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Old 06-15-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Own an out of business brand?

We've been passing up the Beavers, Dolphins and other defunct brands when shopping. I know they all use same chassis, but figure proprietary parts are impossible to get. Are we on the right track?
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Most of the parts of the coach are for specific brands like, suburban, atwood, norcold, etc. Which is to say the operating systems are interchangeable. Their might be a small amount of other parts made specifically by Beaver or Dolphin but there are secondary parts markets also.
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I would never pass up a brand because its out of business. I have never had a problem getting parts. If you purchase a "in business brand" right now, it will eventually be out of business too. Nothing lasts forever....OK, maybe Ford, but other than that?
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I would never pass up a brand because its out of business. I have never had a problem getting parts. If you purchase a "in business brand" right now, it will eventually be out of business too. Nothing lasts forever....OK, maybe Ford, but other than that?

+1 We have been very happy with our Travel Supreme, and would not hesitate to buy another one.
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Why pass up a Dolphin, exellent design etc.
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in my opinion, most manufacturers that go out of business do so for one of two reasons... poor quality that the market doesn't want and good quality that the market doesn't want to pay for. The same holds true for home builders, for example. Some will build a premium product with lots of extras and, then, the buyer sees they can get the same size coach/house for so much less... and the check book makes the decision. If I were you, I'd buy the higher end of any quality manufacturer, currently in business or not.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:42 AM   #7
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Would you buy a Pontiac, Oldsmobile or a Mercury that was otherwise exactly what you wanted?

As other's have suggested, most everything in the coach is shared in common with other brands; everything but the name badge. There are some exceptions of course and as has also been suggested, some were more particular in putting all the parts together. You can get some real bargains on some high end coaches simply because they are orphans.

Concentrate on finding a nice coach with the floor plan, features and price point you want. Don't worry if whether or not they are still making them.
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Good point, swat I did! Love our Dolphin. I am handy so that always is a hep!
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Speaking for National Owners and having a rig that is 12 years old, I haven't had any problems finding parts for what I have needed. Even body parts can be had from a company that bought a lot of the molds National used.
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Proprietary parts are likely to be printed circuit boards produced on a low volume scale and the fiberglass molds, especially the end caps and roof.

Most fiberglass problems can be repaired by a good craftsman. The circuit boards are a bit more difficult, but not impossible, as the technology has moved from repair to replace in terms of labor cost.
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Very happy with our orphan. It was a good deal too.
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IMO, buy the best quality coach that meets your wants, and remains within your budget. Drop years to remain in budget while retaining the higher quality.

Orphan, or non orphan, was not a major factor in our choice of our current coach. All for the reasons already mentioned.

If you like a National, go for it. To add to the post on why some manufactures went out of business. IMO again, National is primarily our of business today due to 'doing the right thing' for their RV owners. The delamination, as I recall an Owens problem, was very costly to take care of. This tapped their $$ resources, just before the downturn hit... Good chance they would have weathered the lean years otherwise... (And I own a CC, and understand that adventure cost them some $$ too!)

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We have an orphan coach, don't have problems getting service. One of the best things is to find an owners forum (like those here on irv2) and ask for options and recommendations.

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