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Old 06-05-2016, 11:27 AM   #15
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Going over all the different aspects of a 5ver purchase, I'm very curious about the most important aspect of the purchase. Is it which dealer, as in they have great service and sales reputation, or the actual brand of RV you purchase? I hope I made my question clear. Just FYI, we know the floor plan so it's just down to manufacture and dealer, thus the question.
We didn't focus on either. We found the floor plan we wanted, and then it was about the specific unit we were buying. We asked the dealer to deliver it to an independent facility that we chose (it was actually the dealers competitor) to have it inspected for problems. I would recommend you have it independently inspected regardless if its new or used. During the inspection, we asked the inspector to focus on major system issues... ie, electrical, plumbing, suspension, roof, walls, etc... We were not concerned with the nickle/dime issues like a quarter round molding not being secure.

Go in knowing there will be issues for both new and used purchases. If you are handy, taking them on will not be a problem. If not, you will be spending time and money (and frustration) getting someone else to do them.

Even after we had the unit independently inspected, we found what I consider a major issue with one of our slide tops. It definitely has a "soft spot" where it appears water has penetrated an area of the slide top. We discovered this when installing slide top covers.

This goes to show you that no matter how much you try, there can still be problems.
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Old 06-05-2016, 11:32 AM   #16
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Brand first for me...
then hopefully a floorplan 90% suitable
Truck suitable?
THEN I'll pick my dealer....


And I drove 8 hours to get to my chosen dealer, of whom I've never seen again....
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I also agree with going over any unit with a fine toothed comb.

I don't know if I've seen yet if you are considering a new unit, a lightly used unit, or a much older year model. My approach to each would be a little different in detail.

Once you narrow down on a year/model - I'd post back in a new post about it and let us chime in on things to check for.


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We didn't focus on either. When we found the floor plan we wanted, and then it was about the specific unit we were buying. We asked the dealer to deliver it to an independent facility that we chose (it was actually the dealers competitor) to have it inspected for problems. I would recommend you have it independently inspected regardless if its new or used. During the inspection, we asked the inspector to focus on major system issues... ie, electrical, plumbing, suspension, roof, walls, etc... We were not concerned with the nickle/dime issues like a quarter round molding not being secure.

Go in knowing there will be issues for both new and used purchases. If you are handy, taking them on will not be a problem. If not, you will be spending time and money (and frustration) getting someone else to do them.

Even after we had the unit independently inspected, we found what I consider a major issue with one of our slide tops. It definitely has a "soft spot" where it appears water has penetrated an area of the slide top. We discovered this when installing slide top covers.

This goes to show you that no matter how much you try, there can still be problems.
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We will be ordering a new one. We don't want some dealers leftovers. We want to make sure we get exactly what we want.

As for the maintenance end, I am an aircraft mechanic. Just about anything that comes up I should be able to handle. And with the friendly advice on this and other forums, I should have no problems.
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We had different concerns wanting higher end equipment in a residential trailer. We were limited to just a few brands so we had to go to where those trailers were available. But if you're looking at one of the big brands, you should consider the dealer and how their service operation is run. Some are very disorganized. Buy from the best combination of sales and service for the brand you want.
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I never really thought if going into the service side of the dealer until I got onto this forum. It has been of great help and I don't even own the rv yet.
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1. My wife has final approval.
2. For me, its towability and quality.
3. Looking at new because of warranty and wanting to keep this RV for 7 - 10 years.
4. Dealer location and service if I need it. I'm handy to some extent. I find that the little items that come up in the campground, I just fix it and move on.

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Consider this:

1. Never buy new.

2. Never buy an RV.

Got that?
As for wayno347 comment, You sound like a RV salesman!
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I'd prioritize manufacturer over dealer ... quality isn't something that can be added to your RV once it leaves the factory, no matter how wonderful a dealership may be.
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Getting a floor plan both of you at least can live with if not totally like!
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[QUOTE=Bruce Cisne;3103735]
1. My wife has final approval.
2. For me, its towability and quality.
3. Looking at new because of warranty and wanting to keep this RV for 7 - 10 years.
4. Dealer location and service if I need it. I'm handy to some extent. I find that the little items that come up in the campground, I just fix it and move on.

1)Happy wife, happy life!

2)Not too worried about towability, but more about quality. Although at this price range(50-60) they are all about the same.

3)Looking at new not for warranty but to get exactly what we want. We will be keeping this for 20+ years.

4) agree completely.
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It's the RV. Don't pay the Dealer until the RV is exactly as it should be.
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