Pablo Carmona proudly pounded on the side of the MVP RV’s first Tahoe, a Class C recreation vehicle that resembles a small house on the back of a truck, moments before it would drive away from the assembly line.

“My first one,” the company’s director of operations said, smiling. “It feels so good.”

Less than three years ago, Carmona and two other Thor California executives started MVP RV, and less than two months after that the country, along with the company, slid headfirst into one of the nation’s worst financial downturns. The new company downsized, cut back, shut down and searched for funding.

Jaime Martinez, left, and Horasio Hermosillo apply glue that will bond a rubber roof to a trailer. MVP RV foundered in the recession. Then it found a partner. “I had faith we were going to find somebody to believe in us,” says Pablo Carmona , director of operations.

MVP’s fortunes have since taken a U-turn for the better with a Chinese business partner on board and a $310 million agreement to build and export 30,000 RVs to China, as well as plans to develop an all-electric RV for customers here and abroad.
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