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Old 11-05-2018, 10:04 AM   #1
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Ok, down to the last piece of the puzzle, purchase the RV. I'm getting pricing from 8 dealers from NY to FLA (there are none in my state). The MSRP is around $140K and I have sale prices ranging from $101K to $106K (not including taxes and fees). This was their first round offers. Should I expect to get lower (how low can you go)? Lowest price is around 28% below MSRP but in a state that charges sales tax for both my state and the dealer's state, so not going there. Percent calculated as MSRP-Sale Price / MSRP. Virginia sales tax is 4.15%.
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This sounds about right but also varies regarding supply and demand for the trailer.

One of the ways to increase value of an RV purchase is to end up doing the deal at the dealership with the best post-sale reputation. I typically go out and get the best numbers I can, then ask the dealership with what I see to be the best reputation for service, if they can beat or at least match my best numbers.
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:44 AM   #3
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Ok, down to the last piece of the puzzle, purchase the RV. I'm getting pricing from 8 dealers from NY to FLA (there are none in my state). The MSRP is around $140K and I have sale prices ranging from $101K to $106K (not including taxes and fees). This was their first round offers. Should I expect to get lower (how low can you go)? Lowest price is around 28% below MSRP but in a state that charges sales tax for both my state and the dealer's state, so not going there. Percent calculated as MSRP-Sale Price / MSRP. Virginia sales tax is 4.15%.
I think if you are getting 30% off msp you are doing pretty good. perhaps a little more if no trade in. Last year's model versus 2019, perhaps a bit more. Good luck. We will be doing the same the spring of next year. Still trying to figure out the RV . Unlike you we don't need a tow vehicle as we will be parking it full time .
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Some state will make you pay the additional sales tax when registering the trailer. You might look into Montana and their setup for trailers
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What should I expect the deal to include, without additional charge? Does the sale include a PDI and should it be 2 or more hours? Anything else I should expect or insist on?
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We just bought at camping world and they treated us very well. But we haven't needed a repair yet!!
We received a very good starter kit including a power cord and a rhino flex sewer hose, water pressure regulator. Also we asked for a very good surge protector and that alone was a"free" $350. Water hose.So we were pleased.
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Sounds you're moving forward quite well. Soon you'' have to change your IRV2 handle name!

Just a thought for you, not sure where you live, but how far are you willing to go to get service work done? Round trip to drop it off and another to pick it backup when the work is completed. Can you or any other service center close to you do the work on your selected model?

Best luck what ever you do, just get out there and enjoy it.
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Sounds you're moving forward quite well. Soon you'' have to change your IRV2 handle name!

Just a thought for you, not sure where you live, but how far are you willing to go to get service work done? Round trip to drop it off and another to pick it backup when the work is completed. Can you or any other service center close to you do the work on your selected model?

Best luck what ever you do, just get out there and enjoy it.
I live in Virginia. Best independent RV service shop is 3 hrs one way. Also happens to be within a mile of what I believe is going to become the only Vanleigh dealer in the state, unfortunately it's a dealership that was just bought by Camping World. I may be required to use them over the independent shop. We'll see.
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What should I expect the deal to include, without additional charge? Does the sale include a PDI and should it be 2 or more hours? Anything else I should expect or insist on?
If possible do not pay in full until you are 100% satisfied.Live in the rig on site is the best way.2 hour p.d.i. you have just scratched the surface.
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The live in it idea is a great way of inspecting the unit. We were able to do that when buying our first used 5th. Recently we bought a second smaller MH and whereas we did not do a live-in we spent over six hours going through, under and on top of the unit. By this point I knew lots more what to look for in a used unit. We used that info to get a better price. Take a good flashlight and a notebook for any inspection.

IMO any new or used RV is going to have issues that need/should be addressed not to mention mods to make it fit your life style better. Factory deliverables are designed, built and marketed to some "average" RV buyer.
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I believe I will be ordering a new unit from the factory. I'd expect that the price will have been finalized with a nonrefundable down payment. So I suppose I could negotiate a lower priced if there is damage of some sort, but I would probably just insist they fix it before I take delivery.
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I believe I will be ordering a new unit from the factory. I'd expect that the price will have been finalized with a nonrefundable down payment. So I suppose I could negotiate a lower priced if there is damage of some sort, but I would probably just insist they fix it before I take delivery.
If you are ordering it from the factory the dealer has less willingness to negotiate than if it was on their lot. But you can arrange for the factory to deliver it to you and the dealer will have less work to do on it. Also if you pick it up at the factory you will avoid the freight fee. I would arrange a couple of days stay at or near the factory before you arrive to live in it to inspect for defects. The factory repair guys will fix that stuff before you leave.
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No I was told by Vanleigh that I have to take delivery at the dealership where I purchase it.
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No I was told by Vanleigh that I have to take delivery at the dealership where I purchase it.
Going with a beacon? We just took delivery of our 375FL Vilano. We are so far happy with it. We are NOT happy with the crummy dealer. Good luck with your purchase.
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