I think I was misunderstood.
I was suggesting that RV Dealerships Sales peeps could not make a living selling FGRV's because they would be substantially overpriced in the RV marketplace and would offer little incentive for sales. In the United States, the dealer profit margins needed would made them horrendously expensive, with an MSRP at least 50% more than most current factory prices to cover shipping, inventory costs, warranty costs, and profits.
has just 1 dealer in the entire state of California, and only 8 in the entire country. As of today they collectively have an on-line advertised inventory of 5 slide-in campers and 4 trailers in the entire country and the dealer in Boise, ID seems to have as much inventory as all other dealers combined.
calls then Factory Outlets, not dealerships, and most advertise that they sell with an 8-12 week lead time, so they don't have up front investment with inventory, and they can work on a commission per sale. But most RV buyers want immediate gratification when they commit to that kind of expense, not 8-12 weeks delivery promises. One dealer seems to be using Canadian prices and is using the current currency exchange difference as a bargaining tool.
And it's not just cost, the L.A. Airstream dealer advertised that they have more than 100 units on the lot, and a much smaller Airstream dealer in Corona, CA, about 45 miles from LA, has at least 15 the lot. "See it today, buy it today and take it home tomorrow" is the sales model that sells, delivery in 2-3 months doesn't.
The owner of my local RV dealership, with three locations, about 100 employees, and several hundred RV's on his lots, would love to sell FGRV's, but there just isn't the profit margins necessary to stay in business selling FGRV's, as compared to sticky's. And minimal profit margins vs the existing sticky sales model, are why I made the comment that dealers can't make a living selling them.
Many times I have mentioned my interest in BigFoot trailers, I want a 17' for myself and just tried to buy two different ones in the month that I was in Washington and Canada (excuse me, British Columbia)
With the current cost of manufacturing keeping prices where they are, I just don't see new FGRV's being regular items on dealer lots. Improvements in sales & production volume will help bring that down, but, for the most part, it just isn't there in FGRV's, at least not yet.....
And at the last two annual RV shows in Pomona, CA, claimed to be the largest in the United States, the total number of FGRV's mfg's represented? Zero.