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Old 01-18-2018, 03:08 PM   #29
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The opposite can happen too - you can walk into one that looks ordinary on paper and go "Wow, this is it." My advice - don't settle for a floor plan you don't love; if you do, it will annoy you every day. RV shows are great as you get to see a lot of little details you never thought about.

Dealers - I was happy when my warranty ran out and I no longer needed to go back to the dealer I bought from. They were great on the sales side, but the service side is utter chaos. Do make sure you know a good shop you can go to for maintenance and repairs, but dealers have no magic, and very little of an RV is brand-specific.
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Oh my, this is gonna drive me to drink lol. ..are full wall slides a bad idea??
They are great when they work, and are engineered well. Lots and lots of full slides out there that work perfectly.

Hit the search box and type in full wall slide

They open a LOT of space inside, I love them... but if they ever get stuck out, you're in a pickle. However, I've never seen a jam that someone wasn't able to get out of.

Fleetwood has been making slides since they first were ever seen. I'd reckon they know a bit about it.. but being a ver 1... you never know if they mis-engineered something, match the wrong component or something of the sort.

I fully understand.. and heck, I've owned 2 rv's and it's still a lot of working buying a third.

I decided to focus mostly on build quality over anything else, then floorplan, then decor next.

I think you're best bet is to just go drive out and look at one with zero intention of buying anything that day. Consider it just your first precursory look. Don't even talk money, just go feel the thing.

I'll private message you a link to a webpage I think you should read first.
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TO the OP, buying any new (to mean, not used) RV is always taking a risk. There's a very real risk that you will need many trips back to the service center in the first year.

I personally feel the risk goes up when you couple that with a Ver 1 of a unit.

I also feel the risk goes up when that ver 1 is an entry level coach.

This can be very frustrating. It's common business for the manufacturer to just sort of.... kick out units quickly and leave you and the dealer holding the bag to tune it in.

This is well documented all over IRV2 and all over the internet and youtube. If you know this going into it, and you are prepared for what some consider a nightmare, then you can be mentally ready for the challenge.

Personally, that rig would NOT leave that dealers lot until I was satisfied. The dealer knows that most 1st time buyers don't know what to look for and they are so excited to "get on the road", and once you've left the lot, the game of rope a dope can begin if you don't have an awesome dealer.

It's better to be patient, take someone with you who knows RV's very well to be your advocate, and make the dealer truly get everything fixed as best you can before taking delivery.

truthfully, you want to REALLY inspect the unit before signing. That means plugging it in, operating everything, driving it, testing all the systems - it's laborious . You even want to crawl under it. Was the unit delivered on salted roads? Does the underbelly look tight?

Some dealers are resistant to this. I had a dealer tell me that they would happily plug it in for me, as long as I had already signed the papers...NOPE! I walked as fast as I could.

No other time has Caveat Emperor meant more than when buying an rv.

Buying an RV leaves you with no protection, and warranties seem like most are just for show. The paperwork you sign when buying literally signs all of your rights away, read it carefully.

Who you choose to do business with with your dollars is a serious choice, both the dealer and the maker. Read reviews on your dealers carefully.

To give you an example, I just bought an RV from a dealer over 2000 miles away because I wanted to reward this particular dealer for being a great dealer, and rewarding a brand that does things right.
Props, plasma800 - one of the best posts on this subject I have seen in a long time.

I am assuming that the OP already knows about the depreciation hit he will take as soon as that baby leaves the lot.
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Props, plasma800 - one of the best posts on this subject I have seen in a long time.

I am assuming that the OP already knows about the depreciation hit he will take as soon as that baby leaves the lot.
Thanks,

I'm not sure if the OP does or does not. Suffice is to say, UNDOING an RV purchase is mighty costly

Only in rare instances does one sell an rv for something close to what they paid for it when buying a new RV.

It would be a function of desirability of the unit + buying very deeply + location location location + low number of comparable units in a geographic region. A tall order.

Not to mention, it can sometimes take time to sell an RV. It could take 6 months to a year to find the right buyer.

The best favor you could yourself is to think it over carefully. Evaluate all of your options, don't let the check book burn a hole in your pocket, try not to let the excitement get away from you
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Yes I know the depreciation will be big and I'm gonna take my time looking around. I do think we're set on buying new. I saw today that there is a big RV dealer getting ready to open in Acworth Ga. My guess is they'll have a very large selection. I've got no problem walking away from a pushy salesperson...

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These loom like competition for the Thor ACE line.
Probably a good value.
We have a 2015 Fleetwood Terra SE 33s we chose over the ACE because I won't go without an 80 inch bed.
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