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Old 09-10-2019, 09:35 PM   #1
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Going to Indiana to buy a new Travel Trailer

After 9 years, my wife and I are selling our very first travel trailer. We are seriously considering traveling 2200 miles to Indiana to buy a flagstaff micro lite 21ds to save about $3000.

Anyone else done anything like this?
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Will you be taking it back to the factory for any warranty work?
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I have two friends who went back there from California for the same reason.

Made a nice trip out of it.
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Lots of people travel thousands of miles to purchase their RV. If you don't have any need to return to the selling dealer or factory for warranty work, then go for it.

I know someone who drove that same amount of miles to buy an RV. They're very happy with the purchase.

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If thatís the one you guys want, go for it. Does/can the manufacturer authorize warranty work at a independent repair facility? Just in case something crops up that you shouldnít have to deal with.

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I purchased my current travel trailer from a place in Iowa. In fact, it was just down the road from that big I-80 truck stop. I lived in southern Louisiana at the time. Took a full day to drive up there, and I got finished with all the paperwork and initial inspection around noon. I took two days to drive it back down. I saved about $4,000. I spent way less than that in fuel going up there, so it worked great for me. I'm well past my warranty period and never had to use it. I don't see anything wrong with traveling to get the right RV. That's what they are made for right?
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I traveled 480 miles for my last trailer because no one local had one. Now I am thinking I might travel from Florida to Denver Colorado for an Outdoor RV trailer. Again, because no local dealers carry that brand.

I prefer to not travel far but sometimes you need to do what you need to do.
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My buddy picked up his Pace Arrow at the factory. He had severe difficulties getting warranty work done here in SLC. Every dealer said take it to where you bought it.
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My buddy picked up his Pace Arrow at the factory. He had severe difficulties getting warranty work done here in SLC. Every dealer said take it to where you bought it.

That would be my wonder. If you bypass all the local dealers to save money. Or they could put you at the back of a never ending line for any repair.
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We traveled to Shipshewana, IN to buy our 5th wheel. It wasnít a big deal as we live in Illinois. I would recommend staying a night or 2 at a local RV park to test out the various systems. That way you can get any problems you find fixed on the spot.
As far as warranty, supposedly you can take any Forest River product back to any Forest River dealer for warranty work. The reality we found is that most dealers donít want to deal with the paperwork involved. Because it was the fastest option, we ended up taking our trailer back to where we bought it (Wana RV). I had 6 things, mostly minor, for them to fix. I was back on the road within an hour.
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We traveled to Shipshewana, IN to buy our 5th wheel. It wasnít a big deal as we live in Illinois. I would recommend staying a night or 2 at a local RV park to test out the various systems. That way you can get any problems you find fixed on the spot.
As far as warranty, supposedly you can take any Forest River product back to any Forest River dealer for warranty work. The reality we found is that most dealers donít want to deal with the paperwork involved. Because it was the fastest option, we ended up taking our trailer back to where we bought it (Wana RV). I had 6 things, mostly minor, for them to fix. I was back on the road within an hour.

The text in bold in not correct. Forest River has a specific warranty disclaimer on their brochures, in fact. I found it while looking up a specification for another user here and was rather surprised at the frankness (in an industry where obfuscation is common) of it.


They specifically state that non-selling dealers have NO OBLIGATION to provide warranty service and if they choose to do so, may prioritize their own customers.


Lori, *NLOVNIT* put it 100%.
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The text in bold in not correct. Forest River has a specific warranty disclaimer on their brochures, in fact. I found it while looking up a specification for another user here and was rather surprised at the frankness (in an industry where obfuscation is common) of it.


They specifically state that non-selling dealers have NO OBLIGATION to provide warranty service and if they choose to do so, may prioritize their own customers.


Lori, *NLOVNIT* put it 100%.

If I was a dealer swamped with warranty work from units I sold and a guy cam in with a unit he bought from the factory to save some money I would tell him nicely to take it where he bought it, or I'll call you when I get time. It can be a long wait. The customer comes first. BTW,, OutdoorsRV does NOT sell from the factory.
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After 9 years, my wife and I are selling our very first travel trailer. We are seriously considering traveling 2200 miles to Indiana to buy a flagstaff micro lite 21ds to save about $3000.

Anyone else done anything like this?
There are many great reasons to travel 2200 miles. Saving $3000 is not one of them.

Driving an average automobile cost in the neighborhood of $0.55 per mile with all costs included. It is going to cost substantially more per mile to tow the trailer back home.

USA IRS says: Business expense is $0.55. Charity mileage is $.30.

I am sure you will have a good time traveling and that makes all the difference. Personally, I would prefer a trip to Yellowstone in the late fall.
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Before I went full time I lived in San Diego. I bought my 5th wheel from a dealer in Dallas TX. When I bought my Class A I was already full time and I bought it in Phoenix where I was for the winter. The warranty from a dealer will only be for the first year. After that you are just another customer anywhere you go for service. Donít let the notion that you have to return to the selling dealer stop you from getting the best price anywhere. Besides most repairs after the first year warranty will be from an independent shop and not a dealer because dealers charge way more.
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