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Old 10-30-2020, 12:38 AM   #1
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Low price quote from dealer on 2020 Caraval

According to rvtrader.com and rvt.com I'm getting an incredible offer on what appears to be a gently used 2020 Caraval 20FB... from a dealer.

I'm an absolute first-timer FWIW.

Should I be concerned? What should I be asking/doing?
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Old 10-30-2020, 12:43 AM   #2
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Price? Kind of hard to say with the most important part is missing.
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Old 10-30-2020, 05:14 AM   #3
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According to rvtrader.com and rvt.com I'm getting an incredible offer on what appears to be a gently used 2020 Caraval 20FB... from a dealer.

I'm an absolute first-timer FWIW.

Should I be concerned? What should I be asking/doing?
Have you physically seen this trailer in person? Or is it an online ad placed by a "dealer"? Many online ads claim to be placed by a dealer, to make you feel more secure--until they get a few thousand dollar deposit to hold the trailer (car, computer) to hold it until they can ship it to you. Then you never see or hear from them, or your money, again.
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Old 10-30-2020, 06:44 AM   #4
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What Overlander63 said. Check out the "dealer" on google and/or on this forum. I saw a 27 EB twin for sale... the dealer's name wasn't quite right and address was also "off". I called the real dealer, who was already aware and had the feds involved.
These guys don't hang.around long, get a dozen checks, then a new mailing address - often used without the actual property owner's knowledge or permission... deposits are skimmed out while a homeowner is at work. The owner gets reamed by the law when they show up weeks later... so back up your security camera footage for years!
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Old 10-30-2020, 08:30 AM   #5
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If it isn't a scam (without knowing the actual price, it's hard for us to give an opinion), I will say that from what I've seen, dealer prices are sometimes better than for sale by owner, especially on newer units. I think individuals get emotionally attached, want to recoup cost, and want to maximize their sale for the upgrade they are usually making, and dealers are just moving inventory.
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Old 10-30-2020, 10:20 AM   #6
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If you would tell the quoted price I could compare to my price paid in February new...2020 Caravel 20FB
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It was actually one of these scammy adds that motivated us to buy an airstream. I thought I could get a fantastic deal on a used airstream which made my wife and I very excited to have one. I quickly realized that most of the adds were very similar, and highly discounted. A good suggestion, look closely at the images and become very familiar with the product. I noticed some of the photos didn't match the model. I was looking at a 25 FB and noticed one of the photos was a pantry from a 27. When you find an AS you would like to purchase. Never send a deposit!!! A serious seller will hold it for you, once you are headed his way. FACETIME... ask the seller to Facetime with you prior to driving hundreds of miles. Get them to show you the AS via Facetime.
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Old 10-30-2020, 11:04 AM   #8
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I'd recommend doing a quick search to find out more about the dealer. If they seem reputable and you're able to see the trailer in person you'll likely be just fine. I wouldn't send any money if you didn't feel completely comfortable though. Sometimes dealers offer trailers at lower prices because they got the trailer for a low price from the previous owner. Since the trailer is a 2020 it should still have some of its original warranty remaining, which should give you some peace of mind if you move forward with the deal.
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Old 10-30-2020, 11:22 AM   #9
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According to rvtrader.com and rvt.com I'm getting an incredible offer on what appears to be a gently used 2020 Caraval 20FB... from a dealer.

I'm an absolute first-timer FWIW.

Should I be concerned? What should I be asking/doing?
Please do at least the obvious. Put a small refundable deposit down. Run a check for accidents etc. find another RV mechanic and pay them to do a complete check. Then, if all is Weill, buy it and sell it to me for a small profit.
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Old 10-30-2020, 12:41 PM   #10
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Bait and switch

Or, if it's a real dealer but not totally an honest one, they could be trying to get you into the dealership. When you get there, that unit will be "suddenly sold," but they have others to show you. And then comes the heavy handed sales pitch.
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Old 10-30-2020, 12:43 PM   #11
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According to rvtrader.com and rvt.com I'm getting an incredible offer on what appears to be a gently used 2020 Caraval 20FB... from a dealer.

I'm an absolute first-timer FWIW.

Should I be concerned? What should I be asking/doing?
How much under MSRP is your price? It's not unusual for sale price to be 15-20% under MSRP.
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Old 10-30-2020, 02:02 PM   #12
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I would love to know how much... I purchased my 20fb back in March.
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Old 10-30-2020, 02:13 PM   #13
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Good point guys! The dealer sold us our 25FB $15k under MSRP. We were originally seeing 5 yr old 16' & 20' for somewhere in the teens. ...those are the shady adds I was referring.
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I may need a new hobby. I drive past an SOB dealer and see silver and rivets, I will pull in and check it out. Mostly they are way too big and too old for more than a glance,, but twice I have seen "too good to be true" prices on newer little guys, but something about the appearance isn't right. Wait. that kitchen wall isn't curved enough and the cushions are brand new.. Outside and Bingo, Olympic rivets over the whole side.

And then I open my mouth and it becomes apparent that I may have been born at night, but not LAST NIGHT.
This has been in a rollover accident hasn't it? (Free dealer financing.) And when I do get the title it will say "salvage" won't it?
The sales person won't even pretend to be embarassed. Five minutes after I leave an eager total newbie with cash will walk in...
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