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Old 10-25-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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I'm currious to see if anyone has had an experience with buying a MH at this show in Tampa? It is supposed to be the largest on the East Coast. Normally draws 50,000 attendees. Do the prices really come down at these events or should I leave my check book home?
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I'm currious to see if anyone has had an experience with buying a MH at this show in Tampa? It is supposed to be the largest on the East Coast. Normally draws 50,000 attendees. Do the prices really come down at these events or should I leave my check book home?
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:41 PM   #3
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First of all... welcome to iRV2! ...secondly...it may be Saturday or Sunday before the last iRV2 member that I know of who bought at last year's show has a chance to respond. (He is on his way home from Nappanee after having some other warranty work and "cabinet upgrades" done). There may be others who can respond before then...but give "Bob" a couple of days to respond...

Good luck...and please visit here & post often!
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:57 AM   #4
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I have been to the Tampa show many times, and I have found the posted sale prices (SHOW SPECIALS) are not much of a discount at all.

Nor have I found posted Show Special prices at any show to be all that great.

However, bring your check book, as you may be able to negotiate a good deal.

If you have done your homework and know how low a dealer will go, then there is no reason you cannot get a good deal at any show.
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:23 AM   #5
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I attended the Tampa RV Show in January 2007, it was huge compared to the shows in the Detroit metro area that we have went to in the past.

Many more high end coaches to see at the Tampa show.

I am sure we will attend the 2008 show this January just for a fun day.

Not in the market for a new motorhome so I do not pay attention that much to the show special prices.

Pat and I really like going to the Lazy Days dealership near Tampa, you can look at all the inventory on your own at your own pace without a salesman. Again we are not in the market for a new motorhome but we like to look.

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Bear in mind that because you are near Lazy Days some of the brands will not be there. It is a fun place to visit and we almost bought a MH there in 05 at a good price but went with a used diesel somewhere else. The Hershey PA show is a big one too. They don't have the million dollar coaches but the parking is free and we enjoy that show also. Good Luck
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:09 AM   #7
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RV shows are no better or worse than any other place to buy a rig. As has already been said, the "show specials" are merely advertised versions of the price you could have gotten simply by asking for their best deal. And with some negotiating you can do a lot better than that, at least from the larger, high volume dealers. Sometimes the manufacturer or a dealer will try to move a particular model at a show - maybe one that has been a slow seller and you can get a deal on that particular one. And sometimes they will deal a bit better on the last day or so of the show, especially if sales have been slow.

Lazy Days is just a mile or two down the road from the Tampa Fairgrounds, so go there too. They have more new RVs on display all the time than the entire Tampa shows offers - it's a continuous RV show in its own right. A salesman can show you around with a golf cart (its that big!)or you can walk the lot on your own.
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:33 PM   #8
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Whenever we drive down to fl we always stay at lazy days for 3 to 5 days about 8 times a year
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RV Roamer:
Lazy Days is just a mile or two down the road from the Tampa Fairgrounds, so go there too. They have more new RVs on display all the time than the entire Tampa shows offers - it's a continuous RV show in its own right. A salesman can show you around with a golf cart (its that big!)or you can walk the lot on your own. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just bring your eyedrops and inhalers as many of the coaches are so new that they have not been aired out yet and the new smell will burn your eyes and may give those with asthma a problem.

There are rest stations with cold water and air conditioning and attendents driving around in golf carts with coolers to provide relief from the heat.

There is usually plenty of iced tea for all in the cafeteria even if you are not yet a member.

You will not be able to tour all the coaches and trailers in one day.

The only black spot is their service department. They are disorganized, do not keep up with the service bulletins and their service advisors do not seem to have the technical training to advise you properly except for the simplest and most common problems that they have already been able to figure out personally.

Used two different advisors when I purchased my coach there and neither was really knowledgeable about motor coaches and how to maintain them.

Look up Greg Raczynski in sales he seems to be a straight shooter and treated me very well.
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