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Old 08-15-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
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Lowball Offers...

I have an '01 Alpine 38FDDS with a 350 HP Cummins. Only 68K miles. I was thinking of a much newer DP 2008-2011 or possibly a new(er) Class A gas.
I know my present coach is no longer made and it is over 10 years old.
A couple of coaches I have priced have had lowball offers on my present coach.
It is frustrating unless I go with a brand new diesel (which I will not afford).
Being upside down in my present unit doesn't help one bit either.
I thought about a new(er) gas unit, but the dealers claim there isn't that much of a markup on gas unit.
Don't see a solution as my funds are limited.
Thanks for letting me vent.

PS: I expect low ball offers from any dealer.

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Old 08-15-2014, 10:37 AM   #2
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If your really interested in a rig , put together $ numbers that works for you, shave 15% off your top dollar , and counter offer, to see if they will deal down at all. Be willing to throw a little more , with a second or third offer but DON'T, go over your top amount. It is after all a numbers game; they now what they want for profit and you know what your willing ( able ) to pay. If they laugh off your offer , look elsewhere .

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Old 08-15-2014, 05:46 PM   #3
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Why not just keep the one you have? We have an '01 also and have not really seen something we must have.
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:48 PM   #4
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Most dealers you can go retail to retail or wholesale to wholesale it works out about the same difference. Being upside down puts you in another whole ballpark. Would you really be happy buying something just because it's cheaper and not reget it. I went thru wanting a another new unit a couple months ago, then my light bulb went off and I said why.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:57 AM   #5
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If I were to get a new(er) coach, I would want at least 3 slides as our present coach has only 2. The 350HP Cummins in our Alpine is adequate.
Not too far apart on a 2009 Winnie Journey with a 350HP Cummins, 3 slides, and less than 20K miles. However, it is 5 years old. Would prefer something between 2010-2013.
Have located a new 2013 Winnie Tour for about $250K.
Whatever I might end up with has to be less than $150K.
More than likely I will keep our '01 and do some minor upgrades unless I see something I really like.
Thanks to all and HAGD!

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Old 08-17-2014, 11:26 AM   #6
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You want a fire sale price on the replacement you will get lowballed on your trade. The offer on your unit is not what you need be concerned with, it is the difference. Whether the dealer offers you 20 toward a $50,000 unit or 50 toward a $80,000 cream puff it's still 30 grand out of your pocket. An acquaintance is going through this, he beats the salesman down on the newer truck then gets mad when they offer little or nothing for his 10 year old pride and joy.
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:43 PM   #7
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Did not beat the salesman down. I counter offered on the '09 Winnie. He said no so that is that. What matters most is the amount i would be financing and the interest rate. More than likely I will keep my present coach and do some interior upgrades like new window valences and possibly add laminate flooring to the front and bedroom of the coach. That's about all the updating the coach needs.
Did I mention how much I like driving our Alpine???? 70 mph and smooth as silk on the 4-lanes.
HAGD everyone!!!


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