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Thor Motor Coach has been recognized as 2011’s top retailing brand of motorhomes in North America according to Statistical Surveys, Inc..

Thor Motor Coach is 2011’s #1 Selling Motorhome Brand

Thor Motor Coach is 2011’s #1 Selling Motorhome Brand

The company’s Class C motorhomes captured the #1 market position in 2011 and accounted for nearly 24% of all Class C sales. These results showed Thor Motor Coach’s Class C brands grew fastest amongst the top manufacturers with a 17.5% increase.  In addition, Thor Motor Coach’s Class A motorhome brands lead the market in 2011, capturing 23.7% of all gas powered Class A sales.

Success at the retail level is only possible with a talented dealer network.  The partnerships formed between Thor Motor Coach and its dealers solidify the foundation to develop innovative products with superior value.

“Reines RV and Thor Motor Coach have been partners for over 12 years. 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”, said Lindsey Reines, owner Reines RV in Manassa, Virginia.

Consumer focused programs such as “Gold Star Inspections” and “Concierge Connection” emphasize a commitment to quality driven products.  These industry unique programs create unyielding partnerships with dealers and retail customers.

“You cannot be the top single brand retailer of motorhomes without partnering with great dealers. These alliances are essential, allowing us to provide our customers a superior ownership experience”, emphasized Jeff Kime, President of Thor Motor Coach.

For more information on Thor Motor Coach motorhomes, call (800) 860-5658, visit http://ThorMotorCoach.com, or write to: Thor Motor Coach, Inc., PO Box 1486, Elkhart, Indiana 46515.

Officials at RV dealerships across the country say they are concerned about the future of Earthbound Recreational Vehicles.

Shifts in the company’s business strategy have left some dealers with long-standing ties to the company and its owners feeling left in the dark.

Earthbound President Charles Hoefer said the company was focused on lining up everything for its new business model and “confidently” projected that production would begin again by mid-November. He said the company will start work on both new and old models at that point.

The start up company located in Marion in 2010 with the city backing a $2 million bond with county economic development income tax (CEDIT) money to support its startup. The company never met expectations to hire around 180 employees to produce 400 or more motorhomes a year at its 1001 E. 38 St. factory.

Production has been shut down at its factory as the company retools its strategy in anticipation for an announced new “boutique” motor coach line with a higher price point than older models. Only 100 units are slated to be sold in North America at starting price of $84,900.

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EAST MANATEE FL— After a long haul, Dawn M. Bastian of Goodrich, Michigan was relaxing at her campsite under a bright blue Lake Manatee State Park sky Thursday.

But next to her wasn’t a Winnebago or fifth wheel.

She was camping out in a 13-foot, turquoise, 1966 Serro Scotty Sportsman trailer coach. It’s shape — like a canned ham — is not conducive to a fancy dining room or entertainment center.

But that’s not what this little dude, which cost $695 new in 1966, is all about, Bastian said.

She says her antique Scotty, which she restored, inspires a bit of happy nostalgia in everyone who sees it since it was born when Route 66 was the main drag across America and there were no cell phones.

“It’s fun to sleep in,” Bastian said with the big smile of someone who doesn’t care about Corian counter tops or a hot tub in an RV.

“It’s classic,” said an admiring Tim Heintz of Panana City Beach, who was parked a few spaces down for the exact same thing, to let people experience history in his 30-foot, 1950 Spartanette travel trailer made by Spartan Air Craft out of Tulsa, Okla., with its shape like a loaf of bread.

Bastian and Heintz are members of Tin Can Tourists, the vintage trailer coach, motor coach and travel trailer club, which continues its 90th Annual Winter Convention today through Sunday at Lake Manatee State Park.

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