Originally Posted by Bob Miller
About Parkliners current status, lets examine what's apparently known for sure:
Empty building/new tenants.
No forwarding Address.
No updates on internet posts.
Does not answer phone and no forwarding phone number.
Without any of the mentioned "clues", a reasonable person would have to think that they have either:
a) Moved into a witness protection program
b) Were abducted by aliens who thought that they were building secret escape
pods for earthlings.
c) Prefer to work in a secret location so as to not be interrupted by customers
d) Are hiding from creditors
e) They are out of business
To give Chandler the benefit of the doubt I will go with B until more information is available.
Now, that brightened my morning! How creative!
Drawing from my obsession with everything RV for probably 25 years and seeing things similar, there were a variety of issues. It is a great looking trailer and I was considering it myself for awhile. The issues I saw were intertwined.
First, most start-up businesses try to keep the prices as low as possible in order to get their foot in the market. That leaves very little spare cash. They were not able to get back to people making inquiries because they probably didn't have the personnel to do it and couldn't afford to pay someone. Generally in a start-up, everyone there is working their tails off. Had they gotten back to the potential buyers trying to inquire, they would not have had the manpower, time and space to produce the trailers anyway.
Second, they had the issues where they were paying for repairs which was an unexpected expense and with finances tight, I am sure that was uncomfortable for them and probably caused a lot of stress on the relationship of those involved. I saw this with Nu-Wa, a higher end 5th wheel that went out of business but after a couple of years, they are now producing units again.
From everything, it looks like they didn't take anyone's deposit and run with it and they deserve high praise for integrity in that area.
Producing one a month? Surprisingly, a lot of businesses started out that way. I took a course in cost accounting when I was in junior college in the last century and it was fascinating and very complicated. I worked for New Horizons, factory-direct 5th wheels, when they had just been in business a couple of years. They were only producing 2 units a month. They would be ordering parts only as they needed them and unlike Fleetwood, they ordered 1 or 2 items instead of a 1,000 which costs more since higher quantities get higher price breaks. Prices would go up overnight and since units were pre-ordered with a set price, the cost had to be absorbed from the profits or the pockets of the owners.
So, I think one a month would be a good idea to really get an idea of time required and the cost of producing a unit.
I could be totally wrong but this is just my thoughts on how it might have unfolded.
I hope we see them resurface and thrive.