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Old 09-28-2007, 05:20 AM   #1
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How closely do you think the RV market is tied to the real estate/property market? (after all, they are considered ‘residences’ for tax purposes) Do you think the current housing slump we’re experiencing is also bringing airstream prices down?
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How closely do you think the RV market is tied to the real estate/property market? (after all, they are considered ‘residences’ for tax purposes) Do you think the current housing slump we’re experiencing is also bringing airstream prices down?
"Bringing prices down"? Where?

Actually, I don't think the housing market has anything to do with the RV market (except maybe to forgo a house and full-time). Mostly fuel prices and the associated costs of going on the road - decreased gas/diesel mileage means buying more fuel. And then, it wouldn't necessarily mean lower RV prices but better terms and "deals" from the dealerships. Manufacturers may also skip on amenities to lower weight - use different materials, etc. in marketing new models. But the housing slump? Naw... don't think so.
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by bringing prices down, I meant, the amount of markup/profit the dealer is going to hold to...
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Mark up is related to how much competition they are facing, not the housing slump. Airstream dealers are selling a legend. Airstream has a limited number of dealers so you have to travel along way to buy one cheaper, so therefore the dealers know you will not want to spend the money to travel to pick one up and therefore they do not need to be as competitive. Airstream marks their product up because it is a legend and the dealers do the same
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Airstream has a limited number of dealers so you have to travel along way to buy one cheaper, so therefore the dealers know you will not want to spend the money to travel to pick one up and therefore they do not need to be as competitive.
When I was shopping for my Airstream, I did this very thing. I was negotiating with a dealer in San Antonio, and told him I was also talking with the dealler in Lubbock. He lowered his price another 11%, and I bought from him. About a year later, we were visiting and he told me that he really thought I'd go to Lubbock to make my purchase. I told him he was right, and he was. Spending a $100 or so on fuel on an 800 mile trip, and saving a few thousand more would have been well worth the trip to me.

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