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Old 10-06-2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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Where to buy new RV

Good day all. I am a prospective first time full time RV buyer. I have been researching tiny homes and RVs for months and I am set on a large 5th wheel RV that I could convert into a tiny home or trade up in the future. I will separate from the Air Force soon and move to SC for college and work. I have some places with hookups planned as my base near Greenville SC. I also plan to have it shipped up to SC from FL where I reside.



I think I am reasonably aware of the pros/cons of buying new/used. Some say the warranty is worth it. Some say the "shake down" already being done on used is worth it.


I will not buy any RV without inspecting it inch by inch. Every fitting, every electrical socket/compenent, every seal etc... My current plan is to buy new in the winter when the discounts are at their best.


Now the question I want to focus on is what dealership to purchase from seeing my current plan. I have of course heard bad things about Camping World but they are all over the place so if I buy an RV in Florida where I currently reside, I can take it to a Camping World in SC if necessary. Now if I found someone I could stay with temporarily in SC I would wait and buy after I moved... I am open to all opinions and other advice on how to do this but I am mainly curious about what dealer it would be best to buy new from. Or do I really need to worry about taking it back to the same dealer or can I get authorization from the RV mfg to service it elsewhere?
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To provide info do you have a budget in mind?
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:32 PM   #3
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Budget cap is $60K. I have found 40ft 5th wheels new under that such as Heartland Bighorn Travelers and Jayco Eagles and the big sales of winter haven't hit yet.
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First buying in the winter in Florida is the height of the season when all the snowbirds arrive so the demand is high and discounts are rare. Not sure about the other brands but my previous RV was a Heartland Cyclone toy hauler. Heartland will approve an independent shop to perform warranty work as long as you get pre-approval. I lived in San Diego at the time of purchase but I purchased mine from a dealer in Dallas who had a great price online. My local dealer (who I did not buy from) did a couple of warranty repairs but most were done by a mobil RV repair person as i went full time just after my purchase. Find the make, model and floor plan that you like, go online and shop for the best price.
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I wouldn't buy where you know there is a lot of flooding, hurricanes, etc. Buy in the Southwestern states.
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First buying in the winter in Florida is the height of the season when all the snowbirds arrive so the demand is high and discounts are rare. Not sure about the other brands but my previous RV was a Heartland Cyclone toy hauler. Heartland will approve an independent shop to perform warranty work as long as you get pre-approval. I lived in San Diego at the time of purchase but I purchased mine from a dealer in Dallas who had a great price online. My local dealer (who I did not buy from) did a couple of warranty repairs but most were done by a mobil RV repair person as i went full time just after my purchase. Find the make, model and floor plan that you like, go online and shop for the best price.

Hmm. I live in the northwest corner of FL but perhaps I was still misinformed about winter being the best time to buy where I am. Normally it would be true... More reason to buy it in the corner of SC near TN where I plan to live.



Yeah, so that's what I was wondering about. Maybe it's not that important to purchase from a specific dealer like Camping World just because they have a nationwide presence.
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Old 10-06-2019, 06:43 PM   #7
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I would NEVER buy anything from Camping World.

No matter where you purchase you will have trouble getting service from other dealers other than your "home" dealer.

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I would never buy a new RV! I would go for one maybe 2-3 years old. That way someone else has taken the huge depreciation hit when driving it off the lot, and hopefully has gotten all the problems fixed that the factory let get out the door!

One caution on the dealer! If you buy from a dealer out of your area you may have a problem getting the local dealer to service it. At best they will put you at the end of the line, and probably keep moving you back!
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Pick a manufacturer or two and a floor plan. Then go that manufacture's subforum on here and ask who's the best dealer to buy from. I've been looking at Newmars and that subforum has many threads asking where to buy, the responses list the best dealers and even sales reps to deal with, it always the same list in each thread.
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I would never buy a new RV! I would go for one maybe 2-3 years old. That way someone else has taken the huge depreciation hit when driving it off the lot, and hopefully has gotten all the problems fixed that the factory let get out the door!

One caution on the dealer! If you buy from a dealer out of your area you may have a problem getting the local dealer to service it. At best they will put you at the end of the line, and probably keep moving you back!
Is it possible to get a manufacturer warranty on a used RV? Like the roof guaranteed for 12 years...
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My son lives in Spartanburg SC, close to Greenville. Thatís a beautiful area. Love Greenville. There are very few campgrounds in that area.
We have a 40 foot 5 th wheel that is comfortable enough to live in long term but, we would never buy another Keystone. Weíve had leaks around 4 windows due to poor caulking at the factory; and, the thin nails from the nail gun popping up through the roof, puncturing the rubber roof. Definitely buy a large roll of Ethibond trailer roof tape. Itís a lifesaver.
Most campers are basically just glued and stapled together. If you are handy at minor repairs, like my husband, you will be ok.
About 30 minutes from Greenville is Pine Ridge campground just south of Spartanburg. It is a great place to stay. Itís a small family run park.
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Is it possible to get a manufacturer warranty on a used RV? Like the roof guaranteed for 12 years...
Yes you can buy an extended warranty on a used RV that's 2-3 years old and sometimes older. Dealers usually offer these policies but you can get a much better deal on your own unless you want it rolled into the loan. That convenience will probably cost you more money. These policies are also negotiable. They aren't cheap and be sure to read the fine print on what they cover and what is excluded and how claims are handled.

Buying an RV of any type is NOT anything like buying a car or truck.

Getting service at a dealership post purchase and especially if it's not the dealer you bought from is usually always a big hassle. Most shops are weeks out to get to you on warranty work. Then you have to bring the 5th wheel to them. Then they access the damage or repairs, then have to get authorization from warranty folks, then order parts, then do the work. This can many times take weeks.

Some extended warranty companies will allow and authorize some mobile techs to come to you and do the work. But again, do your homework first before you buy.
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