Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-10-2014, 12:49 PM   #57
Rivet Master
m.hony's Avatar
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 10,263
I also wonder if it helps to shop in the "off" season-
Buy a boat, motorcycle, or RV in the fall or winter-
Sales are down or "slow" during the colder months-
I bought my Harley in a blizzard in February-

2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 01:15 PM   #58
Rivet Master
Foiled Again's Avatar

2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,678
I just re-read this thread

Jump from 2007 (fat dumb happy economy) to 2013 & 2014.

Ain't it funny how a depression changes things? Ain't it funny how the internet has changed things? Ain't it funny how time slips away...

One of the most mediocre Chevy dealerships in Virginia has turned it's service department into its major profit center. They finally figured it out when everyone stopped buying cars in 2008 and when their service department needed to be bringing in bucks... and they found out what negative online reviews could actually DO to their ability to get owners back into their bays.

Last year, when I got the F-150 (first Ford ever) the owner of the Chevy dealership called on me personally and asked to take me to lunch at a hugely expensive steak place if I'd give him the reasons for my decision. Called ME? WHY? I do a lot of business networking, and most people know I live in my RV.

I never thought of myself as an "influencer" but he told me I am, especially among women who own bigger trucks. I met with him without the big dinner and explained my reasoning - and did mention that if they ever made a 3/4 ton "Dura-Burb" or "Dura-'hoe" I'd be back, especially if it got better mileage when NOT towing.

What IS notable is that this Chevy dealer used to SUCK at service and had only one method it's sales people were allowed to sell - (the hard sell to a customer whose IQ is supposed to be 80 or below) - but all that has changed as the world has turned. I could get my knickers in a twist, but let's face it most businesses and most people "reform" when the alternative is too horrible to face. I've got to admit that they had the intelligence to SEE that something had to change and the GRIT to DO the work to make the change happen when they had to.

When I think about a great dealer like Airstream of Arkansas going out of business... it makes me wonder... did they just get hit with their cash flow too low to survive, did they (as I did) underestimate the depth and length of this ongoing thing? Did they file for bankruptcy and come back a week later with a different identity? Were the owners ready to retire anyway?


Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1965 Tradewind deal or no deal soldiermedic Trailer Values 32 03-05-2007 04:54 PM
68 Safari...Deal or No Deal? soldiermedic Trailer Values 15 10-29-2006 09:54 AM
Trying to decide - Deal or No Deal baldwicm Wheel Wells 19 04-06-2006 07:39 PM
Where to get the best deal gnorris 2003 Safari 0 05-10-2004 06:52 PM
And you think you got a deal... BobbyW Our Community 21 06-05-2002 07:54 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.