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Bfonner

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Posted: 05/24/20 04:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are looking to buy our first bunkhouse travel trailer. I contacted the local dealership and they said the sticker price is $16,425. I don’t even know how to negotiate a travel trailer. I know this is pretty inexpensive as far as RV’s go, but how low can I expect them to go? Also, what else is going to be included in the price when I go to finalize the deal? I know we need to consider the anti-sway. Is there anything else? Thanks for all your help! I feel so ignorant about this process!

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Posted: 05/24/20 05:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Offer $13k out the door with a WDH, sewer hose and two batteries. Hose and batteries won’t be the best quality but they’ll do for a while. Walk if they say “no”...just get up and walk.


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STOP,find a friend who owns a rv have them help you. if you just walk into a dealership and start dealing, they,ll sell you everything in the store. P.S they are not your friend they want your money.

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midnightsadie wrote:

STOP,find a friend who owns a rv have them help you. if you just walk into a dealership and start dealing, they,ll sell you everything in the store. P.S they are not your friend they want your money.


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if you don't have any friends with RVs, maybe even take a stroll through a campground and chat up some RVers ... generally we're a pretty friendly bunch, and many like to brag about or bemoan the different pros and cons of our rigs.

as far as negotiating a price, its the same thing as any other major purchase. learn the features you need vs what you want, find your budget, low-ball the sales guy, and then walk away. don't worry you won't hurt their feelings, despite what body language they give you to the contrary.


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They're going to pressure you to buy an Extended Warranty, Special Never Wax Coatings and other things you don't need, or want.

Do not be in a hurry to buy, take your time and look at different units. Make sure the floorplan works for you.

What do you plan to use as a tow vehicle?

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I called around to local dealers within a reasonable distance and told them the model I wanted and pitted them against each other.


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I think most buyers plan on 25 to 30 percent off sticker price or msrp. Remember..most of these units are slapped together without much quality control and you are at the very low end of the scale at that price.


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Not sure if this is your first RV (not just first bunkhouse), but I strongly recommend you rent a trailer for a couple of weekends to see if the family really enjoys it.

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Add on's.... dealer prep fees, tag/title fees, sales tax, GAP insurance if you finance and choose it... someone already mentioned an Extended Warranty ... (think twice or 3 times!)

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The best advice I can give you is that people rarely by an RV and keep it 10 years. Buy used, then if you change your mind you wont' get hammered by depreciation.

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