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Adding a front bimini...

Discussion in 'Pontoon Forum' started by fiddlebick, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. fiddlebick

    fiddlebick Well-Known Member

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    We decided to add an additional front bimini on the 2005 2575rfs. Some days we could really use the extra shade. First, I am very disappointed in the price the dealer gave me to purchase the OEM front bimini. The quote was right at $1,500.00 ! Now I understand that accessories are pricey from a dealer, but you can buy 8 ft. bimini kits all day long for under 600 bucks online, so I'm not paying nearly three times that much for one. Having said that, the one I bought will need a few frame mods to make it fit up right. Two years ago I bought a ski bar from the dealer for my boat...at a cost of 600 dollars and me mounting it myself. I was ashamed for having paid that much for what was a very generic looking bar. There wasn't a hundred bucks of material in that setup. I wish bennington would appreciate there customers a little more. ugh.
     
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    lakeliving Well-Known Member

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    BOAT=Bust Out Another Thousand. So take your $600, and add a grand. Makes sense to me.

    In all serious though, you are having to take time to modify the current one which has some cost, and I'm betting it's not the same size material, anodized etc. I could sell a $200 bimini setup but it would be a piece of junk. I like OEM so that is the route I'd take but I understand the frustration.
     
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    I'm guessing you don't buy much in aftermarket parts for "high end" vehicles?
    I'm not sure I'd agree with your statement.
    Your perception of cost vs. value vs. Bennington appreciating their customer???
    Your unit is 14 years old .... I'm surprised they even quoted you a replacement for that age .... yes parts design may have changed since then ... check greatlakesskipper.com and see if they may have something.
     
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    fiddlebick Well-Known Member

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    Its quality material, sunbrella top, 1 1/4 anodized, fluted aluminum, although different quick connects still nice. Now I DO understand replacement parts are marked up substantially for boats, bikes, high end vehicles as you say, but I'm no fool. The kit I bought for under 600 dollars is likely marked up 50% at least. There is nothing to them but fabric and a couple hundred dollars of aluminum, bent and cut to fit....and you know they are making a profit at that price. Soooo, yeah bennington and/or the dealer is cleaning up on a OEM front bimini, which by the way, is only a partial frame without rear strut supports, since it zippers into the rear bimini, gaining support from that frame. A thousand would still be high, but much more reasonable to keep the customer interested in obtaining the factory match...and my mod to make this one fit will still bring me in below eight hundred dollars, and thats paying the top shop to install and fab a zippered transition piece. And thats my two cents worth of opinion.
     
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    No different than car dealer markup, Harley dealer markup, etc... I lifted my previous Jeeps with parts, wheels, and tires for under $2500. Dealer = $5k+. Just part of the business.
     

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