Originally Posted by reubenray
Who are the three new large competitors?
A giant Camping World and Tampa RV, both just east on Rt4, are two that I have dealt with.
IMHO, you can't go wrong by staying far away from either. Last year at the Tampa show, one of these clowns promised to have a unit there that we wanted to take a look at. The real story is that they temporarily lost the thing, and had left it in the very back of the dealer's lot. I told them that I would drive over and take a look. The salesman asked me to sit down, for a few minutes and started writing a contract. I asked what he was doing? He had already entered LIST price on the new unit, and auction wholesale, less 10% for my trade, and wanted me to give him $500 to "hold" the unit at the dealer. I asked if he was serious? He replied that it was standard procedure, and the only way that they could guarantee that I would get the
chance to buy the one we wanted. I told him that we were done.
As for the other place, we had them shuffle a rig in from another dealer in their chain, and were ready to close the deal. When we arrived it was fully detailed and ready to go.......... WITH collision damage to one rear corner
and stress cracking and damage where they hit a street sign, or something, with the corner of the front cap. After a VERY loud discussion with the GM, he still felt that we were being too picky, and that RV's that are damaged on arrival are no big deal. We told him to cut us a check for the deposit and void the deal.
It's your money, but having spent a decent amount of
time shopping and eventually buying a MH from one of the mega-dealers on MH alley in the Tampa region, I would avoid most of these outfits. BTW, if you want the real story on any of this, stop at one of the local, independent RV repair shops in the area and ask who they recommend.
Now that is an interesting conversation.