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mleekamp

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Posted: 04/09/21 04:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thought I'd share this -- just saw an advert and didn't know there was a new one. I live near Peoria IL and we have a few family run RV dealers, so this is new. Never bought an RV from a Camping World but have on occasion stopped in one on a trip for supplies / repair parts.

Grand opening April 23-25. Check it out. Braidwood IL is 108m/2hrs from Peoria and 60m/1hr from Chicago (burbs closer).

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You say you have a few family run RV dealers? Not for long...after the crash after this pandemic gush to buy... Unless your local dealers are stocking up an emergency fund they might not make it through what follows... Even now, some of the smaller dealers cannot get stock for their lots because the big boys are starting to leverage the market and pressure the manufacturers to fill their lots. In my small city, I have one dealer who has four new units on his lot and two used ones. He has had to let salesmen go because he cannot get any stock to sell.. A million customers and nothing to sell them.

The medium size family owned dealer I bought from who has been in business for forty years said, he is putting aside an emergency fund and fully expects there to be a period that will come upon the industry very fast where they go from a glut of customers to very few... He doesn't know when as this period is so unusual, but he KNOWS at some point things will go south for some reason... He wants to be ready to weather the storm. He really thinks there are going to be a lot of purchasers over the last year to realize that camping really wasn't their thing and driving a trailer, RV was a lot more than they expected. He said some people scare him when they drive off the lot... He said he is having to tell lots of people they can't tow what they want to as he won't put people at risk. He said a few come back with a new truck...
And he still sells everything he can get his hands on fast. He says ANY bunkhouse will go first...

AND then, he expects the used ones to hit the market from everyone who bought during the pandemic when they realize that camping really wasn't for them. He is trying how to figure out how to capitalize when that happens but expects to lay low for a few years until things stabilize again... Right now, hardly anything on Craigslist, a year from now? pages and pages at rock bottom prices???

My dealer says he watches the used market and when he sees the one and two year old units start to hit and then flood the used market (His prediction) and start siphoning off the new buyers as people start to dump the used ones taking a few K loss. He says right now he can't just buy them and no one wants to consign them because they can just sell them at what they paid for them two or three years ago. As one salesman on a forum noted they use NADA wholesale prices as their trade in and know it is way undervalued now so it is win win for them. He said he tells people to sell them but some don't want to deal with the hassle.

My dealer says he gives close to what they are worth like he did with mine. He gave me what I owed on mine (three years old/no down payment) and sold it for 2K more. Easy money. And, that's right, he sold it for like a thousand more than what I paid. I paid 12K, got 11K trade in and he sold it for 13K. I was like, OK, a thousand bucks for three years camping. Let's go and I didn't have to hassle with it. But the new version of my old one has been really changed...and not for the better. It doesn't have a furnace anymore...uses electric "fireplace" and they made the bunks smaller. Aspen Trail 1700BH.

He said he WANTS used ones has tried consignment but little interest by sellers and isn't going to pay the prices for people just wanting to sell. He sold mine within hours of putting it on his lot as it was only three years old and well maintained AND was a bunkhouse.

It is a very interesting time for our entire economy and the RV market.

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Posted: 04/09/21 07:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A new Camping World opening in Medford Oregon, Grand Opening on April
23 to 25. They bought out triple A RV that has been their for many of years.


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