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Old 08-08-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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Hello from Lake Tahoe

Greetings all,

I have been browsing the site for a few days now but this is my first post.

We recently sold our year 2000 Cardinal and are now looking for somewhat smaller and lighter rig. We tow with a Cummins so it is the size of the campgrounds and backroads and not so much the weight that is motivating us to downsize.

I was offered 2,000 under NADA average retail for our rig but was lucky enough to sell it for a better price to a private party.

Now that I am searching for a replacement I am seeing dealer postings that have prices anywhere from 30% to over 50% over the NADA average retail and I don't get it. I can see paying a premium for a like-new rig but not that much.

I have seen reasonable markups on some rigs but mostly in the mid-west and east. NY is a little far to go so that is out. TX is a maybe. OR seems to have the highest prices of any state so their economy must be great.

I am using RVT.COM and RVTRADER.COM as well as various dealer web sites. Maybe after the summer season there will be more choices.

Wish us luck.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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PPL in TX. Nothing but good reviews. I believe they have sold 1200 units this year. Most are consignment units. Google PPL.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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Welcome! Good luck on your search. Have you tried looking at dealer's web page sites rather than the two sites you've mentioned?

We recently purchased a new class A motor home, and the price was 33% LESS than MSRP. I'd have a hard time paying MSRP, or anything like you've encountered in pricing. I would think that as we head into the Fall season, prices would come down.

Our purchase was through LaMesa RV in Albuquerque. Call them at 888.509.4199, ask for George. He's a very straight shooter, no pressure guy. Tell him Joe and Debbie from Pagosa Springs sent you.

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Other dealers are out there - take a look...and again, welcome!
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:50 PM   #5
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Enjoying the hunt

Thanks for the responses. I will visit and bookmark the two suggested dealer web sites. And yes, I have visited a number of dealer web sites in CA, NV and other places but the two mentioned are new to me.

I am not much for negotiation so hate the buying experience. And when I see prices that are way above what NADA says is the average I don't even bother to talk to the people feeling we are so far apart it is not worth the effort.

We were hoping to buy used but would be open to new if the price was within our price range goal. Not optimistic but you never know.

At this point I am enjoying the hunt and don't feel any pressure to get a replacement. If we do not find what we like by the time fall rolls around we may just rent a dog friendly house somewhere near the coast for a few weeks.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:23 PM   #6
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Just visited the PPL (Used RVs, Motorhomes for Sale, and Consigned sales - PPL Motor Homes) web site and am impressed. I already see a few that may be worth pursuing. Thanks again for the recommendation.
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #8
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graytraveler,u r going to find that all dealers r marked up 20%+, the good guys. the bad guy r anything they want.That way they the will discount it n tell u what a great deal they gave u.PPL in houston is a good dealership. Stay away fm. Camping World they r deft. bad guys. I've had first hand exp.with them so have alot of others right here. U know its all about negotiation. Find something that fits u, book it (NADA) then offer 15 to 20% lower.I agree wit u some have just priced themselfs out of the market. It is deft. a buyers market not a sellers. Wish u well
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