rating no pay and you get D or F rating. After owing my business for over 30 years that's pretty much the way it works. Google is your friend look it up. Here is one from 20/20
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