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RheaNL

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Breaking News
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:38:05 pm »
We are at the rally in Sisters, Oregon. No smoke and fun times with on exception....
Kermit Fisher spoke at the meeting this morning. He has sold the company. He told us he turned 70 this year and his bucket list  is long and he can't work on it and own a business. Something we all understand. He assured us he did not sell to another big manufacturer who would have rolled Phoenix Cruiserx into their own product line.
    So sorry to be the teller of bad news but someone had to do it.

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2017, 03:53:02 pm »
Wow. I wonder about the timing. Right before the Hershey Show.

Maybe a Super C might become available!

Ron
« Last Edit: September 12, 2017, 04:00:47 pm by Sarz272000 »

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2017, 04:07:07 pm »
This is  sad news but not surprising.  Kermit has more than paid his dues in the industry and deserves to enjoy life.  I hope he got what he was looking for with the sale?  Best of luck to Kermit in retirement and I do hope the dedicated employees  can continue to make great motorhomes.  Just maybe a new Super C is in the cards!  Ron G.
« Last Edit: September 12, 2017, 04:09:59 pm by ragoodsp »
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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 05:58:18 pm »
Thank you for passing the news along.  I wish Kermit many happy, healthy years reaping his rewards.  From what little I know of Kermit and his company, he will have taken as much care as possible to ensure that the Phoenix employee team and customer base are taken care of in this time of change.  :)(:

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2017, 06:43:26 pm »
we are to meet the new owner on Thursday here at Sisters.

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 07:14:43 pm »
When we were in Elkhart for our Jul 24th appt it was 2 months + after the sale. So this did not just happen. The change over has been going on a while now. I met Mr Cooper at the plant and received background and their collective talents should be good for the company and the line. They are interested in the line so dont be sad. Better to have someone who is interested in the mix. Give them a chance and you should see continued good things appear before your eyes. We Welcome the Fabulous Duo and together we all can contribute to  continued success. Regards, Patricia Serrill-Black
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A new day has dawned now only traveling with Miss Elle . Jim will be watching over us.

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2017, 11:22:16 pm »
I too understand Kermit's reason to sell the company.  I commend him in selling it to another individual (or is it two people?) who will try to carry the PC torch, keeping it's legacy alive and well.

It will be interesting to see if the new company owners would consider offering an optional seamless "C" cap along with it's current day B+ cap to provide an over-head bunk which would be ideal for families and also a plus for models 2100 and 2400.  Bumping it up only to the height of the a/c unit would be enough.  Don't increase the over-all height, something similar to the Winnebago View here.
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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2017, 01:13:19 pm »
I am sad, only because itís change and Kermit had a formula that worked - hopefully that will continue! For Kermitís retirement, I would wish him in return all the excitement, new adventures, natureís beauty, learning opportunities and enjoyment we have experienced in our Phoenix Cruiser Ė and itís sure been fun! Thank you!

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2017, 03:52:18 pm »
Hmmmmmm   There is a Mr Cooper who is (sort of) in the RV business in Elkhart????

https://www.salvage-parts.com/junk-yards/cooper-rv-salvage-elkhart

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2017, 05:19:36 pm »
Hmmmmmm   There is a Mr Cooper who is (sort of) in the RV business in Elkhart????

https://www.salvage-parts.com/junk-yards/cooper-rv-salvage-elkhart

Let's not speculate, whoever Kermit sold to, I will bet he/she didn't buy Phoenix to run it into the ground. 
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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2017, 04:40:29 pm »
Ron D,
Jim did mention they are interested in adding other RV forms to the line-up, and he mentioned class C as an example. I hope it's not like the View/Navion where the overhead bed has no head room.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2017, 06:27:17 pm by jfcaramagno »
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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2017, 06:04:01 am »
we are to meet the new owner on Thursday here at Sisters.

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2017, 02:42:14 pm »
I too understand Kermit's reason to sell the company.  I commend him in selling it to another individual (or is it two people?) who will try to carry the PC torch, keeping it's legacy alive and well.

It will be interesting to see if the new company owners would consider offering an optional seamless "C" cap along with it's current day B+ cap to provide an over-head bunk which would be ideal for families and also a plus for models 2100 and 2400.  Bumping it up only to the height of the a/c unit would be enough.  Don't increase the over-all height, something similar to the Winnebago View here.

Ron...great idea but that View you show is practically 26' long at 11 1/2 high!  Probably increase the width as well.  Still, it will be interesting where the company evolves.

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2017, 04:22:46 pm »
« Last Edit: September 16, 2017, 04:26:32 pm by hutch42 »

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Re: Breaking News
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2017, 09:26:24 am »
Just a bit of an update on this:
One of the new owners spoke to the Phoenix Travel Club members here in Sisters Oregon on Thursday night.  As already mentioned the sale took place about two months ago and part of the agreement is that Kermit will assist with the transition for at least a year.  Jim Brynes spoke briefly about himself and his partner Chuck Cooper and noted that they bought Phoenix USA to run it and produce Phoenix Cruiser RV's. They like the line and design philosophy but also mentioned that at some point in the future they might consider other classes.  He seemed very interested in opinions and comments from the club members and in general made a very favorable impression on those present.

Kermit noted in his talk that when looking for a buyer he was primarily interested in finding someone who would continue with the design and construction philosophy that he has used, retain and take care of existing employees to the degree possible and continue to operate Phoenix USA as an RV builder instead of folding it into an existing brand.  Only time will tell but Mr. Byrnes seemed excited to continue to build the brand going forward.

An official press release was promised and hopefully we can get that published here when that happens.