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Old 08-04-2015, 09:34 PM   #1
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If the manufacturer of your RV goes out of business...

Seems a lot of RV manufacturers have closed shop over the past decade, and some have perhaps reappeared under a new brand. We continue to see brands close up, or get gobbled up by the "Big two" Thor and Forest River.

We are looking at a brand that I think will be closing shop (at least for fifth wheel manufacturing) with the 2015 models being the last year. The parent company will remain in business.

My question is... how are things like warranty, service, etc maintained after a manufacturer closes business, or stops producing the type of RV you bought. I am not saying, a model change, I am saying they no longer build an entire type of RV..., in this case, fifth wheels. For example, Newmar used to build fifth wheels, they no longer do, but the company is still is business... do they still offer service for them. What about business that have completely closed? How are warranty issues, etc addressed?
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We have a '09 Country Coach. They went out of business shortly after ours was made. No warranty when a company folds. CC has started up again but as a new company so no warranty there either.
When Newmar got out of the 5th wheels they still warranted and serviced them since they just quit making that line and continued with the Type A lineup.
It all depends on how the company went out and if they sold the assets or the assets and liabilities which might or might not include the warranty.
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I don't believe that it is a significant problem. Most items in an RV are from other vendors with their own warranty. The manufactures warranty is probably only 1-2 years anyhow. The only problem I could foresee is if a major unique problem occurred that would take the manufacturers facility and their expertise. Let's say that you smashed the fiberglass front of the RV into a bridge. That's a problem.
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I don't believe that it is a significant problem. Most items in an RV are from other vendors with their own warranty. The manufactures warranty is probably only 1-2 years anyhow. The only problem I could foresee is if a major unique problem occurred that would take the manufacturers facility and their expertise. Let's say that you smashed the fiberglass front of the RV into a bridge. That's a problem.
Usually some of the old employees or another company have bought up the molds and can make a new front or rear cap although it would take time and cost more.
Everything else is, as you said, fixable or replaceable by others and the manufacturers are still there (in most cases anyway).
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Most components, appliances and sub-assemblies of today's RVs come from companies other than the company that is putting the RV together. Warranties for many of those components will be covered by the original manufacturer.

If your RV manufacturer goes out of business and you run into structural issues with the RV itself, you would obviously be on your own. The other thing you will loose is the RV manufacturer going to bat for you with the manufacturer of the sub-assembly on a warranty issue, especially if component manufacturer will not deal directly with consumers.
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When NuWa stopped manufacturing, they kept their service center open and honored all outstanding warranties. NuWa has since morphed into the Kansas RV Center selling other brands and their service center is going strong.
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We ended up with two different 'orphans' but the only things we had any sort of problems with (minor) were the separately warranted items like the furnace and HW heater. The actual box, if you may, never a problem that wasn't fixable with a couple bucks and a few minutes of my time. If you like what you see, don't be concerned. Also, the selling dealer may also cover some parts as well if he is reputable. Then there is that expensive secondary warranty that all dealers always try to convince you that it's in your best interest to have (but usually seems to cover anything but what broke on your RV).
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