Aqua-Hot Heating Systems announced that motorhome manufacturer Thor Motor Coach has selected the Aqua-Hot 400D Hydronic Heating System for its flagship line of motorhomes, the all-new 2013 Tuscany diesel pushers. According to a press release, the Aqua-Hot system is now available as standard equipment.
“Aqua-Hot is the most recognized name in hydronic heating systems in the industry and our customers are asking for it by name. It also provides our customers with the benefit of a higher resale value down the road,” said Jerimiah Borkowski, Thor Motor Coach’s director of communications. “Aqua-Hot is dedicated exclusively to providing these types of products and they have a solid reputation for superior front-end support and after-the-sale retail support.”
Borkowski noted that the Aqua-Hot 400D Hydronic Heating System is the “most compact system for diesel motorhomes,” delivering continuous on-demand hot water and quiet, clean, moist interior heat. It can operate on two sources of energy using AC shore power for light-duty heating and hot water use or diesel fuel when heating in colder temperatures.”
For more information on the Tuscany diesel pushers visit http://TuscanyRV.com or http://ThorMotorCoach.com. For more information about Aqua-Hot Heating Systems, call (800) 685-4298, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.aquahot.com.
Thor Motor Coach Inc. (TMC) announced the hiring of George Grimm to the position of southeast regional sales manager for Class A gas and Class C motorhomes.
According to a press release, for the past 13 years Grimm served as general manager for two well established RV dealerships in Florida. Previously, he logged 24 years in sales and management for the automotive industry.
“I’ve seen the appeal of Thor Motor Coach’s innovative products, and the industry leading customer service programs that make their products extremely desirable to retail buyers,” said Grimm. “I am extremely excited to be working for the No. 1 motorhome brand in the industry.”
“George’s understanding of the retail side of our business will allow him to have an immediate impact growing the TMC brands with our valued dealer partners,” stated Dana Simon, vice president of sales and marketing for Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Motor Coach.
Grimm will reside in Florida and can be contacted at (239) 707-0389 or GGrimm@TMCRV.com.
Thor Motor Coach has been recognized as 2011’s top retailing brand of motorhomes in North America, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
The company’s Class C motorhomes captured the No. 1 position in 2011 with a 24% market share while posting a 17.5% year-over-year increase. In addition, Thor Motor Coach’s gas-powered Class A sales held a 23.7% market share.
The company attributed its success to a “talented dealer network.”
“Reines RV and Thor Motor Coach have been partners for over 12 years,” said Lindsey Reines, owner of Reines RV in Manassa, Va. “Finding the right motorhome manufacturer was an important factor for our long term success as an RV dealership. Thor Motor Coach’s products have always been known as ‘the best value’ with a solid reputation for standing behind their motorhomes.”
Thor Motor Coach said that consumer focused programs such as “Gold Star Inspections” and “Concierge Connection” emphasize a commitment to quality driven products.
“You cannot be the top single brand retailer of motorhomes without partnering with great dealers,” said Jeff Kime, president of Thor Motor Coach. “These alliances are essential, allowing us to provide our customers a superior ownership experience.”
For more information on Thor Motor Coach motorhomes, visit http://ThorMotorCoach.com.
Thor Motor Coach (TMC) showcased a host of new motorhomes and features at the Jan. 10-15 Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, providing a strong kickoff for the 2012 show circuit as the Elkhart, Ind.-based builder reported a 40% increase in retail sales compared to last year’s show.
“The Florida Super Show always gives us some indication of how the spring show season will go and it looks like it’s going to be a great year. The consumer reaction to our 2012 line-up was very positive,” Dana Simon, vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release.
TMC said that the all-new 2013 Palazzo rear diesel “stole the show,” drawing crowds throughout the event. The industry received its first look at the Palazzo when it was unveiled in November at the RV National Trade show in Louisville, Ky. The Palazzo’s compact low-profile design makes it easy to drive while providing the amenities a premium motorhome shopper expects – as well as several they might not, according to TMC.
“The Palazzo, like the A.C.E., is a game changer creating a new segment in the market – attracting many buyers who thought a full-featured rear diesel coach was out of reach. While talking with new potential Palazzo owners at the show, it was clear the market has been waiting for this coach,” stated Adam Gudger, national sales manager for the Thor Motor Coach’s diesel division.
The A.C.E. continues its success as a crossover Class A motorhome. Recent additions include the 29.2 and all-new 30.1 floorplans. The 30-foot, 10 inch 30.1 model adds a second slideout, larger shower and more bedroom storage, in addition to the already well-equipped offerings of the entire A.C.E. lineup.
Making its debut, the 45-foot, 450-hp tag axle 45LT Tuscany also was well received. The 45LT offers a full-wall slide, expandable sofa, half bath with washer dryer option, dual vanity master bath, fireplace, and Sony electronics at a price point far less than its competitors.
For more information on Thor Motor Coach motorhomes, call (800)860-5658, or visit http://ThorMotorCoach.com.
Thor Motor Coach announced the promotion of veteran sales executive Adam Gudger to the position of national sales manager for the diesel division. According to a press release, Gudger brings with him 11 years of diesel motorhome sales experience.
A graduate of the University of Oregon, Gudger and his family recently relocated to Northern Indiana in 2011 to be based out of the Thor Motor Coach sales headquarters in Elkhart, Ind.
“I am elated to have the opportunity to work for the best company in the RV industry. Our intense focus developing the most innovative and value-driven products is really paying off. There is no doubt our dealer partners are going to reap the benefits of these efforts in 2012 and beyond, said Gudger.
“Adam’s energy, knowledge, relationships, and most importantly his passion makes him a natural fit to lead the Thor Motor Coach diesel sales team.” stated Dana Simon, vice president of sales and marketing for Thor Motor Coach.
The Thor Motor Coach diesel line-up includes the Serrano, Astoria, Tuscany, and the all-new Palazzo rear diesel motorhome.
Gudger can be reached at 574-584-3646 or AGudger@TMCRV.com. For more information on Thor Motor Coach motorhomes, call (800)860-5658, visit ThorMotorCoach.com, or write Thor Motor Coach, Inc., PO Box 1486., Elkhart, Indiana, 46515.
Building on the success of the A.C.E. motorhome – voted last year’s “Best of Show” by RV Business – Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is displaying the new Palazzo Class A diesel pusher at the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
According to a press release, TMC has positioned the Palazzo to “follow in the footsteps of its gas market predecessor the A.C.E. and revolutionize the diesel entry-level motorhome arena.”
The Palazzo is built on 26,000-pound GVWR Freightliner rear diesel chassis providing more than 5,000 pounds of cargo carrying capacity. Although the exterior dimensions are less than most mainstream diesel products, the innovative exterior storage is clean, well-lit and easy to access while trumping the competition’s capacity by 30%, according to TMC. In addition, the patio area is completely covered by the awning and sliderooms do not take away from the living area or storage access.
On the interior, TMC said it eliminated the typical diesel cockpit wind noise while providing extra cabinet and wardrobe storage by adding a series of nooks and crannies. From a design standpoint, the Palazzo is laid out so RVers don’t have to cross the full living area to get to the bath.
“Outside-of-the-box thinking, plus an understanding of what will make a dealer successful with today’s diesels, are the reasons we created the Palazzo,” said Dana Simon, vice president of sales for Thor Motor Coach. “The Palazzo is designed to blur the transition from a gas buyer to a diesel. No longer will price or cost of entry distinguish what customers think they can or cannot afford in a diesel.”
The Palazzo is debuting at Thor Motor Coach’s display in the South Wing, Hall 1 of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).
Thor Motor Coach has named Ron Davidson the new vice president of Quality Control and Customer Service, according to a press release.
“Ron has been a valuable member of the Thor Motor Coach team. His attention to detail and his dedication to improving the daily quality of our products made him the obvious choice.” said Jeff Kime, president of Thor Motor Coach, a division of Thor Industries Inc.
Davidson has served on the Thor Motor Coach staff for seven years in various quality related positions along with 20 years experience in the motorhome industry.
“I look forward to the challenge of this new opportunity, and feel the combination of customer service and quality are the core of our success,” said Davidson. “Building on the strengths of the “Shield of Protection” including programs like Concierge Connection, Access 24-7, Rapid Response Parts and Gold Star inspection, we will lead Thor Motor Coach into the future.”
For more information on Thor Motor Coach, call (800)860-5658 or visit http://ThorMotorCoach.com.
Thor Motor Coach announced plans to introduce 11 new floorplans during the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show, taking place Nov. 29–Dec. 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky.
According to a press release, “these new floorplans have an abundance of upgrades demonstrating the significant push of product development being undertaken at Thor Motor Coach.” Highlights include:
• The Class B-Plus-Style Class C Citation 27SB, a fuel-efficient B-plus-style Class C motorhome with more exterior storage and features that include: Glazed cherry or maple cabinetry; “Mega-Storage” oversized exterior storage compartment; Onan RV MicroQuiet 4000-kilowatt generator; patio plus entertainment package; 32-inch HD LCD TV; 30-inch residential microwave; optional solid-surface kitchen countertops; over-sized 36-inch wide shower; and standard U-shaped dinette.
• The Challenger 37DT, a roomy class A gas motorhome with features usually found in diesel pushers that include: Increased 82-inch ceiling height in every room; 32-inch Sony LCD TV and home theater; expandable sectional sofa; premium Comfort-Fit by Villa furniture throughout; optional electric fireplace; side-hinged baggage doors providing easy access to large pass-though basement storage; large U-shaped dinette; roomy bathroom with double sink vanity; and plumbing for combo washer and dryer.
• The Tuscany 45LT, a 45-foot, 450-hp tag axle diesel pusher with luxury features that include: Smooth-riding Freightliner chassis with 450-hp ISL Cummins Turbo Diesel offering 1,250-pound-foot of torque; residential 12-inch by 24-inch polished porcelain tile; expandable sectional sofa; premium Comfort-Fit by Villa furniture throughout; all-new redesigned Euro-styled dash; dual vanity master rear bath; optional stackable washer and dryer; 40-inch HD Sony LCD TV and home theater; and hand crafted, solid-wood entertainment cabinet with built-in fireplace.
“The future is really bright, and we are working diligently to bring products to market that our dealers and customers demand,” said Dana Simon, vice president of sales. “We are committed to spending the time and resources to provide the most innovative motorhomes here at Thor Motor Coach.”
The Thor Motor Coach Serrano has moved into the “Top 10” best selling diesel motorhomes as of August 2011, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Grand Rapids, Mich.,
In a press release, spokesmen for the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary indicate that the diesel-powered Serrano has increased by 20% in overall retail sales, which equates to a market share increase of 18.3%.
“Our fuel-efficient Serrano continues to be a hit with motorhome enthusiasts and has had great appeal with consumers looking to buy gas or diesel models,” said Adam Gudger, Thor Motor Coach’s Serrano product manager. “We have recently introduced two great new floorplans which include a 34-foot bath-and-a-half model and a 33-foot model with a full-wall slide and an option for a stackable washer and dryer.”
The 2012 Serrano product offering includes five floorplans ranging from 31- to 34-feet. Built on the reliable Workhorse W-series chassis, the Serrano is powered by a Navistar MaxxForce diesel engine rated at 230-hp with 620 ft.-lb. of torque. With a gross vehicle weight rating starting at 20,500 pounds, Thor Motor Coach said the Serrano has a great power to weight ratio – lower weight overall weight, plus big torque output, equals a smooth running motorhome designed to conserve fuel.
“Consumers are looking for a fuel-efficient diesel with the power to handle mountainous terrain and the Serrano provides these diesel benefits for the price of a typical high-end gas unit,” said Gudger. “Users are getting significant fuel economy increases compared to gas motorhomes while the 36% increase in torque keeps the engine running quieter and more efficiently than comparable gas powered models”.
New interior amenities include an MCD solar and blackout roller shade with ClearView technology, helping keep solar light and heat out of the coach during the day while providing complete darkness for sleeping at night. Sliderooms feature custom hardwood fascia, adding a finished look to the Serrano’s living area, while optional heat pumps for the air conditioners take the chill out of the interior on cool mornings and brisk evenings. Three new exterior paint packages along with two interior decors packages are also available.
For more information visit http://Serrano-RV.com.
Thor Motor Coach continues as the No. 1 retailing brand of motorhomes in North America with 22.93% share through June 2011, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
In a press release, Thor Motor Coach said the results also show the Thor Industries Inc. division as the fastest growing motorhome brand among the top eight major manufacturers with a 27.9% increase over last year. Class C sales captured the No. 1 market position with an impressive market share growth of 31.50% compared to the previous year.
“Packing in features that include camper favorites like Mega-Storage Compartments, single step entrances and molded fiberglass front caps have helped us solidify our dedication to the Class C market. Over the past six months we have introduced several new floorplans that integrate features making the coach even more livable,” said Mike Savage, Thor Motor Coach’s Class C product manager.
The company said that over the last few months retail customers have responded well to the addition of several impressive new features on the Hurricane and Challenger lines, the redesign of the Tuscany, and several new floor plans on the Windsport, Serrano and A.C.E. lines.
“Our continued focus on what retail customers’ desire helps us to bring innovative floorplans with intelligent features to the market. Our after-the-sale support programs like Concierge Connection and Rapid Response Parts along with the stability of a strong and financially sound company are added reasons consumers continue to display their confidence in our products,” stated Dana Simon, vice president of sales.