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B and B 10-03-2016 07:00 PM

Winnebago Buys Grand Design RV
 
500 Million Price.

Report at WSBT TV

Winnebago buying Middlebury's Grand Design RV for $500 million | WSBT

davel1971 10-03-2016 07:28 PM

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.

RSchleder 10-03-2016 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by davel1971 (Post 1333030)
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?

LandJ 10-03-2016 07:52 PM

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.

davel1971 10-03-2016 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by RSchleder (Post 1333040)
What would you have done?

I didn't say I wouldn't have, just stating what happened.

johnbro27 10-03-2016 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by LandJ (Post 1333059)
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?

asquared 10-03-2016 10:55 PM

Can't say I'm surprised. I figured it would be Thor or FR that bought them but I guess Winnebago got there first.

rockfordroo 10-03-2016 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by asquared (Post 1333199)
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! :thumbsup:

B and B 10-04-2016 06:38 AM

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.

lgray 10-04-2016 06:54 AM

As an owner of a FR and a Winnebago, being acquired by Winnebago as opposed to FR or Thor is a very positive move.

asquared 10-04-2016 11:40 AM

I like the grand designs which is why I hoped FR would buy them.

PSUFan1 10-04-2016 01:40 PM

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Originally Posted by asquared (Post 1333485)
I like the grand designs which is why I hoped FR would buy them.


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

What I've seen very impressive trailers by grand design.


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LandJ 10-04-2016 04:37 PM

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Originally Posted by johnbro27 (Post 1333186)
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.

Ford Idaho 10-04-2016 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by rockfordroo (Post 1333206)
Or had deeper pockets! :thumbsup:

Very deeeeep!

rockfordroo 10-04-2016 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by LandJ (Post 1333762)
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. :trink39:

B and B 10-04-2016 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by rockfordroo (Post 1333851)
So maybe you should buy one NOW, before FR gets their fingers into it. :trink39:

FR did not buy Grand Design, Winnebago did..

LandJ 10-04-2016 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by rockfordroo (Post 1333851)
So maybe you should buy one NOW, before FR gets their fingers into it. :trink39:

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.

rockfordroo 10-04-2016 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by B and B (Post 1333863)
FR did not buy Grand Design, Winnebago did..

Oooops. :roflblack:

Change Fr to Winnebago. Same response.

SilverbackMel 10-13-2016 07:10 AM

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!!

SilverbackMel 10-13-2016 07:29 AM

I "was" considering ..........😄


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