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Old 05-24-2018, 10:42 PM   #15
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Probably not from Camping World. However, they are OK for toilet paper.
I would buy where you get the best price. I bought at cw Portland, Oregon. $234 msrp. Paid $165k. Full tank of diesel, propane and def. Plus tax, tags and $150 fee. New 2016 winny Forza 36g, February 2016.
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New versus used is an interesting discussion. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. New gives you a warranty but also the issues that come with a house on wheels and all that can go wrong in construction. It also comes with a cost. Used gives you a lower price but much more of a buyer beware situation. Are you getting someone’s well cared for baby or are you getting the lemon that the seller couldn’t wait to dump? If it is the latter, then you are on your own and your savings can be quickly eaten up.

We bought at the Hershey Show and the deal we got was way below what we expected to pay. We had shopped around quite a bit and had been hitting the shows for a few years before we bought. We started with a wish list of what we wanted, or perhaps more accurately, what we THOUGHT we wanted. The shows give you an idea of what is out there and what other things you may need to consider before buying. Think long and hard about what you would like to have in a home and what you would like to have that home sitting on. Most of all, enjoy the search. It can be fun and a bit daunting!
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:45 AM   #17
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We seem to be partial to Lazydays Tampa.
We bought our 2008 Monaco there in 2010.
A short time ago we went south to find some warmth, stayed at Lazydays campground, spent 2 days at the Tampa show, looked around "just for fun" and took home a used 2017 Entegra Aspire.

I love my new coach, and the Lazydays "Crown Club" experience is to die for!
We bought our used coach at Lazy Days Tampa too, this past February. I had researched for about two years prior to buying. We had no intention of buying at Lazy Days or buying used, but the coach was to our liking as was the price. However, Lazy Days has many issues that have been discussed on this forum. I found them to be very spotty. Some good some bad.

They promised me a new left headlight, since the one in the coach was damaged. They ordered and gave me the right headlight within a few days of buying, which they demanded I return after I told them I needed to other side. Now, months after the purchase, I still do not have the headlight and after numerous calls and texts, they tell me they are looking into it. Yeah...right.

Their finance guy was very nice...initially. My wife took to him right away...since she thought him handsome and funny. LOL! He failed to meet a deadline for getting us the paperwork, which caused us some discomfort (like finding a notary in Sunday). When he tried to sell me on a very expensive warranty, I said sorry not interested. His nice demeanor quickly turned rude and dismissive.

My salesman was nice enough, but I could have done without his constant refrain of, "this coach is like brand new!"...which he said immediately and often after walking into the coach for the first time. Then he wanted me to limit my test drive to 10 minutes, which I ignored and drove the coach for about an hour on both interstate and side roads. Do people buy a used coach based on a 10 minute test drive?

PS. Don't buy anything at their on-site store. I found their prices marked up considerably compared to Amazon.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:31 AM   #18
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I've done well both buying and selling via Craigslist. I did buy one new RV, a Nash trailer, and I used the internet to find the best price, negotiated over the phone and drove from Sacramento to Coos Bay, OR to get it. I saved about $3,000 compared the best price I could find locally. The local dealer wouldn't negotiate even after I showed him the OR price.

I only had one, minor warranty issue that Nash authorized for repair at a local independent RV repair shop. Note, I was lucky, so do some research before buying from a remote dealer.

Before shopping to buy, you need to shop to decide what you want to buy. Once you've narrowed things down to make/model/year range/mileage range you're in a much better position to actually shop to buy.

Otherwise you'll just be comparing apples and oranges with too many variables to know if a deal is good or not. The toughest part of all this is determining a fair price. In my experience, dealer advertised prices, both new and used, are grossly overstated.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:02 PM   #19
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Best place to buy Class A

If I had it do over again, I would seriously look at some used motor homes. Find what you like at RV shows and internet. Then look for some low mileage, well maintained used RV's. It is amazing how many really good deals are out there.

Based on our one and only Class A experience, I have two absolute, 100% ironclad rules; (1) I will never own another Thor product and (2) I will never buy another RV from Camping World.

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WE bought from a private seller. It looked like a showroom unit, Storage kept, had all the paperwork and logs, only 17K miles. So for STARTERS, when I started looking as a rule of thumb I DO NOT LOOK at rigs in FL or the Tx coast line (And a few other states that are hit/were hit by hurricanes and flooding in the past few yrs) I'm very selective when it comes to rigs from our northern states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont, NH, NY et al because of the salt on the roads and extreme weather conditions. We got ours in Dallas, but AZ and CA and OK had some nice ones too, we just go lucky I guess. There's much more research that goes into it, but I don't want to write a book. lol. But for starters that's how I approach it.
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Looking to buy our first class A. Been an avid camper for 50 yrs, but nearing retirement and ready for our class A DP. Looking at the Tampa RV Show in Jan or the Hershey RV Show in Sept.... I have heard the mfg discounts are deeper at these 2 large shows.

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Save additional money (sales tax) by buying from a dealer that isn't in a city. Here in Tucson the RV dealers are just outside the city limits and buyers save 2.6%.
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Check out RV.org. They rate RV's and have information on the selection and deal processes. Good RV hunting for a good RV.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:38 AM   #24
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Looking to buy our first class A. Been an avid camper for 50 yrs, but nearing retirement and ready for our class A DP. Looking at the Tampa RV Show in Jan or the Hershey RV Show in Sept.... I have heard the mfg discounts are deeper at these 2 large shows.

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Well, it does sound like you've made up your mind to buy new and you should be able to get 30% off of MSRP at a show somewhere. Also summertime in FL is a good place and time to shop.
If you're looking for upper level, along with newness, then I'm assuming that you have deep pockets, otherwise you'll be spending about the same for new entry level as you would for a quality used Coach of some level.
With buying used, you have a lot of options, with my favorite being consignment dealers and whereas you can shock them with a low ball offer, without having to deal with emotions that you'll get from a private seller and especially if they're underwater with a loan on it.
Just make sure you have your check book in hand, so that he knows you're serious and not just kicking tires. Make a PDI as part of the deal, as well, so you don't have to spend days on end looking for trouble on one, that's not going to accept your offer anyway. And by the way, PDI's should be done by independents, so never hire a fox to guard your chicken house.
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Look at www.MHSRV.com

They have a great website, great location with lots of motorhomes to look at.
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Save additional money (sales tax) by buying from a dealer that isn't in a city. Here in Tucson the RV dealers are just outside the city limits and buyers save 2.6%.

Most states levy the sales tax on the address of registration not the location of the dealer. Some states do have funky laws that assess the dealer's location tax but most owners will pay the sales tax based on their residency.
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