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A.J. from Southeastern Connecticut
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March 3, 2017
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 Hello,

 

I am A.J. from Connecticut.  I am actively looking at Retro 181B’s for my family and I to enjoy.  We have never owned a travel trailer but we have been tent camping several times a year (primarily in the White Mountains of New Hampshire) since my wife and I met in college.  With three growing children (11, 9, and 6) we want to do a little bit more.  We love the Retro look and would be happy to have it next to our house while not using it.  This was a big part of our decision to pursue purchasing a 181B.  My wife loves the look and so do I.  Our tow vehicle will be a Chevy Tahoe and I would rather have something smaller than larger.  

 

I only found this forum today (this is the first time I have ever joined a group such as this).  I do not do social media but I am excited to learn from all of you.

 

Any advice on where to look and what type of price range to offer would be greatly appreciated.  I have been scouring the internet for 181B’s and seen a wide range of prices.  I am not much of a haggler but I do recognize the importance of a good, and fair, deal.  Any advice on this would be fantastic.

 

Thanks,

A.J.

March 3, 2017
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Welcome A.J.  I pray that God gives you many fun and safe trips. May Jesus, Mary, and Joseph travel at your side.  Let me first say that you live in a beautiful state.  I enjoyed staying in Dairen for a week and visiting Mystic Sea Port twice.  You have a lot to see and do in your area.  

We visited the Riverside plant in Lagrange, IN and was impressed with the effort they put on trying to build quality into their line.  We went with the 195 and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

I can tell you that there is a lot of mark up in RV’s.  You first have to determine how bad you want the trailer and set a walk away price in our plan.  IMHO (in my humble opinion)  I would start at 30% off the MSRP.  Then see what the dealer has to say.  You can come up some while asking him to through in options, eg. tow mirrors, tank covers, extra water hose, extra links of black water hose, electrical voltage and surge protector, etc.  As the dealer comes back with a different price and what he may throw in, you can determine if he is trying to get your business.  I pray you have a good dealer to work with.  At some point when he feels you have ripped him off and you feel he is ripping you off, you probably reached a good purchase price.  Remember, all this is contingent on how bad you wan the TT (travel trailer).  So, knowing what is best for you and your family and your budget is important prior to deciding when you will walk away.  That point is different for every buyer.

You will need to figure into your budget a good trailer hitch and tow / sway bars, that is usually between five and six hundred dollars.  If you pay more toward his asking price he may throw in the hitch and sway bars.

Well, that is my two cents. 

There is another site you may also want to join; Riverside Owners Forum is the name of it.  Riverside makes everything from a tear drop to a fifth wheeler. 

Best wishes and may God be with you and yours.

March 4, 2017
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Hey Jim,

Thank you for your reply.  We actually live in Mystic and are members at the Mystic Seaport.  We love it.  We are close enough to walk there, and to downtown Mystic in less than 5 to 10 minutes.  If you ever come back through, let me know.

 

Thank you also for your thoughts on purchasing a travel trailer.  When you say 30% of MSRP, you mean the jacked up price that the dealer is already acting like they have slashed correct?  As an example, from my research, it looks as thought he MSRP on the 181B we are looking at is right around $26,000.  They are offering to sell it for $17,000.

Thank you, and God bless.

 

A.J.

March 4, 2017
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AJ,

17,000 seems like a decent deal. I paid $16,300 for mine out the door. What year is the trailer? What upgrades does it have as well. Mine 181b was more of the base model without a radio, birch interior, or painted wheels.

March 4, 2017
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AJ, it looks like they want your business and have come in at a very good price.  You may be able to squeeze in a trailer hitch or some mirrors, but they are at a good price.  I would ask for a through in, what ever you would like, extra water hose or something, but I would not make them feel put out.  If they say no, then I would say okay, I understand.  No one will fault you for asking for something a little extra, maybe they pay the taxes and dealer prep on the unit ($17,000 out the door, nothing more).  Playing dumb is never an insult to them, only when one is arrogant does it become an insult.  No doubt they are trying to work with you.

In Louisiana the Cajuns (some of my ancestors) call that little something extra lagniappe.  Ladies would often bake a pie and put a little extra filling inside, they would say it is the lagniappe (lan yap).  

 

Best wishes always and if we ever make that long drive again, we will look you up.

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