I must say this forum played a huge part in convincing me to buy a new 2016 Phoenix. The positive comments from various PC owners and the overall upbeat nature and willingness to share ideas and provide help when requested gave me a level of confidence I didnít find on some other RV forums. I subsequently found first hand the prompt, skilled, and courteous service from Kermit and his team which was often mentioned on this forum was for real.
Perhaps I have missed an official announcement either on this forum or on the internet from the new owners. Had it not been for sharing the sale info provided at the Oregon Rally myself and many others would be completely unaware that company had been sold.
I donít know if the new owners ever monitor this site but if so the unknowing of what direction the new company is going and the uncertainty of future after purchase support of their products would make me less confident in purchasing a PC today. If the deal was indeed closed in early to mid summer I would think that is more than ample time to provide some official clairity from Phoenix. As we all know unknowing and negative speculation can often unfairly paint a picture that may turn costly to a companies success.
I post this not to be negative to the new owners but to provide them one persons perspective on communication or lack there of and hopefully provide them some useful feed back.
I completely agree with you. It would be great if the new ownership of one or two fellows or investment group, would make an announcement on this forum with detailed plans to ease the minds of current and future owners.
At the same time, I am reminded how so many privately owned companies close up instead of sell-off/pass-on when the owner wants to retire or in the case with Born Free, the owner passed away and the heirs didn't want to bother finding a new owner. So the company is gone. My first motor home was a Mirage, a mini version of a Coach House, seamless body but built on a mini pickup chassis. The owner walked away instead of selling off when he wanted out. It is so much better to have the current scenario for Phoenix USA, for it's current PC owners and the people who work at Phoenix, and it's suppliers. I hope Kermit got what he wanted and can retire comfortably.
FWIW, we bought a 1984 Mirage in the fall of 1983. It was built on a 1983 Toyota chassis. The company shut down 2.5 years later in 1986, and we sold that motor home in 2007 to buy our PC. We owned it for 21 years after the company closed up. I was uncomfortable for a few years but eventually adapted to running solo.