On the Lighter Side, Buying an RV!

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February 23, 2010

rv towing cartoon2I thought a little humor in your day would be good. Here are some RV buying scenarios you should try to avoid!

If you ever hear an RV salesperson say this…RUN!

10) I won’t even be able to buy my kid a new pair of shoes on this commission.

9) I can’t believe my sales manager agreed to this price.

8) Uncle Sam will make more in taxes than I will in profit at this price.

7) This price is ONLY good for today.

6) Because I like you so much, we’re going to sell you this unit at our cost.

5) You’re truck can tow anything on this lot!

4) Sure the tires on this used RV are 9 years old, but look how much tread they have left.

3) If I can get your monthly payment where you want it, will you buy the RV today?

2) Trust me, everything on this used RV works.

1) Your trade-in is only worth $10,000, but we’re going to give you $20,000 for it.

Happy Camping,

Mark Polk

RV Education 101

RV University

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  1. Paul Winters

    The best one a sales person has told me is “Why don’t you just borrow the money and buy a new one and don’t worry about it, that’s what everyone does” we were discussing Winnebago Journey about $230,000.

  2. Good post and straight to the point. I don’t know if this is truly the best place to ask but do you people have any thoughts on where to hire some professional writers? Thank you 🙂

  3. I really wanted to make a simple comment so as to say thanks to you for these magnificent strategies you are sharing on this website.

  4. I work at the Port of Tacoma and we ship vicehles to Alaska. When we lash Chrysler vicehles we have to attach the straps to a point behind the wheel and under the front doors for some reason. Doesn’t look like there is many places to hook up under there. It’s only Chryslers. And for some reason we can’t use wheel straps on them. I’m sure it’s different when you tow a car but that’s how they are lashed for shipping.

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  6. It’s onerous to search out knowledgeable individuals on this subject, however you sound like you recognize what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  7. I am new to camping. I just bought an RV and never even drove it yet. It’s 20 years old, a Jamboree, 350, but, in good shape. New tires, etc., etc. I am just very nervous because I have never driven anything this big. I don’t even know how long it is but I would say about 24-26′. I really wanted to purchase a smaller RV, like a Roadtrek or a Pleasure Way, but, it didn’t work out. This RV I have has everything I need in it. The only thing that doesn’t work is the refrigerator, but, it’s not that important to me. I could bring a cooler and be happy. My concern was just to make sure everything else works good. I think it would sleep up to 6 people but there are only 2 of us. This is the reason why I really wanted a small RV. I had gone to an RV dealership and I found a beautiful Pleasure Way, but, the salesman didn’t stick to the price he quoted me. He gave me one price, and when I came back a week later (which he knew about), he changed his quote. He left the quote the same price, but, he wanted my RV for free. I know it’s 20 years old, but, it’s not your typical 20 year old RV and I wasn’t about to hand it over to him and I know they are not worth a lot of money, but, it certainly worth something being the condition it is in, so, I was angry and just walked out and didn’t turn back. I just don’t like dealing with people who say one thing, but, change it without notice or, who are dishonest. I am just glad that there are some honest people with this world left. I think he thought, where I was a senior citizen and being female; he was going to take advantage of me, but, I didn’t let him and I am happy about that. I am just unhappy that I couldn’t have been driving my dream RV, which is a Pleasure Way. Could anyone tell me if there is anyplace I could go to learn how to drive one of these? I have looked around, but, the only places I find are out in Florida, etc. I would appreciate any feedback and any tips for the “new” camper. Thank you so much,

  8. Patrick W. Tribbey

    Couple of years ago, when we were looking for another camper, (NOT a new one), one salesman actually asked me what type, size, etc. pick-up truck we had. At the time, CHEVROLET, Silverado, L/B, 5.7L engine. The salesman, before we even went out to look, grabbed some type of notebook, looked for a couple of minutes, and says, “Yes, you will be able to pull a 27 foot long camper with you truck. But, I wouldn’t go much longer in length than that.” So, at least I found one half-way decent saleman. BTW, ended up buying a 29 fter, not fromthat gentleman, but, at another dealer. Plus, I purchased a 2005 FORD F-250, 3/4 T., Crew cab, 6.0L turbo-diesel, with a 7 ft. bed. Really enjoy the ‘newer’ p/u and it pulls the 29 ft. TIMBERLAND like a dream. The Chevy had 204,*** miles when I sold it—had just over 100,000 miles when I purchased it.
    There are some honest and decent sales people out there! Just finding them is the hard part. 🙂 Sometimes it is hard to distinguish the truth from the BS—but wear yer boots just in case! LOL 😉

  9. richard Gerber

    spare me from Salesmen. I will ask several test questions and if I get some BS I’ll eat him alive. It is those type of people that give everyone a bad name. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE

  10. Serge Cossette

    I never heard this one though: That unit was owned by a little old lady who used it for church service on sundays!

  11. Ken Donaldson

    When I went through my initial sales training many years ago, one of the most important lessons was that a sale is made on “benefits”, not features or advantages. Most RV sales people that I have talked with over the last few years, rarely give any thought to the real benefits.

  12. EJA

    Another one we have often heard, “What do I need to do to get you to buy this RV (truck, auto) today?

  13. As they say “Been There and Done That”, yes I got one of those sucker deals years ago myself. As the word says, “salesman” will tell you anything for that sale!

  14. John Hinbest

    But our truck can pull anything on most dealers lots being a one ton desiel.

    also the only rv that I have seen that handeles like it is on rails is a cabbose and I should know because I run the rails for work. ( no offtracking there)

  15. How about : Sure, it looks big, but it handles like it’s on rails.

  16. M H

    Thanks for the laugh. I have heard several of those comments from dealers and salesmen before. I like the one about the tires.
    M H