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Old 10-02-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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Hi All: Finally joined after lurking and learning for several months. DW and I are looking to retire early in a few years at age 57, and are leaning toward purchasing a new Winnebago Vista LX 30T. We have toured the factory in Forest City, and seen many different units and other brands including Thor and Forest River. We have also visited numerous dealers, as we strongly believe a good dealer is critical for long term satisfaction.

One thing we have not seen discussed however is advice regarding ordering a new RV. Most everything we've read and seen at dealers is to expect somewhere between 20 - 30% off MSRP; can we expect something similar on a custom order? I realize the best deals are always on end of season lot inventory, but any input / advice / lessons learned, would be most appreciated. I can anticipate and respect the buy used responses, but we really want to customize and order a new coach as we hope to keep it for 10 years (or more). Does anyone have advice regarding dealers - there is a Winnebago only dealer in Rockford IL (about an hour away), or Camping World in Madison (I am wary of them), or Lichtsinn (5 hours away). How important is it for the dealer to be close to home? (We will not be full timing in the near future.)

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Hi All: Finally joined after lurking and learning for several months. DW and I are looking to retire early in a few years at age 57, and are leaning toward purchasing a new Winnebago Vista LX 30T. We have toured the factory in Forest City, and seen many different units and other brands including Thor and Forest River. We have also visited numerous dealers, as we strongly believe a good dealer is critical for long term satisfaction.

One thing we have not seen discussed however is advice regarding ordering a new RV. Most everything we've read and seen at dealers is to expect somewhere between 20 - 30% off MSRP; can we expect something similar on a custom order? I realize the best deals are always on end of season lot inventory, but any input / advice / lessons learned, would be most appreciated. I can anticipate and respect the buy used responses, but we really want to customize and order a new coach as we hope to keep it for 10 years (or more). Does anyone have advice regarding dealers - there is a Winnebago only dealer in Rockford IL (about an hour away), or Camping World in Madison (I am wary of them), or Lichtsinn (5 hours away). How important is it for the dealer to be close to home? (We will not be full timing in the near future.)

Thanks to all the members here, this is a fantastic resource!
I found after two new purchases that you get a better price by buying off the lot or at least out of a dealer's inventory (even if it is just inventory on paper-meaning a unit he knows is scheduled to be delivered to him soon). While I would love to customize, there are so few options offered that we have chosen to save the $$ instead.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:43 AM   #3
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Been to the Winnebago dealer in Rockford, as well as a couple of others in the Rockford area. They seemed professional, but I didn't buy there. It seems to me that the good dealers get discovered post-purchase as they deliver on their promises. Wound up buying direct from an owner. Good luck.
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I found after two new purchases that you get a better price by buying off the lot or at least out of a dealer's inventory (even if it is just inventory on paper-meaning a unit he knows is scheduled to be delivered to him soon). While I would love to customize, there are so few options offered that we have chosen to save the $$ instead.
Very true; however, if we want to buy for next summer, and want the six-speed tranny (existing five-speed F53 is a deal breaker), we will have to order. I also think we will want dual AC and 50A, which is unlikely to show up on a dealer's lot in the spring.
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Looked at the Vista 30 with my brother a few months ago as he was in the market. Could not believe how spacious a 30' MH could be. Very impressed with the floor plan and at a price of $94,000 for a 2015 close out, I'm surprised he didn't jump in.

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Another suggestion would be to consider buying used first time around.
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Thanks for all the replies. We are creeping toward a Bay Star 3124 vs the Vista 30T now; we like the floor plan better, and more importantly, the 22k chassis / 22.5" wheels. Both units price out pretty close on the MSRP, but the Newmar has more high end features than the Winnie. Considering we had originally decided we would not look at anything longer than 30 ft PERIOD, we have now broached that limit twice - with the 30T at 31 ft and now the Bay Star at 32 ft. Do any of you have strong opinions about going over this 30 ft threshold, or doesn't it really matter? I have been on both Winnie and Newmar owners forums and done my homework, it appears both mfr.'s are good and provide quality products and customer support. Any and all comments welcome, these decisions are really really hard!
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My first coach about 5 years ago was a 32ft Winnebago. We have camped lots of state and national parks and never had an an issue with length. For the past 2 years we have owned a 39ft Newmar Canyon Star and I don't really find length much of an obstacle. As far as your choice between Winnebago vs. Newmar - I much prefer my Newmar!
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My first coach about 5 years ago was a 32ft Winnebago. We have camped lots of state and national parks and never had an an issue with length. For the past 2 years we have owned a 39ft Newmar Canyon Star and I don't really find length much of an obstacle. As far as your choice between Winnebago vs. Newmar - I much prefer my Newmar!
Thanks Mr. Cosio, that's great feedback!
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