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Old 03-12-2009, 11:23 AM   #29
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Olde Rver,

It seems Marathon is holding there own at present. Prevost will be making 50 RV shells for the 2009/10 model year and Marathon is slated to get 35.
They, like others have greatly curtailed manufacture. A number of people in all facets of the company have been affected.
Service in Tx and Fla, and Ca. are all doing well and staying busy. The facility in Coburg for service is a bit sparse.
They are selling coaches, both new and used since last fall.

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Old 03-13-2009, 12:10 AM   #30
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I'm sure glad to know Marathon is doing okay, as a very good friend of ours is running the service facility in Beaumont, CA. I'd hate to see him lose that position, as I know how much he loves it.
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:29 AM   #31
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Summary of RV industry distress as of 3/11/09, according to this link:
http://www.rvinews.com/Blogs/tabid/1...f-turmoil.aspx

RV companies which have ceased operations:
Alfa Leisure
Ameri-Camp
Bigfoot Industries
Dolphin
Extreme RV
King of the Road
National RV Holdings
Okanagan
Pilgrim International
Snowriver
Sunline Coach Company
Sun Valley aka Sunlite
Teton Homes
Travel Supreme
Weekend Warrior
Western Recreational Vehicles

RV companies in bankruptcy or some other type of trouble:
Country Coach
Fleetwood Enterprises
Monaco Coach Corporation

RV companies still in operation, but under different ownership:
Coachmen (now a Forest River company)
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Old 03-27-2009, 03:03 PM   #32
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Hope for Monaco

Monaco find hope 7 help with Navistar!

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Monaco...-14760064.html
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:37 PM   #33
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We have heard rumors that Warren Buffet has purchased Country Coach and will keep it under wraps for a year or so and that Elite Resorts is purchasing Signature Resorts (at least the one in Michigan - Bay Harbor). We heard these rumors at the Perry FMCA Rally and cannot substantiate so take it w/a grain of salt.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:17 PM   #34
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Monaco Coach was purchased by Navistar International, and has now restarted limited production.

According to this link: Monaco resumes RV production - Portland Business Journal:

"Monaco RV LLC has restarted limited vehicle production at its Coburg headquarters, according to parent company Navistar International Inc.


The company, formerly known as Monaco Coach Corp., restarted about three weeks ago and has recalled about 400 workers — a significant development for the company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March and laid off the majority of its 2,225 employees."
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Old 08-10-2009, 04:31 PM   #35
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Dale777, Monaco as we all know it is history. Regardless you have to wonder who is buying these units and what motorhome are they producing. The low end of their product was truly pretty poor. Diplomat up was okay. In addition a prior made Monaco has 0 warranty. Country Coach is another story, can you imagine being one of their dealers and the factory goes direct on them. You just do not do that in the industry I am in. Distribution is salvation.
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:44 AM   #36
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It looks like Thor Industries is managing to survive where most other large RV makers failed. See this link:

Slump Hurt Some RV Makers, - WSJ.com
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:00 AM   #37
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gjstacy,
If you are referring to Roger B at Marathon Beaumont, yes, he is a great guy. We just met up with Roger this past Monday the 23rd at Beaumont for a problem A/C diagnosis.
Parts were 5 days out, so we will return in a few months to have an evaporative cruise air valve replaced. Worst case, we would need a new evaporator in salon. Altho we just sold our 2000 Marathon and bought another Prevost, Marathon Service will work on all Coaches. Our new coach is a vintage 40ft Prevost XL with riveted stainless coverted by Beaver in 1992 with solid 3/4 inch walnut interior. Siupposedly, Beaver converted 35 40ft busses, and ours is number 34. I have identified coaches 21,25,26. I am probably going to join the Beaver Ambassadors Club in hopes of locating other owners.
One reason joining, when Monaco bought Beaver in 2001, they showed up in Bend Oregon with panel trucks and scooped up all proprietary infomation about the 35 conversions, took it back to Eugene and let it all sit out in the rain. Ultimately, it went to the landfill and was destroyed. So, now the only way to get further info on our coach or any other Beaver Prevost Conversion is for owners to share info.
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Old 11-28-2009, 11:14 PM   #38
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More on topic, Country Coach converted their Chapter 11 debt workout to Chapter 7 liquidation last wednesday. Wells Fargo the lender, said enough was enough and there were no other viable financiers sufficiently close to a deal. So the judge locked the only two remaining employees out pending appointment of a trustee, with liquidation by the trustee to follow.
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:03 AM   #39
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EMike, I had been sent an article earlier this week that said Country Coach was courting a Washington businessman, Roger McCombs, who hopefully was going to make a deposit of $1M on Friday that would have given a stay of execution to the Chapter 7 and given him 10 days to negotiate a deal to pay off the bank debt. I guess he decided not to take that risk. What a shame!!

Coloradobus, yes, it was Roger I was referring to. He used to do all of our work on our coach when he was in business for himself. I know he agonized over the decision, but Marathon offered him a great deal and he got in on the ground floor in designing the facility he now runs. We really miss him!! In addition to being a good friend and a great guy, he is really good at RV repair!! Good luck with your rig.
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