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Old 09-22-2015, 10:34 AM   #29
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You may joke Bob, but there are many, many Americans who know absolutely nothing of Canada, it's people, and it's geography. I think that many, like most in this community, that own RV's, know better as their focus is travel.

I had a fellow in Driggs, Idaho a few years ago, upon hearing I live in Calgary, ask me if I knew a friend of his who moved here a while back. Um, maybe not. We now have a popluation just over 1.2 million, not counting surrounding acreages, towns and cities. LOL

At a wedding in New Jersey about 30 years ago, only three people who knew I was from Calgary,AB, had heard of it, or knew where it was. One person had heard of the Calgary Stampede, only the biggest outdoor show in the world, one had heard of Alberta beef, again well know worldwide, and the other was big into sports betting, and knew of the Calgary Flames.

I would be willing to bet that a much higher percentage of Canadians are familiar with American geography, than the other way around. We still all have lots to learn, thus my yearning to retire and explore all of North America.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:32 AM   #30
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Good Points Jim, But......

Last time we went north were asked by the border inspector the purpose of our visit. We replied "to visit friends in Summerland". When asked for a specific name I said, "Klaus & Liz Haverkamp". He said, "The VW Guy, I know him....."

But we have been to Calgary several times and know that it is a lot bigger than Summerland. Several years back I sold a Meyers Manx SR-II to a fellow in Calgary, He had it picked up in Riverside and I haven't seen or heard of it since.


And last..... The state of New Mexico added USA to their license plates because, apparently when out of state NM residents were getting stopped, the local PD's thought that they were from Mexico. !!!
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The thing that is evident about the direct marketing by fiberglass mfgrs is their reluctance to negotiate the final retail selling price...it is their way or the highway. I will never do business with any company that does business in such a fashion. The consumer facilitates this by accepting the dictatorial policies of these manufacturers.

The above marketing techniques explains that while traveling for the last three weeks while covering about 10 states and countless miles with my quality built "sticky" travel trailer I have seen ZERO Fiberglass Travel Trailers on the road.
If they came to market with dealer networks in the real world the prices would come down. Shoppers would be more confident with a dealer service standing behind their product.

Until they come to market like all the other major manufacturers they will forever be in the fringe market...overcharging for a product without dealers and service locations....forever in the little league in the RV industry.
You show some strong convictions - do you negotiate at the gas pump, the grocery store, the hardware store, the doctor's or dentist's office, or the IRS?
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I had a fellow in Driggs, Idaho a few years ago, upon hearing I live in Calgary, ask me if I knew a friend of his who moved here a while back. Um, maybe not. We now have a popluation just over 1.2 million, not counting surrounding acreages, towns and cities. LOL
Sounds like an honest question from a fellow trying to be friendly and make conversation. We folks from Idaho are generally a friendly and inquisitive lot. And picking on somebody from Driggs is not really fair anyway.
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Considering how long Scamp has been in business, and their current back-order time, the "My way or the Hiway" business model must be working.....


Take a look back a few years ago at how many of the "other" business model companies disappeared from the RV marketplace.
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Fall Vacations.....
Headed for Canada in the morning (Ooops, I mean Headed for British Columbia in the morning) It's a looong 2 hour drive, but should be a lot of fun with my British Columbian (I mean Canadian) friends. (Actually they are a German & a Brit, but that just confuses things.


And I thought that being P.C. in America (Ooops, I mean Washington, the state, not the District of) was difficult.
LOLOLOL
Upon leaving the Pistolet Bay Provincial Park in Newfoundland last year, I told the ranger on duty that I was going back to Canada (Labrador) that day. I got a curious look that changed into a friendly smile and he gave me a couple of maple leaf pins as souvenirs. Nice.
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Hi All,

Paul, interesting comments regarding general RV manufacturers designing rigs to only last 5 years. It does appear to me that the FG units are built to last, thus there will be a price associated with this quality whether buying new or used.

RogerDat, WOW, very good advice in terms of how to approach buying used. Great bullets. For my DW and I, it will only be the two of us as empty nesters. So, our first rig can sleep as few as two. Call us wimps, but we must have a wet bath (shower, sink, toilet). So, bare minimum means a decent size bed (54" wide) and a wet bath. Beyond that, it becomes more negotiable. I really think a small dinette would be nice since I tend to get up earlier than my DW. Might be nice to be able to stay inside on some mornings rather than going outside. I think our "necessities" will probably result in a 16' to 17' rig. It is definitely about trade offs. Great discussion regarding the RV as a "tool" and what "features" the tool must have to serve its function. I have to be careful with sweat equity. I am solid at maintaining, servicing, and doing minor projects. I am not a hard core DIYer. A used rig is fine, but we will not do a fixer-upper.

Steve in NY, I too, tend to be attracted to quality and a better product rather than the biggest rig at the lowest price. Rules of engagement for buyer from a dealer: 1. Never pay MSRP. 2. A discount off MSRP is still not necessarily a great deal.

Jim, I too, like small companies even though my girls have converted me into a Starbuck's fan! However, I tend to like privately owned pubs, restaurants, etc. when eating out rather than one of the many chains. So, FG manufacturers with their quality products appeal to me.

Jon, I am a road-trip guy, so I think that is part of the appeal of RVing to me along with enjoying hiking and the outdoors. Plus, I love to cook and grill (along with a cold beer). I think these preferences blend well with RVing! Yes, Fall is wonderful time to travel.

Floyd, LOL, hey if your kids will be able to sell your rig 30 years from now at more than you paid for it, my girls will be happy with what they will inherit. Funny comment in terms of making your point regarding how long FG rigs last.

Tim, enjoy that long weekend with the family next month!

Bob, LOL, nice job with your being sooooo PC! I hope your trip to BC was safe and enjoyable.

Jim, I love geography and look forward to traveling and visiting Canada. Along the way, I will brush up on my Canadian culture!!! Heck, the other day I was on a parkway in my home state of Kentucky on my way to a meeting in the capital city of Frankfort. About 50 miles from Frankfort the clerk at the convenience store did not know the capital of Kentucky!!! Oh my. Not only do some of us Americans need to learn about Canada, we need to learn about our own states!!!

A nice evening to all,

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Miller's headed for CANADA...

Where in heck am I supposed to go now??????....
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Where in heck am I supposed to go now??????....
You do realize that us moderator types might see this as a bit of a personal attack...

... but seeing it is so funny, I think we will let it go.

Maybe somebody should alert Homeland Security. Oh wait, we don't have that.

Besides, Canada is a big place to hide. Maybe get yourself an atlas and check that out.
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Miller will be easy to find. Either in the Home Hardware, or across the street at the organic grains gluten-free bakery and coffee grinder.
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Miller will be easy to find. Either in the Home Hardware, or across the street at the organic grains gluten-free bakery and coffee grinder.
I might run into him then. I shop there too.
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Actually our planned shopping hits are Canadian Tire and COSTCO, be forewarned..... Eh..... LOL
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