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Old 10-03-2016, 07:00 PM   #1
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Winnebago Buys Grand Design RV

500 Million Price.

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Winnebago buying Middlebury's Grand Design RV for $500 million | WSBT
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:28 PM   #2
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Typical big business. The 3 founding owners quickly built a great company with superb customer service, making it a very valuable company. Take the money and run while it's good. They have $500mil in their pockets, still have jobs, and if the RV industry tanks, they are in the clear. Someone else's risk now.
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Typical big business. The 3 founding owners quickly built a great company with superb customer service, making it a very valuable company. Take the money and run while it's good. They have $500mil in their pockets, still have jobs, and if the RV industry tanks, they are in the clear. Someone else's risk now.

What would you have done?
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We've been casually shopping/looking at fivers.... Grand Design made it to the short list. Sorry to see the industry bunching up like this, I won't consider them any longer.
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What would you have done?
I didn't say I wouldn't have, just stating what happened.
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We've been casually shopping/looking at fivers.... Grand Design made it to the short list. Sorry to see the industry bunching up like this, I won't consider them any longer.
Seriously? You like the coach but suddenly because another company bought a controlling interest in them you don't like it? What changed in your choice from yesterday? It's still the same coach and same company, right?
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Can't say I'm surprised. I figured it would be Thor or FR that bought them but I guess Winnebago got there first.
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Can't say I'm surprised. I figured it would be Thor or FR that bought them but I guess Winnebago got there first.
Or had deeper pockets!
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Weren't the principal owners of Grand Design former Prime Time managers?

We also liked what we saw. Trim quality was quit good, floor plan wa nice . Everything else is built by someone else. Not too many ways to skin a cat.
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As an owner of a FR and a Winnebago, being acquired by Winnebago as opposed to FR or Thor is a very positive move.
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I like the grand designs which is why I hoped FR would buy them.
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I like the grand designs which is why I hoped FR would buy them.

Why, So FR can screwup what these guys have created.

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Seriously? You like the coach but suddenly because another company bought a controlling interest in them you don't like it? What changed in your choice from yesterday? It's still the same coach and same company, right?


Yes, I'm serious.... I still like the coach, but I won't spend that kind of money with a company in transition. The same thing happened to me with Dutchman a couple years ago. I don't want to deal with long term ownership and/or problems, until a track record is established. Besides, once the bean counters from corporate get looking at things, it may be a completely different coach going forward.
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Or had deeper pockets!
Very deeeeep!
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Yes, I'm serious.... I still like the coach, but I won't spend that kind of money with a company in transition. The same thing happened to me with Dutchman a couple years ago. I don't want to deal with long term ownership and/or problems, until a track record is established. Besides, once the bean counters from corporate get looking at things, it may be a completely different coach going forward.
So maybe you should buy one NOW, before FR gets their fingers into it.
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So maybe you should buy one NOW, before FR gets their fingers into it.
FR did not buy Grand Design, Winnebago did..
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So maybe you should buy one NOW, before FR gets their fingers into it.
I'm not ready for a bit....

GD was on my short list, but I have had a great experience with both of our Rockwoods, so I'd likely stay with FR, anyway.

We'll see when we get there.... maybe GD will have a good story to tell by then.
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FR did not buy Grand Design, Winnebago did..
Oooops.

Change Fr to Winnebago. Same response.
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One impressive feature of Winnebago is PARTS AND AVAILABILITY. I considering a motor home before we bought our Silverback. It was a hard decision, MH or 5er. Having had a previous 5er, we stayed that route as the living space fit our style.

Winnebago numbers each part. Easily and quickly ordered and replaced by the owner or local expertise. That is worth a LOT. Try to find replacement parts on most fifth wheels! Incredible. You cannot even get a schematic!!
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I "was" considering ..........😄
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