EverGreen RV to shut down this week

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. — Baring a miracle last-minute infusion of cash, Evergreen RV will shut its doors later this week, RV Daily Report has learned.

One source suggested that the company is seeking a buyout from another manufacturer.

According to a story published in the Elkhart Truth in January 2014, the company was founded in late 2008 by several former Pilgrim executives with the backing of two private investors.

People familiar with the situation told RV Daily Report today that one of the investors withdrew his continued financial support several months ago and the company has been looking for additional funding since then.

One dealer was told by a rep today the end could come as early as Friday, and another dealer in a different part of the country confirmed that he was told the same story.

RV Daily Report has reached out to several EverGreen RV executives for comment, but none responded by press time to even deny the rumors.

Don Emahiser took over as president of the company Aug. 21, and the company has seen tremendous success in recent years.

“The company has a great product and a great reputation among dealers. We were really shocked to hear the news and I hope they can pull something together to keep the doors open,” the dealer said.

In fact, EverGreen RV was the fastest-growing RV manufacturer in 2013, according to the Elkhart Truth, which cited figures from Statistical Surveys.

Another story published by the paper March 15 of this year noted that sales of EverGreen’s I-GO travel trailers grew by 104 percent among two-axle travel trailers in 2015. Market share also improved by 81 percent.

“It is a great company, but they weren’t making any money and the investor pulled the plug,” one source explained.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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  • Bonita Moericke says:

    We have a 2014 Bayhill. The on demand hot water heater has given us nothing but grief. Don’t purchase a rig with an on demand water heater!
    Shower goes from hot to ice cold in seconds. A normal ten minute shower takes thirty minutes. Adjusting the water, getting scalded then chilled is for the pits!

    • Lukewarm says:

      We have same thing in our jayco motor home. Our water heater knob in inside the bathroom on the wall. I have to turn it from maximum hot down about 2 inches toward cold. Go in shower turn on hot all the way and turn cold on a wee bit at a time to get a steady luke warm. It’s a pain in the aas. If I could convert back I sure would.

    • Talliah Hennig says:

      Call Atwood if that is the manufacturer of the hot water heater could be the pressure switch.

  • Don says:

    We have a 2015 lifestyl 5 wheel that leaks around small slide and the outside wall has a crack in it amoung outher things that are wrong with it.it has been back to factory once for two mo. And they did not get it fixed.we are to go back to factory on 14 of july.but now its time for a lawsuit.

  • Ken Holloway says:

    We bought our new Sun Valley Travel Trailer in 2014. There were a couple warranty repairs needed and when the local dealer refused to help me because we didn’t buy the trailer from him, I contacted Evergreen. They were great to work with and authorized me to take the trailer to any place with certified RV Technicians. We ended up taking it to our local Camping World. At first they said they would not do warranty work on Evergreen because they weren’t an Evergreen dealer, but after I had the Evergreen warranty guy call them, they agreed to do the work. When I picked the trailer up, the Camping World service manager told me that Evergreen was the best manufacturer they had ever worked with for warranty work. They were responsive, paid for all the work needed without question. I’ve since contacted them with a question about my unit and bought some parts through my dealer that Evergreen direct shipped to me. Always great customer service. I really hate to see them close down.

  • Bob says:

    So are they shut down?

  • Bendover Bigtime says:

    Yes, they are shut down. Kelly will “try” to take care of the banks first. Some vendors will get some money but dealers will get screwed big time. Kelly won’t pay the dealers what he owes them and they’ll get stuck with the warranty. Kelly and Boessler screwed up this company and buried it. Boessler was a product disaster and he has been for some time. Kelly stayed clueless for too long which allowed Boessler to bury them. Sad but they deserve it-they sure earned it.

  • Talliah Hennig says:

    Lovely!!! I have a 2015 they went belly up because their customer service and warranty were the industries worst. HORRIBLE! This is terrible news.

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