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Old 10-03-2015, 11:39 PM   #1
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Is this a good deal?

We are able to buy a 2015 Flying Cloud 30FB bunk for $85K. It has 2, 53 watt solar panels w/1000 watt inverter. (Which now that I'm looking around, turns out to be very little.) it has not been used. Anything I should be wary of? Should we try to get them to go even lower? This price includes an anti- sway hitch. It's from Colonial Airstream so anyone can see what's included.

We would have to drive half-way across the country to pick it up. We wouldn't be able to do that until next month. Makes me nervous signing paperwork before we've laid eyes on it. We are complete newbies to this.
Thanks for any advice!
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Old 10-03-2015, 11:50 PM   #2
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Welcome. I'm sure you will get plenty of feedback from very good shoppers on here. I have an 03 Classic ... happy and not shopping so way out of date on real prices. When you get your Airstream you will love it.
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:17 AM   #3
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We would have to drive half-way across the country to pick it up. We wouldn't be able to do that until next month. Makes me nervous signing paperwork before we've laid eyes on it. We are complete newbies to this.
You could put down a deposit to hold it, and then finalize the paperwork when you do have a chance to go to Colonial, instead of buying sight-unseen. Even with a deposit, the sale MUST be contingent on the trailer passing an inspection prior to taking final possession.

I haven't dealt with Colonial, so I don't know if a deposit paid to them would be refundable if you decide not to buy, but it would count as part of the down payment if you do decide to buy.
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:47 AM   #4
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Msrp about $95-96k, 2015 model. I'd see if you can get them closer to 15% below msrp, colonial is going to be filling their lot with 2016's and I've heard of people getting close to 15% not on year end clearance. It's still a good price and will be a very nice trailer.
MSRP doesn't include hitch so add that.
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in May of 2013 we purchased a 2013 flying cloud with a discount of 20 percent. At that time I checked the price of the same unit at Colonial and they were asking $9,000 more. Since you'll be traveling a long distance anyway, check with other dealers. An acquaintance recently bought a 2016 for a very good discount from a dealer in Mississippi.
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:20 PM   #6
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You've got a large A/S dealer in St Louis. If you haven't already, get a competing price from them. We have a not as large dealer in Lexington, SC....John's RV....which I have heard is very reputable. A phone call to ask if they have one like the unit you are looking at and a price over the phone gives you a second comparison.
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You've got a large A/S dealer in St Louis. If you haven't already, get a competing price from them. We have a not as large dealer in Lexington, SC....John's RV....which I have heard is very reputable. A phone call to ask if they have one like the unit you are looking at and a price over the phone gives you a second comparison.
And something to keep in mind— if two dealers have the same price for the same trailer, the closer one is actually cheaper, because it will cost you less in travel expenses to go and get the trailer.
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:50 PM   #8
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If you are heading east toward Colonial you might want to check Haydocy in Columbus, OH. It is 300 miles closer to you and we found their prices and sales practices to be outstanding. They also carry a fairly large inventory and being so close to Jackson Center, seem to have an inroad on orders.
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We bought our AS from Bill Thomas in St. Louis. We looked in Springfield, MO, Des Moines, IA, and at Bill Thomas.

We were not impressed with the dealership in Springfield.

We liked the Des Moines dealership, but liked that BT was on the KC side of I-70 and did not require driving in town to get to/from the dealer.

BT was very knowledgable and good to work with. We worked with Jesse and I would recommend him very highly. After we bought (and our unit was a pre-owned 2015) their walk through was excellent. They took about 4 hours with us. Had us both drive, went over all the systems, backing, parking, etc. They have the option to stay the night at the dealership to work out any questions or problems as well.

I felt that BT was very competitively priced.
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Taking your AS back to where you bought it must be a factor.... You will need to do that.
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Thanks for the advice- we really should look at closer dealers. Unfortunately, we already put down a deposit. We jumped on it- thinking it was a great deal and we really want the bunk model. I'm thinking we may still be able to get our deposit back if needed. Yikes!
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Thanks for the advice- we really should look at closer dealers. Unfortunately, we already put down a deposit. We jumped on it- thinking it was a great deal and we really want the bunk model. I'm thinking we may still be able to get our deposit back if needed. Yikes!
I haven't seen a Colonial Sale Contract but I would certainly think you could get your deposit back, surely the contract has some sort of due diligence time where you are allowed to inspect and cancel for any reason, including financing. I would be surprised if any reputable dealer would take a deposit and it be non-refundable.

Having said all that, I have been shopping and just bought a barely used 2013 FC, but in that process looked at 2015s quite closely. It seemed that large dealers like Colonial were clearing out 2015s at 18 percent off MSRP, in fact I emailed them asking if the prices on the internet were the best prices, and they said yes. They all were right about 18 percent off. That was for 23 footers retailing at more like 60sh thousand, so I'm not sure of the dynamics for a larger $100,000 MSRP trailer...but I've always been under the impression that the higher the price, the greater the percentage of room to move. I have seen many trailers in the past month advertised with 'clearance' prices, and those prices varied by as much as 5%. So shop hard, hopefully closer to home. And beat up Colonial for another 3% if you can. The 2016s are out and it's almost winter up in the northeast....
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Oh... and is it necessary to take the A/S back to the dealer where it's bought? That part does make me nervous.
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I know that JD Sanders, in Alachua, will do warranty work whether they sold you the trailer or not. I suspect most reputable dealers would do the same.

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