LETTER TO THE EDITOR
We are in our 60s and wanted a smaller camper. We were going to get a travel trailer and then got interested in class C motorhomes, used or leftover. We have a 33-foot Laredo, but it is too long. We have not used it that much but we thought maybe a small class C would be great.
We almost bought a leftover Freedom Elite 24-foot with a Mercedes engine because it was on sale. But the day before the time came to sign papers, I did research and upon our appointment decided to look at all the areas of concern listed by customers by the Better Business Bureau.
Camping World coerced us to sign, telling us they would deal with any issues. We almost bought a really bad deal. Luckily, the seat belt would not work and we did not drive it off the lot. While they were working on that, my husband found a hole behind the seat; you could see to the ground. They claimed it passed a water pressure test but my husband was still looking and he could get his hand through to the inside in a warped area of the slideout so we don’t know how it possibly passed any water test.
I also had found water inside above the bed and outside in the lights and storage areas. They said it was just because they had just washed it. I asked what if it rains?
We later found that in the hordes of paperwork we signed we did not realize that some of the paperwork was “as is”.
We got info from our insurance man and our bank and we are out of the deal waiting to get our finances all straightened out and that our down payment is back safe.
My question is, how do we know that we can find a good left over or slightly used reasonable camper “name” for our camping pleasure. Can you tell us something that would help. We are still wiping our brows and going “Whew!”
Dear “Lucky RVers!”
Good to hear that you wised up fast enough to avoid signing a deal with Camping World. Our advice is, as always, do your research, and have any rig you are considering buying inspected by a professional RV technician or other highly knowledgeable person. And, our advice: Stay clear of Camping World. If you think that’s bad advice click here to read what others think of the company.
Perhaps readers can provide some of their own advice below in the comments.