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Old 09-05-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Price negotiations for a DRV!

Ok. Left the credit union with approval for the DRV38ssb3. We have sent 3 dealers our wish list of upgrades. Now, the next step is negotiations. I want them to compete! Where should I start with a discount on the entire unit? 20% 40%? and anywhere in between.... I do have my limits... don't have enough to cash out... but the home sold last week and we what to have the 5th wheel about the time we are to be out of the house...

Advice please!

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Old 09-05-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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What is a DRV38ssb3?

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Old 09-05-2012, 11:56 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Arch Hoagland View Post
What is a DRV38ssb3?
Google doesn't know, either: https://www.google.com/search?q=DRV3...hrome&ie=UTF-8

I'm betting it's a honkin' big fifth wheel, but as an abundance of caution I recommend that the O.P. stick to my Price For Things That I'm Not Sure What They Are:

Don't offer them a penny more than $50.00!
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:13 AM   #4
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Bargaining strategy for RV.

Some suggestions from a person who negotiated labor agreements for a living. This is, admittedly, a different process. In the labor agreements both sides had goons, sort of, but the negotiating usually went on until the two principals got tired and decided the hell with it, split the difference and went home declaring victory.

First, I'd put out for bids. Since you apparently want a new, stock item this is possible. Complete description, ask for price, period. They will know you are talking to more than one company in more than one geographical area. Odds are they all know each other in the area. Get out of their clubhouse.

I'd make it clear that this is a one time only deal, if they have he best price they get the money and you are gone. I'd have a date on it for the return, as well as a personal note saying that you'd really like to pick it up in East Armpit, or wherever they are.

Add that you are sorry, you are certain you have enough money to cover it, but that if it's over budget the deal is off.

The more of them you send out the more likely you are to find a salesperson who simply has to make another sale that month or else.

You will also get replies for similar models if the vehicle you want isn't available to that dealer. Don't dismiss that offhand - could be a great deal in there.

And explain that there's nothing personal, it's just that there is a limited amount of money for this thing and you probably can't pay what it's worth.

Enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with each request.

I think you'll be shocked by the replies
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:49 AM   #5
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Sorry for listing the unit incorrectly. It is the DRV Mobile Suite 38rssb3.

I did send the list of options to 3 dealers and asked for pricing by end of day Friday. Hopefully we are surprised in a good way.
Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:33 AM   #6
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Hopefully you have done your homework on the internet to see what the asking price is at the various dealers. That should give you a good idea of what the discount from MSRP is. Then go from there. Or you can wait for the replies on pricing and then compare to other dealers found online. Only you will know that if you "feel like you got a good deal", then you got a good deal.
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Quite a rig but for 3 times what I got the Alpine for I can change my mind a couple more times. Interors look nearly the same real wood Corian tops I like the living area table though
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What is your tow vehicle going to be? That is a big heavy fiver.

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Yes, I've been checking online for pricing.

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You didn't say which dealers you had already contacted but I would suggest contacting the highest volume Drv dealer, Wheels RV in Springdale, AR. Ask for Heath. You might post this question on the suites owners website, Suites Owners International Travel Club, Inc., you can register as a guest and there's a thread for prospective owners to ask any question you want from actual owners. What is that Chevy rated to tow? We have a 36 rssb3 (stands for rear sofa side bath 3 slides) which weighs 18,400 loaded, so the 38 is gonna weigh more. We have a new Ford F350 and we are 3,000 underweight for the truck. You might be at max weight for the Chevy. Also check Rv's for Less, and there's a new Drv dealer in Elk City, OK, can't remember the name.
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Chevy will be fine for pin weight. 13k gvwr. Going to be close to the limit of 27.5k for gcwr. Not sure you can get the 38 under 19k loaded. Ask the ?? at SOITC of actual loaded weights.
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The dealer in Oklahoma is www.rollingretreats.com

You should be able to get about 26-30% off MSRP, if in fact, you are getting the actual DRV pricing. Some dealers can make up their own MSRP sheets. And Wheels in Springdale is an excellent dealer to work with. Just kind of keep in mind the distance to the selling dealer if you need warranty work--some of the dealers either won't work on a unit they did not sell, or they will put you on a waiting list. And I strongly suggest that you not accept delivery until you are absolutely sure that it is what you ordered, and everything works correctly. Taking delivery from a dealer that has hookups at their store and you can stay in the unit for several days is the best way to make sure all is ok. The Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) takes many hours and you do not want to shorten/skip anything just because you are anxious to get on the road and use it.

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Unless local service is an issue for you, don't be afraid to go outside of your area.
It sounds like you will be traveling mostly anyway!

I shopped 5 dealers between 70 miles and 350 miles away from my home and saved $7,000 on better equipped model by driving the 350 miles.

I'd do it again in heartbeat.

I also agree with don't overlook the "in stock" deals. I knew what my minimum requirements were and got a great deal on mine because it was in stock taking up space. I traded colors and DW is happier for it!

Don't buy with emotion, you can always find another dealer and another deal.

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Some dealers can make up their own MSRP sheets.
Some states (WA is one) don't require the manufacturer to post a MSRP on new RV's but they do on used units! Go figure!
WA even adds a B&O (Business & Occupation) tax on the unit and the dealer is free to pass it on through to the buyer, it was over $2,000 add'l expense on our DSDP! Kind of a shock as it wasn't shown in the order contract but I was still stuck paying it on the purchase contract.

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