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RV Buyer's Survival Guide Edition III Paperback – October 15, 2007
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Bob's years of experience in the RV Industry and knowledge of the RV purchasing process will save the savvy buyer a great deal of money. This book could be priced at $500 and chapter six alone would pay for it. --Mark Polk owner of RV Education 101
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In his book, Bob Randall tells all. He shares his 25+ years as both a Rv manufacturer and Rv dealer to help you make the right choices and pay what is fair - not what is asked. Because information on the Rv business is so closely guarded, many are confused by the hundreds of Rvs on the market and what is a fair price to pay. From its' larger easy to read type size to its step by step approach to making good choices Bob will teach you how to save real money while not getting taken in the buying process. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I think some of the complaints concerned the first edition. The second edition is in booklet form. It is a bit high priced for the size and quality of the book but it is NOT high priced when compared to the information the contents give to the reader.
Recently, a friend of mine bought a new Chevy pickup truck. While he was describing the negotiating process, I was thinking to myself that his actions seemed bull-headed and almost rude. But, as this book points out, you are negotiating for YOUR MONEY and not for five or ten dollars but for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
My buddy knew what a fair price was and he not only stuck to his guns but he was willing to walk out of the showroom unless they made a deal that day. Just as described in this book. If you have done your research properly and you KNOW what a fair price is then YOU MUST stick to your guns and not let sales-people talk you out of any more money with flimsy reasons.
The glossary is helpful and the author did steer me toward a fifth-wheel rather than a travel trailer by letting me know that there is more liveable space in the fifth-wheel for a given length. The trailer has a 3' hitching point in front. Also, the combined length of the truck and fifth-wheel will be shorter than with a truck and trailer because of the way the fifth-wheel hitches up in the bed of the truck rather than on the rear bumper area. That allows for easier maneuvering.
There were some very helpful guides about what to compare when shopping for a rig, too. They covered all the options such as bed size, holding tank size, hot water heater size, chassis, sidewall construction etc, etc.
But, the "meat" of the book was how to take all the information that you have gathered and figure out a "fair" price. Then, how to take that information and use it when you go to the dealer. Priceless. He explains what the MSRP is, how it is calculated and, most importantly, why it exists.
Remember, if the MSRP is a 40 % markup from the invoice price, you don't take 40 % off of the MSRP to get the invoice price. It would be a 28 % markdown from the MSRP to get the invoice price. Math is funny isn't it? Practice with your calculators.
The quality of the information is important, but sheesh, for this price, I didn't expect a spiral bound book that looks like it was photocopied!
Perhaps if you have no negotiation skills whatsover you may be happy paying this inflated price...then again