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I have been trying to buy a new Carriage and the prices I have been getting are anything but friendly. It seem as if the dealers don't know they have orphans and don't won't to deal. Of course I have a trade so that muddies up the waters quite a bit. I have been trying to get 30 to 35% off of MSRP and a decent trade but this has been inpossible. What would it take for you to buy a new Carriage? How much off of MSRP?


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Well, I'd sell the unit you own first to clear up that issue and it's affect on getting the best deal.

As far as price, I would expect 35-40% off the dealer list. There is nothing wrong with Carriage even though they are gone. I would expect a dealer to include a 3rd party warranty, too.


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You should be able to get at least 30% off of the "New" orphan you are trying to buy as long as you discount the current "Orphan" you own appropriately that you are trying to trade in.

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When they were still in business, a 25% discount from list was considered a good deal in my experience. Out of business, no warranty and a year old unit, maybe 30 - 35% ?

From the prices I'm seeing on used units, no one seems to be giving them away. Really, the only thing that's different is lack of warranty and more aggravation getting some spare parts. Still a great rig.


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onekg wrote:

I have been trying to buy a new Carriage and the prices I have been getting are anything but friendly. It seem as if the dealers don't know they have orphans and don't won't to deal. Of course I have a trade so that muddies up the waters quite a bit. I have been trying to get 30 to 35% off of MSRP and a decent trade but this has been inpossible. What would it take for you to buy a new Carriage? How much off of MSRP?


These are only recently orphaned and were desirable units in their price range. Supply and demand still rules the market place.

On top of that -Puget Sound Area RV pricing is very high in general with Dealer that think a 10% discount from inflated MSRP is "blowout" deal.

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What you need to look at is "out of pocket cost". The price of the unit...minus the trade in price. The new unit price might be high. But they should make the trade in allowance enough to offset the difference to make it good for you.

Of course, when you consider an Orphan company, I would take off another 10% to 15%. More toward the higher amount. Then see where the come in. And see if you agree with that. If not, find another trailer to fall in love with. They're out there.


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Everytime I buy a new unit they go under. The last was Fleetwood. I would not pay much for a Fleetwood orphaned or not. Now we have the 2011 Cameo, and this is a different deal. It's still a high quality unit that will last for years. Even if there is not warranty I wouldn't worry about being out too much money. I think we have been out about 400.00. Large RH slide needed adjustments, as water blow in while traveling in rain. I would still buy Carriage if I needed to buy. I talked to the national club leader, and I guess Thor bought out the names, and will probably still produce the Carriage product. Really don't know detail, but maybe we will still have a form of Carriage.


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There is not much quality left in the RV world unless you want to spend up to 100k. My Alpenlite has been flawless and I may keep it if I can't negotiate a deal. I am not afraid of buying a orphan at all if the price is right. I lost my structure warranty when Alpenlite went down but they would't have had a 5 year structure warranty if they did't know how to build a good product. I believe Carriage is that quality. I'll just keep shopping, someone will want to get the last one off of their lot.

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I love the Carriage line and had planned to buy one when we were able to retire, but if you can't get at least 35% off the msrp, I'd look elsewhere. As I recall, the only dealer I ever talked to about buying one (local dealer a few years ago) was offering about 35% off as a starting point. That included a factory warranty. The price should be less now, not more.

I agree that you should try to sell the one you have first, if possible. If not, don't figure it at retail price.

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Just how much mark up do you think is in an RV?

The selling dealer still paid for it, and freight, so won't sell at a loss just to move a unit.

People will buy a Carriage at 35% off because they know the quality. If you followed the auction at Carriage last month, the completed units on the lot there sold for 50% of list, and that was an auction.... dealers got hung out when Carriage went under, and they will make some money on the trailers they have in stock.


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