mister_d has it pretty close... Look - rules are rules and obscenities are one of those rules... Disguising your obscenity by using ** or -- or ## is the same thing as saying the word...
As far as my time goes, it is MY time and I make the decision as to how much to devote to one thread... I have been on this forum well over 10 years and have been moderating nearly that long and volunteer a ton of my time as I moderate many forums on the site... I do not have the time or inclination to constantly clean up posts because someone is trying to get cute with their language...
That's why you should when ever possible support your LOCAL RV DEALER. Remember, the great feeling you get from "saving" $1,000 on the purchase price fades quickly when you need warranty work and you discover that unlike cars, RV dealers are not required to perform warranty service for those who bought from a wholesaler.
And when you consider the cost of just the fuel from Texas to Ohio and back, I have no doubt that you actually paid MORE than you could have negotiated locally.
I did the same thing the OP did: drove from Houston to RVW in Ohio to pick up my new unit. I kept records of what I spent and it was only me going -- not a family or SO.
2 nights in motels: $135; snacks and food there and back: $75; gas: $425. The two nights coming back I stayed turtled in the Hybrid in parking lots so that cost was -0-.
Total I spent: $635 + 4 days driving. Total I saved on my Hybrid: $6000. The local dealers could not come within $4500 of the price RVW was asking. And I got a '10 model in October '09.
RIGHT NOW NADA value on my Hybrid is only $1500 less than I paid for it nearly 3 years ago. For me, it was a good financial decision.
Amen to what happybooker1 said. Find a good local independent RV shop and get your RV serviced there - most dealer "trained technicians" appear to be slightly better then a glorified high school drop out. Forest River I'll reimburse for warranty repair, I've had no problems doing so.
2013 Jayco Eagle 334RBTS Disclaimer for the daft: Don't confuse my opinion with facts.
Sorry to read the OP's dissatisfaction. While I'm a perfectly satisfied Wholesalers customer I really have no dog in this hunt, but I heard my name called. Perhaps my one (1) experience is at one end of the scale and the OP's at the other but complaints posted here concerning RVWholesalers are exceedingly rare and their hundreds of customers to include many here drag new trailers all over the US and Canada.
I guess I'm a "penny pincher" as decided to decline my Local Dealer "best price" offer and drive three hours over to Lakeview to purchase my Roo 23SS for over $4000 less than the best local offer. That's a lot of pennies. And the camper was delivered a week after I ordered it fresh from the factory, not sitting on the lot for months. For $4000 I was willing to put up with several hassles. There were none.
I checked and verified everything, including the awning, before signing the papers and driving off the lot. Nothing but tire pressure and lug nuts needed to be adjusted. I brought my own gauge and torque wrench.
Service? Rather than entrust my camper to the same Local Dealers who wanted to over-charge me $4000 I've done all repairs, and they've been minor, myself. The caps on the sewer vents were either missing or fell off. Forest River had a pair in my mailbox two days after I called them. Typical minimum-wage assembly of the trailer required me to align a couple of cabinet doors. All done in my driveway with hand tools.
So, if I read the OP correctly the awning and water pump weren't checked on the lot and the LP tanks were not checked either which I guess means neither the stove, oven, or furnace were checked. An incomplete PDI. Many folks who drive significant distances to RVW spend a night or two at one of the several local campgrounds (including a very nice state park) just to relax and get to know the trailer. Easy to run it back over to the dealer for any corrections face-to-face. I strong recommend this when dealing with ANY distant-dealer, just as I strongly recommend against having any distant-dealer deliver the trailer. The truck driver is not an RV technician.
RV water systems typically seem to end up with small bits of Styrofoam in the filters which are easy to clear and not something to drag a trailer to any dealer to correct.
I don't know what caused all the confusion with RVW and warranty issues. I bought from them in 2005 and had nothing but good service after the sale, both from RVW and FR. I guess a dealer can't get it right all the time. Sounds like a communication failure somewhere along the line. Hope things get better for you. Not all dealers will be the lowest all the time due to various reasons but they were with our purchase.