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Old 07-19-2016, 07:24 PM   #181
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I have read the threads and have a couple comments. First, Airstream doesn't really have any competition so no need to change. They own the market and yes its a cult! Cults are okay as long as they don't hurt anyone... Second, all manufacturers will and are losing their identity just as we have seen all across America. Give it 5 more years and you wont be able to tell one brand from another (already hard to tell). They will all use the same frame, windows, trim, furniture and electronics. Innovation? Its all but gone! Big money controls everything and that is the way we roll here in the USA! We are now forced to accept what they offer so they can report large earnings to the share holders. Do you think quality/service will matter when Thor owns 100% of all manufacturers. Competition is what made this country and anyone who thinks two companies owning the rv market is good should think again. Do you honestly think the BIG three (cars) improved their product on their own? NOT!! It took the likes of Toyota, Honda and other foreign companies to make the monopoly change. Its all about the ROI and nothing else at his point. Some ask why so many individuals are upset... Maybe they actually care about Jayco and had hoped they would turn their quality problems around. The family did what was right for them and I'm sure they seen the writing on the wall. There is no place in America for a family run business that wants to build a quality product. They tried to compete and lost in my opinion. Quality suffered and they caved under pressure.
I forgot, some of you believe they will continue to run the company independently. What cloud do you have your head in?? You probably believe the politicians running for the White House actually care about you and the future of this country also. They will be gone within two years!! Wake up America! Its okay to actually say what you really think.
The company we all loved is gone and maybe it checked out a couple years ago.
BTW, my grammar/spelling sucks but I still have my pride and will never stop telling it like I see it. Don't knock those who have an opinion! Jayco may have had other options if everyone spoke up and manufacturers actually advertised/educated why we all should pay a little more for quality. Jayco had some nice products and a great following because they had an identity. What do they have now?
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:04 AM   #182
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Agree!
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:32 AM   #183
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:09 AM   #184
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I for one am not full of doom and gloom. I will take the "wait and see" approach. We own a 2013 Jayco and we'll see how things go in a couple of years.
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:47 AM   #185
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Brian,

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... There is no place in America for a family run business that wants to build a quality product. ...
It will be interesting to see what happens to Grand Design over the next few years.
Still an independent company but growing fast.
Will they get swallowed up by Thor or Forest River?
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:01 AM   #186
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THOR Industries buys out JAYCO !

Well guys, it looks like another one bites the dust!! Jayco "cop'd" out and sold their sole to Thor Industries which also has bought out other companies like Airstream, Starcraft, etc.. For the full story here's the URL.

The Sale of Jayco and What This Means for Consumers and Dealers

Question is.... Does this mean deals? Better after sale service? More service locations? More waiting time?....
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:22 AM   #187
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We just took delivery of our first Jayco, and part of our decision was the fact that they were a family owned company. Their website literally had a video of the family history and roles that each member "currently" played in the company. That was just a couple months ago. They must've known even then that it was all a sham.

I can't say I wouldn't have purchased the same camper had I known then what I know now, but it was a feel-good decision knowing you were investing in a hard-working family versus a corporate juggernaut... Just a bit disappointing really. Guess we'll all see how it plays out, as each of us are many thousands of dollars invested and it's doubtful any would sell off they're beloved memory-makers over the news...
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We just took delivery of our first Jayco, and part of our decision was the fact that they were a family owned company. Their website literally had a video of the family history and roles that each member "currently" played in the company. That was just a couple months ago. They must've known even then that it was all a sham.

I can't say I wouldn't have purchased the same camper had I known then what I know now, but it was a feel-good decision knowing you were investing in a hard-working family versus a corporate juggernaut... Just a bit disappointing really. Guess we'll all see how it plays out, as each of us are many thousands of dollars invested and it's doubtful any would sell off they're beloved memory-makers over the news...
We could see lies and deceit are just part of the times. But I don't think it's any different than it's ever been, except for 24/7 cable news!
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:31 AM   #189
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LOL. Old news on this forum. The article you provided is a link to a "puff piece". It's all quotations seemingly from press releases from a major rv manufacturer. Doesn't say much for the magazine that prints such gobble dee gook.
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:31 AM   #190
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Yep, been well discussed over the last few days on a number of threads. According to Thor nothing is going to change. Management at Jayco remains, warranty remains, dealers etc. I would assume purchasing would be as one group, but, for now...nuttin is gonna change
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