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Old 10-21-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
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RV prices

Would like to know your opinion or experience's buying.
I see a lot of RV Dealer add's that say x amount of dollars off MSRP, and it appears to be around 30 %, is that a good price, or is there still money for me to negotiate?
How do I know the MSRP is lagite?
Also the MSRP is that what the dealer pay's, if not how do we as potential buyer's know that price?

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Old 10-21-2014, 09:28 PM   #2
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I live in Southern California and for several years I've gone to the fairgrounds in Pomona for the RV show in October. I see many mark down prices around 20%. I normally go the last weekend of the show. When I bought our new 2003 Winnebago Adventurer from a dealership they also knocked the price down 20% when I decided to buy.
As with anything regarding retail there is usually a good deal of markup. We've seen that with beds, appliances and anything else we use around the house. Even with % off they advertise when the sales roll around, there is plenty of room for profit.
I believe it will vary between dealerships if you buy from them. How many do they sell, profit margin they are comfortable with, overhead, etc.
With the autos I've purchased I've noticed a few thousand dollar difference between dealerships.
Shop, shop, shop.

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Old 10-22-2014, 11:53 AM   #4
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MSRP is the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price or commonly known as the Sticker Price. 20 to 30 per cent off the sticker seems to be pretty common.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:14 PM   #5
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a lot depends upon what brand and how in demand an rv is. i have received 10% - 25%% through the years. class b are real hot right now with very little discount and long waits.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:33 PM   #6
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You need to go to RV shows to look, not always buy. If you have done your homework and know what the RV should sell for make them an offer for what you think it should be worth to you. If they refuse just walk. I don't get the problem here. The dealer will take whatever they can get. 0%, 20%, 30%. If they think they can get more they will hold out for more. Don't worry about making a low offer and cheating the dealer.
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Motor Home Specialists in TX starts at 25% off MSRP and may go down from there. I got my 4 Winds Super C from General RV for 33% off MSRP on a 14/14 in June '14 after the 15s were starting to come out.

I suspect the big dealers buy these things for about half the MSRP.
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:18 PM   #8
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I ignore the MSRP. Different manufacturers have different markups.

I go for comparison shopping--starting online. It's not hard to figure out who the dominant RV dealer is in a given region.

You'll never get one like an automobile--$100 over cost. They just don't sell high volumes of RV's. I'm just wanting a fair deal at a dealership relatively close to home. If my local dealers don't want to deal, I branch out 100 miles, then 200 miles.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:19 PM   #9
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Thank's everyone.
I've been doing a lot of on line shopping both new and used.
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I live in central Pa. we don't have a lot of competition as far as dealer's go.
The MSRP they show you, is that true for all dealer's that sell say Open Range in my region, state, how do I know MSRP is lagite?
Can I go to manufacturer's web site and see MSRP.
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When we bought our present DSDP we got right at 27% off MSRP, seems to be about what the 2015's are going for too.
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I joined RV Consumer group and paid the membership to get the RV guide which rates every RV (you decide either MH or trailers or you can buy both). You also get a book on how to buy and inspect; how to tow--it is a wealth of info. If you are spending thousands of dollars on a major purchase spend some money up front to get educated. The guide has ratings from the staff and reviews by customers. Tells the average purchase price based on average retail and gives 10 years worth of depreciation rates for models to figure used retails.
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I personally don't think the RV Consumer Group info is worth much. You can get depreciation estimates free online (see NADA.com) and the RVCG doesn't actually test any RVs. They are nothing at all like Consumer Reports - they have no testing facilities or engineers. What you get a consistently applied set of assumptions about what makes an RV good or bad, but those assumptions are largely one man's opinion. There are lots of other opinions available, here and other RV websites, all for free.

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