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shovelguy
07-28-2007, 11:45 AM
We are about ready to order a 3055RL and have been shopping around, both from local dealers and via the Internet, getting quotes from quite a few dealers. The best price we have received is from "Hartland RV Outlet" in Elkhart. The person we have been talking with is Gary Davis. Has anyone had any experience with this dealer, good bad or indifferent?
Thanks for the help.

grizzlygiant
07-28-2007, 02:58 PM
Just a few hours north of Elkhart is Lakeshore RV in Muskegon, MI. They earned my business with the lowest price and with good service. They saved me a bundle compared to local dealers. Give John a call 231-788-2040.

shovelguy
07-28-2007, 08:09 PM
Yes, I have talked with John at Lakeshore, and was about ready to order from him when I heard about Hartland RV Outlet. I got a better price from Hartland, so now am trying to get more information about them.

geeksrus
07-29-2007, 07:47 AM
Contact RV Price Busters in Springfield Ohio... that's where we just got our 3400RL.

Chulinw
07-29-2007, 09:17 AM
Have you look at rv for less out of Knoxville, TN. Seems like a lot of the members purchase from Butch & Karen.

gawelsh
07-29-2007, 09:55 AM
HARTLAND RV outlet was at the Rally this year....they had some models on display - great folks. If we ever get another one (we love ours, so have no immediate plans to trade in, since it's so new) , we'll work with them. THey are on very good terms with the factory, since they are such a great dealer.

Ray LeTourneau
07-29-2007, 02:58 PM
Hartland RV also has a company named Recreational Specialties that preps their trailers for delivery. These folks know the trailer well and my thoughts are that you would receive a very good PDI from them. I believe I am correct in saying this, maybe some other senior members can chime in from rally experience. Sometimes "best price" isn't the best way to go.



Comment by Admin:
Ray, Hartland RV Outlet is owned by Rob Reid. Nice guy. He also owns Great Lakes RV Center. His service center is not Recreational Specialties though, it is RV Capitol Service Center. I've been to all of their shops. All seem to be good businesses. We've heard a lot of positive comments about the service work at RV Capitol Service Center.

As for Recreational Specialties, another fine service center in Elkhart. This one is owned by Ron Green and his partner Matt Cameron. Matt worked for Heartland their first few years so he knows the product very well. A lot of positive comments on work done at RS as well.

Jim
Admin

katkens
07-29-2007, 03:05 PM
Hartland RV also has a company named Recreational Specialties that preps their trailers for delivery. These folks know the trailer well and my thoughts are that you would receive a very good PDI from them. I believe I am correct in saying this, maybe some other senior members can chime in from rally experience. Sometimes "best price" isn't the best way to go.
Sure have to agree with Ray on this one . The repairmen at the Rally done a very good job on my repairs and would think this has to reflect back to the dealer. I paid a little more on price with my dealer but am well pleased so far on service. ----Ken

shovelguy
07-29-2007, 09:46 PM
I would be the first to agree that cheapest is not always the way to go, and that purchasing locally is good. However when the out of area Internet dealer is giving me a price $****** cheaper than the local dealer, for the same product, it just does not make a lot of sense to me to to buy locally. If we were talking a few hundred $'s, I wouldn't hesitate in buying locally, but that is not the case. I just can't see spending $******* +/- on a product I can get somewhere else for $****** +/-, not to mention my finance manager (read that as DW) would have a fit!!

Note by Admin:
Pursuant to the latest forum rules, please shy away from posting trailer pricing. Feel free however to PM or email each other privately about pricing.
Thanks,
Jim
Admin

Ray LeTourneau
07-29-2007, 10:09 PM
Dean makes a good point also. Our local dealer was willing to match the price we found through the web. This is especially true this time of year if you are buying off the lot. If you are placing a special order I would expect at least 25% off of list wherever you buy. If they won't sell for that, go elsewhere.

shovelguy
08-12-2007, 02:55 PM
Well Friday afternoon we ordered our 3055RL with all just about all the bells and whistles you can get. We are expecting delivery mid September, due to the extra time required for thermo pane windows. Just in time to get it packed for our annual family labor day camp-out/reunion up on Puget Sound.
Dean

Ray LeTourneau
08-12-2007, 04:31 PM
Congrats on your order. Enjoy!

jimtoo
08-12-2007, 05:16 PM
"Well Friday afternoon we ordered our 3055RL with all just about all the bells and whistles you can get. We are expecting delivery mid September, due to the extra time required for thermo pane windows. Just in time to get it packed for our annual family labor day camp-out/reunion up on Puget Sound.
Dean"

I thought Labor Day was September 3, :confused: did they change something again and nobody told me:eek: ????? :D :D :D

Yes,,, congrats on your order and you will be very happy with the 3055RL and the thermo pane windows, well worth the wait.:)

Jim

jbeletti
08-12-2007, 10:20 PM
Hi Dean and Jodi,

Congratulations on your order! Good call on the dual panes. Wish I had some. Next time...

Jim

shovelguy
08-13-2007, 09:06 AM
"Well Friday afternoon we ordered our 3055RL with all just about all the bells and whistles you can get. We are expecting delivery mid September, due to the extra time required for thermo pane windows. Just in time to get it packed for our annual family labor day camp-out/reunion up on Puget Sound.
Dean"

I thought Labor Day was September 3, :confused: did they change something again and nobody told me:eek: ????? :D :D :D

Yes,,, congrats on your order and you will be very happy with the 3055RL and the thermo pane windows, well worth the wait.:)

Jim

Labor day is in fact the Ist Monday of September, and we do have a family camp-out/re-union that week end. The 1st weekend in October we will be going to a fall rally with a trailer camping group we belong too. Although every one else will have the same make of RV at the rally. we can still still attend, just have to put up with being a SOB. (some other brand). :o Mixing the two weekends up in my earlier post just goes to show how excited I am about getting a Bighorn.:o

Dean

jimtoo
08-13-2007, 11:37 AM
We also have a family outing for the Labor Day weekend. :D

Just had to make a smart a** comment... now you know what to look forward to when you make a mistake, somebodies gonna get you. :D :D

I am sure you will love your Bighorn 3055RL as much as we do. And the dual pane windows are really nice.

Jim

sunnyalberta
08-14-2007, 12:01 PM
I just received Bighorn 3055rl from RVdirectwholesalers- I believe they are a sub company of Hartand RV Outlet (sticker on rv) also Great Lake RV- I dealt with Justin. They will match or beat any other price. They arranged delivery to my door. I love unit. Only small concerns we fixed ourselvers. We will probably replace DVD/stero as it does stop on us- first time we used it. I believe it retails for $89., so its not worth sending back.

krocket
09-04-2007, 04:56 PM
Am shopping for a BH 3055 and see references to Heartland RV Outlet,Lake shore RV, and RV Price Buster--does anyone have web address for these dealers. Have gotten a quote from RV's For Less and just shopping the market so when I go to a nearby dealer I have some ammo. Also how effective are the electric fireplaces--or would it be just as good to have a couple of portable heaters ( besides much cheaper) ?

Oldlthrneck
09-28-2007, 01:06 PM
krocket, we have the fireplace in our 3670RL and we think it's great. I get up at 3:30 am, to get ready for work. I turn the furnace on for a few minutes to get the chill off of the place, then turn on the fireplace. It seems to keep the trailer plenty warm enough and it stops all the whining when "SWMBO" gets up at 4:00. (jk) We've only had ours since for a week, but it has gotten down to 30 deg this week and still keeps the place pretty warm. It also sits right under the computer desk and so she is able to stay toasty. I have seen other posts from people that have had theirs longer than we have, and they seem to be happy that they got it.

sidney dreyfus
09-28-2007, 04:06 PM
www.lakeshore-rv.com (http://www.lakeshore-rv.com)
ask for John.

Sid Dreyfus
08 3600rl

davent1946
03-16-2008, 06:58 PM
I've shopped for a year plus. Checked all the internet players and my local dealer(55 miles). Sent spec sheets and received prices. John at Lakeshore responded with a price that was well under my lowest bid to date. Called him to go ahead with the purchase. John came back with, well you will want to up-grade this option, upgrade that option and suddenly the price was more than a thousand dollars more than I had from other dealers, all working on the same spec sheet. I did not appreciate the bait and switch tactics and I told John that. He seemed surprised at my sentiment and surprised that I wasn't going ahead with the purchase. I settled on Pricebusters. Don't pick it up until the 1st week of June but to date Brent has been most helpful. Looking forward to a smooth transaction and getting on with dragging the 3400Rl to as many parts of this beautiful country as I possibly can.

kakampers
03-17-2008, 08:59 AM
We too bought from Pricebusters...great sales experience. However, if you are going to have it serviced (at least in the Springfield, OH location), be warned...worst service we've ever had. Would never take our unit back there...ever!

That was back in July of last year...heard they had some internal shakeups...maybe things are better now, let us know of your experience.

Larryheadhunter
03-23-2008, 07:55 PM
The best way to buy a Heartland RV is to buy one at a RV show for several reasons. The mfgr. has incentivized the dealer there so then can sell as many as they can with alot of free extras and options they can pass on to the buyer. ie: stainless steel sinks, hitches and brake controllers included,
HDTV's and fantastic fans in bedroom, central vacs, electric awnings etc. Really importantly, the Heartland state rep is usually in attendance and can seal the deal for you. I can't tell you how much I paid for my 2009BH 3400RE, but I guarantee no one beat my price with all the options, including John from Lakeshore. I would consider John Black from Clovis RV, as a great source, and Mike Moreland CA rep of Heartland before I bought. If you want to stay close to home, use the same methodology and find out your state rep. Also most importantly, ask your dealer for a options list which states the basic MSRP and all the options with retail prices. Then you can choose carefully what you really want. Since I live in CA I didn't get the dual pane windows but I wish I did. As far as warranty svc. if you buy far from home, no big deal, as there are plenty of places that Heartland will approve that are close to home. My guy in San Clemente, Rick's Trailer Supply, has worked on several Bighorns and he is 2 miles from my house and one mile from my storage. There is also always Camping World who installed my hitch. I also suggest negotiating a 7 yr zero deductible extended warranty pkg for self protection, just like you did your tow truck. I studied this for 6 months so if anyone has questions from this rookie, PM me.

Johnboy
02-06-2009, 05:11 PM
We found that Bob at Woodland RV in Tawas City, MI is a very honest dealer and is very up to date on the units. Excellent service manager in Jim who handled our warrenty work excellent.They also gave us the best deal around even those on Ebay.

John & Nancy Naessens
member
2007 Bighorn 3400RL
2006 Ford 2500

fljlcw
02-07-2009, 09:27 AM
we also searched all over and speacial ordered our 3580 from hartland in elkhart good people

KENNY COCHRAN
02-12-2009, 07:59 PM
I just bought a 3670rl from kent mitchell rv in hammond, la. They beat all the "internet" dealers by far. Great price! Due in the middle of march.

jmgratz
02-12-2009, 08:33 PM
Congratulations. Now on to the Heartland Owners Club membership. Have fun and we may see you down the road.

KENNY COCHRAN
02-12-2009, 10:38 PM
I'm sure we will meet you in texas or south la. Were you at the fall rally at rayford crossing? I was there with a big "geaux mcneese cowboys" sign on the back of our rv. We were looking at bighorns at the time and freaked out when we saw all of them there. We didn't know what was going on. Finally sold our rv and just ordered the 3670rl. Kenny

Tom of Ypsi
02-14-2009, 08:15 AM
Kenny,

We were one of the group (Classic Landmark owners) in Rayford last fall and do remember talking with you and your group. Come show off your new BH at the spring rally April 3-5 at Rayford. Congratulations on your purchas of a BH and welcome to the HL family.

KENNY COCHRAN
02-14-2009, 04:33 PM
Were you the one living in it and we toured your unit? We are looking to make the rayford thingy if our rv comes in on time the middle of march.

Tom of Ypsi
02-14-2009, 10:05 PM
It was probably our coach you toured and yes this is our house. What makes this a nicer house than our old bricks and sticks beside the fact that it is a Heartland, is the backyard, it is huge.

Bobby A
02-27-2009, 11:19 PM
My wife and I met Rob Reid at his dealership Great Lakes RV last week, he beat our local dealership hear in MI by over 2K, I would buy from him in a minute but he doesn't take trade In's. He is a great guy, and does alot of work for the factory

RVerFulltime
02-28-2009, 10:19 AM
My wife and I met Rob Reid at his dealership Great Lakes RV last week, he beat our local dealership hear in MI by over 2K, I would buy from him in a minute but he doesn't take trade In's. He is a great guy, and does alot of work for the factory

We have recently ordered a BIGHORN from Great Lakes RV ( www.greatlakesrvcenter.com (http://www.greatlakesrvcenter.com) ). They were thousands less than any other quote we received. They are taking our trade-in, but they are not giving much for it. From the price quotes we got back from different dealers, trade-ins have very little value in this economic market place. For us, what they gave for the trade-in did not matter. It was the cash price difference that had meaning to us.

We have our fingers crossed that QC is set at a high standard when Heartland builds our unit. We really just hope that the people building our unit do a great job since the design of the 2010 BIGHORN looks so great!None