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Old 04-15-2019, 10:40 PM   #61
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"how they handled the debt load"
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:56 PM   #62
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Sounds rather similar to the Westfalia GmbH bankruptcy story. Westfalia had been purchased by Daimler-Chrysler to promote campervan sales on the Sprinter platform (including the James Cook model imported to the US under Airstream co-branding).

Westfalia lost market share as Daimler-Chrysler endured its painful split-up and fell into bankruptcy in late 2009. Rapido bought out Westy, hired back about half the employees, and slowly rebuilt it into an apparently successful European brand.

Rapido does have their own branded campervans but most of their Class B sales appear to be under the revitalized Westfalia brand.
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Sounds rather similar to the Westfalia GmbH bankruptcy story. Westfalia had been purchased by Daimler-Chrysler to promote campervan sales on the Sprinter platform (including the James Cook model imported to the US under Airstream co-branding).

Westfalia lost market share as Daimler-Chrysler endured its painful split-up and fell into bankruptcy in late 2009. Rapido bought out Westy, hired back about half the employees, and slowly rebuilt it into an apparently successful European brand.

Rapido does have their own branded campervans but most of their Class B sales appear to be under the revitalized Westfalia brand.
Oooh...
Do you think we might get the James Cook back in the US again?
That would be good.
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Oooh... Do you think we might get the James Cook back in the US again?
That would be good.
Doesn't look like Westfalia builds the James Cook anymore. In fact they don't seem to offer any Sprinter based models now, having switched their Sven Hedin model to the new VW Crafter chassis of similar size (which is no longer just a rebranded Sprinter).

The similarly bulbous topped Club Joker model is still available on the smaller VW T6 chassis, and does still share a bit of that James Cook vibe.

Looking at recent UK dealer listings it appears that most Westfalia sales these days are on the Ducato (Promaster) and smaller VW T6 chassis.

https://www.westfalia-mobil.com/en/
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Doesn't look like Westfalia builds the James Cook anymore. In fact they don't seem to offer any Sprinter based models now, having switched their Sven Hedin model to the new VW Crafter chassis of similar size (which is no longer just a rebranded Sprinter).

The similarly bulbous topped Club Joker model is still available on the smaller VW T6 chassis, and does still share a bit of that James Cook vibe.

Looking at recent UK dealer listings it appears that most Westfalia sales these days are on the Ducato (Promaster) and smaller VW T6 chassis.

https://www.westfalia-mobil.com/en/
They are also doing the Metris so that could be something for North America...
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Where is the OP, Mr Wincrasher?

Time for a meal of crow. Would you like it fried, baked, rotisserie??
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Very interesting and someone who nobody had even mentioned, at least that I heard. Looks like a good sized company, family run so we will probably never know the details of the deal or how they handled the debt load.
I don't expect that our warranties will re-appear, especially as there has been no mention of them anywhere in any of the Receivership paperwork.

The article says that "they are acquiring... the assets" so I interpret that to mean that they are acquiring none of the liabilities. That would be the usual in this sort of situation. Whatever cash they are paying for Roadtrek will be paid first to secured creditors and if there is anything left after that, someone decides the winners and losers on the rest of the list.
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They are also doing the Metris so that could be something for North America...
Except that there are already about a half dozen or more smaller companies all doing about the same conversion on the Metris with a pop top.
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Except that there are already about a half dozen or more smaller companies all doing about the same conversion on the Metris with a pop top.
Actually I don't think there are any other stateside Metris conversions that provide a toilet and shower like the Westfalia Jules Verne. It appears to be a pretty unique configuration made possible by the reverse opening pop-top roof.

And many of the most popular US Metris campervans (Sportsmobile and Tourig for example) are simply stateside installations of the German Terracamper conversion kit. Nothing inherently wrong with that but their modular kit nature constrains interior space utilization and results in compromises such as the tiny 23 liter fridge.

Getting a shower, toilet, water and space heaters, galley and stove, 51 liter fridge, 50 liter freshwater tank and graywater tank all into a garageable Metris campervan seems quite an accomplishment in comparison.
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Where is the OP, Mr Wincrasher?

Time for a meal of crow. Would you like it fried, baked, rotisserie??
Don't count your crows before they are hatched. The only thing we know is they bought was the trademarked name, Roadtrek and undefined "assets" and eventually projected 200 employees.
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