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Old 02-01-2019, 01:08 AM   #1
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Default Thoughts on Camping World as a dealer

Hello All,
I was hoping to gain your input on Camping World as a Class B dealer. After considering floorplans and options, the Travato 59G floorplan on the Promaster chassis suits our needs the best, but the only dealers within 350 miles that have this model are Camping World locations. I have read reviews focused at specific locations, but there are enough to raise concerns over associating with them in any manner, aside from the accessory/retail component. Could anyone provide feedback as to their experiences with CW for sales or service, whether good or bad? I greatly appreciate your input.
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Old 02-01-2019, 02:03 AM   #2
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Hello Jeff, I probably shouldn't be responding, as I have never bought - not come close to buying an RV from CW.

Having said that when we travel to teh US we often browse through their retail stores when we come across one to see what gadgets might be new and interesting - usually there I rarely buy anything as I find their prices higher than I can find elsewhere. It is a bit better now that Good Sam members get the CW club discount.

However being a long time RV'er, I have read many many stories of service issues that fellow RV'ers have had with the company in terms of quality of service - enough to
believe the old adage about no smoke without fire!

As well there are many youtube videos that have stories to tell about RV sales methods
CW uses.

As example .....



Mind you I think tis one s from another RV dealer so may have an axe to grind.

When starting to shop for a "B" last winter we happened to stop in at a Camping World just because they had a model I was considering - in fact, a Travato.

We were not so much as allowed to look at it without filling out forms, contact info etc. And it did seem as though the expectation was we would be buying that day and I did not get a good feeling about the process that seemed like the start of a well practiced routine!

In any event, we did get to see the Travato - then left quickly before the screws got turned tighter- the salesman already had insisted that we had to be introduced to his manager. Luckily he couldn't free him up right away so we were able to make an excuse that we couldn't wait and might have to return later!

Our dealings with a smaller RV dealer near our home felt much better and we did buy a "B!".

Perhaps I was too pre-conditioned about CW from the various RV forum posts I had read and videos I had seen!

I'll be interested to see what responses you get - perhaps I have a skewed impression that isn't justified and as mentioned I have never bought an RV from CW.
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Old 02-01-2019, 04:00 AM   #3
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I would never purchase a RV, nor have one serviced thru Camping World, predicated on all the info out there for the consumer to read. You mention the 350 mile range, look out further and find a Dealer with a reputation for great sales and standing behind his products with excellent service. Since you know what your looking for, go online to Van City, St. Louis (they have about four places around the country), Sunshine State RV in FL, or wherever you find the vehicle. i know that Van City and Sunshine State at one time paid for your flight down if you purchased. Ron
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:02 AM   #4
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I had a great experience at CW when I purchased my 2019 Travato G. The only very small issue was when I made my offer they wanted me to finance the van in order to get the deal I proposed. As soon we closed and the first payment came in, I paid it off.
I think I received a decent deal. 30% off MSRP. As for service, Iíve no issues. They have made quick warranty repairs in the small tweaks Iíve needed. It was worth buying local in order to have the services. Maybe my local CW is one of the better ones. Good luck!
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I had a great experience at CW when I purchased my 2019 Travato G. The only very small issue was when I made my offer they wanted me to finance the van in order to get the deal I proposed. As soon we closed and the first payment came in, I paid it off.
I think I received a decent deal. 30% off MSRP. As for service, Iíve no issues. They have made quick warranty repairs in the small tweaks Iíve needed. It was worth buying local in order to have the services. Maybe my local CW is one of the better ones. Good luck!
Sounds good - I had a financing deal like that when we bought a new GMC diesel truck some years ago.

I wanted to pay cash, but was told that if I financed the truck I would get a considerably better price, and that I could pay off the whole loan when the first payment was due without any loan interest or cancellation charges.

I wasn't thrilled about it, as it seemed to me I was taking out the loan under false pretences and it wasn't really right for the finance company.

Anyway I let them talk me into it, and it worked out just as they said!
Still seemed like "Sharp practice" to me though!
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Hi; before our B we had a new class A purchased at camping world. During the cleanup readying stage they cut the floor with the fold-out couch and glued it back. When we picked up the new A the tech stood on the cut so as not to be seen. The first and only service at camping world (a different location), I was getting an oil change and tires aired up before going out for several months. Got several hundred miles down the road and checked the tire pressure only to find that they were dangerously low.
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I can't talk about CW, but can share our buying experience. Our nearest Crossfit dealer was 350 miles away so I checked prices on RVT.com and RVTrader, and factored in the cost of airfare, then bought 800 miles away. We were planning on camping in the thing anyway so no big deal to fly and buy.
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I would avoid Camping World. Another option is Lichtsinn RV which is next to the Winnebago factory in Iowa. (which is darn close to Wisconsin) Their website has lots of good videos of the various options.

Standard discount on Winnebago is 25-30% off MSRP, but it can be tough to calculate what the actual MSRP is. LOL
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Lichtsinn RV is an excellent place to buy a Travato. Many folks also like Lewis RV in Dayton OH. Good Luck and check out the Travato Facebook pages for great info.
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Camping world shopping in their stores has been good for us for years, and they were the only people who would do a quote on our wrecked RV without $500 non-refundable payment! We shopped them for a new RV and they were super friendly (Santa Clarita, CA location) and no paper work involved and provided lots of info on their models. Sadly they didn't have anything close to the B that we wanted. I also didn't feel like there was any pressure involved, if anything, I thot it interesting that there was no after visit follow up. So maybe there are great differences between CW locations??
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