Yes, we requested a factory delivery when we ordered our coach from a local California dealer. When the coach was ready, we drove up to Coburg, OR, and took delivery. Our salesman met us up there too.
It cost us an extra $1,200 to have a tech for two days (8 hrs each day) to go over the coach and show us all the systems and how they work. Worth every penny.
We stayed on the Monaco lot with a 50 amp connection so any tweeks were taken care of immediately. It was a good experience and I would do the same with our next coach. I didn't want some yahoo driving my new coach 1,000 miles from the factory to the dealer, I WANTED to put ALL the miles on it myself. When we picked it up, it has 75 miles on the odometer and a full tank of fuel.
2008 Monaco Dynasty, 42.2 ft., 4 slides, 425 hp clean-air Cummins diesel
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We picked up our 2003 Safari DP at the Monaco factory in June, 2003. I wanted the initial inspection and walk thru done with factory personnel.There was a minimal charge then & I don't remember what that was but it was worth it. There were paint issues and about 10 other issues (some significant and some minor). Had to go back for the paint but all others done correctly before we left. I would never buy another RV without the option to pick it up at the factory....most dealers aren't capable of doing it the way the factory can, IMHO.
Chris, you have to originate your sale through a dealer. That's where the price is negotiated, the paperwork done, etc. Then, you can request a factory delivery where ever that is, mostly likely in Indiana as that's where most are made. Unless, you order a Tiffin then you are going to Red Bay, AL, a Foretravel will be in Texas, a Newell in Oklahoma and a Marathon in Coburg, OR.
Only way to pick up a new coach. The cowboys the dealers hire to drive them check NOTHING. Not at all uncommon to have at least one flat, or near flat tire leaving the factory. Many arrive with the right rear compartment door damaged. Why would you want the first 2k + miles put on your new treasure by someone else of unknown talent and attitude?
If the dealer won't let you do it, get another dealer. I rejected 3 dealers that weren't intelligent enough to figure a way to make it happen.
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Not all brands offer factory pick up - Tiffin is one that does not offer that service. Most factories supply the drivers be it full time employees or contract workers. Some coach brands will even drive your new coach straight to your home of choice of campground also by-passing the dealers lot if that how you want it.
Most factories have strict rules for their drivers, no sleeping, eating, smoking etc in the coach. Do they follow those rules? Most likely not...
Now that said is it worth the extra money to go to the factory and pick up your coach? yes and no, either way you are going to have a punch list that needs to be taken care of, either when you get the coach or a few days later....So you either hang around the factory and have them do it, or take it back to the dealer...your choice
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