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Old 04-02-2014, 07:30 PM   #1
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Heading to Florida to buy...what to do?

Okay, we've seen our "dream rig" on RVTrader at Camping World in Florida. My plan is to drive there Friday, take a cursory look at it to make sure the wheels are still on it (and that wife likes it), return Saturday with my big inspection sheet while wife stays at hotel. If everything checks out, call RVSurvey to do a professional survey of the rig. Then take the results, call CW and negotiate. They want $69k for it. Offer $60? Need some help on this. I know cars but I've heard there's lots of markup in RV's..


Advice would be appreciated here. Thanks
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:34 PM   #2
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Just remember you can never go down on price . But you can always go up . JKD
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:09 PM   #3
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Checkout This site. They sell alot of RV's and there prices are market priced. Compare.

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Check NADA Home Page for used rv prices. Always use the low retail price without the accessories. Then knock it down 10% more to start with. There are a lot of used rigs on the market so stick to your guns. Walk away if you don't like their offer. Try Lazy Days in Tampa if your in the area. Good Luck!!
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You haven't mentioned your finances, but the floor plan and Mfg. are paramount. Take all the advice on the thread, but if you find one that meets you both to a tee.....don't let getting the deal of the century get in your way. Good luck and have fun. In the end.....we'll all be broke.
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:17 PM   #6
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You haven't mentioned your finances, but the floor plan and Mfg. are paramount. Take all the advice on the thread, but if you find one that meets you both to a tee.....don't let getting the deal of the century get in your way. Good luck and have fun. In the end.....we'll all be broke.
No, finances aren't really an issue. Per approved for a usaa loan on advice of my CPA. Pulling the money out of Ira would kill me in taxes. But I'm good with the amount...I just don't like to get took.
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+1 on LazyDayz. We found exactly what we were looking for on the internet the same weekend they took it in on trade. Drove from Virginia to Florida, hammered out the deal, and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Would never get anything near that deal locally.

Don't know what RV Survey charges, but you won't need them. They found and fixed things I missed, and sent their service guy that did the original checks to my site to apologize for missing the things their walkthrough guy caught.

The coach is a 2010, but nothing looks like it was even used such as the stove and microwave. So imagine how shocked I was when I saw 2045 hrs. on the generator clock! And to look at the generator, you would be hard pressed to pick it out from a lineup of brand new generators!

Well it turned out that the generator had a bad controller board. They found the problem, and volunteered to order the board and send it to me, and pay to have a local dealer put it in for me. I'm putting the board in myself, and sure enough, about a week after we got home, a brand new board showed up.

LazyDayz is tough to beat in my book. I wouldn't buy an RV from camping world if they were the last RV dealer on earth. I'd sleep under the stars before I'd go within 500 miles of one of those places. And no, I've never bought an RV from them. Just couldn't deal with their attitude, and I've heard all the horror stories I need to hear.

Just my 2 cents worth, best of luck to you....
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USAA? They were one of the very highest when we were looking!
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Well thanks for the recommendation on LazyDayz...but they don't have the kind of RV I want. The best dealer in the world doesn't work if they don't sell what you need. But I'll certainly keep them in mind if this one doesn't fly.
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USAA? They were one of the very highest when we were looking!
Really? They beat my credit union by quite a bit. Where else did you look for financing? Are there places that give better rates for used RV's?
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You know what's funny about USAA? I have/had them. The USAA bank will loan you the money but the USAA Insurance Co, you know their first business, won't insure motorhomes anymore. On my previous RV I was grandfathered but when I traded last year they said they no longer cover RVs because they were too much risk.
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Insurance companies are just nuts. I've rented a Class A several times and my car insurance (State Farm) covers me when I rent, not a problem. I just have to check in with them and they put a rider on my policy for the week I'm renting. So I can get a $300K motorhome covered without any extra at all.

But when I rent a $20K motorcycle? Oh hell no! I have to get the rental company insurance which is twice as high and covers half as much.

They're just nuts.
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Insurance companies are just nuts. I've rented a Class A several times and my car insurance (State Farm) covers me when I rent, not a problem. I just have to check in with them and they put a rider on my policy for the week I'm renting. So I can get a $300K motorhome covered without any extra at all.

But when I rent a $20K motorcycle? Oh hell no! I have to get the rental company insurance which is twice as high and covers half as much.

They're just nuts.
You may need to check your insurance, I know that in most cases your rate is based on the value of the car you are insuring, so if you were to total a 300k motor home there is a GAP between your vehicles value and the MH that your insurance will not pay.
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I agree. That's why they had to put a weekly rider on it, just to cover the higher priced vehicle. I had to give them the VIN number and the whole nine yards to make sure it was covered.
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