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gemsworld wrote:

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All I'm saying here is...nothing to see, move along.


We'll see if you're right a year from now.

Whether I'm right or wrong is mostly irrelevant. My point is that you can't judge what's going on without understanding how all things work together. You have new tax laws, changes in corporate structures, new ownerships, buyouts/sellouts that impact how you need to present the books, etc.

A simplistic view of the data would suggest that people just decided not to buy RV's during the period in review. However, my bet is that these corporations are positioning themselves so that the stakeholders receive the most benefit but the tax bill is the lightest...based on many factors of course.


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Not totally related but I was looking for a particular brand of motorhome not knowing the manufacturer. After a bit of looking, I ended up on the "Forest River" Web site. All I can say is...WOW on the number of RV's in general made by this one company which I'm sure has gobbled up the smaller brands as they have become larger.


Just found it interesting but sad at the same time.


Warren Buffet has some cash


It's just too bad be doesn't want to reinvest any of that cash into building a better RV.


In late November we bought a new 2019 Forest River Cherokee 274vfk. The only problem we've had with it is a loose piece of trim on the bathroom ceiling that was a minor fix, otherwise the fit and construction is very well done. And the 5/8 tongue-in-groove floor is much more solid than the chipboard floor in our old Starcraft. It also has a bonded exterior finish and load range E tires. I've been very impressed with the quality of this travel trailer.

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Works for me. Seeing a much newer AF camper at a big discount in my future....
Just wish we had a good excuse to unload our overly high valued house now and pocket that cash.....


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It comes to mind that some people...never mind.

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Having been in business for over 30 years, I have some insight into this.Here's what I found. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.I am an electrical contractor. I did mostly remodeling,some new homes and additions, some commercial and some industrial. I also did sound system installations.By being diversified,it kept me fairly busy even during down turns. Do a good job. If you screw up or install a product that fails,fix it no matter what the cost.Don't sacrifice your existing customers for new ones. There was a period of time before 2008,when I was so busy,I just could not handle all the new work and keep my existing customers happy.So I choose to stay with the customers who had stuck with me.Be conservative and don't grow too fast. Save some money for a rainy day. Any business that follows these rules will be around for a long time.

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Grit dog wrote:

Works for me. Seeing a much newer AF camper at a big discount in my future....
Just wish we had a good excuse to unload our overly high valued house now and pocket that cash.....


Can't talk my DW into that idea. I would love to sell now, stick the cash in a house fund, full time until prices drop again. Then by that time we'd want a condo. Pay cash and still RV a bit. I'm not much of a risk taker or a Carnac type guru.

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