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Old 11-13-2006, 05:26 AM   #1
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sunline closed posted on rv.net

has anyone else seen the post that sunline has closed the doors on rv.net,has anyone heard of any truth to this.I hope it's not true
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Old 11-13-2006, 07:08 AM   #2
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From the RV.Net web site Trailer section:

"...closed doors and layed off all employees last Friday."

Response to a message I posted to LeRue:

"I am out of the office and cannot return e-mails. Contact your dealer for assistance.

Sure sounds curious.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:08 AM   #3
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Telephone Call to Sunline

I called and got a message that they are closed and the normal working hours are 8 - 5 M-F and I called after 9 this mroning!!!

I've heard that they do close for two weeks around Thanksgiving but I can't confirm that !!!

Let's all hope & pray this is not true.

About 2 weeks ago, I spoke with my dealer and he was saying that next years models will have major exterior changes....so it kinda blows my mind that production plans would be in the works and then they just close down!!!!
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:33 AM   #4
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Sunline Closing

Howdy folks:
Well if they close I get to retire in 2008. I will be 62 and after 42 years driving big rigs I was going to retire. The chance was we would buy a TT and TV. The only TT we are interested in is the Sunline T2553. So, since we have been unable to find a new one at any dealer, if they close then we will forget the whole thing and pack it in. We have been so up in the air trying to decide what to do for the last two years I will be glad to have this out of the way.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:23 AM   #5
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They closed for a week back in Oct. We were told that everyone was laid off at that time. It is very possible of a shutdown at this time....it is Thanksgiving and Deer Season!! Let's hope that it is a temporary shutdown that has gotten blown out of proportion.
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:48 PM   #6
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Sorry to say folks, but "THIS IS NOT A HOAX ) Sunline IS closed, and not for hunting season or thanksgivng. There is supposed to be talking going on to deal with the closure, IE: buyout. And hopefully it will be be true, as long as it's the right person (s) doing the buyout. We don't need a cheap company scarfing up Sunline and taking their "QUALITY" down the drain. I am really upset about this as so many folks have become accustom to Sunlines' quality and customer service, and the fact that they will do "custom" orders. Geesh, I only know how to recommend SUNLINE, guess I'll have to tell folks there are no great TT's being built for now . So if they purchase another brand, "let the buyer beware"
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:01 PM   #7
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Kitty....I was reading that thread throughout the day hoping somebody would clarify the situation...now you have. That is just the worst news I've heard in a long time. I thought they were doing so well and with a great product why wouldn't they be. Well so much for their three year warranty I guess. I wonder what will come of it.

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Old 11-13-2006, 06:12 PM   #8
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I can hardly believe what I am reading... I hope they find a good group of owners that will keep up the tradition of great quality and outstanding customer service!
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:19 PM   #9
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Hey Bob,
I have absolutely no reason to doubt the news that I posted in my previous reply. I just can't really expand with any addeitional info, well at least not right now. As for warranty work, I believe most if not all will be covered by the dealer, especially since some warranty work would possibly be on appliances coverd by that manufacturer. Boy, this is sure a sad day. Also found out that Sunline "WAS" planning a 1950, 2499 and 2553 with a "slide". Hopefully, things will all work out, and the "RIGHT" folks will aquire Sunline. My dealer is planning to purchase what units that are at the factory now, that are not promised to other dealers.
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:38 PM   #10
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Aw shucks--I just read this news and hope it isn't so. I have a 1950 on order for over a month. The dealer spoke with them on Thursday and was told it was being scheduled which should be done this week.
Please let us know if anybody hears anything more.
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I sent an email to my dealer for his reaction..that will be tomorrow. I always want reason to accompany action...if they were doing well(that's a presumption on my part) what possible reason would they have to close....certainly not just a loss of interest...not with all those employees. I'm just beside myself..mad and sad...disappointed and concerned..I'm happy I was able to snag a new Sunline before this happened, but I did count on the factory support for the unforseen problem they were noted for providing. Feeling a bit short changed at the moment, but my reaction may be premature. Time will tell. Thanks Kitty for your close attention to this developing situation.

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Old 11-13-2006, 07:10 PM   #12
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I hope it is not true but if it is, I too hope they will be picked up by someone that cares and keeps the quality.
If by chance it is true, I am thankfull that I should have a long time before things go wrong with it.
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OH boy....

This is NOT good news. Hopefully we can get some more facts on this. Sunline does do a work force sort of reduction during slow times. I think it is like 3 weeks on then 1 week off. They have done this before in the past. But this sounds like more.

Just last late last week I emailed Sunline about the Dometic fridge recall and had several emails with LaRue. And I had a small warranty issue on the propane system letter to them as well that they where getting back to me on.

If this is true, it is truly sad. They where bought out about a year or so ago. Now this.

The competition is tough our there. Not all RV'ers are looking for the same thing in a camper. For us, it was the top flight quality and yes it cost a little more, but what I have is far above the cost.

It will be truly sad if the company changes drastically. BUT the T2499 I have is build well and solid. It will last me until I either want to upgrade to a larger unit or stop camping. And I do not plan on stopping camping for many, many, many years to come.

Kitty, a T2499 with a slide? Really?? I was thinking the same thing myself the other day.

Hope for all of us this passes us by.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:07 PM   #14
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boy oh boy this is not good news,but it honestly does not surprise me with the prices they been asking for new trailers,I know you get what you pay for and that is why I bought a sunline but alot of people buying rv's don't know and just look for the lowest bottom line price.our last trailer was a Nash, when we decided to go bigger we went back to the dealer we bought it from and long behold they no longer sold nash, I asked why and the response was we can't sell enough of them when buyers can go right down the road and buy the same size rv. for several thousand less.Same thing happened a few months ago at a very large local sunline dealer we stopped by to look at a sunnybrook 312bhds(next trailer must be dual slides)and they did not have any new sunlines sitting on the lot,I asked why and got the exact same response as I got from the nash dealer(they cost to much and we cannot sell enough of them)Any way we are still happy sunline owners and plan to keep our sunline for sometime yet.
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