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Old 09-19-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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Test drives

I have read you really need to "test drive" your trailer before you purchase. Will the dealerships allow this? Has anyone done it? Should we? What are y'alls thoughts?
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That would be nice, but not practical (or profitable) for the dealers....
while car dealers get away with selling test driven cars as new...
can't imagine MY wife buying a new rv that someone has done all "their business" in

The only method I would think of being able to do that is to rent a unit for a weekend....
but there are not many places that do that any longer...

it is almost a guessing game of what YOU will need/like
good luck,
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:24 AM   #3
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Not sure what you mean by "test drive". My wife and I looked at probably 40-60 trailers before we bought our SunnyBrook. The actual driving will require some tweaking to get it right for the tow vehicle. I had a full size van that towed beautifully except it lacked a high payload due to tall rear diff. I then bought a Suburban (1500) and that had better pull performance but was not as stable. I found I had to add extra water in the holding tank to put a little more weight on the receiver. If your idea of a test drive is what JohnBoyToo interpreted then I agree-unlikely as the coach would now be "used". Good luck.
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By test drive I mean just hook it up and drive it too see how it handles. I didn't think that was practical advice or that the dealer would allow it. Just another example of book advice that needs to be taken with huge gain of salt?!
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:50 AM   #5
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I've never heard of a dealer allowing anyone to "test drive" a trailer. I try to spend as much time as I can in one to see how it feels. We spent all day in our last Bighorn before making the decision to buy it.
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if it were me no test drive = no DEAL
that is assuming your tow vehicle and driver is equipped and ready to pull
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Our Excel dealer in Virginia hooked up the rig we were interested in and we all went for a drive. This was 2005 but I'd think sellers would be smart to allow since its a buyers market and inventory needs to move. I'd ask. The answer is always no if you don't ask.
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A basic question: Unless you have quite a bit of experience towing comparable trailers, what would you compare it to?
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:41 PM   #9
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Bluepill- great question, I wouldn't know since I drive a 2 seater baby car and have towed a hay trailer once (it was not pretty). But hubby has experience in towing. As a very inexperienced RVer(I camped once in my parents pop up, hubby drove) that's why I posted the question. I thought the book advice was just this side of crazy, I thought the same thing you did. I'm also thinking I'm gonna have to learn (and not looking forward to) how to do drive, back up and park whatever bad boy we buy.
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Come on down to Greater downtown Mansfield then and teach my wife to drive it...

fyi, depending on the size you get, look into classified drivers license Class A test (NOT CDL) for here in Texas.
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