500,000 bottles of sparkling wine mature in this section of the underground cellars at Cricova Winery just north of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 3, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Evergreen RV...out of business?

I spent two summer seasons running the parts department at an RV dealership. One of the brands that dealership sold was Evergreen RV's. Based on my time there, I always thought that they seemed like a well made trailer with some innovative ideas. I even think that they were one of the first ones to get away from that standard "white with stripes" color scheme that had been so common on a lot of trailers prior to their arrival on the scene in 2008.

 I read in the news this weekend that Evergreen RV has closed it's doors.

It's pretty tough to figure out how that could happen in a year when current news headlines say that there has been 7 straight years of unprecedented growth and that 2016 is set to break records again.

The company website says nothing about the closure. Their facebook page had been fairly active up until mid April when postings abruptly stopped. Funny, but their very last facebook post is titled "What's your RV Worth?". Well I tell you, if your RV is made by Evergreen, it's worth a lot less now than it was last week.

You have to feel bad for the people who bought recently. Obviously a company that is no longer in business can no longer stand behind their warranty.

Meanwhile, companies like Winnebago Industries say that a "thriving RV industry" has turned their fortunes around.

So how is it that a company that is in growth mode, with a huge backlog of orders can not come across additional funding if that was what was necessary. I don't get it. The company hasn't commented at all, yet they've laid off most of their 400 person staff.

Very strange way to shut things down. I'll be curious to see what comes of it.

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25 comments:

  1. Is it possible that the employees voted in a union? This can cause a company to close its doors...

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    1. In this particular situation, I doubt it. But you're right, this can cause a company to close it's doors.

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  2. It's not always a unionized workforce that causes businesses to close but if you see them reopen they have probably moved their operations to Mexico where the wages are even less than the U.S..

    It's about time.

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    1. And that is why so many in in the USA are fed up with our gov paycheck collectors. These RV manufactures are using the CHEAPEST parts and charging more and paying barely above the min wage. It's not the workers getting a savings built for a rainy day, it's the corp chair sitters who are building their retirement up to over 6 figures.... when employees vote in Union or stand for higher wages and benefits... the company shuts down and often runs across the border.... it's all about to come to halt in the USA. The Trump train is picking up riders all around the usa.

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    2. Not true about minimum wages. Forest River and Grand Design workers make $55K to $65K per year. Besides, if you work for minimum wage or slightly above, it's you're own fault.

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  3. There can be lots of reasons that a company folds that has nothing to do with demand for the product. I worked breifing for a compnay that was in business for 15o years with a union workforce and lots of demand. They actually folded due to a greedy board of directors hiring the wrong CEO to make them richer faster -you know-the those dot.com folks- and they ended up with a load of poor investments and poor decisons that forced a perfectly good compnay to close its doors. Good or bad management does count:)

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  4. I looked at Evergreen products 6 years ago. I really liked their travel trailers, but they were very pricey, up there with Airstream trailers. I was asked by the company sales rep what would I pay? I compared them to Airstream, but they did not have the longevity and reputation to go with the high price.

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    1. Yes, but they obviously didn't have a problem selling them despite the higher price. Rumour has it there was a huge order backlog.

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  5. Gross sales revenue means nothing. "Management" does

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    1. Of course gross sales revenue does mean something. In order to make money, you need to either increase sales or reduce costs. Or, a combination of the two. It is up to management to make those things happen.

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  6. We have been looking at the Evergreen Bay Hill with the rear kitchen. We are now ready to buy and have two spotted but now we're not sure whether to buy one or not.

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    1. It's a tough call, that's for sure. On the one hand, the unit you're looking for can certainly be purchased for less now than it could be a week ago. You could end up with a really good unit at a really good price. On the other hand, there will likely not be anyone to stand behind the product or to offer advice should anything go wrong. That's the risk you take.

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    2. I bought a 2016 Reactor toy hauler after the closing (dealer gave a huge discount), and I don't regret it. Note that the warranties from all of the component manufacturers are still intact, regardless of Evergreen's demise. I never considered a Reactor because of the high price, but I paid considerably less than a similar sized FR Wolf Pack -- it was a no brainer and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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    3. Yep, I knew there would be deals to be had after the fact. You're really only on the wrong side of things if you bought before the closing.

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  7. I currently own an Ascend by Evergreen. Its been the most troublefree camper i've ever owned. I never needed to use the warranty while it was in effect, but, i do keep up with the maintenance. The only issue i've had is the damper on the microwave vent let go. Can purchase a replacement on Amazon for 14 dollars.

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    1. Kevin said that when he worked at the RV dealership and Evergreen started coming out with their units, he thought that they seemed really well made. So glad you have been enjoying your trouble-free unit. Too bad they had to close up, though.

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  8. I'm really sadden by this news of Evergreen closing. We have been looking for a long time for a fifth wheel that is able to haul a motorcycle. We loved their floor plan with the cycle in the rear slide-out. I spoke with a salesmen from Lifestyle this past spring. He mentioned to call back later in the summer that they was redesigning the floor plan. Now I know why I haven't received any responses to my phone calls, emails. So sad.

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    1. Yes, it is a shame when company that sells a well made item closes it's door but I guess not enough people were willing to fork over the extra dollars. I bet you can find some good used units of theirs out there but not sure that you will find the one that you want with the floor plan that you would prefer.

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  9. We bought the 36rl in Oct 2013 it is a 2014 it has been a total nite mare slide leak black water tank fell out while parked at a rv park nothing but problems we filed with the Attorney General in Indiana Bayhill ignored them now filed with the AG here in AZ now I know why they don't answer the Attorney General office. Now we are stuck with a total lemon unless there is a class action suit .

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    1. Wow, that sucks that you got stuck with a lemon and really have no recourse now that they have closed their doors. We never knew anyone personally that had one but when Kevin had worked at the parts department at an RV dealership he seemed impressed with the quality of the product. Also we have only really heard good things about them but like any company there are always going to be some that just aren't up to the quality that they should be. I hope that you are able to find some kind of help and compensation. It must be very frustrating!

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  10. We just purchased an Evergreen last year, not even a year ago. Now we need warranty work done, called the place where we purchased it and we were told, sorry no warranty work can be done on it. So if we need any warranty work it comes out of our pockets. Why are consumers NOT protected, maybe I should stop paying on it, BUT if I do that then my credit will be no good. So, now my husband has to do the work, we have to have the money come out of our pockets, we are not rich!!!

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    1. That is very frustrating for you, and we totally agree that there should be some kind of recourse in place for times like this or like a number of years ago when the RV industry was in such a downturn that quite a few companies closed their doors. It's especially hard when you have paid the extra money as well for an extended warranty. It seems that the customer is the last on the list when comes to handing out any leftover money for a situation like this. I hope that the warranty work you need done isn't too serious of a problem on your unit.

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  11. We have had several problems with our NEW Evergreen Bay Hill. Within a few weeks of purchase we were told there would be no warranty coverage. The trailer is at the dealership now getting winterized. I truly believe that my trailer is one of the last off the assembly line. We have had all kinds of trouble. Tonight I received a call from the dealership. Someone broke ONLY into my 5th wheel and stole all the electronics. And trashed the trailer. The dealer told me tonight I would have to pay for all the replacement electronics and damage. Even though it was in their possession!!!!!!!!

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    1. So sorry to hear about the problems you have been having. It really sucks when you buy something new and then find out the company has closed it's doors. I would think that for major appliances (fridge, stove, furnace and AC etc.) would be cover under warranty with the companies that supplied those particular items. As for the theft, wouldn't your insurance cover those items for you? Pretty bad that the dealership hasn't come through for you.

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