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Old 05-26-2014, 08:23 AM   #1
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RV Manufacturers and How Long Will They Last

I read a post were a member was having issues getting replacement parts for his RV. Someone mentioned that some manufacturers only last an X amount of time before they either go out or sell their business.

With that being said, it seems the best bet is to go with a manufacturer that has been around instead of the newer ones.

Not intentionally, but all of our RVs we've owned have been manufactured by Forest River.

In your opinion which manufacturers will be at risk.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:55 AM   #2
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Here are some random thoughts:

This story may not be applicable today. Back when I was working, I visited a customer in Elkhart, Indiana. This company supplied, among other items, electrical distribution components to the RV industry, so they had their hand on the pulse of the business. I distinctly remember hearing that the real profit for entrepreneurs was to create a start up a company, get a great reputation from very good products, then sell it while the value was high. The second owner(s) would, or would not, continue the practices that established the original company's reputation.

Shortly after we bought our first Safari Trek, founder Matt Perlot took his company public. The IPO (Initial Public Offering) stock prospectus they sent us actually listed the number of motorhomes the company bought back the previous year. I wonder how many times this happens today?. A friend bought a high end Forest River Tsunami motorhome and the thing was a disaster. They finally bought it back, but at a greatly discounted price.

Johnny Crean, founder of Fleetwood, and inventer of the Bounder (the first "basement" motorhome), was tossed out of the company he founded by the board of directors. Go figure...

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I read a post were a member was having issues getting replacement parts for his RV. Someone mentioned that some manufacturers only last an X amount of time before they either go out or sell their business.

With that being said, it seems the best bet is to go with a manufacturer that has been around instead of the newer ones.

Not intentionally, but all of our RVs we've owned have been manufactured by Forest River.

In your opinion which manufacturers will be at risk.
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I can't comment on which manufacturers might go out of business, but here's how I look at it. A motorhome is built on a chassis that comes out of an automotive factory: Ford, Freightliner etc. The coachbuilder then adds a body made typically of plywood and fiberglass moldings. Then they add appliances and equipment from a slew of suppliers: Attwood, Dometic, Cummins/Onan, Jensen, Sony, Lippert, Schwintek etc etc. If the motorhome manufacturer were to go out of business, the only problem components I see in this list is replacing the custom molded body panels in the event of a wreck. Even my headlight clusters wouldn't be a problem, they came from a 2004 Cadillac Escalade. Just hope the manufacturer doesn't disappear until your warranty is up.
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