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When a privately held company, is acquired by a publicly traded company, the consumer / end user rarely benefits nor does the quality of the product. Too many bean counters and investors to keep happy. REV wants in the towable game bigtime, and were able to lay their hands on a great name with a good reputation. The problem with that is in order to gain market share prices will need to drop to compete with the Thor's and Forest Rivers, and there is only one real way to accomplish that. Give it a couple years and I think you'll find they run it into the ground. Their portfolio is full of names that did not survive the last downturn, and at this point are just that, names. Monaco, Holiday Rambler, R Vision, Fleetwood, the list goes on.

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A factory rep left a very bad taste in my mouth at a trade show many years ago when we were looking for a new TC. I asked if Lance would be using aluminum framing in the future like some others were now. The rep told me that wood was the only framing any RV should ever have. Aluminum was garbage and Lance would NEVER use aluminum. NEVER!!! He was adamant about this.

A few months later Lance introduced the MAX series of campers with aluminum frames.


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just shows sales people don,t really know much about what the main office is doing,there to busy trying to make a pay check.

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To early , no one knows nuttin yet ! Some people would ***** if ya hung-em with a brand new rope !

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This is what happens when the big corporations and their bean counters buy a family owned business.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

I've been always strong admirer of "family tradition" business.
Big corporations have the same production rules what communism did.

Always amazes me how people manage to insert the big bad communism(socialism, etc) into every conversation. Big business has nothing to do with communism, and everything to do with good old American capitalism and greed.
I also enjoy how people seem to think little business = good and big business = bad. Since any successful little business usually becomes big over time, at what point does the business get big enough to become "bad".


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DanNJanice wrote:

Kayteg1 wrote:

I've been always strong admirer of "family tradition" business.
Big corporations have the same production rules what communism did.

Always amazes me how people manage to insert the big bad communism(socialism, etc) into every conversation. Big business has nothing to do with communism, and everything to do with good old American capitalism and greed.
I also enjoy how people seem to think little business = good and big business = bad. Since any successful little business usually becomes big over time, at what point does the business get big enough to become "bad".


I have worked for a small business that grew into a large business, nothing changed as they grew, just the pay cheques got bigger. We were then sold to a big corporation run by bean counters. Was notified I was out of a job by email, while I was in the hospital with my wife who was having cancer surgery. Since 2008 the world is being run by companies that only care about the almighty dollar. the smaller successful business owners are cashing in and enjoying the fruits of their labour.

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Hard to tell if it is good or bad. I don't know anything about REV. Experience tells me buyouts are not good for customers (witness what happens to independent RV manufacturers when they are bought out by Thor or Forest River). Time will tell.
.... I read in RV/Travel recently that Thor and F.R. own 84 or 87% of the RV market combined.

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DanNJanice wrote:

Kayteg1 wrote:

I've been always strong admirer of "family tradition" business.
Big corporations have the same production rules what communism did.

Always amazes me how people manage to insert the big bad communism(socialism, etc) into every conversation. Big business has nothing to do with communism, and everything to do with good old American capitalism and greed.
I also enjoy how people seem to think little business = good and big business = bad. Since any successful little business usually becomes big over time, at what point does the business get big enough to become "bad".


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Well, I for one am glad I traded a 2013 Lance 1172 for a 2018 Host Mammoth. Lance makes a good product but the slides on my 1172 had a major problem opening and closing, never knew if they would work or not. The Host I have now is just awesome, slides and every thing else work perfectly. Not knocking Lance, I just got a bad one. Hopefully Host will continue to be a builder of great campers but I guess what happened to Lance can happen to anyone...

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