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Old 12-14-2015, 07:04 PM   #43
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To the OP, opinions are like fecal sphincters, we all have one. Some dont stink, others just think they dont.

If you feel you were slighted that is what matters, no matter what strangers on a forum who were not present, do not know you, or don't know the circumstances conclude.
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:36 PM   #44
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To the OP, opinions are like fecal sphincters, we all have one. Some dont stink, others just think they dont.

If you feel you were slighted that is what matters, no matter what strangers on a forum who were not present, do not know you, or don't know the circumstances conclude.

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Chris, like you posted the responses are most likely directed due to your original statement that you had no experience with RV's. In the future all I would recommend is that you stick with dealers who have people that show you what every button does, and how everything works, with you standing there and prior to making a commitment to purchase the MH.


All of the better dealerships I looked at, including the one I bought from took us on a test drive, drove to an open space and demonstrated how everything worked, from generator, to awnings ,levelers, slides, TV's ect. before we made the purchase. I think the dealers who do let people go out and experiment with things on their own, on their lots are the same places where people buy MH's that have numerous problems that need to be fixed because someone abused them. You will read in these post people who complain about broken stuff in their MH's that they assume came that way from the factory. We bought ours almost two years ago and it has only needed a few adjustments, but then again our dealer only lets you in the MH with him or one of his other two trusted salesmen and demonstrated everything for us.


Good luck on your search and keep posting here as there is a wealth of knowledge here and people are always willing to help, even if sometimes their responses seem a little curt.
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Old 12-15-2015, 04:24 PM   #46
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If I were purchasing in Texas I would go to PPL Motorhomes.

Used RVs, Motorhomes for Sale, and Consigned sales - PPL Motor Homes

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Clearly you've never been to PPL! Smoke free = smoked in freely. I understand they're consignment units, but at least advertise them appropriately.

There may be a jewel in there every now and then, but every single RV I saw last time I was there was not in good shape - some advertised as "Very good" shape with water damaged rotting walls.

They were all powered down. Want to test it out, sign a purchase contract and pay someone to inspect it.
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Clearly you've never been to PPL! Smoke free = smoked in freely. I understand they're consignment units, but at least advertise them appropriately.

There may be a jewel in there every now and then, but every single RV I saw last time I was there was not in good shape - some advertised as "Very good" shape with water damaged rotting walls.

They were all powered down. Want to test it out, sign a purchase contract and pay someone to inspect it.

WOW! How do they stay in business?
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Old 12-15-2015, 05:22 PM   #48
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Yes, it is a big learning curve.

The only way to learn is by doing what you are doing.

Once you get a handle on what you want, you will only test prospective units.

Have Fun, Enjoy all the elements of the acquisition- Good Luck!
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Clearly you've never been to PPL! Smoke free = smoked in freely. I understand they're consignment units, but at least advertise them appropriately.

There may be a jewel in there every now and then, but every single RV I saw last time I was there was not in good shape - some advertised as "Very good" shape with water damaged rotting walls.

They were all powered down. Want to test it out, sign a purchase contract and pay someone to inspect it.
This is absolutely not true. If you want to test drive it, a salesperson will gladly go with you - no contract to be signed. We were VERY impressed by the whole complex when we were there.
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This is absolutely not true. If you want to test drive it, a salesperson will gladly go with you - no contract to be signed. We were VERY impressed by the whole complex when we were there.
I tend to agree with this poster. While searching for coaches, I contacted PPL several times in order to ask about certain coaches. The salesman gave honest opinions (if the coach needed $10,000 worth of fixing, he said so).

The PDI does NOT need to be bought in order to test a unit. He said that if I went to see them, he would fire up the genset and let me test anything that I wanted to test, without obligation. He was also upfront about whether a certain coach might or might not have enough fuel in it for a genset to work....that was honest, too.

Could it be that the dealership employs several types of salesmen (as do all of them)? I was fortunate enough to get an honest one.
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I tend to agree with this poster. While searching for coaches, I contacted PPL several times in order to ask about certain coaches. The salesman gave honest opinions (if the coach needed $10,000 worth of fixing, he said so).

The PDI does NOT need to be bought in order to test a unit. He said that if I went to see them, he would fire up the genset and let me test anything that I wanted to test, without obligation. He was also upfront about whether a certain coach might or might not have enough fuel in it for a genset to work....that was honest, too.

Could it be that the dealership employs several types of salesmen (as do all of them)? I was fortunate enough to get an honest one.

That's a relief to hear that one person's experience does not necessarily reflect the overall practices of a company!
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bamaboy473, who was your salesman at PPL?
This was in Texas right?

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While I only 'drove' through the website for PPL in Houston (which really helped with my research for comparison purposes on both the sale of my previous rv and the purchase of my new one)


I did go to the store here in North Texas and there was some almost brand new rv's there...

but they are a consignment shop that makes money on sales of someone else's unit AS IS.

Another consignment shop that I can vouch for is Professional RV in Colleyville - we bought from them we liked them so much.
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PPL is not responsible for the condition of the units and there are a lot of dogs on the lot. There are also a few good units. It's up to the buyer to weed the bad ones out, just like it is anywhere else. Test drives are encouraged and not difficult.
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bamaboy473, who was your salesman at PPL?
This was in Texas right?

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I just sent them a message asking for the name of whoever I worked with.
I'll let you know if I get a response. FWIW, I looked at about 34 units before I bought what I have, and he is the only salesman that I'd recommend to somebody else.
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FWIW, remember the word, "CONSIGNMENT". If a company (at least PPL and MHS in the Dallas area) represents a coach as consignment, do not...DO NOT...take photos or description as real. Palm RV in Ft. Myers is another dealer that outright lies about condition until you sign up for their PDI which costs you about $500.

ONLY deal with units that are privately owned, or are dealer stock. You will NOT get any form of after-sale help after the sale, otherwise. That includes how much air is, or isn't, in the tires.

My guess is that the people that frequent consignment dealers are first-time buyers that have limited knowledge, and hope to trust their sales person.
Big mistake. Don't do it.
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