Posted 28 August 2008 - 08:51 PM
Posted 28 August 2008 - 08:58 PM
I am truly sorry that you have to close your business. I closed one once when my dad died. It is a sad time. Sorry.
Posted 28 August 2008 - 10:41 PM
Words are not enough to express my staidness to hear of the closing of your company. Know that this has to be a very difficult time for you Heather along with all of your dedicated employees. The truck camping world has lost the best manufacture in the industry. Hope that you will save a camper for your self. Now that you have the time will look forward to sharing a beer or two around many camp fires. Your Snowriver owners are a big family and you will always be the Snowman. Thank you so much for all that you have done for me and look forward to a chance to pay back.
Paul Tetreault (tate)
2003 Dodge 4X4 DRW Cummins, 2015 Artic Fox 990, Tork Lift Tie downs, Fastguns, SuperHitch, Firestone Air Bags, Rancho 9000x,Bodiak front end receiver, Honda EU2000, 15' Boston Whaler Classic,
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 05:19 AM
Posted 29 August 2008 - 05:32 AM
I still wanted to get my Citation camper retro with a Command Seating set up.
Good Luck with your forced retirement. Come on down to Oregon. KEN
Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:10 AM
As of Sept 30 I am dissolving Interior Rv Products Inc. All camper inventory has been sold. The assets of the company are currently being sold to satisfy the creditors and employees. The rising cost of materials, along with reduced sales made it impossible to continue to market Snowriver campers at current prices. The amount of time and labor that went into building one of our campers was more than any other camper built. Quality comes at a price. With volume we could exist on smaller margins. When the volume slowed, we lost profitability. We held on thru May, June, July and August, sales were just not there. Those dealers that did sell Snowriver campers during this period were being cautious and not wanting to replace these units untill spring. Unfortunately rising fuel prices, as well as poor consumer confidence in the economy has affected our entire industry. I kept the factory going at a loss until I realized it would take the sale of all assets to cover our liabilities. This is being done at the present time. This is not a bankruptcy as all creditors and employees will be paid. However the company will have no assets and current warranties can not be honored. All component manufacturers warranties are still in place. It has been difficult after 18 years to say goodbye to all my loyal employees. They did build the best camper on the market. I also have to apologize to current Snowriver owners, many of which have become personal friends.
The Gaylor family is saddened to hear you are closing your business. As others have said, you built the best camper in the industry. We would like to thank you and your wife for being such gracious hosts when we visited you at your home.
We hope you kept one of the units for yourself, and maybe we can all get together at Quartzite, like we did a few years back.
As always if you are ever in our area, you are welcome, we even have a 30amp plug available. We hope you will keep a spot or two open in your backyard for those of us who enjoy your fine country and your hospitality.
We hope you all the best for the future, and thanks for being a friend.
Jerry, Roberta, Robert and Bandit.
P.S. Robert our son who was injured in an auto accident awhile back, is about ready to move out of the rehab hospital into the duplex he purchased, and has been rehabbed to accommodate his handicap. we will be moving into the other side to be with him.
Formerly We had an 01 Ford F250 SuperCab, V10, and 2004 Lance 1010 Camper.
Jerry & Roberta, and Dog Bandit
We will always be TC'ers at heart. Our first TC was a 1964 Siesta Cabover Camper on a 1964 Ford 3/4 Ton Truck.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:29 AM
I am truly saddened, I know the passion you felt for your product and your customers.
My hope is that you will stay active in the TC community. I do wonder what you will do next.
I don't see you as being the type of person that can just up and stop.
Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:31 AM
Hate to see you go, but i do understand the economics behind it all......
Perhaps you can sell the slide mechanism to other manufacturers and still retire with more than you need.
You have been the fore runner in camper design and should be recognized for it - Hopefully this '07 I bought this year, with the proper maintance will take me for the next 20+ years, as when I was shopping, I didn't see anything else that I cared for.
If you ever come to the Cody, WY area - look me up and the beers on me!
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2007 Snowriver 8'10" w/Polar Cub AC, 19.5" Rickson w/Toyo M608Z
Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:53 AM
Having owned a small mom and pop hardware store that was lost to the big boxes I understand where you are coming from and I really feel that the industry has lost a leader and advocate. Thank you for all of your support and focus on the customer and the quality of your products. Dianna and I wish you a happy and relaxing retirement and hope to still see you around on this site.
Our very best,
Mike and Dianna in Texas
Sits on a 99 Dodge Cummins 2500 4X4 camper package w/Firestone airbags.
Sticks and stones may break my bones.......
So please PLEASE don't throw sticks and stones!
Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:47 AM
Best of luck to you in the future Bob. Thanks for building a great camper.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:53 AM
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 08:11 AM
Posted 29 August 2008 - 09:28 AM
Today is a very sad day for the TC community. This must have been an extremely difficult decision for you. Even though Karen and I only met with you once, and have not had the good fortune of owning one of your campers, I know you will be missed.
Take care and best wishes,
Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:09 AM
What a crazy, happy and sad day. First I awoke to the news that our state Governor has been chosen to be the running mate with John McCain and then I see this announcement from Bob about the closing of Interior RV. I have an "07" 9' 6" Snowriver that I'm proud to say that I traveled 4,600 miles to Bobs house (and back) to buy and take possession of without ever seeing a Snowriver in my life. That is largely due to this forum. I'm sad for Bob and Heather but they will be fine. I'm more concerned for his great crew, Al, Terry, Lucky, and his Foreman whom I can never remember her name, and all the others, I wish you all the best.
Bob.....maybe now is the time for that trip to Alaska that you have never been able to do.
All the best Buddy. I just retired in June of this year and it can be the best times of your life....... if you make it so.
Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:50 AM
Post Falls, Idaho
I am retired from North Idaho College.
2005 Dodge 1 Ton, Long bed, SRW (Air Bags, Supersprings & Rancho 9000 shocks, Rickson 19.5 Wheels).
Snowriver 9' 6" Super-Slide, Progressive Dynamics PD9130, 30 amp power converter, Kyocera KC-130, 130 Watt Solar Panels, Solar Boost 2512i from Blue Sky with the IPN-Remote display.
Posted 29 August 2008 - 01:53 PM
Good luck to you & your family in what ever road you should venture down now. Also wish the best for your highly crafted crew.
Posted 29 August 2008 - 03:14 PM
When we bought our Snowbird, I did not even know of Bob.
We bought the Snowbird due to the quality of the unit and the extras that other campers did not have on them.
I called the factory a couple of years later and Bob answered the phone. I asked him if he was Bob the owner. He said yes. I darn near fell off my chair, cuz owners usually aren't around, especially to answer the phone.
We have been over to Bob & Heathers a few times as I'm sure most Snowbird owners have been, camped in their backyard and throughly enjoyed the time we spent with them.
I could tell Bob is a man of his word and someone who truly loved what he did and did it with the passion that many other manufactures lack.
The saying "behind every great man, there is a greater woman". My hats off to you also Heather, for supporting Bob through all of the years and putting up with all of the backyard campers.
I really don't know what else to say, but I'm glad that we have a Snowbird camper.
BTW, we always give a thank-you to Bob & Heather whenever it's hot here and we go and sleep in our air conditioned camper in our backyard.
Doug & I wish you the best in whatever the future holds for you both.
We''re still welcome to camp in your backyard, aren't we?
Warmest wishes to you & Heather and all of your employees.
Joanne & Doug
Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:26 PM
I don't know what I am ever going to do should I decide to go back to a TC. If you remember way back I was really serious about getting a Snowriver but didn't have the funds at that time so I stuck with my Lance. Then health issues made me get a RV where I didn't have to climb up into bed. I should have bought one of those European class C's that you made. Probably as easy to get around in as a TC, unlike my 30' condo on wheels.
Hang in there Bob, I will always be your friend. As mentioned earlier in this post maybe we will see you in Quartzsite next year!
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 08:50 PM
The RV industry has lost something today. More than that, for all of you who never owned a Snowriver/Snowbird product and got to know Bob, you really have missed out on something very special. My hat is off to Bob and my heart is saddened to think of what he is going through.
My very best to you and Heather and to the employees of Interior RV.
Posted 30 August 2008 - 07:20 AM
You don't know me, but I have been a lurker here for the past several years. We do not own a truck camper yet. My husband, who is in the Air Force and is deployeed to the desert at this time, will be coming home soon, and our plan was to start looking for a truck as we will finally be able to afford it. I have read everything I could (here and other websites) about Snowriver, and knew that I wanted your new Prestige edition. I am truly sad that we will never get to meet you and Heather or own one of you campers. On the flip side, I am happy because we will have saved a small fortune in not having to buy you beer!
I am going to keep my fingers crossed and pray the economy turns around so that you may reopen and start building Snowrivers again. Until then, take care.
Todd and Nina
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