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RollingRopias

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Posted: 01/15/20 09:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello Group, First time travel trailer buyer here and we are struggling on which rig to get. We are between the GD Imagine 2800bh and the Mini Winnie Plus 28bhss both 2020. The GD is $31,995 and the MWP is $26,995. Both are the lowest price I have ever seen on either. We do like the second door and interior color of the GD more than the MWP but honestly I can not say that is worth $5000. I am wondering if anyone could give me their advice on which of these TT are better quality and build. On paper they seem the same but we want to buy a TT that will last and know we will be taken care of if there are any issues.

Regarding weight and tow vehicle I have an f250 diesel so both rigs are well under our capacity.

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have you shopped dealers? I found several thousand dollars in difference from one dealer to another on an even smaller TT.

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Yes, I have shopped the dealers within 300 miles of me and these are the best prices. One is also an RV show price.

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Pretty easy decision for me and I have a Grand Design. Nothing special about them at all, just another mass produced trailer.

Get the Winnie and save the money. You get a Bal Norco frame and not the Lippert frame that's under the Grand Design. You'll get plenty of Lippert junk regardless in both, so don't worry about that.

You'll get more cheap LED accent lighting with the Grand Design however, including in the exterior $6 speakers.

"but honestly I can not say that is worth $5000" It's not.

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Thanks GDS-3950bh. That is very helpful advice especially from someone who owns a GD.

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Although Winnebago now owns Grand Design, GD operates as an independent company. Given similar build quality on both units, the thing that would set the two apart would be Grand Designs reputation for service (and I have experienced their first-rate customer service myself). You have to decide if a few extra features (the extra door, etc.) and the customer service are worth it to you.

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Thank you Second Chance. I have heard about GD’s customer service and that is worth a lot. I am just wondering how that compares to Winnebagos customer service. If they are comparable or not.

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Same dealer for both units? A big consideration should be which dealer is going to give the best after sale service. Almost all new RVs need warranty work at some point these days. Some dealers will go to bat with the manufacturer to get everything fixed in a timely manner while others could care less once they have your money.


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I've never been into a Winnebago travel trailer so I can't compare against the GD your considering. I can attest to the customer service reputation of GD as they came through for me on a needed repair after the warranty was over.

Also, you didn't mention the dealer name, or if they were at the same dealer, but don't fall for the "show price" or "sale price". They want to sell you a TT so negotiate for the one you want - don't just buy the one that is priced less.

Take the MSRP and calculate 30% - 35% off that on the TT you want to buy - then compare that number to their price. Their price will be below MSRP. After they give a price to you, take out your phone and calculate it in front of them - show them the phone and say this is where I'm at. Maybe they will take it, maybe they wont. Be prepared to walk - and then do so. You will find one at the price you want to pay.

I took my own advice and got 30% off MSRP on my GD 303RLS and a front bedroom AC on top of that.

Good luck.


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The second door on a TT uses a bunch of space.


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