Are you Dreaming of experiencing life on the Open road?
The best way to experience
the beauty and wonder of America and Mother Nature is by traveling with a Recreational Vehicle (RV). We have compiled over 70 years of industry knowledge and
want to share it with you. Don’t let the word RV stand for “Ruined Vacation.” Within
this article, you will learn the 6 most important things you need to know
before buying any of the following: Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailer, Motorhome,
Folding Camper, Tent Trailer, Camper or Hybrid Trailer.
#1Never Pay Full MSRP
MSRP stands for - Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price
– also known as the "window sticker." The MSRP sheet will include a
list of each standard and optional items included in that particular RV unit.
It will also show the retail price. Insist on this information from each dealership
you visit. Now you can compare and make sure they are apples to apples.
Do you want the best deal
on an RV?
these tips for negotiating a better price on an RV at the dealership: • Leave all your options open when
looking at RVs.
• Keep an eye on finance rates from
your bank or credit union.
• Consider purchasing your RV during a
special sale to find a once in a lifetime price.
• Buy at the end of the month when
dealerships are eager to meet their goals.
• Be friendly with your salesperson—they
are working for you, too.
• Take risks when asking for a better
• Find the right incentives (add-ons
and discounts) to make the price tag more worthwhile.
#2 Buy From the Pros
dealerships are some of the best and safest places to buy an RV. RV dealers are
the people who know the business and know the answers to your questions. A
reputable RV dealer will have a dependable professional sales personnel as well
as, parts and service staff to assist you. These services will be very
important before, during and after the purchase of your RV. If you feel comfortable
with the dealership, and you think you would like to look at some of the RVs,
then it’s time to find a salesperson. It’s extremely important that you feel
comfortable with your salesperson. If you are not comfortable, ask to speak to somebody
else and don't be afraid to help the salesperson help you. Tell them your needs,
what kind of RV you want, and how you plan to use it. If you're going to buy a
towable RV and you already own the vehicle you will be using to tow the RV
with, ask your salesperson to explain weight capacity to you and to show you
which RVs are in your weight range. A knowledgeable salesperson can be a real
asset, especially if you are new to RVing. If you prefer to look by yourself,
ask them for their business card and write down any questions you have so you
can ask them later. A reputable
RV dealership can make your purchase a pleasant and stress-free experience.
#3Ask for a Pre-Delivery
Strange as it may
seem, a brand new RV can arrive at a dealership with problems. Make sure to ask
the dealership if they thoroughly check the gas and water systems before delivery.
If the answer is no, go to a different dealer. A PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection) should
be FREE with NO FEE. Many dealerships will take a shortcut and not perform a
PDI. This is poor customer service because
when the PDI is skipped, the Manufacturer is no longer obligated to fulfil the
warranty. A dealership who skips the PDI can save a lot of time and money for
themselves, but creates a big headache for the customer. High-quality
dealerships will even pressurize the entire system and check for any possible
leaks, as well as, start up each appliance, adjust the stove burners, water
heater burner and refrigerator. All water tanks should be filled, pressurized
and checked. Technician should also check over the interior and exterior
including: lights, slides, jacks, tire pressure and furnace. If the price seems
too good to be true, it probably is. Be very wary. The dealership has most
likely cut corners, like skipping the PDI or they are selling refurbished
your Homework—Free Perks for you
A few perks can save
you lots of money! An RV purchase is just the beginning. There are a number of
items required for your RV before you can make your first camping adventure. A
dependable RV dealership will include some or all of these items free of
charge: FREE FULL PROPANE TANKS; FREE BATTERY BOX; FREE BATTERIES; FREE RV
DETAILING; AND A FREE GIFT CERTIFICATE. One thing to note, is the quality of
the batteries. Some dealers will include a free battery, but they provide a cheap
battery that will not have the capability to hold a good charge or will have a
limited number of charging cycles to the battery. Reliable dealerships will include
batteries such as, Marine Grade Deep Cycle Batteries that are designed to give
you a lot of power for a long time and have the capacity to be charged multiple
Out For Hidden Fees
Ok, you’ve found a trailer you’re interested in purchasing.
Now it’s time to think about financing. Boom! Here come all the added,
mysterious fees: Destination fee-$1400; Preparation fee-$1200; Documentation
fee-$700. Disreputable dealerships figure that by time you are sitting down in
the finance office, you won’t get up and walk away, and they are usually right.
You should not have to pay all those fees if you see anything more than a
Document fee over $300, get up and walk away.
Financing? If you're like most RVers, you'll probably be financing some or part
of your purchase. Most RV Dealerships have several sources of financing
options. They will usually do the bank shopping for you and get you the most
competitive terms. Also, don’t forget to check with your bank or credit union
and see what type of loan you can obtain before you go shopping. Often times
the national banks have longer term loans at competitive rates. TAX TIP: Almost
every motorhome and many trailers have features of: beds, kitchens, sinks, and
bathrooms, the IRS considers them similar to homes. How does this help you? It
means that the interest from your loan may be tax deductible as a home
mortgage. Make sure to consult with your tax accountant for more details. There
you have it! Follow these 6 tips to get the best purchasing experience and the
best price on an RV. Now, what are you waiting for? Come into Ray Citte RV
today to find the RV that is best for you and start your RV adventures!