The Shady Truth About Buying a New RV



It’s no secret that buying a new RV is a pain in the butt! We love the freedom and ease of spontaneous travel that comes with RV’ing. What we don’t love is the potential stress and frustration that can come along with buying an RV.
Not to say that every RV purchase is a bad experience, or every dealer is a cheat, but if you ask around (almost) everyone has some sort of horror story about buying a new RV.

Read the in-depth article on our website here: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/shady-truth-buying-rv
We dish out plenty of opinions and a few solutions in the hopes to make your first (or next) RV buying experience go a little more smoothly.

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45 thoughts on “The Shady Truth About Buying a New RV

  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Thanks for posting this video. I have been researching RV's and looking at many dealers lots and I have to say I am totally underwhelmed. Broken doors, missing parts, sawdust in most of the storage bins, random screws on the ground and in cabinets/storage bins. The worst part is all the dealers sales people have the same nonchalant attitude. "Oh, that? Yeah, we will fix that after inspection" To which my response is "what the hell are you talking about? I don't work here and it isn't my job to go through and find all the items wrong with your brand new $70,000 trailer. If you are too busy to prep the units before showing them then you are just telling me you are too busy to do anything AFTER you get my money." It's too bad as I have just about decided to keep my money and not buy an RV due to poor workmanship.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    From all I have researched buying an RV is a poor decision

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Hi Guys. Been following along on your sailing journey and recently took a trip back in time to check out your version of RV life.

    Wanted to let you know people are still enjoying the content you put up a while chapter-of-life ago.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    We got out deal at a rv show because the manufacturer stepped in. I showed the dealer a ad on rv trader for the same model with leveling system ( 4k option ) they said no way they could match it. Ran into a rep.later told them they didn't have what I wanted but one they had was the same bedroom as the one we wanted. Ours is being built stuck in Indiana now because of this Corona mess. The rep got the dealer a discount to do this and we get a new coach never on the lot 🙂 cant wait to get it. Yes shows get you a discount

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Best advice please take it buy used in decent shape two years used if possible …. they not worth the price the dealerships are asking for brand new From my experience I bought new and used . Used you gonna save tons of money

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Thank You!!! Subscribed!! A lot of good information I wasn't aware of… hadn't thought of!!

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    A good friend of mine directed me to your channel. My husband and I are interested in the RV life because we love to travel. I love your channel already and love your honest feedback. I'm so ready to begin my RV adventure 😍

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Just watched this older video. Great job. I bought the j4000 camera after seeing your review on action cameras. I can’t figure how to download to my iPad. Help?

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Worst than a boat , no one wants them in their county the states are against them and won't let you live in them even on you're own property

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    I like you two. You're nice folks. Like your cats too (after seeing the Alaska vid's). Thanks for posting!

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Why would I listen to you when you state on your video that your OPINIONS are not based in fact? BTW, the guy in the video seams to behave like a juvenile.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Ok,if there is a $20,000 difference on two Rv’s approx same unit,how do you find out about insulation, insulation, wall strength, hardware and the other items you said to ck on,newbies are not going to know how or why.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Just go on Craigslist and find the ones you like and start with the one you like most and low ball them and work your way down. Odds are one on them is in debt over his azz and he just wants to dump it to pay off his boat or his 1968 corvette!

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Loving your videos. My wife and I are researching, and will be purchasing our first RV next year. Do you have a video or blog post that explains why you went for a class A rather than a 5er? We're leaning towards a 5er (we do not yet have a tow vehicle), but we're still debating.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    We're on our third Rv and hopefully last. The first was a Heartland mpg, not a bad trailer. Although over all it was a good trailer, seemed to be built well, it had a bit of dry rot, and when the dealer blamed me (I maintain everything) I vowed not to by anything from those clowns (local) again. We unloaded it. Went to a tent trailer, but we found very quickly A toddler a dog and a whole weekends worth of stuff was not going to work for us. Taking what I had learned about quality control and a ton of research, I settled on a 21bhs Livinlite. So far, we are happy. Nothing is 100% full proof and we did have some warranty work done, but it's done and we still enjoy the trailer. Cheers and your advice is pretty spot on. Sadly the local dealer didnt' want to service our RV cause we didn't buy it from them. Which made me dislike them even more!

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Thanks! You two present the BEST most honest reviews and videos. Other rv channels won’t even answer unpleasant questions like “did you finance or bought cash for the rv”? That’s because they get to use the rv van for free for promoting Hymer or road trek and to sell shit on their website! Really rv living is not all that glamorous unless you have money, there are intelligent people out there in YouTube land that can smell your bullshit. Please continue to be honest and candid in you videos, that’s your best traits! For those that need honest videos about getting a first rv, your videos are the best! Thanks!

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Heres how I got my fit and finish, I did it myself and fixed up an old 1997 bounder that had low miles. I plan on going in with 50k cash in hand with my next RV and buying it outright. This way I can demand they fix everything right.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Check for signs of water leaks. I side counters around toilets and showers, inside storage compartments.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Great informative video. Do you remember where you were when you recorded this? What state and what park? TIA

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Bs…how many would buy a new tv if they told you get yourbown remote and power cord? Or a developer says by my.brand new house but you can do the painting and land scape it your damn self? Or sold you that new farrari but said oh sorry sears are extra here have a couple if pillows? Consumers would not put up with that crap and dealers and manufactuers know it. They sell cimpleted products because they know they would go bankrupt uf they did what the rv industry is doing.consumers and consumer groups have allowed this and it makes ni sense. As a society we need to change this bs. We have the power nir them. A rv is not a necessity its a luxury we wont suffer by boycotting them and forcing them to change or go away and take their crap products with them. If im gonna have to do all the finishibg work and even still have a crap warranty I might as well buy a bus and build.my own rv. Atleasr ill know exactly whst im getting!!!

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    If you look like this please don't buy an RV. Stay home.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    I live about 2 hours from a Marathon Coach factory. I drool every time I drive by.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Here's a tip… No matter what you purchase, make damn sure you have a carpenter as a friend. Your RV WILL leak and WILL require repair (and then you'll get to see how crappy every RV is built). There are better ways of building 'light weight' than using crappy 2×2's… But then they wouldnt make as much profit.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Costco wholesale is the largest auto dealer in the country, I purchased my Honda CRV from them in 2014. They now sell RV's through their website. I have not gone through that process but, I was very happy with the auto purchase program. It is a no haggle price.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    The RV industry is full of apathy. The quality is terrible and your dealer knows the quality horrible. When you complain they look at you like here it's fault for buying it.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Totally agree, I own an R Vision travel trailer, 4 years ok so far. I am using it a lot so it’s worth it. But the dealers…thiefs plain and simple. Do a LOT of homework about towing vehicles, weights, don’t buy the extra warranties (they are crap) and check the dealer reviews! I had a very nasty experience with Sunridge Rv in Calgary, Canada (they eventually went bankrupt and there were suspicions of fraud). Yes, you can tow with and SUV or CAR safely but you have to do the homework. And yes, buy diesel. When the sales persons “advise” you most often they have absolutely no idea about what they are talking about, especially weights and legality.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    I'll be buying an RV- actually a travel trailer- sometime in the next 3 to 5 years (when you are on SSI, Everything takes years to save for, including down payments). I appreciate the videos about what to look out for. I won't have the resources that many people that buy new have, so I will need to find the best trailer for my needs, from the most honest dealer, and so on…

    I actually live in a converted 1947 Magnolia travel home (think of it as a cross between today's destination trailers and a mobile home) that is attached to a small cabin. All in all, it's a good, inexpensive way to live…but I need a new trailer, one that can actually Move, and is somewhat less than 71 years old.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Video the walk through /demonstration of your rv. (just heard that one, terrific) We slowed ours down to a crawl as I took copious notes. Try everything before you drive it away; they will fix it for free right then to help you on your way (and get rid of you).

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Meanwhile I can build one for $10k out of a box truck.
    Something doesn't add up.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    We live in Texas and went to Utah to get a great deal on The coach we wanted! It was a wonderful adventure.

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  • November 1, 2020 at 11:22 pm
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    Normally, My rule of thumb is that I'll buy off season, take my sweet old time, work dealership against other dealerships, and just to get rid of me they will end up paying me to just take the RV off their hands!  Then we head out for our new unseen ocean front property in Arizona! 😉 …👍 Up  `Excellent Video!

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