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RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

I saw the same story this morning and I thought about starting a thread like this one. I'm actually hoping for a big recession soon. Sorry about that. It would probably help me since I am retired and planning to buy an RV next year. I'm not working so losing my job is not a worry and RV prices would probably be cut - simple economics. Too much supply, not enough demand. It would also probably reduce the number of RV park visitors and drop those prices. Which brings me to: I'm a small business man. If I buy an item to resale and it costs me $10 then I sell it for $20. So if there is a 25% tariff it would cost me $12.50 and I'd sell it for $25.00. That represents quite a large jump in price to my client. Mr Small Business Man, as a former CPA I have a question. Why would your price go to $25.00 instead of $22.50? At $25.00 your profit jumps 25%. That's a jump that would make a hospital CEO blush. At $22.50 you cover your increased cost and you get the same $10 profit. If I'm your competitor that's what I would do and most customers would come to me. Edit: I see that Schlep beat me to this observation by 3 minutes. Good work Schlep. Steve As a retired CPA, why don’t you see profit as a percent instead of a number? $10 item sold for $20 is 100%. $12.50 item sold for $25 is 100%. Exposure and risk increased, so the profit should follow suit. The margin didn’t increase. By your logic, a $10 profit is equitable on a $10 good the same as a $20 good or a $2000 good. Again...profit is a MARGIN of cost, not a fixed number. WTP Profit is not "MARGIN of cost". Profit is revenue minus expenses. I promise you. Part of getting my bachelors degree in Accounting required 2 semesters of Economics. If he has a monopoly he can charge what he wants, but in the real world he probably has competitors and if they could make a good profit with a $10 markup before, they can make a good profit with a $10 markup after, and they will undercut his $12.50 markup. Steve And such is the mincing of words... The determination of your profit is indeed a margin of cost. If your profit margin is 10% or 100%, it's going to remain the same regardless of the cost paid by the seller for the item. Everybody knows that profit is revenue minus expense, but you maintain the same profit margin when you can. In the contracting world, if the job costs are $200K or $400K and I use a 10% profit margin, I'm dang sure not going to do the $400K job for $20K profit. But the logic expressed by some people in this thread suggests that I should.
WTP-GC 07/19/19 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

The fact of the matter is, if you are satisfied with the cost of the product your buying, buy it; if not, don't buy it. My 325gal home propane tank started to leak last week. All the suppliers had in stock for a replacement were 500 and 1000gals. I needed a new tank right then. All three companies I called said 8 months ago the price of a 500 gal US made tanks jumped from $1400 to $2000 overnight. I didn't have a choice, I had to buy it. The tariff cost ME $600.Someones lying. Tariffs aren't 43%. Someone took advantage of your misfortune big time. More to the story... I wouldn't doubt that the propane companies (which are actually the people selling the tanks) experienced a price increase from their supplier. Someone is certainly taking advantage of someone, but as the song says..."who's cheatin who"? While the tanks themselves might be built in the USA, the tank heads are manufactured in China and imported. There were lots of exporters and importers that made a reactionary decision to increase the cost of their goods in a speculative manner when it appeared that tariffs were going to be an issue. Is like when oil prices increase, the gas station immediately raises their prices, even though the fuel they have on hand wasn't purchased at that higher price.
WTP-GC 07/19/19 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Fuzzy math at best to think a 25% tariff translates only into a 2.5% price increase at the consumer level. The article states tariffs are responsible for a 5% increase in the cost of new RVs. A 5% increase on a $30 purchase isn't noticeable but it certainly is when considering a new $100K+ toy. There is a link in the article worth checking that shows the different price increases on components used to build a typical cargo trailer in the US. A 5% increase on a $100K toy is only $5K. Is that enough to keep someone from buying that particular toy? Heck, there’s 5% difference in sales tax between some states.
WTP-GC 07/18/19 11:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

I saw the same story this morning and I thought about starting a thread like this one. I'm actually hoping for a big recession soon. Sorry about that. It would probably help me since I am retired and planning to buy an RV next year. I'm not working so losing my job is not a worry and RV prices would probably be cut - simple economics. Too much supply, not enough demand. It would also probably reduce the number of RV park visitors and drop those prices. Which brings me to: I'm a small business man. If I buy an item to resale and it costs me $10 then I sell it for $20. So if there is a 25% tariff it would cost me $12.50 and I'd sell it for $25.00. That represents quite a large jump in price to my client. Mr Small Business Man, as a former CPA I have a question. Why would your price go to $25.00 instead of $22.50? At $25.00 your profit jumps 25%. That's a jump that would make a hospital CEO blush. At $22.50 you cover your increased cost and you get the same $10 profit. If I'm your competitor that's what I would do and most customers would come to me. Edit: I see that Schlep beat me to this observation by 3 minutes. Good work Schlep. Steve As a retired CPA, why don’t you see profit as a percent instead of a number? $10 item sold for $20 is 100%. $12.50 item sold for $25 is 100%. Exposure and risk increased, so the profit should follow suit. The margin didn’t increase. By your logic, a $10 profit is equitable on a $10 good the same as a $20 good or a $2000 good. Again...profit is a MARGIN of cost, not a fixed number.
WTP-GC 07/18/19 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: do you buy the replacement ins on your tires

If you have to pay extra for the insurance (road hazard, replacement, etc.), then you're not shopping around enough. The store will throw in the insurance at no extra cost if you negotiate with them. I've bought all my tires for all my vehicles at the same place (same store, same manager) for the last 15 years or so. I walked in one day and told the manager I was going to buy the tires online an bring to him so he could mount and balance. From that day forward, he would price match anybody and include the road hazard and lifetime rotate/balance at no extra charge. The corporate theory is that if you come to the store, they'll find something to gig you for. Maybe you have a dead battery or broken TPMS or you need your oil changed or coolant changed or something. When you go these places, they always do a "free" check and give you a list of recommendations. Tire rotate and balance is easy for them, especially if you're there getting something else done. And yes, I drive 40K miles per year and buy my tires at a national chain. The road hazard insurance has come in very handy on many occasions.
WTP-GC 07/18/19 06:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Limited selection

They use the same crappy components as everyone else and their builds are done just as quickly as all the rest. So with that logic, why would I spend 6-figures on a DRV when I could by Forest River Salem for mid-20's? I'm far from being a GD fan-boy, but having spent lots of time in other RV's of comparable class, the GD is a better-built, better quality unit. I did the research before buying our current GD. They're not trouble-free all the time, but it's very easy to see how they stand out. However, none of this answers the OP's question because GD is not an option he has (or is offering to explore).
WTP-GC 07/17/19 05:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: They Better Not Screw Us Up

Agree with SqueakyBoot that place is so heavily guarded if they were to get past the fence and other barriers those guys are authorized and will use deadly force on those morons Highly doubtful that this event will happen at all. The type of people who get wrapped up in this type of thing aren't those that are willing to risk injury or life to be part of the cause. They're the type of people who sit in dark rooms on the internet at 3 AM and sleep all day...probably really pale, overweight, and ugly. But, if it did happen, rest assured that our finicky government, concerned with political correctness and appeasing the "soft" people in our country, along with avoiding a media condemnation, will quickly employ non-lethal measures to deter these people from getting too close. If they have the stomach to fight through that, then all bets are off.
WTP-GC 07/17/19 11:46am Around the Campfire
RE: We always unhook, even on an overnight stop

In an Emergency. I could have truck/trailer unhooked BEFORE ambulance even got there Could you do that while providing life saving care to the patient? If you even started to think "Yes" you are a disillusioned fool especially if the patient is a loved one... So many internet heroes... No, he couldn't provide life-saving aid while disconnecting the trailer. He also couldn't drive a previously-disconnected truck to the hospital while providing life-saving aid. So what's the point? Call 911. Ride the ambulance. Ask your neighbor for help. If you're worried about disconnecting the truck/trailer...then it's not an emergency.
WTP-GC 07/17/19 05:44am General RVing Issues
RE: We always unhook, even on an overnight stop

The only certainty in this life is that you will eventually die. Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe in 50 years. We (us that is) don't live our lives in constant worry that today might be that day. Constantly second-guessing every decision you make or experiencing pure paralysis due to fear of the wrong choice is no way to live. Leave it hooked or unhooked...I couldn't care less what YOU decide to do about that.
WTP-GC 07/16/19 06:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Front bedroom height?

In the "FWIW" category... I'm 6'-3" and I can stand straight up in the front bedroom of our Grand Design 290BH. I have about 6" of headroom at the foot of the bed, but when I stand on the raised platform, that's also where the roof line starts to curve downward...which means I can't stand up straight. According to the manufacturer's literature, my unit has a height of 12'.
WTP-GC 07/14/19 07:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Campspreading

Typical inconsiderate ignorant people. Why I boondock 100% of the time. I dislike other humans near me. I have my space, you have yours, stay out of my space and my face. The story isn't about someone intruding into the space of the OP. I, perhaps more so than most, dislike people being near me and I love my "isolation". But we've experienced similar circumstances before and people who do this aren't always inconsiderate. You can run and play and party across the entire campground and in/out of adjacent empty sites and still not be a bother. We've camped in large groups before where our "spread" goes over 10-15 campsites. We do notify campground management that we're in a group, so if there's an empty site somewhere in our block, they should probably not put someone in that site if they can place them elsewhere. If it's full, we do our best to be considerate, but when 50 plus people are moving back and forth between our block of sites, it can difficult to not be a disturbance.
WTP-GC 07/13/19 06:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking into a 2017 Grand Design

Grand Design has an owners form. If you spend some time on it you'll see that GD is like every other brand in that some have issues and some don't. The owners forum is a great place to learn about GD. As said, some have issues and some don't...but what you'll see on the forum is that GD stands behind their products in a way that most others do not and their customer service is tremendous. We've had some problems with our rig, but they've been easy enough for us to fix ourselves without any hassle. The one time we had to call GD was due to a malfunctioning water heater. They sent out a new control board...no questions asked.
WTP-GC 07/07/19 05:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling with the roof vent open

I've traveled with them open before (with vent covers). By themselves, just leaving them open doesn't do much good when traveling in the FL heat. But turn on the MaxxAir fan and open them...makes a noticeable difference.
WTP-GC 07/03/19 04:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Video of why 1/2 tons shouldn’t tow 5th wheels

OK, first off... I'm not a fan of half-tons towing 5er's. Like a political stance...you're not going to change my mind on that Next... I don't like this guys videos because he mainly just talks to talk, and you never see his face. Can't trust someone that's afraid to show their face LOL But really... Why do we keep hearing the same old tired statement that 5er's are ALWAYS going to be 20% to 25% pin weight? Maybe that's true for some models, and perhaps it was a good rule of thumb 10-20 years ago. But you see what they're doing with 5er's now...the way they move the axles forward? That's how they're making these things theoretically "half-ton" towable. But for such an "expert", why does this guy choose to make such statements when you can go straight to the manufacturer's website and see that the reported pin weight is 1,443 pounds?
WTP-GC 07/03/19 04:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: looking for guidance for a first timer :)

I am sure he means he bought, in the spring of this year, a 5th wheel that is a 2008 model. OK, fair enough. My brain must have inserted some words that confused me LOL If that's the case, then I apologize.
WTP-GC 07/02/19 03:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How about some common courtesy...

Big parks, small parks...state parks, "resorts"...free places...boondocking...WalMart parking lot... Having done all of those (except the WalMart lot), I can assure you that you stand the same liklihood of encountering an inconsiderate person at any of them. But, short of that person breaking the rules, your rights of peace and comfort don't trump his rights of peace and comfort.
WTP-GC 07/02/19 03:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: looking for guidance for a first timer :)

In 11 years, you still don't know what you're doing????????
WTP-GC 07/02/19 04:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How about some common courtesy...

Common courtesy, common sense and customer service are mostly terms from a bygone era. Midnightsadie is correct, you can't fix stupid. Now let's not allow this to turn into a millennial vs baby-boomer thread... Knock on wood, but I've never had an issue with a neighbor's generator noise. But I often camp around people from the "bygone era" who are considerably annoying. How about an older guy who left a big, bright work-light hanging on a tree all night (at least till he got home from the bar at whatever hour). Or older folks who insist on bringing a barking dog with them everywhere they go? I've camped next to elderly folks who can keep a party alive up till 2 or 3 AM, carrying on, playing music. So, it ain't just the youngins that lack courtesy. That is a personality trait that ALL generations can either possess or not.
WTP-GC 07/02/19 04:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Survey-- City Water vs pump

Every time you press any button... Which one is the "any" button..............
WTP-GC 06/27/19 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

I own a "half-ton towable" unit. Funny thing is that it weighs (in all regards) about the same as my previous rig which is not marketed as "half-ton towable". So is this mostly a marketing gimmick...IMHO, yes. I would not wish to tow my 5er with a half-ton truck, plain and simple. We can talk all day about weights and payload and tail wagging and everything in between, but in the reality, some rigs just work better than others. Folks can add up the weights and go across scales and get scientific about things...or you can just overdo it, load up what you want, and go have fun. In all of my extensive towing life, I've never put more than a few seconds of thought into the combined weights of anything. When you know that you know that you're covered, it's a lot easier to enjoy life.
WTP-GC 06/26/19 04:32am Fifth-Wheels
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