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Old 05-25-2016, 01:15 PM   #15
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Keystone sucks. I am shopping for a rig to replace our 2012 Montana Mountaineer and
told a dealer I am working with-no Keystone products.

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Old 05-25-2016, 10:37 PM   #16
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It is rare to get more than 30% off actual MSRP list price on any new unit.
But then there are jacked-up MSRPs and older units still sitting on dealer lots to skew that statement.
Be careful of discounts above 30%...and be careful of buying just on price. When you can actually get confirmed quotes on exactly the same unit/options, then you can begin to balance things such as distance/time to pick it up, warranty work away from selling dealer, and other such mundane items that may come back to haunt you.
Have you checked into any used units in the same floorplan? RVtrader.com and pplmotorhomes.com are two places to look for market values.

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Old 05-29-2016, 03:32 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by 10-9jc View Post
Actually - I find it really EASY to believe!

Here's my guide to shopping - with a caveat - it applies to "ordering" an RV - *not* one on the dealer's lot. That's part two.

Make your list of/for *exactly* what you want. Floor plan and options.
"Shop" your list country wide. (The internet is your friend).

Find the best price - for *exactly* what you want. That is now your "benchmark" price.
Ask local (or closer) dealers if they will meet that price.
YOU decide if you are willing to travel for the best price - or did one of your locals offer a competitive price close enough to your "benchmark".

Part two, the caveat -
If you are willing to purchase an RV in a dealer's inventory (on his lot) - be ready to negotiate!
The above still applies - but make sure to add or subtract the cost of the items the "in stock" unit has or doesn't have to compare prices.
Remember - you are in competition with the "gotta have it now" folks walking onto his lot.

Worked for me (ordered & purchased out-of state) - and I "traveled" more than 1K miles for my best deal.

X2. Send the MSRP build sheet to dealers to bid on.

Good points brought out here.

Another thing to remember is the units on the lot that are a part of the Dealers "floor plan". This floor plan is often financed at a monthly rate and is becoming more expensive the longer they sit.
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MTN TREK said in two parts ,buying from a mfgr. in part 1 and in part 2 buying from a dealer. Question when buying direct from the mfgr do you pay the MSRP or is the price negotiated. What's the advantage from buying direct, are the units built with better quality? do you still have an option to do an inspection.

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Old 05-31-2016, 09:46 PM   #19
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Cliffordj - I'd doubt many if any folks would pay full MSRP (Manufactures Suggested Retail Price). 25% - 30% off of these prices would seem very doable in our experience. Your mileage may vary.
Generally customization and option details are more easily achieved through direct or semi-custom orders. You'd really have to do research as to which companies offer the best build quality and customer satisfaction.
You always have the option of inspections (PDI) prior to the final contract signing with the business agent.
In addition too working with a dealers sales agent we also enlisted the assistance of the regional sales manager in the bidding process.

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