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Old 02-26-2017, 03:32 PM   #1
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Locking in Option Prices

Last week we finalized our build sheet. We had an unpleasant surprise. The cost of the under-trailer insulation for the 21 had increased $400 a couple of days earlier. We found out that we could have locked in the lower option price by letting our sales representative know we wanted that option and getting her initials on the build sheet.

Lesson learned: Lock in the price for expensive options as soon as you determine you want them.
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:21 PM   #2
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Wow, that's a big increase.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:00 PM   #3
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The original build sheet we got from ETI last April showed the spray foam for a 21 at $800 and now on the website it show as $1000 or a $200 increase. Is it now $1200?
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:12 PM   #4
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Good lesson, Richard.

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The original build sheet we got from ETI last April showed the spray foam for a 21 at $800 and now on the website it show as $1000 or a $200 increase. Is it now $1200?
I don't think so...

I noticed that there are two items in the current options list for the 21' involving spray insulation:
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2 - 12V Heat Pads with Spray Foam Insulation $1,400.00
Spray Foam Insulation for Under Trailer $1,000.00
The most recent sample in the Wayback Machine is for 2016 Oct 19, and says
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2 - 12V Heat Pads with Spray Foam Insulation $1000.00
Spray Foam Insulation for Under Trailer $800.00
so unless there has been another change (not yet shown on the Escape website) it looks like the recent $400 increase would be for the insulation with heat pads; the insulation alone only went up $200. I can only guess that the cost of the heat pads to Escape went up substantially.
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Last week we finalized our build sheet. We had an unpleasant surprise. The cost of the under-trailer insulation for the 21 had increased $400 a couple of days earlier. We found out that we could have locked in the lower option price by letting our sales representative know we wanted that option and getting her initials on the build sheet.

Lesson learned: Lock in the price for expensive options as soon as you determine you want them.
there might be good news depending on when you pay for it... as a small change in the exchange rate in the right direction might help cover the additional cost
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Old 02-26-2017, 08:42 PM   #6
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Last week we finalized our build sheet. We had an unpleasant surprise. The cost of the under-trailer insulation for the 21 had increased $400 a couple of days earlier. We found out that we could have locked in the lower option price by letting our sales representative know we wanted that option and getting her initials on the build sheet.

Lesson learned: Lock in the price for expensive options as soon as you determine you want them.
I believe on the build sheet somewhere it says there will be price increases until you sign off on your build sheet. Even then you can still have an increase if they change something on you. We had to pay more for something after the build sheet was signed off due to them switching some product around. I don't remember what it was now, but I wasn't too happy about that.

Oh, I remember now. It was the batteries we wanted. Not once did anyone notice that the batteries we ordered would not work with the inverter. We were informed just when the trailer went into production and we were told if we wanted the inverter, we had to switch to the other batteries, which (of course!) cost more. I thought someone should have noticed that earlier.

I know, not exactly what happened to you, but just a cautionary word that things happen at their end and you could end up still paying for something.
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On the good side, though one option we wanted went up $25 CAD while we were working on our build sheet, two other options we wanted, and were happy to pay for, became "standard" so we didn't have to pay for them. On the whole, it we came out about $200 CAD ahead.
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On the good side, though one option we wanted went up $25 CAD while we were working on our build sheet, two other options we wanted, and were happy to pay for, became "standard" so we didn't have to pay for them. On the whole, it we came out about $200 CAD ahead.
I know the cubbies became standard,but what is the other one?
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I believe on the build sheet somewhere it says there will be price increases until you sign off on your build sheet. Even then you can still have an increase if they change something on you. We had to pay more for something after the build sheet was signed off due to them switching some product around. I don't remember what it was now, but I wasn't too happy about that.

Oh, I remember now. It was the batteries we wanted. Not once did anyone notice that the batteries we ordered would not work with the inverter. We were informed just when the trailer went into production and we were told if we wanted the inverter, we had to switch to the other batteries, which (of course!) cost more. I thought someone should have noticed that earlier.

I know, not exactly what happened to you, but just a cautionary word that things happen at their end and you could end up still paying for something.
I also thought that option prices could increase at any time until the build sheet was signed and why I had not updated my build sheet on a regular basis. However Joldie said, during our discussion, that if she had initialed off on the option before the price increase, we would have not had to pay the price increase.

However as happened to you, there are no price guarantees until the trailer is delivered.
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From the Escape option page:

Inverter 1500W with one additional 120V outlet .
* This option will require Dual 6V Batteries/

Inverter 1500W Includes Transfer Switch and all 120V outlets.
* This option will require Dual 6V Batteries
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