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Old 04-22-2020, 05:40 PM
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Default RV Dealer Recommendations- West Palm- Orlando- Tampa

Hey Guys,

looking to go RV shopping for a fifth wheel or travel trailer. Any recommendations for big dealers between West Palm, Fort Pierce, Orlando, and Tampa?

Which dealers have quality selection and inventory and good prices?

thanks.
Old 04-22-2020, 07:10 PM
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Copley's RV in Hobe Sound has a good selection and excellent service. Smaller family owned company that has been in business a long time. Worth a look. Sometimes bigger isn't always bigger!!
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Lazy Days in Sefner is tough to beat on price and their selection is absolutely huge. I had a pretty good experience there and I'm difficult to please. I tried to buy at a couple Mom and Pops - but they weren't in the ballpark.
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Originally Posted by bout time again View Post
Lazy Days in Sefner is tough to beat on price and their selection is absolutely huge. I had a pretty good experience there and I'm difficult to please. I tried to buy at a couple Mom and Pops - but they weren't in the ballpark.
Have to agree on the price but their service and quality department is lacking. To be fair they all suck from what i have seen so what ever they tell you about service and warranty let it go in one ear and out the other and focus only on getting the cheapest price you can.

I bought a brand new rv from them and it was a pain in the Arse to get all the issues resolved. What ever you do , make sure you get everything in writing and double check everything they fix.
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Bought ours at La Mesa in Sanford (Orlando). Big dealership - big selection. Worked with me on final price but left me feeling a bit short changed on follow up issues.
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Bought a motorhome at Lazy Days in the early 2000's, so this information may be dated. They had a section reserved for new buyers. If this is still the case I heartily recommend planning to camp there for a week. Let's you try everything and you are on-site (and occupying a delivery space!) so they are very attentive to education and fixing things. Once you leave someone else takes the spot and you are left to fend for yourself in service.
Back then LD was a machine and the amenities were worth what was proabably a slight price premium. With so many places that have popped up on I-4 I don't know who is best anymore. I would take the time to wander and get a feel and ask people in the delivery areas.

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I've bought a few RV's/Trailers the last few years. They're pretty much all the same.

The "basic" scam is "freight and prep" ... some dealers won't even show you freight and prep till you're sitting in the finance office. Some dealers are "somewhat" upfront about it, but, from what i found, average freight and prep is about another 1,000-2,000

so.. just be ready for that.

Other than that, dont get too emotionally attached to the unit or the sale/dealer. After-sales support is very difficult and disappointing pretty much anywhere you go. They are a seriously depreciating asset, so, just beware of that. I bought my 2017 5th wheel in 2019 and i saved a TON of money on a unit with practically no hours on it.

I went with the original owner to the bank to do a pay-off and a title transfer... and i can tell you i watched him write a $7,000 check to the bank for the difference in the loan balance and what I bought it for.

These things are cheap. built cheap. with cheap materials. Just go in with that expectation and you'll be good. I currently have two travel trailers at the house right now (one fifth wheel, one hitch)

If you do end up with a fifth wheel, i HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the Andersen Ultimate hitch. It only weighs 30 pounds, and it comes in and out of your bed in like 2 minutes. You don't have to have one of those big , heavy , expensive, noisy fifth wheel hitches taking up your whole bed.

alright, thats my .02
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If you are not concerned with service after the sale there is a few wholesale dealers

https://www.rvwholesalers.com/

https://www.camperliquidators.com/


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We just bought a 28' Jayco travel trailer from Tropical in Ft. Pierce. They were the best that we dealt with by far. Great people to deal with. We went to La mesa in psl as well. Nice people as well but didn't have the used selection that we were looking for. That place is gigantic! So big that the salesperson had to use a good cart to ferry you around.
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General RV Center in Ocala has more than 500 RV's on their lot...........the place is HUGE! https://www.generalrv.com/rv-dealer/ocala-florida

I bought a 27' travel trailer from Bankston Motorhomes in Alabama. Even after having it delivered to Ocala, I saved over $5k buying out of state than buying from a Florida dealer (I looked at 7 dealers in FL).

The guy that delivered it to me told me he used to deliver RV's from the manufacturers to the dealers for years. He said that the price mark-up for dealer retail is 100%! That's why you see such "big discounts".

My advice to you is ...make sure you get a shower that you can fit in (get in it a act like you're taking a shower!), and if you're planning to use the RV in Florida, get a second air conditioner if it only has one!

Also, a "residential refrigerator'" is a big plus!
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
and if you're planning to use the RV in Florida, get a second air conditioner if it only has one!
Excellent point. This was my #1 criteria for my 5th wheel (since it's the camper I use with the wife).

My toy hauler is just used for hunting, but it's also only 19' (vs the 30' 5th wheel).

I definitely agree though, get a 2nd A/C.

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Got mine at lazy days in Tampa, that place is huge. Being able to spend the night on site is a big benefit. I went thru every system, checked outlet wiring and GFCI, and checked for leaks in all the plumbing, made a list and every time they passed by I showed them my list, everything was fixed that day on site. It was mostly minor issues except the second fridge didn’t work which they shipped me a new one.

And, absolutely go for the second AC!

Also, I contacted some of the out of state RV wholesaler places and was able to get LD to match them and throw in a couple extras, seemed like a decent deal.
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Figure what you want to have and need ,then road trip over to I-75 in Fort Myers , to I-4 Tampa east Then back to I-95 at Port St. Lucy and you've see all of them. Learn from each about SERVICE / PROBLEMS as it the hardest part of owning a R.V. At this time the web can be your friend. + 2 on a second A/C and a real frig. I have had great service on my Class A at Campers World in On I-4 east of Tampa . Nothing major but still lacking on comminacation.
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I bought at la Mesa in ft Myers. Not for any other reason as they had what wife wanted. I found a dealer in GA that was about 10k cheaper of msrp (37k camper)they were gonna deliver it for like 1200$ so it was way worth it. I called la Mesa one more time to tell them the deal I had and they matched right away. I had talked to the same person a few days earlier and was told they couldn’t go for less then msrp. So they are full of shit like ever other salesmen. Drove over to ft Myers and picked it up. Never been back as I fix what Ever breaks.
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I too am a RVer, and there are some really large RV dealers in Florida. But most have the reputation of being relatively expensive in their pricing.

Depending on the brand you're looking for, there are some good dealerships in Central Georgia and one in North GA that gets superlative ratings. I bought my Grand Design from an excellent dealer in Knoxville, TN. Bankston Motor Homes in Huntsville is also an exceptional RV dealership.

The market has been turned upside down in recent years with Camping World being bought by a Marcus Lemonis.company, and they have gone all over the country buying out the really good local RV dealers for prices they couldn't refuse. Then they turn the dealerships in to slam and jam operations--taking no survivors if sales and profit goals are not met. The RV business works best when owners are on premises, and when they have personal relationships and return customers.

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