Originally Posted by runner421
So, my question is two-fold: First, do we know why there is such a different advertised price range, especially when it's so easy these days to compare prices in your home state and nationally? I'll go with supply and demand being one factor. If a dealer has one on the lot (and maybe the only one in the area) - he may be patient, set a high price and wait for the buyer. If a dealer has ten on the lot, or lots of dealers nearby, competition may result in lower prices. Also, the farther the dealer from the manufacturer, the more the dealer pays in transportation from manufacturer to lot.
Then secondly, what would be a good price for my new 233RBS if the MSRP is $25k? For what it's worth, a good price is what you're willing to pay - factor in travel to/from an out-of-area dealer, convenience, etc. The minute you settle on the absolute lowest price you'll buy it and do a search two weeks later and find one cheaper. It's inevitable.
I'll toss in my 2 cents worth:
I searched the internet, looking, reading, pricing, etc. until I decided on which unit I liked best for my purposes. A Fun Finder XT 276 met those requirements.
There were no Cruiser dealers where I live so I did a search for dealers on the internet map. There were several within a 400 mile radius which was as far as I wanted to travel to get one.
Then I checked prices at each dealership on the net and called several to discuss adding options I desired and get a 'firm' price. Also questioned their preparation for delivery procedures, walk thru procedures, etc. The internet shows you their sales lot/facilities, etc. Also you can determine their annual sales volume and reputation. YELP is worth checking but take with a grain of salt.
I opted for a dealership 300 miles away based not only on price but how I was treated on the phone and responses to internet questions. Once I felt comfortable with the dealership, I placed my order.
I was and have not been disappointed.
There ~ that is my 2 cents worth on shopping for my RV.
BTW: I just did the same purchasing a pickup from 1600 miles away: found with an internet search and several phone & email exchanges.
Also pleased with that result. Do your homework about the product and ask questions ~ you can weed out the scammers who feed you bs to get a sale.