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Old 02-04-2009, 08:38 AM   #1
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What Mfg.'s do you think will survive our current economic times?
My top 4
1. Newmar, family owned and debt free. Little to no overhead. Omish/Menonite business paractices.

2. Tiffin, a lot like Newmar.

3. Winnebago, a solid following and reputation.

4. Thor, one of the few Mfg.'s to actually grow over the past 12 months.

I am guessing on this but I think Monaco and Fleetwood will be gone in the next 6 - 9 months. Monaco is not even able to supply new replacement parts to dealers. (
Fleetwood? How many years will the banks allow them to lose millions each quarter year after year??

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:21 AM   #2
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Those I feel will survive....Winnebago, Newmar, Tiffin. Those I hope will suvive...Monoco and Fleetwood. In a perfect world I would like all to survive, however in these times I don't feel that is possible. We can only wait and see and hope for the best for all.

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Old 02-04-2009, 11:56 AM   #3
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I agree with your list. Tiffin & Newmar would be at the top of mine.
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The list is fine, my question would be how long can any of the above companies last if they cannot sell enough to break even. Reserves will only last so long.

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It's a great list
Don't forget TRIPPLE E in Manitoba, it's a lot like NEWMAR
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I have always liked TRIPPLE E coaches and wish them the best. Not being heavy into international finance; is Canada being hit as hard as the US.
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The lack of demand and capital along with increasing cost of goods is affecting all of the manufacturers of recreational vehicles. As a luxury item, the RV industry, as a whole, will have to shift into survival mode. The survivors will see better days ahead, if they make the correct decisions. I hope they all survive but know they will not.

We see economic downturns every 8 to 12 years regardless of political control, so many of these businesses have been through this before. Hopefully they remember what got them through the last economic downturn and make then appropriate adjustments.

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