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Old 05-19-2015, 12:17 AM   #15
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I always ask every salesperson what kind of RV they own.

I met one man who owed an RV out of the many that I've talked to over the years.

I also ask car salespeople what kind of cars they own. Extremely rare to find one who owns the brand they are selling.
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It is pretty easy to say" I have something close to that, and it is sure a nice coach as well as a great value" count 3 and then say "I would be happy to show it to you if you are remotely interrested"

I ran into such a guy when I was looking, he ended up with my money.
We worked with a salesman before we ordered our '02 Dutch Star, we didn't buy from him at that time although he was one of two that we asked for a price.

When we went looking to replace the DSDP earlier this year we ended you buying the Magna from him. And to this day I have yet to even meet him in person!
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:26 AM   #17
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I always ask every salesperson what kind of RV they own.

I met one man who owed an RV out of the many that I've talked to over the years.

I also ask car salespeople what kind of cars they own. Extremely rare to find one who owns the brand they are selling.
I do the same thing. If I owned a dealership/manufacturer of any kind I would come up with some kind of incentive for the employees to buy the cars/MHs/boats that we sold. I always think that if you are selling something the best advertisement would be that you drive/use what you sell. And you are right it is pretty interesting how many salesman there are who don't own an RV. I think it would be fun to work at a dealership just to be able to help people try to find what works best for their needs, a little experience in use would be highly beneficial in achieving that goal.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:43 PM   #18
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I seriously doubt that most full-time rv sales people can afford much more than the cheapest thing on the lot. Now figure they work all the weekends and holidays and I would guess that they would be wasting money if they bought an rv.

I have met the occasional working "retired" person who either is snowbirding in a locale and takes on a sales job or just likes a little part time employment that know their stuff.

My general impression of rv salespeople is that they need a sale and if your going to be difficult they are moving on. It's really crazy when you wander a lot and no one will even approach you.

I would guess the average rv sales guy is making somwhere around 30K a year...? Anyone know?
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Latest stats From Indeed show the average salary is 65K. Based on talking to some of our salesman I would guess that's about right.

Some of our salesman own their own RV's, DP, 5th Wheel, and one that full times in a travel trailer. We have several techs that also own RV's. We also have a used DP that we are allowed to use. Our salesman have weekly training on the units. Some of it is taught in house, some from manufacturers, and some from systems manufacturers such as Silver Leaf, Cummins, etc.

I retired 3 years ago and got bored sitting at the house. I now work for the dealership I bought my last 2 MH's from. It sure does open your eyes as to how the industry works.
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Interestingly I found this link at Payscale with broken out pay rates per actual jobs on payscale. It paints a much different and I believe much more accurate picture. This is much more along the lines of reality in mind. In fact, Indeed actually paints a bleaker picture that I found. I did find the article you must be quoting, but I believe it is not correct. Several other payscale type sights all fall into line with the two examples shown above.

Brian W, you state you are working at a dealership...in sales? One thing I know is that after 25 years of business ownership and knowing what my employees are paid, the "impression" many of them give about their income is much different than reality :-)
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Interestingly I found this link at Payscale with broken out pay rates per actual jobs on payscale. It paints a much different and I believe much more accurate picture. This is much more along the lines of reality in mind. In fact, Indeed actually paints a bleaker picture that I found. I did find the article you must be quoting, but I believe it is not correct. Several other payscale type sights all fall into line with the two examples shown above.

Brian W, you state you are working at a dealership...in sales? One thing I know is that after 25 years of business ownership and knowing what my employees are paid, the "impression" many of them give about their income is much different than reality :-)

No sales for me, to much stress. I oversee shipping and receiving as well as maintain the warehouse. Department of 1, just the way I like it.

Work at a large family run dealership, and it's no secret how many we sell a month and who made the sell. We have some salesmen who make a very nice living and have been there for many years.
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I ran an rv dealer. We had two guys that made in excess of 100k. The average was probably 50 60k. Granted, we sold country coach and travel supreme so that helped boost the income. I think those scales are off. My sales guys and managers wouldn't get out of bed for that kind of money. I think some of the tiny little mom and pop dealers may skew those numbers.
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The head service technician and myself were the only ones that owned RV's
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Talked to our Sales Manager and he said ours average right around 60K.
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All the dealers around here put their inventory on Craigslist.

My husband cruised Craigslist for dealers within 100 miles and had a decent idea of what we were looking for based on my "must haves" and "would likes" list.

He compiled a list of about 10-12 trailers, listing length, weight, a link to the floorplan, list price, and dealership.

I added to that my notes like "has Ushaped, has outdoor kitchen, double bunks/single bunks, etc.


Then I ranked them by my favorites on paper up top.

Then we went shopping.

When we arrived, we'd say "I want to see this one, this one, and that one". They'd take us right to them. Usually on a golf cart!

Once we got serious, we were able to make a purchase as quickly as we were comfortable with.
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Loraura, Thats the way to do it!!
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Same for dealing with the parts guys...

Ask for a lower radiator hose for a 69 vw and if they try to find it you know they may not be able to answer any real questions.

69 Volkswagen K70 is water cooled.
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Several years ago when shopping for a fifth wheel the salesman at this not huge but decent size dealership told me that he had a small class C and a couple of other salesmen had TT's but that was it. He did let it slip that the sales manager for the dealership had never slept in an RV!
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