Help negotiating the price on a new fifth wheel

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by EricCharlton, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. EricCharlton

    EricCharlton Junior Member

    Good morning! This is my first post on here, and I had a question about how to negotiate the purchase price for the new fifth wheel I am about to buy. I have been in contact with a salesman in the Salt Lake City, UT area about getting a fifth wheel, and he sent me three links to units that he thought best met my liking.

    The MSRP listed on the pages were between 61k and 63k. I had previously told him that my budget was in the mid 40's. When I asked him why he sent me links for such expensive models, he said they were "having a sale" on those and they were available for 44,999. In your experience, how much can I realistically expect to talk him down?

    If it helps, the models were the 2013 Keystone Avalanche 341tg, and the Dutchmen Komfort 3530FBH. Thanks for your help!
  2. MO Dually

    MO Dually Junior Member

    I am new to the forum and certainly don't want to sound like I am plugging for a specific vendor, as I am sure none of them please everyone :)

    I purchsed my 5th Wheel a couple of years ago from RVDirect, one of the things I liked most was I could do all my research, send them in a request for a quote, and a few hours later I had a quote for the "sale" price. As I had done a fair amount of research I knew that the price I got was fair and reasonable. It really was very little hassle. We ended up getting 3-4 different quotes through them before we made up our mind, they never seemed to mind...

    Now I have no idea if they even carry the brands you are looking for, so you would have to do that research yourself. Also they have 4 or 5 outlets around the country so location may be an issue for you. We are lucky to live about 4 hours away from one of them so it worked out well for us. But I will say I was very satisfied with the price and with doing business with them. I would also look at buying from them again, if they are still a reasonable outfit.

    All that being said, I think if you shop around online, you should be able to figure out what the "sale" price really should be.

    Good luck and Happy Camping!

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