For what it's worth, if the local dealer is any good they will STILL perform your warranty work whether you purchase from them or not. I really can't remember EVER having any warranty work done by the dealer where I purchased because break downs seldom occur while the trailer is sitting at home.
2011 F-150 HD Ecoboost 3.5 V6. 2550 payload, 17,100 GCVWR - 2004 F-150 HD (Traded after 80,000 towing miles) 2007 Rockwood 8314SS 34' travel trailer
US Govt survey shows three out of four people make up 75% of the total population
For that much I would drive but just be sure you are comparing exactly the same unit and that you've got the best price from the local. It seems unlikely to me that 1 dealer could undersell another by that much and still make a profit.I don't think you said what you are buying? I could see that much difference maybe on a $200,000 motor home but not on a $30,000 unit.
We only had to drive like 150 miles,but saver $2500 on the deal, plus some free camping supplies. Thus for that amount of $$$, I would drive, BUT if warranty work is required, and you take it to the local dealer, expect a LONG wait on repairs.
Make the drive, but do a thorough PDI when you get there. Plan on staying in the area of the dealer for a couple days to be sure you get all the small details adjusted and taken care of before you leave. Try EVERYTHING on the trailer before you leave with it. That way you won't have to rely on a probably hostile, local dealer to argue with you about repairs....
2011 Big Country 3250TS...2010 Ram CC Laramie 4wd Cummins
15k Super Glide, Firestone Ride Rite, TrailAir Tri-Glide
Michelin XPS Ribs. Just say no to Chinese tires.
Twin Cities Mn.
I agree with most all, and for all the same reasons .... go for that drive!
Let's say (and I hope not) you're set up at a campground near home for the weekend and come time to leave, one of your slides will NOT retract - no matter what, and no one there has a clue. Regardless of warantee, or place of purchase you are going to have to get a "local" RV guy to come out to get you going. Unless that repair guy is affiliated with your manufacturer in some way - you will have to pay out of pocket and if it's a warantee issue hopefully, get reimbursed later. So what difference does it make where ya bought the rig? None!
Another thing not mentioned is that you never know when, even the most solvent appearing dealer will go out of business - here today gone tomorrow ya know?
Since 04, I've never returned to the dealer in Bath, NY. However, I spent several days in the area ensuring everything worked properly. I found that most warranty work can be handled by dealers and numerous independents across the land. My savings over a local purchase.... about 6 grand.
I'm inclined to drive and save. In comparison to the weekend warrior, a six hour drive-time for the extended traveler is like going to the 7-11. Six grand is a lot of fuel, and @ 12 mpg, it would keep my tank full for nearly a year.
Get the best deal. If you travel it won.t break down at home anyway. Got mine in GA. then 5 months later took a trip out to Mid west and had a problem on ID, March we had a problem in FL. So unless you stay local 9 times out of 10 you will be miles away when something happens.
Barb and Rich, Fuquay Varina, NC
2006 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Quad Cab
5.9-Liter HO Cummins Turbo Diesel
2010 Grand Junction 350RE 4 slides
I'm actually on the way now to pick up our rv. It's a 12 hour drive one way. There are no 'local' dealers that sell a cyclone. The closest one is out of state so I'd have to drive or get it delivered. I'll post about my experience once we take delivery.
So my answer is drive. 9 hours isn't that bad. I used to do a 6 hour drive every weekend in the summer to go white water
kayaking. I worked 40 hours a week too! So 5pm out the door, arrive around midnight, drink then kayak saturday and Sunday, then drive home. All by my lonesome too.
We took Thursday and Friday off work for this drive.
2012 GMC 3500HD, Diesel, Crew Cab Standard Bed, SRW
2013 Cyclone 3010 (to be picked up)