Having made the decision to purchase an RV the Net seemed as good a place as any to start out on the research of Dealerships. Being in Florida we figured we will pick out those closest, then those within a days drive and then write to those out of state we had found online with good reputations. Do not forget these are our own personal experiences and may not reflect a typical visit and why you will see our foot note at the end of this section on three individual dealers.We have also hyperlinked to each dealership so you are able to visit and explore each and everyone in person too !
So lets start with a name everyone I suspect knows.
Great location , good selection, nice showrooms, very nice offices , well presented and easy access off the I-4 interstate .Greeted with a friendly smile then taken down a row of offices by a young chap who asked us what we were after.We explained wanted an A class toy hauler , preferably new but open with the Budget and spec.He asked if we had the means to purchase to which we said yes.That was met with well we can still explore funding options. After a 30 min wait whilst he scanned a computer we were taken around the yard to see a rather nice selection of RVs ironically none of which were Toy haulers,still it was fun to see and explore the differences.We then were taken back to the office and asked which one we liked best.We said all are lovely but where are the toy haulers we asked for ? Oh we do not have any said the sales person.We sipped back our complimentary bottle of water and said our farewells.He offered the final words that he would be in touch.Needless to say he never did make contact although we were followed up daily by telesales who said we should not deal with the dealership direct but by going through them it would be a great experience.She clearly never had the memo about toy haulers either sending listings that were used A class which did not come close to matching our initial requests.Lazy days were off the list for a return visit which was a shame as we were expecting way more. Click to Visit Lazy Days Tampa
Next on our list
Drove to Sanford and into La Mesas lot again alongside the I-4 interstate and once again greeted with a smile. A young salesman came out and was very jolly. It was a baking hot day and he greeted us with ice cold water and said lets go shopping.When asked what we wanted we said we had a open mind but Toy-hauler was first choice but we were curious now as to the larger A class pushers and asked if we could take a peak. He said feel free to open any and all and take a walk around. Not one to turn this down we spent the next 8 hours crawling over every single rig they had.The sales people came back and forth to check we were ok and kept the water flowing along with snacks. This was a whole new experience from Lazy days and a very worthwhile one as now we had seen how well and just how poor some of the rigs were put together. Our focus was in the MSRP range from $250,000 to $500,000.Tired we left for the evening armed with a mountain of information and a potential change of direction on the RV and budget.The Sales folk called up next day and spoke in depth about the pros and cons of some of the units we had seen.The experience was what we would have expected of our own staff at this company. However being the folk we are we decided to visit a few more places and undertake further discovery. Click to Visit La Mesa RV Sanford
We will come back to La Mesa RV later in this section......
Next Dealer on our Travels
As it happens about 10 years prior we purchased a used 37ft Rv with no slides from this dealership.It was for a weekend or four away with the kids and whilst we had owned many in Europe this was our first step in to A class units.This location is a main Newmar RV dealer situated off the highway 50 west of Orlando and about 15 miles from our offices and our USA home. The location was undergoing some work at the time of our visit. We were greeted by salesman who asked us what we were looking for. By this time we had researched the class A toy Hauler options and those with the Ford V10 Gas engine so as it was a main Newmar dealer we were hopeful that we would be shown an actual RV per our request.To our surprise we were taken into a regular Canyon Star . No ac was running nor was the coach turned on.The heat was terrible being a typical floridan day. The sales person clearly did not have any interest in us but suggested we head over to his office. He sat us down and quoted on a new Newmar Diesel not yet out and put a contract price in front of us. I explained as I had done prior we wanted a Gas Toy hauler.He said they had none and that was it he got up and I guess the sales presentation was over. Click Here To Visit Independence RV
Like La Mesa however there is a very interesting twist to our experience with Independence RV and their Management / Service Dept which its essential to read and this will be at the bottom of this page
On to the next RV Dealer in Fort Myers and what a mistake this turned out to be
Ok by this time we had figured we wanted a Toy Hauler and an A class Gas version and had already short listed Newmar Canyon Star 3927 .This time we called ahead to the dealership to ensure the two options we wanted to view were actually there as this was three hour drive and our time was valuable.We were assigned a sales person. THE REST ABOUT OUR NIGHTMARE WITH NORTH RAIL RV WILL FOLLOW
Now on to our own RV Ownership to current date CLICK HERE