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Old 09-20-2012, 06:26 PM   #15
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I doubt I would ever buy new, so the dealer means nothing to me either. Doing business with a dealer usually means spending the long dollar, so about the only thing I go there for is an occasional part and supplies.

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Old 09-20-2012, 06:55 PM   #16
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First of all, many folks on this forum including myself, would not recommend buying any rv new. Mfg quality has hit the pits and the first owner has to work out the bugs. Plus, you loose too much in depreciation right away.

I too join the ranks that say a local dealer is not the most important thing. And to me it means nothing. Most likely you will have problems while using your rv and it probably will not be in your home town or near it.


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Old 09-20-2012, 07:20 PM   #17
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I've own two RV's both class A's and what I've found out is that I've always had to take the RV back to the factory to get the repairs done right...I've spent my time at "camp Monaco" in Elkhart....Upside is I met some really great people while sitting there....
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:21 PM   #18
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New coach, used coach, it's just a matter of personal preference. We like the fact no one has slept in our bed, pee'd in our toilet, or never bothered to changed the engine oil, and we are willing to pay for that, plus the manufacturers warranty, always a favorite option of mine. Others prefer to save the money, and take their chances, and, many come out ahead. There is no right or wrong, just preference, and, besides if no one one bought new, there would be no used.
All that said, this is no cheap lifestyle, so even if I did pay a little more for the convenience of dealing locally, and developing that relationship, in our opinion the return can be ten-fold, EVEN if you buy used from them, maybe Even more so.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:49 PM   #19
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My opinion is the local dealer is not that important. I bought a new TT from RV Wholesale and picked it up in Elkhart. The local dealer took care of the few warranty issues, no questions. The MH I bought used 2700 miles on it. Took it to the local Fleetwood dealer to have the engine and gen serviced. They changed the oil but diid not grease it or check the rear end. At 6000 miles the wheel bearings burned up, 1 gal of oil in the rear end instead of 4.5 gal. Ford fixed it under warranty. So much for local dealers.
All fivers and TTs and lot of motor homes have the same stuff in them, frig, stove, furnace etc and any good dealer can fix or replace them.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:46 AM   #20
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Buying from local dealer is certainly not a "must" in my book. It's a convenience if the dealer has a competent service department (not at all a sure thing!). In your case, since duty may make it difficult to take the RV to a place 100-300miles away, finding local service may be higher priority. But it doesn't necessarily have to be the selling dealer either.

In my experience, dealers with good service shops typically handle all comers anyway. Those that make excuses to turn away service customers probably aren't much interested in providing top notch service to begin with - they are merely selling RVs and doing as little as possible to service them.

If you are not buying new, the value of a local sealer is even less.

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