Full disclosure, I am pretty much an amateur when it comes to purchasing campers/travel trailers etc. I purchased my first and only pop-up from a broker two and a half years ago. I found it online, made an offer, they owners accepted, I drove an hour and a half to verify its condition and purchased it on the spot. Simple and easy. However, the wife and I decided to investigate getting a travel trailer or possibly a hybrid (expandable), just to make setup/take down a little easier. We did a lot of research, found a dealer we liked and chose a model that we were happy with. Then, the day before we were set to purchase, we realized it was too long. Long story (no pun intended), we were not going to be able to store it on our property. Disappointed, we started our search all over again. This time we were more discriminating and because we were limited to length, our options had narrowed quite a bit. Now here is where the real frustration begins. We know what we want, we have money to spend, but we cannot get what we want, because none of our local dealers carry the model we are looking for. We did finally locate a dealer that was a couple of hours away, but... We contacted them and as soon as we got serious, the list price went from $19k to over $23k. I get sales tax and all, but $3600 in addition to the asking price was far more than we anticipated and then they insulted me by offering me a measly $1k for my 2013 Starcraft…yea…no thanks. So, weeks go by and we are still looking and the more I look, the more frustrating it becomes. I simply do not understand this industry. The factory makes model X, but I can only buy it if a dealer happens to carry it?!? Can’t the dealer order me one? What am I missing? The idea that factories produce models that are completely unattainable is a construct that totally escapes me. If I go to a Toyota dealer and tell them I want a Black Dual Cab truck with a tow package, they don ‘t tell me, “Sorry Sir, that model is only available on the West Coast” or “Sorry Sir, we do not carry that model, but we have a model over here that doesn’t meet your needs in anyway.” How do I get what I want?