Originally Posted by markdoane
I don't think Tin Hut was the first person to jump into this thread with useless information. I really appreciate Lou telling us about a good deal!
I missed this the first time.
Thanks for all of your words of thanks and encouragement.
I am still out there swinging for all of us that cannot or will not shell out $50k for a new A/S. Not that I do not think they are worth it. I just cannot afford it with the cost of living going up on a daily basis.
I am not giving leads on stuff that I get a kickback on.
I am not giving leads for inferior products. My dad, who worked on Airstreams from about 1960
taught me how to keep the trailer from ever seeing the dealership again. The one thing he would not do is scrimp on quality; that is why he bought an A/S in the first place.
Chances are my Minuet will be the same as the rest of my A/S products: rebuilt by me, repaired by me and maintained by me.
Just as there is no better source than Andy to get those hard-to-find parts that no one else will take the time or money to make, you have to find the best possible source to buy the other things from.
Would I buy those one-of-a-kind things from Andy? Sure I will.
Would I buy an axle from Andy? Most likely not as I can have the same thing built locally for less than half the cost.
Why would I buy one thing from him and not another? The same reason General Motors shops for its equipment and supplies: cost. I am running a business too. "Patterson, Inc.". It has one CEO, (me) and three board members: Candie (my wife), Alexandra (my 5 year old) and Grace (my 2 year old). We have two employees: Molly (my 2 year old Standard Schnauzer) and Scrappy, (my 6 month old Miniature Schnauzer). We have over 600 years of doing business as "Patterson, Inc.". 150 years in business here in the USA and another 450 years of doing business in Scotland. There have been mergers and acquistions along the way. I have to get a 100% customer satisfaction rating, not a 95%.
What I am saying is that all of us "run a business". It is called our families. We need to find the best possible quality at the best possible price. If Inland RV supplies that, then they get my business for that purchase. If they do not, then I make that purchase with whomever it is. Plain and simple.
I think what gets lost here is that Andy feels we are not in business ourselves. We have to find those deals. We have to share those with other members of the forum. I consider this part of my community involvement here.
I may not have $300,000 in inventory but I do have a lot of committment here that requires a substantial cashflow. Just as Andy needs.
I will continue to shop for the best possible price on things.
I will continue to share that information with all of the other "Family Corporations" that participate on this forum.
I will not be badgered into not sharing this information, publicly or through PM's.
I have worked on A/S's since I was 13. I have rebuilt three Argosys and one 1963
Bambi. I think I know my way around one well enough. I still find things that surprise and amaze me though!
Thanks again for the kind words, people. It really makes me feel like I am making a difference on here.