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Dutchmen Engineers 32-Foot High Profile Fiver

September 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Measuring just 32 feet from tip to tail, Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.’s Komfort 2820FRL is the smallest true high profile fifth-wheel on the market, according to a press release.

“The 2820FRL offers all the advantages of a true high profile fifth-wheel in a shorter package allowing easy access to more destinations,” said Rob Groover, general manager. “Our customers have been asking for all of the upscale amenities Komfort offers in a smaller package. We believe we have exceeded our customer’s request.”

Despite the smaller platform, the new Komfort floorplan offers a 6-foot 8 inch crowned ceiling throughout the bedroom along with a king-sized bed and walk-in cedar closet. The bathroom sports a 60-inch by 30-inch Ultra Shower with a glass enclosure.

“At Dutchmen, our passion as well as our marching orders continues to be focused on fresh innovations,” said Groover.

The new model and many other industry firsts will be shown at the Dutchmen “Discover the Difference” Open House Sept. 20‐22 at the RV Hall of Fame. For more information on Dutchmen RV, a Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, visit www.dutchmen.com or call 574‐537‐0600.

 

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Dutchmen to Debut Front Kitchen Infinity Fiver

September 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Infinity front kitchen floorplan

Set to debut at Elkhart County’s 4th Annual RV Open House next week, Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. said it is unveiling the industry’s only “front kitchen” fifth-wheel, the 3870FK Infinity.

“At home, most people tend to entertain in the kitchen. Why not in a luxury fifth-wheel?” said Rob Groover, general manager for Infinity and Komfort. “Through advanced engineering and design, we have produced the ultimate front kitchen flooplan that makes all that possible.”

The Infinity 3870FK offers five sliderooms, seating for six, a spacious 12-cubic-foot refrigerator, 6 foot 8 inch crowned ceiling and a 32-inch HD TV.

“We completed the 3870FK Infinity with a lower level great room with an additional 40-inch HD TV, as well as a bedroom that sports a king-sized bed and a spacious bathroom,” Groover said.

Dutchmen will be holding its “Discover the difference” Open House Sept. 20‐22 at the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. Dutchmen RV is a Thor Industries Inc. company based in Goshen, Ind. For more information  visit www.dutchmen.com or call 574‐537‐0600.

 

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Dutchmen to Show New Kodiak at Open House

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. announced today (Sept. 14) that it will introduce the Kodiak “Platinum Edition” at its upcoming Dutchmen “Discover the Difference” Open House Sept. 20-22 at the RV Hall of Fame. Thor Industries Inc. companies will be showing product all week at the facility as part of the Elkhart County 4th Annual RV Open House.

“Our new Platinum Edition Kodiak will bring fifth-wheel features to the ultralight market in never-before-seen-ways at a very competitive price”, said General Manager Ryan Thwaits. “Kodiak is one of the most luxurious ultralights in the marketplace and with the Platinum Edition we will continue to push the bar higher. Kodiak received the prestigious DSI award for the second consecutive year. “

Dutchmen produces various brands of towable recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada. Dutchmen RV brands include the Denali, Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon, Aerolite, Coleman and Dutchmen brands. For more information on Dutchmen RV and its brands visit www.dutchmen.com or call 574-537-0600.

 

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Dutchmen RV Partners with Lazydays in Tucson

September 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Clark, president of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., announced that Goshen, Ind.-based builder has entered into a partnership with Lazydays RV Super Center in Tucson, Ariz.

“We are proud to play a part of Lazydays’ migration to the west,” Clark said in a press release. “All of us at Dutchmen are excited for the opportunity to work with Lazydays as it brings great products and exceptional customer service to the Southwest. Both of our companies strive to provide the perfect RV purchase and ownership experience and look forward to growing this market together.”

He added, “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Lazydays and their sales manager, Ken Stumpe, and have the utmost confidence that this Lazydays expansion will be a very positive move for the Tucson, Ariz., RV enthusiast. Dutchmen continues to focus on providing innovative and feature filled products that satisfy the desires of the RVing public.”

Dutchmen RV is a Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary and produces various brands of towable RVs, including  Denali, Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon, Aerolite, Coleman and Dutchmen. The company will be showcasing its lineup Sept. 20-22 as part of the Thor display at the Elkhart County 4th Annual Open House.

 

 

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Dutchmen RV Offering New Infinity Floorplan

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

New front lounge floorplan in Dutchmen's Infinity

Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. announced today (Aug. 1) the introduction of a front lounge floorplan in its Infinity luxury fifth-wheel line.

“The traditional front lounge models offered by our competition have come up short when it comes to what the customer wants,” said Rob Groover, general manager of Dutchmen’s Komfort and Infinity brands. “Most front lounge floorplans feel very confined and claustrophobic. Rather than just copying what has already been done, we took it to the next level.”

Infinity’s new 3750FL floorplan has been engineered to create an airy and open living area that is three feet longer while offering more height in the slideouts. Groover said Infinity’s exclusive design offers an industry-first 6 foot 8 inch upper deck ceiling height, creating a spacious living area. Additionally, Dutchmen added expansive window scalping in the living area to let in more natural light.

“Infinity’s kitchen slideout incorporates a huge side-by-side refrigerator for a wide open feel,” Groover said. “Plus, our exterior pass-through compartment is more than three times larger than the competition. All of these exclusive features illustrate what has been our mantra from the start: Listen to our dealers and retail consumers – give them what they are asking for rather than building what we think they want.”

“The introduction of this new model will enhance our already successful Infinity luxury fifth-wheel offering,” said Dutchmen President Don Clark. “We continue to think outside the box at Dutchmen, focusing on innovation rather than just being yet another ‘me too’ brand.”

Dutchmen RV is a unit of Thor Industries Inc. For more information on the Infinity and dealership opportunities, contact Dutchmen sales at (574) 537-0600 or visit www.InfinityRV.com

 

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Dutchmen Named Coleman Licensee of Year

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Clark, president of Dutchmen RV, and Steve Paul, vice president/general manager, with the “2010 Coleman Licensee of the Year “ award.

Don Clark, president of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., announced today that Dutchmen recently received the 2010 Coleman Licensee of the Year Award.

Jason McClintock, senior director, licensing for The Coleman Co. Inc., stated, “On behalf of the Coleman Co., it is my honor to present Dutchmen with the 2010 Coleman Licensee of the Year Award. It is extremely unusual for a company to receive this prestigious award, just after their first full year of receiving the Coleman license. It’s through hard work and dedication like Dutchmen’s that has placed the Coleman brand in a position of strength over its 111-year history.

“The red logo is as much Dutchmen’s as it is ours and we hope that through the continued partnership we can continue to give consumers quality products they can trust. Thank you for all you do to keep this brand strong. Dutchmen has much to be proud of and a lot to celebrate.”

Clark noted, “The Dutchmen team is proud and honored to receive this great award. Coleman and Dutchmen share similar philosophies with regard to strong reputations and tireless commitment of serving our customers. We look forward to our continued partnership and the success of the Coleman travel trailer and fifth-wheel product line.

“This award is very meaningful, coming on the heels of Dutchmen receiving the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) award during the last RVDA convention. Our dealers’ increased confidence and support of Dutchmen is both appreciated and humbling.”

Dutchmen RV is a unit of Thor Industries Inc. based in Goshen, Ind. For more information on the Coleman travel trailer and fifth-wheel product line, go to: www.coleman-rv.com.

 

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Dutchmen RV Rolls Out Infinity Luxury Fiver

May 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Interior shot of Dutchmen Infinity fiver

Interior shot of Dutchmen Infinity fiver

Don Clark, president of Dutchmen RV, announced today (May 13) the long-awaited introduction of the Infinity luxury fifth-wheel, which had been unveiled to select U.S. dealers this month and is now in full production at Dutchmen’s Goshen, Ind., production facility.

“The initial feedback on the new product line has been tremendous,” reported Rob Groover, general manager of the company’s Komfort and Infinity division, “During Infinity’s initial three-week dealer introduction road show, more than 25 dealers signed up for the brand.”

“Infinity is an entirely new line of luxury fifth-wheels designed from the ground up,” he added. “Over this past year, we polled some of the nation’s largest fifth-wheel dealers and asked them to help us create this product. We showed these dealers Infinity prototypes and included their feedback and suggestions into the design. The result is a brand that boasts many unique product advantages and offers more features and value than any other product in the luxury segment.”

Groover says the Infinity’s innovative interiors feature hand-rubbed, glazed cherry cabinet doors, stiles, drawers, passage doors and slideroom fascias. Upgraded hidden door hinges are standard, as are “plantation-style” wood blinds, flush mount solid-surface range covers, premium electronic packages, exclusive “no trip” cabinet systems in kitchen slides and halogen ceiling lights.

“Plus, Infinity features our patent pending Cedar-Suite walk-in closet design and an industry-first laminated, crowned ceiling design in the bedroom,” said Groover. “The new design allows for a full 6’8” of headroom in the bedroom. All floorplans feature a king-size bed with a designer hardwood headboard and upgraded memory foam mattress.”

As for basic construction, Groover said the Infinity “is built like no other product in its class” with a fully welded, aluminum-cage superstructure and six-way lamination, standard gelcoat fiberglass walls and an exclusive four-season “Glacial Insulation Package.”

While full body paint packages are available as an option, Infinity also includes a 90-degree extended turning radius front cap, hydraulic sliderooms and hydraulic landing gear that is controlled with a five-function remote control.”

“Luxury high-profile fifth-wheels have grown to be a major segment in the fifth-wheel marketplace,” says Clark. “We were very strategic and planned carefully to create a product that could dominate the segment. Previously, Dutchmen didn’t have an offering for our customers to trade up to without leaving the Dutchmen family. We wanted to address this point, but do it in a Dutchmen original, non-cookie-cutter fashion. Now with Infinity, we can offer the highest value full-timer coach in the industry – bar none!”

“I am very proud of Mr. Groover and his product development team for creating such a memorable coach.”

For more information on Infinity and dealership opportunities, contact Dutchmen sales at (574) 537-0600 or visit www.infinity-rv.com.

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Dutchmen Unveiling Aerolite SS Super Slide

November 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen RV, a division of Thor Industries, will unveil its all-new Aerolite “SS” Super Slide Series of travel trailers at the 48th Annual RV Trade Show Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

“This new series incorporates an exciting new exterior look and interior that is second to none” said Steve Paul, vice president/general manager of Dutchmen’s  Aerolite group. “Not only did we upgrade the exterior with an all-new platinum grey finish and exciting graphics package and front cap, but we completely updated the interior — including a new cherry wood color and an exclusive ‘dual arched aerospace’ ceiling design.”

According to Paul, the new line goes directly after the Ultralite segment of the market. “We continue to see the Ultralite segment of the market as offering tremendous growth as consumers look to pull larger trailers with smaller tow vehicles,” he added. The Super Slide series is currently available in six great floor plans,

The Aerolite “SS” Series as well as the rest of the Aerolite line can be seen at the Dutchmen Display, South Wing Booth 1101 at RVIA.

For more information, visit www.dutchmen.com or call (574) 537-0600.

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RV Industry Vet Joins Dutchmen Sales Force

October 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Dunn

Tim Dunn

Dutchmen RV announced Thursday (Oct. 14) the appointment of Tim Dunn as regional sales manager with responsibility for the Goshen, Ind.-based towables manufacturer’s Kodiak and Four Winds brands within the western sales region.

A 21-year veteran of the RV Industry, Dunn spent the majority of his career as the general manager of one of the largest dealerships in the Rockies. He also held positions with a major RV rental firm and as an independent manufactures representative for several RV brands.

“We are very excited to be able to attract Tim to the Dutchmen team,” said Ryan Thwaits, product manager for Dutchmen RV. “His years of retail and wholesale experience make him very valuable to our dealers. He understands the complexities of running a retail RV dealership — this experience will allow him to partner with his dealers and create a relationship that extends well past the point of the wholesale delivery. He also is an excellent product trainer and will work tirelessly to assure his dealers that the product Kodiak and Four Winds will retail quickly and profitably.”

Dunn cited the “strong and progressive attitude” of Dutchmen, a division of Thor Industries Inc., in making his decision. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to become a part of it and look forward to a long and rewarding career with the ‘new’ Dutchmen.”

Dutchmen RV brands include the Denali, Four Winds, Grand Junction, Aerolite, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon and Dutchmen brands. For more information on Dutchmen RV and its products visit www.dutchmen.com or call (574) 537-0600.

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Dutchmen Names New Regional Sales Manager

June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Kevin Finn

Kevin Finn

Steve Paul, vice president and general manager of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., Goshen, Ind., announced today (June 25) the addition of Kevin Finn to the Dutchmen sales team. Finn is the new regional sales manager in charge of the  Southeast Region for both the Grand Junction and Colorado product lines.

Finn has over 14 years experience in the RV industry. He recently held the position of product brand manager in the high profile fifth-wheel category and previously was the No. 1 sales representative for his former company in the motorized category.

According to Paul, “Kevin has an impressive history in this industry. He’s dramatically increased market share for the companies he’s worked for in the past. He’s a driven individual and has a wealth of information that our brands and our dealers will benefit from.”

Paul continued, “I am pleased to welcome Kevin to our team. The addition of Kevin is just another example of how Dutchmen RV is attracting the best talent in the industry. Kevin will help us continue our explosive growth in the market.”

Finn and his family live in Granger Ind. His office is located at the Dutchmen corporate office in Goshen. He can be reached by phone at (574) 975-0551 or by e-mailing at kfinn@dutchmen.com.

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