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Podcast 152: Bob Martin, CEO of Thor Industries

(Sept. 22, 2017) -- Episode 152 begins with a brief synopsis of the Elkhart Dealer Open House, which took place this week. This week’s guest is Bob Martin, the CEO for Thor Industries. He describes how giving the individual companies the authority make decisions on their own works to help move Thor Industries forward faster than it could do if the firm had centralized decision making. He talks a bit about the Jayco acquisition and what it means for the company as well as how the hurricanes and increasing demand for product make it challenging for manufacturers and suppliers to keep up the pace. Read More »

Thor names director of community engagement

(August 2, 2017) -- Schutt will be responsible for developing stronger relationships with school and community leaders to promote the RV industry and enhance Thor's ability to positively impact the areas where Thor's subsidiaries currently operate. Read More »

SSI: Canadian towable sales gain 14.9 percent in May

(July 14, 2017) -- Year-over-year Canadian towable sales rose 14.9 percent in May, while gaining 6 percent for the first five months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Travel trailer sales grew 16 percent in May while showing a 7.5 percent increase year-to-date. Read More »

Report finds U.S. RV market healthy and growing

(July 7, 2017) -- The growth of the U.S. RV industry is supported by increase in U.S. GDP, favorable interest rates, crude oil prices and demographic factors, and the growth in travel and tourism in the United States, finds a recent Market Reports Online analysis. Read More »

Thor’s Mihalick to speak at RVSEF conference 

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida – David Mihalick, the senior director of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance for Thor Industries has been announced as a special guest speaker at the upcoming 2017 RV Technical Education & Safety Conference, as reported by Walter Cannon, executive director of the RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF). Mihalick, a 16-year RV industry veteran, serves on many RV-related technical and standards committees. “We are excited and pleased that David will be coming to the conference this year,” stated Cannon. “He is the guy when it comes to, not only knowing RV standards and safety, but how to explain them in layman’s terms.” Mihalick will be addressing many topics of interest for all RVers such as: How RV dealers differ from automobile dealers. What to expect from your RV dealer. How to handle issues with your RV. What laws RVers need to comply with. Comparing an RV to a residential house. Specific standards RVs are built to. How Thor Industries addresses vehicle safety and code compliance. The 2017 RV Technical Education & Safety Conference will be held October 1 – 5, 2017, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, at the Pritchard Community Center. Besides Mihalick, others on the technical staff joining Cannon include, Gary Bunzer, Randy Biles, Gary Motley, RVIA Vice-President, Bruce Hopkins, as well as RVSEF staffers Trey and Susan Selman, plus conference graduates, Rick Shafer and Jim and Sherry McGlynn, The 2017 Conference will present a slate of educational seminars covering RV lifestyle, technical systems and safety. A one-on-one, behind-the-wheel driving class is also being offered as an addendum to the program. Various product manufacturers will also present proprietary seminars. Source: RV Safety & Education Foundation Read More »