RV Sales Impressions

They Said…

Here’s our first “They Said” post and it covers something that I think matters to most people getting ready to start this journey of buying an RV.

Bessie and Pi
Bessie – she said – on left and Pi – he said – on right.

Since you can only do so much research on the Internet, we went RV window shopping in person.  And, since there are only a couple of mini RV sales places in our neck of the woods we drove to Albuquerque to check out some of the big boys.

We made it to three of the six stores that were on our list to check out.

He said…

I decided to let each of the salespeople know right away that we were looking to go full time RVing in a couple years. I did this to forgo any big sales push.

She said…

After we made it clear that we weren’t interested in buying anything today, only one of the three salespeople we talked to stuck around to answer our questions.

He said…

One was even so blunt as to tell us “Well, I have to go make a living” before he walked off.  He did let us walk around by ourselves to checkout the other models. This was a good thing because we’ve now scratched the Thor from our list of RVs – not very impressed with those anymore.

She said…

Another salesperson was okay – if a bit cold. And one of her associates came up later (after she left us alone to look at the stock) and seemed to be concerned that we were going to have a kegger in the Newmar.  Maybe we don’t dress well enough for the Newmars?

He said…

I also thought the lady at that place was watching to make sure we didn’t abscond with the furniture from the Tiffin.

She said…

But we accomplished our mission at that place since we were able to checkout the Tiffin Allegro Red 33AA which is high on our list. And we still like it.

He said…

Thankfully we did not go to these two places first otherwise our day would have started off poorly.  The first place we went to, La Mesa RV, was great. And they will be able to get us that Tiffin if we go with that RV.

She said…

We were greeted at the door by Stacey the salesman who was happy to show us the Class A inventory. He asked us intelligent questions about our parameters… about why we wanted what we wanted… and then shared his experiences (he spent the winter hanging out with full timers in Arizona).

He said…

He gave us some good things to think about our own ideas without being pushy in the slightest.  And he did all this knowing that we weren’t buying anytime soon!

She said…

He gave us encouraging information on driving a Class A. I’ve driven a full size truck and a 5th wheel horse trailer but was concerned about driving the bus. He made me feel like I was going to be just fine.

And we’ve now added the Winnebago Journey 36M to our watch list because of the driveability of the Freightliner Maxum chassis.

He said…

And he let us know that we could could contact him with questions during our research.

She said…

Full time RVing seems to be such a relational experience (including doing your laundry) that I’m happy to have found a salesperson and company that is focused on family and relationships.

He said…

So we’ve decided that this is the place that we’ll likely buy our RV from.

She said…

All of this, plus we took all the ladies in our family out for Mother’s Day lunch. A wonderful day!

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