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Posted: 03/11/19 07:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

another thing since you haven't bought the truck yet, get a 1 ton duel rear wheel then you know you'll have enough payload for pretty much anything

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Posted: 03/12/19 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

frenchmr wrote:

Thanks for the reply and feedback! The 31 ft trailer can work for us, but we definitely would be a lot more comfortable with the 35 ft one (I forgot to mention we also have 2 dogs!).

On the entertainment center, I agree that it is not at an ideal viewing angle, it seems to be a common place for the newer trailers in this size range floorplan. My hope is we can get a TV mount bracket that can swivel out enough to make it ok for viewing.

Take a look at This one Notice that the TV is directly across from recliner chairs, and the the extra bathroom is part of the bunkhouse


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frenchmr wrote:

I went to the local Hideout dealer this afternoon. They have the trailer listed for $33k, retail of $45k. That price is consistent with other dealers in the general region. I tried negotiating down to $30k, but the most they would come down to is $32k. I countered with $31.5k and they wouldn't budge. What kind of discount is reasonable to negotiate? It's my first time buying a new trailer.


We got =very= lucky on our KZ. It had been sitting on the dealer's lot for 10 months and, on one call, I ended up getting the owner directly. He said, "I need to move this and get something new. I'll sell it for $XX, plus T&T." I about cr@pped myself and told him I needed to talk to SWMBO and get back to him. Called him back about an hour later and gave him a grand down on a card. Was about 42% off retail and, as far as I can tell, was right at, or just below, his cost. He said they were losing $5k; not sure I believe it, though. This was new old stock, with full warranty.

In what I've read here the past nearly 15 years, I'd say 30-35% off "MSRP" is about the going discount. Of course, "MSRP" can be some number that that particular dealer pulled out of his nether regions. There've been numerous reports over the years of identical rigs with wildly differing "MSRPs". They always seem to blame "delivery charges" for the difference even when the dealers are only a couple hundred miles apart. Jayco does have a "build and price" feature, which prevents this kind gouging and does give the lie to the "delivery charge" b.s. for nearby dealers. While I haven't looked at too many dealer sites recently, Jayco is the only one I know of off-hand that has the build and price feature, but there may be others.

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Posted: 03/12/19 12:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The market is a sellers market. My thinking is that RV's are still selling at record numbers and that they can hold out for another buyer in hopes of getting more money. If dealers had a hard time moving inventory then the buyer would be able to deal for lower prices.

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