The RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., has been selected as the venue for Thor Industries Inc.’s RV Dealer Open House, Sept. 20-22.
According to a press release, this year’s event will feature products from all Thor RV companies including Airstream Inc., Breckenridge, CrossRoads RV, Dutchmen RV Manufacturing, Heartland Recreational Vehicles, Keystone RV Co., Redwood and Thor Motor Coach.
“These are exciting times to be a Thor dealer,” stated Ron Fenech, Thor RV group president. “With more than 325 models on display, each of our eight RV divisions will be showcasing new products never before seen. We are introducing new models in September so our dealers can better plan for the selling season ahead. In addition, having all Thor RV divisions under one roof will save our dealers time and effort. The Thor Open House will be a one-stop shopping solution.”
The three-day Thor event will be “packed with opportunities for dealers.” The RV/MH facility located off the Indiana Toll Road in Elkhart County proved to be a popular setting for Keystone, Thor Motor Coach and Breckenridge dealers last fall, according to Fenech, adding that this year’s event will be “bigger and better.” In addition to the new trailers, fifth-wheels, Class A and Class C motorhomes, and park models, service representatives from each division will be on hand as well as vendors and retail and wholesale finance partners.
“We plan on making the open house fun, enjoyable and informative,” said Bill Fenech president of Thor Motor Coach. “It is always a great thing when you can combine business with pleasure and be with people you enjoy. Our open house will be relaxed and informal but make no mistake, there will be a ton to see and learn. We absolutely cherish our relationships with our dealers and look forward to showing them how we can make money for our friends.”
All Airstream, Breckenridge, CrossRoads, Dutchmen, Heartland, Keystone RV, Redwood and Thor Motor Coach dealers and prospective dealers are invited to attend. Thor said more information will be available shortly.
Shipshewana, Ind.-based towable manufacturer KZ RV Inc. held its 39th annual open house over the weekend with about 70 dealerships – 130 people total – in attendance for the May 13-16 event. The agenda included product displays at the company’s home plant as well as a social hour at a Middlebury, Ind., restaurant and a casino trip. The gathering also featured a Sunday awards brunch and a dinner at the nearby Essen Haus Conference Center at which Emmy-award winning journalist and author Don Teague spoke. Currently a CBS news correspondent, Teague provided a stirring presentation on his experiences in the Iraqi War and, subsequently, as his family helped a young Iraqi translator emigrate to the U.S. KZ Vice President of Sales and Marketing Andy Baer says the company, which showed new models of its lightweight Spree Escape travel trailer, Inferno toy hauler and its first 40th anniversary floorplan in a Durango 2500, continues to hold its open house in the spring, despite the growing industry trend toward a mass September open house event. “Of course, we planned this a long time ago,” said Baer. “Next year, it remains to be seen whether we make that changeover into the fall or not. As long as we can keep attendance at this level, it’s working for us. It’s just been a tradition with us that we’ve been cautious about changing. We want to do what’s best for our dealers, and if it works best for fall, then that’s the direction that we’ll go.”