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Old 07-01-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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Jayco bought by Thor

Thor Announces Acquisition of Jayco for $576M | RV Business

Another good private owned company bought out, they say current management will stay and operate independently but they also bought DRV awhile ago and some say they have declined some in quality, guess it is a wait and see.
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Another good private owned company bought out, they say current management will stay and operate independently but they also bought DRV awhile ago and some say they have declined some in quality, guess it is a wait and see.

Current management will stay.....at least for a week or two.

Then they will combine all the customer service, and customer service contacts, under the ownerrelations@keystonerv department, as they have done with Dutchmen mfg and a host of others. One thing about F.R., well Rockwood in my experience, is you can actually talk with someone at the factory and get parts or get something resolved. When you're dealing with Thor/Keystone you won't do any of that. You will not get them to send so much as a screw without it going through a dealer. No matter what question you ask the response is always, "please contact your local dealer".

Holding companies, Thor, Forest River, none of it is ultimately any good for the consumer. You have two entities controlling what? 85% of the market and they're supplied by one supplier, which controls 60% of that market (Drew / LCI) and add in Dometic bought out Atwood. Its just a matter of time before this entire industry implodes.

Over on the Jayco boards the Jayaid drinkers are hanging themselves.
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Current management will stay.....at least for a week or two.

Then they will combine all the customer service, and customer service contacts, under the ownerrelations@keystonerv department, as they have done with Dutchmen mfg and a host of others. One thing about F.R., well Rockwood in my experience, is you can actually talk with someone at the factory and get parts or get something resolved. When you're dealing with Thor/Keystone you won't do any of that. You will not get them to send so much as a screw without it going through a dealer. No matter what question you ask the response is always, "please contact your local dealer".

Holding companies, Thor, Forest River, none of it is ultimately any good for the consumer. You have two entities controlling what? 85% of the market and they're supplied by one supplier, which controls 60% of that market (Drew / LCI) and add in Dometic bought out Atwood. Its just a matter of time before this entire industry implodes.

Over on the Jayco boards the Jayaid drinkers are hanging themselves.
Well Said!
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I have the best of both companies, I own a CC Silverback but I have stock in Thor Industries (THO).
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:30 PM   #5
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Greg at RV Daily Report gets it right as per usual.

http://http://rvdailyreport.com/opin...stay-the-same/
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Opinion: The more things change, expect them to stay the same | RV Daily Report

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Current management will stay.....at least for a week or two.

Then they will combine all the customer service, and customer service contacts, under the ownerrelations@keystonerv department, as they have done with Dutchmen mfg and a host of others. One thing about F.R., well Rockwood in my experience, is you can actually talk with someone at the factory and get parts or get something resolved. When you're dealing with Thor/Keystone you won't do any of that. You will not get them to send so much as a screw without it going through a dealer. No matter what question you ask the response is always, "please contact your local dealer".

Holding companies, Thor, Forest River, none of it is ultimately any good for the consumer. You have two entities controlling what? 85% of the market and they're supplied by one supplier, which controls 60% of that market (Drew / LCI) and add in Dometic bought out Atwood. Its just a matter of time before this entire industry implodes.

Over on the Jayco boards the Jayaid drinkers are hanging themselves.
I just tried to purchase a new light cover lost in the wind but was told FR no longer sells parts see your dealer.
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My neighbor has a brand new Jayco 5th wheel. I'll be honest, I don't see any major quality advantage with Jayco over other campers anymore. It looks as cheaply built as most other campers.
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My neighbor has a brand new Jayco 5th wheel. I'll be honest, I don't see any major quality advantage with Jayco over other campers anymore. It looks as cheaply built as most other campers.
The Jayco above average quality myth is just that. Jayco has their own cult like following of kool aid drinkers, who for whatever reason defends the manufacturer while the Jayco product falls apart around them. There is a whole sub group on this forum also who will defend FR to the death. However when someone posts up documented undeniable proof of a FR shortcoming, they clam up and disappear in the hopes that the thread dies. Its actually fun to watch take place and happens on every manufacturer specific forum.

Jayco may have had something different back in the 70's or earlier and into the 80's but those days are long gone.
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I don't think it's a bad thing. Look back at automotive history and how many American auto manufacturers there were. Now we have two, Ford and GM, and they are good products.
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