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By: On: Friday July 22 2016

2017 Outlaw Cover

Thor Motor Coach’s 2017 Outlaw motorized toy haulers feature valuable camper conveniences aimed to fit today’s life on the road.

Class A Outlaw motorhomes receive upgrades from top to bottom this year. Interior decors, faucets, matching stainless steel kitchen appliances, and flooring have been refreshed to keep up with today’s design trends. The most obvious addition is the Amish handcrafted solid hardwood cabinetry with its intricate detailing and high-gloss glaze application.

By: On: Friday July 8 2016

Jayco Logo

Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) today announced the acquisition of Jayco, Corp. (Jayco) for approximately $576 million in cash.  This transaction represents a unique and significant opportunity to enhance the growth of Thor and advance the Company’s strategic focus on growing its recreational vehicle (RV) business.  In particular, Jayco brings complementary products in travel trailers, folding camping trailers, higher-end diesel Class A motorhomes and larger Class C motorhomes.  Jayco will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Thor, and the existing senior management team will continue to lead the business.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jayco to the Thor portfolio of companies,” said Bob Martin, Thor President and CEO.  “Jayco is a company that I have admired for more than 20 years while working in the industry and living in the community very close to their operations.  We value the longstanding success of Jayco and are committed to providing the Bontrager family, and their team of dedicated employees, the resources they need to continue the success they have built at Jayco over the past half century.  This investment also illustrates our confidence in the future of the RV industry as younger consumers enter and expand the market over the coming decades.  Both existing and new RVers will see the benefits of our subsidiaries’ efforts as they lead in innovation with new technology and features in our products that make RVs easier to use and better connected.”

By: On: Thursday May 26 2016

Lance 2155 Interior

(Press Release) Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. has starting shipping and dealers have started delivering their first double slide travel trailer, the all-new 2155.

Entertain or be entertained! The all-new 2155 features a dual-slide, island floor plan that provides room for doing what you love to do most, from entertaining to just chillin! Food prep is a breeze with abundant counter space. The available 32″ LED TV and standard blue-tooth audio system with app control combine to make your favorite program come alive! The available fireplace… yes, we said FIREPLACE, creates a warm and cozy retreat you may never want to leave! Up front you will enjoy the owners suite and exclusive Lance “Sky View” window, providing amazing views- natural light when you want it and a black out shade when you don’t. Add to all this a full size bathroom with “neo-angle” shower, full-length wardrobe and storage closet. The result is one amazing 21′ ultra-light travel trailer!

By: On: Thursday May 26 2016

2017 Quantum Exterior

(Press Release) Experience upscale living in Thor Motor Coach’s new 2017 Quantum and Synergy motorhomes at dealerships across the United States and Canada.

The Quantum, the most luxurious Class C on the market, features leatherette furniture, solid surface kitchen counters and hardwood cabinetry. Thor Motor Coach went big this year, both in terms of storage and increased window sizes. Additional storage both inside and out provides plenty of room for personal belongings, plus larger windows in the living area accentuate the Quantum’s spacious floorplan layouts.

By: On: Thursday May 26 2016

Grand Design RV Groundbreaking

(Press Release) Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company along with Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Lt Governor Eric Holcomb, broke ground May 12th on the company’s expansion project adjacent to their current 67 acre complex.

Co-Owners Ron and Bill Fenech were on hand to address the crowd of nearly 250 people in attendance for the Ground Breaking Ceremony.  CEO and Co-Owner, Don Clark, was unable to attend due to an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Ceremony at which he was announced as a finalist.

By: On: Wednesday May 25 2016

2017 Four Winds Super C

(Press Release) Thor Motor Coach 2017 motorhomes are arriving at dealerships across the United States and Canada. Thor Motor Coach’s diverse product lineup is made to fit Class C motorhome buyers with a variety of unique styles, sizes and floor plans that feel custom-made – at a truly competitive price.

Thor Motor Coach is excited to reveal the Four Winds and Chateau 2017 floor plans, which feature the Dream Dinette booth and spacious living areas. Small details such as the redesigned cab-over and additional storage compartments make a big difference to potential owners. New graphics packages are available to choose from if you opt for Thor Motor Coach’s exclusive HD-MAX fiberglass exterior. Floor plans that are 31-foot long feature a larger window in the living area and new decorative kitchen backsplash.

By: On: Wednesday May 25 2016

Winnebago Minnie

(Press Release) Winnebago travel trailers and fifth wheels experienced rapid growth in March retail registrations when compared to the same month last year, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys, Inc. (SSI).

According to SSI, Winnebago achieved a 59.42 percent increase in retail registrations of conventional travel trailers and fifth wheels for the month of March when compared to the same time frame last year. This resulted in a 42.45 percent increase in market share over March 2015.

By: On: Thursday May 19 2016

Jayco Milestone

(Press Release) Jayco Corp., the world’s largest privately-held recreation vehicle manufacturer owned by the Bontrager family, announced that in April its four divisions, Jayco, Entegra Coach, Starcraft RV and Highland Ridge, produced its 1,000,000th unit since the company began in 1968.

“We are very proud of our accomplishment of providing 1,000,000 families a means to fulfill their dream of owning an RV. It feels good to be able to accomplish, at such a high volume, what our father and mother set out to do nearly 50 years ago” said Wilbur Bontrager, Jayco’s chairman of the board. “But we’d be amiss if we didn’t recognize the great support we’ve had over the years from our dedicated employees, loyal dealer body, and the RV industry as a whole.”

By: On: Thursday May 19 2016

Prime Time Crusader Feature

Forest River, Inc. has issued a recall for some 2015-17 Prime Time Crusader fifth wheels. The recall affects model CSF370BHQ, which was manufactured between August 26, 2014 and March 3, 2016. According to the NHTSA recall notice, 159 units are affected by the recall.

Fortunately for owners, the recall is very minor: the Federal Placard on the trailers indicated the cargo carrying capacity as 800-900 pounds, while it is actually 2700-2800 pounds.

By: On: Thursday May 12 2016

Jayco Octane

Jayco, Inc., in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is recalling certain model year 2016 Octane Super Lite travel trailers manufactured November 2, 2015, to April 4, 2016.

According to the recall notice, the trailers were built without a 30amp circuit breaker. In the event of an electrical short, this may result in a fire.




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