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propchef wrote:

It depends on what you're looking for. A Super C or Class A? Short supply. TTs? Tons of them unless you're stuck on one particular TT, and even then a patient buyer can find deals. Be willing to buy from a distance and not relying on RV Trader expands your choices.

Know what floor plan you want and have a budget that includes EVERYTHING, including replacing the mattress or upgrading the suspension if that's your plan. "35% off MSRP" is useless if you leave the lot and you still have to spend to get "camp ready"


I agree. Keep in mind, toy-haulers are still "in season" right now. All the 5th wheels are in Arizona and Texas, with snowbirds trading up before they leave. Best deals are had right after schools start and around Christmas.

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I agree with "right after school starts" but remember that NEW loses half its price (not value to you, but resale price) in the first 15 months.

Gently used??


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Shortage? Every where I go there seem to be plenty of everything on the lots. North of Richmond on I 95 must be a mile of them. Currently in FL and see plenty here to. Been all over the SE and see plenty everywhere. Used, not so much but seem to be plenty of new on the major lots.

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I had a new comfortable futon mattress just because of this reason which you have mentioned.

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No matter what market we're in, a deal can be found if your patient.
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ferndaleflyer wrote:

Shortage? Every where I go there seem to be plenty of everything on the lots. North of Richmond on I 95 must be a mile of them. Currently in FL and see plenty here to. Been all over the SE and see plenty everywhere. Used, not so much but seem to be plenty of new on the major lots.


On 95, If you are talking about Mcgeorge's and Safford Rv, both have been bought by CW. And if you peruse their inventory on line regularly (yes I still do that) you would notice it's about 1/4 what it was pre pandemic. CW gets first dibs on inventory but if you look close, all their inventory lines the fence along the interstate. Their lot is pretty bare.

And I was told by my local shop recently that although they may have been shipped units for inventory, many are waiting on Fridges, couches, faucet fixtures etc. They arrive at the dealerships with missing parts that they need to be installed once they become available. I have to imagine if someone wanted a unit with missing parts another nearby gets cannibalized.

That said, demand for new has slowed and supply is catching up. Most COVID campers already bough theirs and people have started to return to work in the supply chain.

Post Covid, demand will come to a halt and supply will be high. That will be the time to make a deal, however I wonder if quality will suffer even more than usual during the rush to keep up with demand.


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The best deal is finding the RV that fits your camping lifestyle. If it doesn't no deal is a deal.


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Is 35% off MSRP really accurate? I've seen $200K units with $100K discounts. Mind you it was a new 2020 while 2021's were also on the lot beside it.

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Best time to by new?

Only if it is a lot queen. But there are not many of those around now days.


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Allworth wrote:

I agree with "right after school starts" but remember that NEW loses half its price (not value to you, but resale price) in the first 15 months.

Gently used??



Err, I'm not sure this is accurate. Yes, they lose value, but not 50% at 15 months, at least not right now. We traded in a toyhauler last year that was 3 years old, and it lost around 25% of original purchase price when brand new.


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