Winnebago or Lose-ebago?

RV manufacturer Winnebago (NYSE: WGO  ) had the air taken out of its tires by 2008's Great Recession. Chapter 11 seemed to be on the next page of every RV company's book, but Winnebago managed to pull through.

Today, Fool contributors Max Macaluso and Justin Loiseau examine Winnebago’s recent recovery and debate whether this 64-year-old company still has some gas left in its tank.

Core values, strong management, and a vertically integrated model may be Winnebago’s saving grace, but unemployment and high gas prices could spell disaster for the entire RV industry. Plus, ever-efficient competitor Thor Industries (Nasdaq: THOR  ) has scale on its size and is also on an upswing since the downturn of 2008.

Winnebago or "Lose-ebago"? Watch the video and please share your thoughts in the comments section below

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  • Report this Comment On August 15, 2012, at 8:12 PM, daletom wrote:

    Winnebago has been one of my top investments over the last 25 years. I have also owned 7 Winnebagos over last 25 years (paid for by my earnings on WGO investments). Wgo is tops in the industry because of top quality and service, as well as the best engineering and longevity of their employees. Also their lack of debt and conservative management has been a plus. Most of their competitors like THOR are conglamerates that buy up troubled smaller competitors and those are the ones that have struggled when times get tought. Winnebagos industry model has been through many tough times brought on by gas prices, but always came through them in better shape than the rest. They are built in the largest, most efficient RV manufacturing plant in the industry in Forest City, Iowa. Many employees have been with the company over 25 years which makes for stability and quality. Over time people discover the RV travel is economical and most enjoyable way to see our great country.

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