Having watched the YouTube interview of the man heading Navistar RV's transition to Allied, I had some GOOD FEELINGS for Monaco HR brands.
I'm sure Allied got Navistar RV for a song. They aren't keeping all of what they got -- they can move things tight into their big plant. What did they get? Not so much - a some dead motorhome brands, some patents, and freedom from the anchor of Fleetwood's past. While there are many unhappy former Fleetwood owners, the Monaco and HR names still have some respect and recognition. Unfortunately, if you do a search for dealers of any of these brands - you won't find much of a dealer network exists.
As long as Allied can cozy up to Camping World (as Thor did before the recession), they'll have a marketplace for whatever they produce..
Unfortunately, Allied's version on the Navistar RV brands won't be going into production until the end of the year. That's a long time for the brands to be dormant, but I hope they're able to use it in designing new products. It sounds like they're planning to chase the BIG motorhome market - over 40 feet. Good idea? - we'll see.
Will this be another terrible move for (of) Navistar/Monaco? The prior managements have run the "company" into the ground more than anyone could have imagined. Really, there's nothing left but the names. I hope Allied does well by it. Allied's description sounds a little like Navistar's did - BIG, DIVERSE, "ALL THAT". Please, don't repeat this history!
ALLIED: PLEASE get rid of the Navistar RV name - quick!
Many of the comments missed the reality of Navistar RV as it exists today. Navistar has been trying desperately to unload it - it is NOT making money or producing much. Navistar management was down to two choices - close it down or get rid of it any way they could - at no time did they indicate anything more. This is NOT a case of selling something "desirable" - it's a case of getting rid of Monaco RV at any cost.
For months, Monaco has been trying to unload existing inventory by "extending" a rebate sale - this while RV inventories are LOW. There are very few Monaco RV dealers - many stopped taking orders and doing business long ago. All of Monaco's apparent "life" over the last year has been aimed at presenting Monaco RV as a worthwhile purchase for anyone who might consider it.
If anything, Fleetwood's owners have bought Monaco's trailer business and little else - probably a worthwhile move for them at (I guess) a bargain price.. There won't be much bragging at Navistar about the price they got for Navistar RV, but it won't be dragging them down anymore.
It's a shame! A once-proud leader in the RV business - with a history of innovation and daring (Workhorse, Roadmaster, and more) - dragged down to this. Will any of their patents (if they still are owned by Navistar RV?) ever see the marketplace again?
What's in a name? With all the new names in trailers and motorhomes, probably not much. Shopping today means learning all those new names and brands, but people manage. I wonder if the new owners feel reviving the old names will be help or hindrance? People who bought Holiday Ramblers are probably not going to be in the market again - and "Monaco" may suffer from it's history of recent years.
I think MOST "corporate" businesses cost more - the dentists in the mall, the eyeglass places, funeral homes, pet emergency services and others. Just beause they're there, doesn't mean they are reasonable. We have to be careful about how we shop and select services. One cn't assume they're being trated well. Too bad when you hve no where to turn for fast advice.
Having paid off the house would indicate that they no longer have that payment to make each month - THAT increases their ability to borrow.
I think the WORST place to ak for advice is the finance manager at a dealership. Talk to Essex Credit - they will give you REAL ADVICE.
There are MANY varieties of neuropathy - most diabetics suffer "small nerve ending periferal " type. I've never heard of this test for this condition. I've always been told the nerve damage was at the outer ends of the nerves. Knowing the type and the characteristics of your condition is important.
I've found great relief from drugs. When it first was approved, LYRICA seemed to work well, but it wasn't enough. Before it was approved, I learned of combining LYRICA and CYMBALTA - that worked quite well. Eventually, I dropped LYRICA and stayed with only CYMBALTA. Most people I speak with who have the condition are not being medicated - BIG MISTAKE if it can help! Unfortunately, some drugs work and later lose effectiveness.
Please let us know how his biopsy goes - if they are able to determine a cause -and if severing nerves actually helps.
No one anwered because you've asked such difficult questions.
How long to sell a house? No one can tell you that. Local mrket demand, the price you want, condition and deireability of the house - even knowing those factors, you can't estimate a sale time. One piece of advice - don't advance to buying the RV until the house is sold - especially if your credit is thin.
Some lenders are very willing to give loans to full timers. I would guess you might need better credit for a full-timer loan. I suggest talking with Essex Credit (for one) to feel them out about your situation.
Waiting until you close will only mean your debt-service numbers will improve - AND there'll be no risk of the sale falling through, leaving you with TWO loans. If your financial standing is so thin that this would be a big problem, you need to CAREFULLY plan all this - there my be no turning back. Fulltiming isn't always as cheap as it seems.
I hope this helps. It sounds like FINANCIAL advice is needed here, and you don't want to move along until you have a better idea of your needs.
Do you have the rapid cool diverters which are covers under each AC unit? You may need to close those vent doors to direct airflow down the ducts. The ducting is extremely simple - there's really nothing there to go wrong - like said, shine flashlight down there to check at the other end.
Both AC units blow into the same two ducts which run the length of the MH - some people block the ducts in various places to direct airflow where they want it - unlikely, but possible - again, the flashlight test.
Also, remove your filters to check and clean.
If you aren't aware of TVRN - the Tiffin Forum which can be accessed from Tiffins corporate site - be sure to find it. The VERY BEST INFO and help for anything "Tiffin".
The point of the article (as well as the lawsuit) is that a company bears responsibility for the accuracy of their statements. Management bears responsibility for statements made under that management's watch.
The only reason others haven't chased after Navistar is no one wants to waste the time and money - there's no pot at the end of that rainbow!
"Navistar International Corp., its former CEO and the company’s CFO are being accused of misleading shareholders about a diesel engine technology that failed to meet 2010 federal emission standards, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
A lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago alleges that former CEO Dan Ustian and CFO Andrew Cederoth continued to say that the company’s big bore diesel engines would meet federal emissions standards when they never did. As a result of his statements, the lawsuit alleges, Navistar common stock traded at “artificially inflated prices,” reaching a high of $70.17 in April 2011.
“When defendants revealed Navistar’s true financial condition and future business prospects, the price of Navistar common stock fell over 69% from its Class Period high,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed in March on behalf of Construction Workers Pension Trust Fund and “others similar situated” that purchased shares between November 3, 2010 and August 1, 2012. The pension trust fund purchased 6,709 shares of Navistar stock for a total of roughly $246,000 and sold them for about $165,000.
During that same period, the lawsuit alleges, Ustian sold 55,469 shares for nearly $3.9 million and Cederoth sold 9,548 shares for $642,962.
A company spokesman said Navistar does not comment on pending litigation."
On YOUTUBE, there's a new rage in Russia as people with dashboard video cameras are posting dramatic videos of accidents as they happen. It's interesting to watch - one, Russians seem to be poor drivers - two, you see how vehicles react to accidents - three, you understand better how to react to an accident around you.
These cameras aren't entirely "new" - I've considered getting one for years.
Someone recently posted an accident recorde with one of these cameras - showing a TT swaying to the point of rollover with personal injury etc. Sometimes, actually being able to SEE such accidents is the best prompt for other RV'ers to take action by making their rigs more roadworthy.
Also, these cameras can document road rage, circumstances regarding an accident YOU have, and events of your trip - including fun things seen and conversations along the way (moments which are otherwise lost). Some cameras even record your GPS location, speed, time, etc. It's a great way to keep tabs on "other drivers" using your car - teenagers!
Having had a bad accident which led to a BIG lawsuit, I know that having one of these cameras would have documented the cause of my accident - I wouldn't have gone to court, suffering almost three years of anxiety.
Consider getting one of these dash cams for your travels - on trips and around town.
While GS dispatchers do their best to filter and assign calls (within the services provided), I've found the tow truck people are always willing to do a little extra (outside the services provided) to help. Of course, I would tip for extra service. The trick is in describing the situation in a way that gets them to you.
I have only the best comments about ALL ERS service I've had. However, my experience with a GS recommended repair garage was very poor - those garages are NOT reviewed and qualified well. Still, the ERS road service is wonderful - and I believe they're much better than AAA RV service. ERS dispatchers are very good at understanding and dealing with RV-specific problems - that's a BIG HELP when you have one!
FWIW - yes, it takes every bit of time, imagination, and luck. Just keep trying - and be prepared to be flexible. Your unit may be too old to finance - a big hurdle for buyers in this price range.
It IS possible to put on multiple ads on Craigslist - just vary the title line and some of the descriptions to get past the "censor".
Another thing to consider is errosion or faults in the fiberglass itself. I experienced tiny holes in the fiberglass in a single area - no idea why. The cure was to FIND the tiny holes and re-gelcoat the area.