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Old 01-10-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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My husband and I have been looking for our first travel trailer maybe a fifth wheel for a couple of years now. I retired last year and my husband will be retiring sometime this year.

We live on the east coast in New England. I have come to realize that if we want to do business with dealer with a hundred miles or so that we have to consider buying the makes they are selling. This can be pretty limiting when it comes to various brands with no dealers in our area.

If we were to buy a trailer from another part of the country would it be possible to have warranty work done locally?


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Welcome to irv2. Lots of RV's are purchased far away from home. Lazy Days in Fl is one of the largest dealers in the Country and many of their customers don't live there. It would be optimal to buy locally but not necessary. Any authorized dealer will do warranty work for you. They get paid to do it .

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Howdy and welcome! You might check with the manufacturer of the units you are considering to find out where their "authorized service centers" are located. Good luck.
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

I think you will have problems getting a local dealer to do warranty work on an RV that you purchased out-of-town. At the very least, they will put you on the bottom of the list and make you wait a long time for service, hoping you will give up and take it somewhere else. We went through that with a 5th wheel back in 2002 and it was a real hassle!

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Welcome to the forum and good luck with your search.
Concerning getting service from dealers in Alberta I have heard it is almost a common business practice, that if you don't buy from me, your problem is not my problem. One fellow camper was telling me his friend couldn't get prompt warranty service on a new unit he bought state side and took to a dealer near Calgary that sold the same product.
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Yes, you can get them serviced anywhere.

Think about buy an RV to travel and you go to Florida and a problem crops up.

You can't go back to where you bought it to get it fixed.

The manufacturers are aware of this and will have you get it repaired at just about any RV repair place in the country.

We travel all around the country and I don't find it an issue.
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Welcome to IRV2. I purchased my Winnebago 1,500 miles from home and I have not had any problem at all getting service work done here locally. I don't know what goes on behind the scenes, but out front they treat me as good as if I bought it there. I would however, once you decide on a model, give the manufacturer a call and find out for sure that someone locally can do the warranty work. Warranty work is a little different than service work. Good luck on your search for a new rig...
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I have been preparing for the Camping and RV show in Boston next weekend. I have printed the list of exhibitors and which brand and type of trailers they are bringing to the show. I have visited several of their sites and have come to realize that they all sell many brands of trailers. I had thought that they were limited to the brands I customarily see them exhibiting at the shows and currently have listed in their online inventories.

I have been subscribed to the Gallant RV site for two years and have the Randall Eaton guide as well. We have been doing lots of research into the various brands and types of trailers. The terrible rough patch around 2008 seems to have put many of the manufacturers out of business.

I have become interested in some lines of trailers I have read about in Trailer Life and online forums only to discover that there are no dealers anywhere near where we live. I guess it is best to stick to what is sold in new England to be on the safe side. I understand that there are private trailer mechanics just as there is for automobiles so an odd brand bought used might yet find someone who knows how to maintain it around here.

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