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Daverubino wrote:

dllfo2 wrote:


I would recommend videotaping the dealer "presentation" on the day you
"buy it"...put another way, we knew the MH we wanted (and could afford) and we had hashed out about 95% of the deal. THEN we scheduled a morning visit (Fleetwood/Pace Arrow dealer) and started discussing and taping the whole thing. After we bought it, we had our usual number of problems and the dealer tried to get out of some of them because "we did not operate the _____ the way we were told to..." I pulled the video tape out (inside our motorhome of course) and played it. The interesting thing was...(1) we won every arguement and (2) pretty soon he quit trying to get out of it.

Another side to videotaping was that we could watch it over and over
until we understood the systems. One specific item was the Air Bag
suspension. When I asked the dealer if we had it...he said no. After
a problem came up...he argued that we overinflated or something. You
guessed it...

Being retired, we are looking into buying another MH. I want a good
quality one and plan on finding which brand, which model and which
dealer to go to. Then, when I find just the right one, I want to pay
an expert to go through it, finding most problems at that time.

This is getting long, thank you so much for all your time and effort
on your post.

I second the video tape idea! Especially being new to RVs, there was so much to cover and the video is good reference for any questions or missed items. I've looked back at mine several times!


I have video sunglasses that are great for videoing anything you want including sales presentations like you mentioned. PM me if you would like more information on these.




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I am looking for a ~30 foot class-A motor home and one of my must-haves is a full size (60x80) queen bed (or larger.). Does anyone have a list of motor homes like that?

I've found it very hard to find information on them. So far, all I've found is the following candidates:

Forest River FR3 30DS
Fleetwood Flair 26D
Fleetwood Bounder 33C
Winnebago Vista LX 30T
Newmar Bay Star Sport 2903
Newmar Bay Star Sport 3013
Fleetwood Flair 31W
Fleetwood Flair 31A

If anyone has some more, I'd appreciate it.



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Thanks for your nice post to teach us more in this field. After reading on here, we can learn more in this topic.


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Wow, fascinating. Haven't gotten through ALL 66 pages, but informative, so far. Honestly, even if I was buying brand new, I'd insist the unit be inspected by MY guy, who will make up a list of defects and the cost of repairing them. Then you go to the dealer's manager (NOT the salesdude) and tell them: "I'll give you your sticker. BUT...this is a list of defects found by my guy. You repair all these, to his satisfaction, you get your money. If not, I'll be on down the road."

Haven't tried it with an RV, but I will when the time comes. I worked when buying an airplane. Got a sweet deal. Too bad I lost my medical.

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