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Old 10-23-2016, 05:05 PM   #15
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Going back to the first post -- I would agree that buying CW stock is a losing proposition. Even if CW was to change it's practices tomorrow to become an honest, trustworthy business, how many years will it take to recover from the sins of the past? Will CW have any potential for growth given the current dismal opinion by so many of their core audience?

I know I will NEVER use their service dept or buy from them. I canceled my Good Sam membership and roadside assistance plan because of their ties to CW. I plan to RV full-time for another 20 years, God willing.

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Old 10-24-2016, 11:37 AM   #16
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Well, I have no particular opinion on the IPO. Most people look at RV dealerships as something analogous to car dealerships, the make money on sales and service, with maybe some add-on sales in the form of a warranty or something. CW is attempting to create a much more comprehensive ecosystem of insurance, roadside, retail, and service.

Now... I bought my used Class A from CW and I was very happy buying from them. It wasn't a big sale but the salesman was helpful, all the stores I visited were low pressure, and their pricing tended to be competitive. Salesmen at the consignment lots were often flaky, disorganized, or unprofessional. Working with CW was at least straightforward.

So it's not a bad place to buy an RV, because they want to get you into their ecosystem. First thing I did was buy my hoses, etc in the store. I still like shopping their retail stores, although I go with Amazon when price matters. I did end up with Good Sam insurance, although that was a case of simply choosing the cheapest... all the candidates had good & bad reviews.

But I'd never consider them for service. There's a nationwide shortage of RV techs, and big operations like CW feel it the most. There are good independent shops and bad ones, but you can shop and read reviews. Likewise, there are good CW techs and bad ones, but you never know which you'll get. But is Lazy Days or any of the other big dealers any different?

A lot of people shop for RV's and expect the same service and dealer support as when they buy a car, but few if any RV companies can provide that profitably, except for the premium brands.

So as a consumer, I like CW as long as I know what I'm looking for and what to expect and what to avoid. As an investor, it's hard to predict whether their strategy will be successful, but it's an interesting new approach in a changing market.

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We bought from Camping World on price alone. We went in with our eyes open, knowing we would never return. We have the option of traveling to Indiana for warranty or we have a very good local shop and a fantastic mobile tech close to us.
We recently had an issue or two that should have been warranty but it was cheaper for us to pay for it out of pocket than the cost of driving to Indiana.

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