Wednesday, November 29, 2023


A big fat lie RV dealers tell buyers

By Chuck Woodbury
I wish more RV dealers were like Haylett RV in Coldwater, Michigan. I especially wish more dealers were as honest with their customers as this company. Josh Winters of Haylett RV, who goes by Josh the RV Nerd, records many YouTube videos, often a few a week. Some “pitch” a particular rig — par for the course for an RV dealer. But others are simply great advice on virtually every aspect of RVing from buying an RV to using one.

I believe that if more dealers were so honest, they’d end up with more loyal customers. In this short video, Josh offers a warning to would-be buyers about a scam (he doesn’t call it that, but that’s what it is) that some dealers pull on buyers that ends up costing them a lot more money and potential financial heartache down the road.

If you or someone you know is about to buy an RV, take a few minutes to watch this video or pass it along to someone who is.

Thanks for your honesty, Josh. You’re a breath of fresh air.


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Mick Psyphon (@guest_176601)
1 year ago

Josh is a breath of fresh air to RV buyers an would be buyers! There are a lot of snakes out there in the camping world; and it’s nice to have someone to give you the info that you can arm yourself with to fend off anyone who wants to scam you.

Another good tip for anyone who wants to buy an RV, a car, a truck, etc… is to tell the salesperson up front that you refuse to discuss financing until you agree on the price.

That means you need to factor in all the options that you want, in order to know what the price will be. Once you have that price, then you can explore your options for financing. Remember that you don’t have to go through the dealer to finance the purchase, either!

Ralph D. Klene (@guest_129669)
2 years ago

After seeing and understanding what was shown. My Gawd.. Holy Crap of a nightmare indeed.!! Am not an RV’R per say but if I thought about it I better get you on the line. As i’m walking around with a salesman and I find a little unit or such could I have you on Speaker and assist me in negotiations. Now the thoughts of RV’ng scares the living crap outta me. even more!! i’ll look you up more on the net and see what really goes on what to look a buy. Thank-you for you patience.. Respectfully! RDK..

Chris (@guest_126774)
2 years ago

Haylett RV would be my preferred business to purchase from. The videos that Josh puts together are very helpful and enjoyable. We’re looking for used not new so will likely purchase elsewhere but we hope he has what we want when we are ready next year.

Adrian Pryke (@guest_125534)
2 years ago

Bought my 2019 Winnebago 1700BH through Haylett RV

very straightforward even though it was done via email after the 1st phone call since I’m miles away here in the UK

they held it safe & secure whilst shipping was arranged and then had it delivered to the port for us so it could make its long journey to us.

”Big” Scott kept us informed at all times and it was exactly as expected when it arrived.

I had been researching various trailers when deciding and did contact a few dealerships, most were happy to sell to me but as soon as I said I was a cash buyer, the price when up as it meant they wouldn’t be getting any commission from the finance places, one place added 4K to the price when I said that… obviously they didn’t get my business… lol

josh’s videos where what took me to Haylett and it was well worth it

John (@guest_125442)
2 years ago

Besides the pressure to purchase “optional” add-ons, I would like a discussion about
the game RV dealers play with (1) manufacturers’ price, (4) sticker price, (3) trade-in value and (4) back and forth to the manager for the “best” deal.

Kate (@guest_125447)
2 years ago
Reply to  John

Check out Haylett RV on YouTube. Josh talks specifically about those things. We’ve been educating ourselves for a while with his videos. He definitely stirs the pot! General RV in Grand Rapids rrealllllllly doesn’t like his videos. Lol

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