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Old 06-25-2019, 09:47 PM   #1
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Should I even consider to deal for a new Caravel?

They said their best offer is a couple of thousand dollars off from MSRP as this model is new and demand is very high. I have not pulled the trigget yet because I read in this forum about 15-20% discount... Thank you.
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:14 PM   #2
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I looked at a Caravel 20FB in the Seattle area and was told the same thing. Im sure the price will come down in September and into the fall. Id rather get a better deal than jump on the first round of units produced at a higher price.
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Old 06-26-2019, 12:21 AM   #3
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You'll probably have a hard time getting a great price on a Caravel right now. It's all about supply and demand, and right now the demand is high and supply is low. If you're able to wait you'd almost certainly get a better price this winter.
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Old 06-26-2019, 03:10 AM   #4
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Should I even consider to deal for a new Caravel?

They said their best offer is a couple of thousand dollars off from MSRP as this model is new and demand is very high. I have not pulled the trigget yet because I read in this forum about 15-20% discount... Thank you.
Welcome to the forum!

As others have said . . . supply and demand . . . better discounts on a new model in a few months . . . also . . . better not to buy a new design/model when it first comes out IMO.

Have you considered a gently used 20' Flying Cloud? Best kitchen in any model until you get to 25' IMO. What length Caravel interests you? They are quite different [16/19/20/22].

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Old 06-26-2019, 08:06 AM   #5
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I looked at a Caravel 20FB in the Seattle area and was told the same thing. Im sure the price will come down in September and into the fall. Id rather get a better deal than jump on the first round of units produced at a higher price.
Thanks. We probably went to the same dealership since I am in the region. Yea, I think I will wait until Fall-Winter for better deal.
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:09 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum!

As others have said . . . supply and demand . . . better discounts on a new model in a few months . . . also . . . better not to buy a new design/model when it first comes out IMO.

Have you considered a gently used 20' Flying Cloud? Best kitchen in any model until you get to 25' IMO. What length Caravel interests you? They are quite different [16/19/20/22].

Good luck,

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Thanks! We are looking for 19' FC or Caravel. (this is due to my towing vehicle: Volvo XC90)
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Old 06-26-2019, 02:21 PM   #7
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Thanks . . . good luck in your search.

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Old 07-01-2019, 04:17 PM   #8
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I expanded to my search to dealership in Oregon (about 4.5 hrs away) and they gave me a pretty good deal on 2020 Caravel they have in the lot. Thank you.
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:50 PM   #9
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I expanded to my search to dealership in Oregon (about 4.5 hrs away) and they gave me a pretty good deal on 2020 Caravel they have in the lot. Thank you.
If the Oregon dealer doesnt work for some reason check with the Spokane dealer. While they are a smaller dealer they are very price competitive. And all around great folks as well.
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I expanded to my search to dealership in Oregon (about 4.5 hrs away) and they gave me a pretty good deal on 2020 Caravel they have in the lot. Thank you.


Are you willing to share how much off MSRP they gave you? Also, congrats!
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:42 PM   #11
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I’ll PM you since you are in the same area.
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Old 10-14-2019, 12:32 PM   #12
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We spoke with 3 dealers and finally go a deal we were really happy with. We said we would spend money with a dealer that didn't have one yet if they hit our price. We had to wait two months though which is driving us crazy. We want to go have fun now while the leaves are changing. (2 more weeks)

Oh, we got the 20FB Caravel. Apparently the mothership is building a ton of Caravels this month.
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Old 10-14-2019, 01:35 PM   #13
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Thanks! We are looking for 19' FC or Caravel. (this is due to my towing vehicle: Volvo XC90)
What is the towing capacity of your Volvo XC90?
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Old 07-05-2020, 10:42 AM   #14
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Wanted to follow up on this thread. I too am now in the market for a Caravel (either the 20FB or 22FB). I found that Colonial Airstream had several available in a range of sizes this part March/April but by June they were all sold out of single axle trailers. They have a another group of Caravels arriving in July but they have all been pre purchased. Any opinions on when would be the best time to purchase? I am not in a rush but would like to have something ready by this coming Fall/early winter With plan of hitting the road next spring.

After speaking to the dealership, I learned that many of these purchases were made by first time RV owners. I am hoping these folks were looking for an alternative to their summer plans and come the fall some of these first time buyers realize that the RV life is not for them and are eager to sell. Am I being too optimistic? Or should I just negotiate the best price for the Caravel I want the moment it becomes available?

Thanks everyone. So happy I found this forum. I thought I knew something about trailer life, but have learned so much already about what to look for, tips, tricks and more. 🥰
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If you are looking at the 2020's, wait till the 2021's are launched and then the prices will come down as the 2020's will be considered last year's models.

That's what we did with our 2019 Sport. We found one new one (last one) next to the 2020's it was about $10k less marked down so this made sense for us. So we got a brand new trailer a couple of months ago but older technology than the current models.

There are a few things that we wanted that the 2020's didn't give us.
- The narrower width was one for our towing situation. (8 inches narrower)
- A bit lighter as well (maybe ~200 lbs lighter in the dry weight).
- Then there was the all important 3-way fridge that has been discontinued after 2019 (propane powered fridge really helps when unplugged).

It is worth waiting to save significant dollars and still get something new.
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If you are looking at the 2020's, wait till the 2021's are launched and then the prices will come down as the 2020's will be considered last year's models.

That's what we did with our 2019 Sport. We found one new one (last one) next to the 2020's it was about $10k less marked down so this made sense for us. So we got a brand new trailer a couple of months ago but older technology than the current models.

There are a few things that we wanted that the 2020's didn't give us.
- The narrower width was one for our towing situation. (8 inches narrower)
- A bit lighter as well (maybe ~200 lbs lighter in the dry weight).
- Then there was the all important 3-way fridge that has been discontinued after 2019 (propane powered fridge really helps when unplugged).

It is worth waiting to save significant dollars and still get something new.
Normally I would agree but not this year. I believe there wont be any single axle 2020s when the 2021s arrive.
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Old 07-05-2020, 08:38 PM   #17
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This could be an unusual year with the demand up by about 4 times. So if the single axle trailers are all snapped up, that could affect the dealers’ desire to negotiate.
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Might have found the Caravel I am looking for, no just waiting for them to send me price and financing options. The couple that ordered it changed their minds and went with something bigger and now this unit is on the lot and ready. Not sure what my counter should be?

Anyone got some solid advice?
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Might have found the Caravel I am looking for, no just waiting for them to send me price and financing options. The couple that ordered it changed their minds and went with something bigger and now this unit is on the lot and ready. Not sure what my counter should be?

Anyone got some solid advice?
From where? Are your talking about Colonial? if you don’t know the price you for certain would not know what to counter.

Just curious. Why is Brooklyn in all caps?
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Old 07-06-2020, 10:40 PM   #20
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I have found one in Arizona. They have quoted me a price, just waiting to see what the financing would look like. Colonial is not getting any more in until the fall.

Oh, and all the caps was a typo, autocorrect when setting up my account
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