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Old 10-18-2007, 10:36 PM   #57
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Originally Posted by frozen chosen
Just got word our 16CCD will be coming out of factory around the 30th, then shipped to dealer in B.C. I am a novice, here - this is my first trailer. What should I expect of the dealer in terms of preparation and a briefing on use? With all the QC issues lately, I plan on telling them to go to extremes. Should I expect them to install the hitch (I'm prob. buying an Equal-i-zer), or the brake controller? Should they purge and fill propane tanks? Mints on the pillows? What?

Our dealer did all the above, except for the mints. However, after a three hour briefing, they did send flowers and a card, allowed us to spend the night at their campground (water & electric) before we finalized the deal, and threw in one of the ugliest flamingo pinwheels I've ever seen. At least we can say we got kissed before we...

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Old 10-19-2007, 05:23 AM   #58
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Old 12-04-2007, 06:44 PM   #59
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Any one deal with colonial airstream in NJ. I pick up my 08 safari thursday. I hope the prep is invormative. Rob
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:29 PM   #60
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From what I've read here on the forums, it sounds like you've got one of the most reputable dealers in the country. Welcome and good luck with your delivery day! Be sure to ask lots of questions, and write everything down. Even better, take a video. You'll be getting lots of new info that's easy to immediately forget (kind of like listening to the doctor after you've been given a complicated diagnosis...shut-down time!) You'll be so excited that you may overlook a few things, so do a search here for "delivery checklists" and you might come up with something to take along. But first read this thread through from the first page. Lots of helpful info.
And once you get your Safari be sure to post pictures!
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:56 PM   #61
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thanks for the information janetb. This is not my first tt. I had a casita before I purchased this airstream. Bigger and better. But I will take the full time and video of the prep. Will let you all know how it goes. Rob
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Old 12-10-2007, 07:50 PM   #62
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I believe one of the earlier posters who commented that if you pay PDI, then you simply don't know how to negotiate is right on track. Buying a trailer is like many transactions. You have to consider all the factors that are important to you--before concluding a deal. If having someone explain how the trailer works and making sure that it is thoroughly clean at time of pick up, then it is incumbent upon you to, ideally, place those terms in writing before paying any type of deposit or making a purchase commitment.

If you foolishly make a commitment to buy without covering all pertinent considerations, then you should expect trouble like some of the posters on this topic. Clearly, in a way you can't blame a dealer for attempting to charge someone make ready charges when the customer is too dumb to protect himself. Thus, there is no right or wrong here to argue about, there is only a need to thoughtfully protect yourself. All this talk on this site about whether you got a "wholesale" price or paid top penny means absolutely nothing. Indeed, if I was a dealer, I'd be the first one to charge a very high PDI fee to someone who did pay top penny on the grounds that a stupid guy like that will keep on paying.

In my case, I bought a 2006 Safari at a 20% discount from an out of area dealer without paying a dime of additional fees. I covered all the important considerations in writing prior to making a credit card deposit, even telling the dealer that any talk about supplemental charges or fees would kill the deal. Since the details of the deal were described in exchanged emails, it would have been simple for me to back up the trade with my credit card company in the event the dealer tried to add fees. Funny thing though, when the dealer determines that you know what the hell you're doing, you get a pass. The trouble always gets dumped on the idiots!

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