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Old 07-17-2018, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Do you own an "Orphan RV".....and does it even matter?

Lots of RV companies have come and gone "out of business"....

I suppose that the biggest fear is that replacement parts will NOT be available...
This could be solved by the ingenuity of RV shops or enterprising do it yourselfers....

The other "elephant in the room" is HOW does this affect RESALE VALUE???

I would like to think that build quality is MORE IMPORTANT than whether the company is still around... BUT, I'd rather have an RV from a company that's still in business....

Name recognition helps people validate the value of a product... maybe it's not always true...but, in this case "perception is reality".....

What do you think????? Is this true??
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:08 AM   #2
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The only thing an RV company can claim as its own is the coachwork. All of the systems are off-the-shelf and are readily replaceable. There are several "orphan" coaches that have not only maintained their value, but have actually increased as the used stocks have become more rare... Chinook comes immediately to mind for that.

There are also some real bargains in quality used "orphaned" coaches if you know what you're looking for. Born Free, at least at the moment, is one of those.

A quality coach will always be a quality coach, and quality coaches (and B-vans of any quality) will always be in demand. Cheap Class C's and A's... not necessarily so much. The problem with older RVs from companies still in business is that they may not stock the parts for it anyway as they change molds and designs, so it might as well be orphaned anyway. Just because the company remains in business doesn't mean that there's support for an older coach.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:13 AM   #3
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Roadtrek used to have the mold for every legacy skirt and spoiler it ever created.

Sadly they are all gone now.
If you have a broken skirt, you have to make one yourself.

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Roadtrek used to have the mold for every legacy skirt and spoiler it ever created.

Sadly they are all gone now.
If you have a broken skirt, you have to make one yourself.

Guaranteed if the company is out of business.....

I suppose Roadtrek keeps parts around for a while......10 years??

I don't know... with all the RV suppliers.... maybe it's just business as usual...
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I tried to purchase some minor interior parts from Airstream for our old Interstate (when it was about 5 years old). The company was worthless. Maybe some of the others may be more helpful. Dunno.

Once the warranty has expired, I do not believe that it makes much difference whether the upfitter is still in business or not.
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I tried to purchase some minor interior parts from Airstream for our old Interstate (when it was about 5 years old). The company was worthless. Maybe some of the others may be more helpful. Dunno.

Once the warranty has expired, I do not believe that it makes much difference whether the upfitter is still in business or not.
I needed some replacement parts from Roadtrek....yeah.... they had them...no problem....
My vehicle is a 2012 ....and out of warranty.....

Shame on Airstream.....
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I needed some replacement parts from Roadtrek....yeah.... they had them...no problem....
My vehicle is a 2012 ....and out of warranty.....

Shame on Airstream.....
That's good to hear. I should know better than to generalize from Thor's business practices.
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That's good to hear. I should know better than to generalize from Thor's business practices.
OK... that's good to know..

I wasn't aware until I did a Google search and see that Airstream was absobed by Thor in 2001.....

I know someone who recently purchased a Thor Ace 27 foot Class A.., pretty basic Class A.
And cheap...a 2017 for around $70,000..

When I asked some people what they thought about the Thor Ace... they rolled their eyes....
Told me that I'm much better off with my used Roadtrek RS Adventurous....

I don't know... maybe it's all subjective ??
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I don't know... maybe it's all subjective ??
Nah. Although we loved our 2005 Interstate, its initial build quality was disgraceful. I have seen no evidence that they have improved since then.
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I needed some replacement parts from Roadtrek..........

What parts did you need for your 2012 Roadtrek?
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