1. you can go direct through certain manufacturers and expect 30% off retail.
2. you can go through rv direct.com and get almost if not as good as direct through manufacturer.
3. buying a leftover 2011 should get you at least 30% off retail, so you should be able to get several different manufacturers 30ft motorhomes for around low 60s. I just purchased a new 2012 forest river list 96K for 65.
4. Advantages to these routes is that you get a good price, but you dont get local dealer service, and having purchased from alocal delaer I seem to get better service.
I bought locally because I knew the owners, I wanted local service, and I would be storing the unit there so I was willing to pay a bit more than going direct to manufactuer, but still got a good deal.
5. even buying from the larger volume dealers like Dick Gore or General RV should be able to get u into a 30' model fairly easily. I dont have any connection to these dealers.
One reason that there is so much room to mark down is that it allows for the negative value of a trade in. Many rv owners trade up within a few years and have negative equity in their trade. Having the list on the new unit higher allows the buyer if they so choose to roll some of that negative equity into the new unit, and still be under list price so the bank will finance. Therefore, if you arent trading, you should not expect to pay anywhere near list.
Before you make a decision, price a new one from rvdirect.com or one of the other Internet sellers. You might be surprised. We got ours for $22,000 less than MSRP and $8000 less than any dealer we contacted. Forest River has been fantastic. Through their forum I met an engineer for FR. Yesterday he called me to see if I had figured out a little problem with the radio. No need for a close relationship with a dealer when you have that kind of support directly from the factory. Also was great to order exactly what options we wanted.
you might have the bug too buy an rv now,but if you can wait alittle with gas prices on the rise you could get a better deal on new or used. i would try to find a private party motivated seller. alot of class c mh look the same floorplan wise just with updated chassis.you could find 5 year old coach in almost new condition at almost half the price of a new one one. check rvtraderonline.com
I've gotten quotes from RV Direct on a new units at very attractive prices, the only issue would be picking up the unit in the Mid West since I am on the west coast. When I compare the price of the new unit, plus travel costs, it would be about $10k greater than purchasing the used 3 year old unit locally. The used unit has many extras that would also add to the cost of the new unit. I have found units 1 year old, locally that could also possibly fit the bill.
We are getting closer to a decision so any more input would be appreciated.