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Old 04-17-2014, 07:39 AM   #15
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A 2015 being made in March?? Keep that up and the 2016 models will start being made this Nov.
No matter the chassis Vin could be a 2013 or a 2014 made one.
No 2015 chassis being made yet. :(
Here's the nice part, you can still get a 2014 or spend $10,000 more and order a 2015 with all of the additional upgrades, the choice is yours. The 2015's will probably not start being delivered until late summer, about the same time the new 2015 cars will be introduced.

As for chassis, mine MH is a late 2014 and the chassis is a 2013, that is normal in RV manufacturing, however all of the emission requirements are 2014.
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Here's the nice part, you can still get a 2014 or spend $10,000 more and order a 2015 with all of the additional upgrades, the choice is yours. The 2015's will probably not start being delivered until late summer, about the same time the new 2015 cars will be introduced.

As for chassis, mine MH is a late 2014 and the chassis is a 2013, that is normal in RV manufacturing, however all of the emission requirements are 2014.

The motorhome we had before our Entegra had a chassis built in December of 2009 and the coach was built in Jan of 2011. We bought it as a 2011 but the title said 2009. I don't think that's right but what can you do. It was only a year and about 2 weeks difference but as the title goes it was 2 model years.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:30 PM   #17
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The motorhome we had before our Entegra had a chassis built in December of 2009 and the coach was built in Jan of 2011. We bought it as a 2011 but the title said 2009. I don't think that's right but what can you do. It was only a year and about 2 weeks difference but as the title goes it was 2 model years.
That is common in the RV business. Anyone knowledgable about the industry knows that it is the coach builders build date that counts, not the chassis. Sometimes they pre-order chassis in advance, and then it takes months to build the coach, so the model years often don't match. Two years difference however, is uncommon but not unheard of.
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In Florida, the max difference allowed is two years between the chassis and the box. The title will be the year of manufacture of the box, not the chassis. In Florida, if your title has the chassis date on it, you can get a DMV examiner to inspect it and have it changed to the correct year. Other states may or may not have similar abilities to do the same procedure. Might be worth a check.
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We have a 2015 Anthem on order. It went to paint around the 1st week in April. The regional rep says it is on track to be ready for delivery on May 1st. Thats a little behind the April 25th date we were told when it went into production. I think it will be one of the 1st 2015s out the door.
As of last week, the Entegra regional rep was saying 2-3 weeks behind on the delivery schedule going out to the dealers. We are going to re-assess next Monday to see if we will be able to make Summerfest in June. DW will not be happy if we have to wait into June for our Anthem.
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Joe, Some people just live right, I won't even have my 2014 by then You want to see an unhappy DW, you should see mine. Best of luck with the early delivery, I am very envious.
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Joe, Some people just live right, I won't even have my 2014 by then You want to see an unhappy DW, you should see mine. Best of luck with the early delivery, I am very envious.
Chuck I've been reading all of your…., lets say "adventures". I hope they get your coach corrected and to you really soon! As for ours, my fingers are crossed that all will be well.
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Delivery Driver shortage

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There are numerous reasons for the driver shortage that is affecting the RV industry.
Officials from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association estimate that an additional 2,000 drivers are needed to deliver the 25,000 to 30,000 recreational vehicles that are sitting on lots in southern Michigan and northern Indiana, mostly in Elkhart County.
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The problem could cost the industry as much as $500 million in lost sales in 2014, according to one industry official.

And Doug DeMeyer, a former driver who is now an owner of a transportation company that lines up drivers to transport RVs across the United States and Canada, believes the shortage won't be solved quickly.

DeMeyer is happy that transportation company leaders gathered for a seminar led by the RVIA last week at the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

He believes ideas to help recruit drivers and improve laws to lessen the number of deliveries that require a commercial driver's license are all good steps.

But he also believes there are other major issues that need to be worked on.

"It's multi-layered," DeMeyer, president and owner of MDZ Trucking in Shipshewana, said. "There's got to be a lot of fixing and a lot of things to happen to not have a shortage in drivers."

He believes increasing pay for drivers and better cooperation from dealerships would help gain and retain drivers.

The shortage

Doug Gaeddert, board chairman of the RVIA and a general manager at Forest River, estimates that shipments are anywhere from four to six weeks behind schedule.

For an industry that has been on an upswing the past four years after suffering through the recession, the issue is of great importance. There are more drivers today but not enough to keep up with the growing number of shipments.

RV shipments were at 165,700 in 2009 but could hit 339,000 this year, said Richard Curtin, a University of Michigan professor who studies the industry.

Two measures talked about at last week's seminar were recruiting drivers through a system offered by the Employment Network and decreasing the need for a CDL for lighter models. Those are nice steps, DeMeyer and other transporters believe, but other issues remain.

Pay is definitely an issue, according to DeMeyer, who also says that delivering RVs is not really a career for a person with a family and a mortgage to pay.

Tough math

To enter the delivery business, a driver needs a full-size pickup truck, which can cost $50,000 to $60,000, and then there are expensive additions such as a fifth-wheel plate, a trailering package and more, DeMeyer said.

A driver without a CDL might gross $2,860 on a 2,200-mile trip to California, but $1,500 of that could easily be eaten up by fuel costs, DeMeyer said. In addition, there are costs for meals, hotels and insurance for the truck, he added.

DeMeyer said better pay would likely help solve the problem, but ultimately, those costs would be passed on to the consumer.

But there's another problem with some of the dealers. "A lot of the transporters have drivers that won't go back to dealers that make the driver wait two to three hours to check in a unit," DeMeyer said.

And unlike a tractor-trailer rig that can gain efficiencies by going both ways with a load of cargo, pickup trucks aren't as suitable for such purposes. Additionally, since the drivers are independent contractors, they have to keep track of literally every expense for tax purposes.
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Larry: I'm sure there is also a shortage of MH delivery drivers, but it seems the biggest backlog is in towables, which require the delivery person to also provide his own HD pickup. The cost of returning to IN. to get the next load must be a BIG factor for those guys! MH drivers can chose to tow a small "ride home" or fly back, depending on how far the delivery went. Not so with towables.
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