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Old 10-09-2015, 08:05 PM   #11
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Gives a retiree something to think about, being paid to camp...
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:06 PM   #12
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No, I did not miss the second sentence, and I am fully aware of constraints that prevent individuals from doing certain activities. That is why I used the words "another option." Like if you cannot make the trip, you try to find a less expensive way to get the trailer. I chimed in because another member on the forum expressed a personal opinion, and in my personal opinion "poor response" in this case was an inappropriate and overly critical response to that member's post. Perhaps I am being a bit sensitive; it's just that I see so much sniping on the other forum that i would hate to see it here. So can we shake hands and have a virtual beer around the virtual campfire?
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:45 PM   #13
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And how much did you pay? Far less than what is being quoted now. I think even $3000 to Goshen is much more expensive than the costs in previous years when someone split with another trailer or two. You did not pay that even to PA, right? The cost of delivery looks like not just an increase but a huge change. Too bad for those who cannot make the trip, which is a lot of people. That is an unfortunate development.


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Both of my Escapes were shipped to York,Pa and the costs were split with other owners on the same shipment. In fact, one had not ever owned a trailer and drove up to York to take delivery. We then headed to a local cg where I was able t show them the in/outs of their new unit. Great fun had by all. So think of delivery as an adventure.....you will be having more afterwards.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:46 PM   #14
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Gives a retiree something to think about, being paid to camp...
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Motorhome manufacturers target retired couples to hire for deliveries around the country. Only downside is that you can't stay in the unit you're delivering; they want you to to stay in a h/motel. Could be fun!
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:28 PM   #15
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Camper delivery

A former supervisor of mine retired to the Kalamazoo area. After a couple of years, got restless, bought a big dually pickup and took to delivering fifth wheels out of the Elkhart area. He liked it, saw a lot of country and wore out a couple trucks. His next gig has been driving school bus for a small school district. He's about 78 now, greatest ice and snow driver I ever rode with. I don't think it would be for me but I can see the attraction. Perhaps someone who needs a trailer delivered could get one of these guys on a west coast back haul. Where there's a will there is a way.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:34 PM   #16
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Wouldn't work for me. I usually get out of camp around 10 am and pack it in around 1, after stopping for lunch at noon.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:42 PM   #17
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A former supervisor of mine retired to the Kalamazoo area. After a couple of years, got restless, bought a big dually pickup and took to delivering fifth wheels out of the Elkhart area. He liked it, saw a lot of country and wore out a couple trucks. His next gig has been driving school bus for a small school district. He's about 78 now, greatest ice and snow driver I ever rode with. I don't think it would be for me but I can see the attraction. Perhaps someone who needs a trailer delivered could get one of these guys on a west coast back haul. Where there's a will there is a way.
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Large trailers - such as most fifth-wheels - are too large to reasonably carry on a flatdeck cargo trailer, so they are delivered from factory to dealer this way. The same services are available to individuals who want a trailer delivered anywhere. Costs are substantial, and although there might be some efficiency in a fortuitous backhaul, it will likely still be nearly the Cdn$2 per loaded mile that Escape is quoting. I note that the buyer is only paying one-way, although the carrier will be backhauling empty (not collecting any payment) to Chilliwack or Goshen (depending on the buyer's location).

I suspect that the only way to get a trailer delivered at a much lower price would be to find a carrier with a trailer suitable for carrying two trailers, and share delivery cost with another buyer in the same area who is taking delivery at the same time.
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Camper delivery

Glen if you picked up for someone in Chilliwack in January, you could make the east coast in about 45 days, just in time for the spring season in the South. A hundred miles a day seems doable with no hauling on the weekends.
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I donno. What's for lunch and who's picking up the tab?
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And how much did you pay? Far less than what is being quoted now. I think even $3000 to Goshen is much more expensive than the costs in previous years when someone split with another trailer or two. You did not pay that even to PA, right? The cost of delivery looks like not just an increase but a huge change. Too bad for those who cannot make the trip, which is a lot of people. That is an unfortunate development.
I agree! The new cost for delivery will be a game changer for many. For those of us who are still working, a cross country trip for pick up is out of the question. This change in delivery fee may be in part marketing strategy. You have a wonderful product, at a good price that has a huge demand. In fact, demand is almost overwhelming. To get demand back to a manageable level, raise prices. I anticipate seeing price increases for the 2017 models. That, plus the seemingly drastic change in delivery charges might price some folks out of a new Escape. Looking forward to seeing what workarounds are found to buffer the delivery expenses.
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