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Thor Motor Coach, an American manufacturer of recreation vehicles located in Elkhart, IN, produces nearly one out of every four motorhomes sold each year and is the top retail selling motorhome manufacturer in North America.They make Class A and Class C motorhomes and are a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc.
Elkhart is a city in Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. The city is located 15 miles (24 km) east of South Bend, Indiana, 110 miles (180 km) east of Chicago, Illinois, and 150 miles (240 km) north of Indianapolis, Indiana. Elkhart has the larger population of the two principal cities of the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area, in a region commonly known as Michiana. The population was 50,949 at the 2010 census. Despite the shared name, it is not the county seat of Elkhart County; that position is held by the city of Goshen, located about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Elkhart.
A motorhome is a type of self-propelled recreational vehicle (RV) which offers living accommodation combined with a vehicle engine.
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Thor Motor Coach was formed in September 2010 as a strategic merger of Thor Industries, Inc. subsidiaries Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International.
Thor Motor Coach produces a large variety of "A" class and "C" class motorhomes. Class A models traditionally are the larger models with the flatter front end resembling more of a "bus" look. Class C models are usually smaller with the cab and chassis from a van platform along with a 'cabover' sleeping area.
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The Travco motorhome was an aerodynamic Class A Recreational Vehicle built on a Dodge motorhome chassis from 1965 until the late 1980s. The Travco design originally emerged as a 1961 model called the "Dodge Frank Motor Home" and marketed with the assistance of the Chrysler Corporation, which was the maker of its chassis. One hundred thirty one were produced the first year, with an average price tag of $9000. The Travco/Dodge Motor Home design and fiberglass body were refinements by Ray Frank to the original Frank Motor Home, a conventional box-type design based on the Dodge chassis and built in Brown City, Michigan from 1958 to 1962. Ray Frank, founder of Frank Industries, also made up the name "motorhome" and went on to develop Xplorer Motorhomes. Frank has been inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum as the father of the motorhome.
Thor Industries, Inc. is an American manufacturer of recreational vehicles (RVs). The company sells towable and motorized RVs through its subsidiaries brands including Airstream, Heartland RV, Jayco, Livin Lite RV, and others. The company's headquarters is in Elkhart, Indiana. It has manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Idaho, and Oregon.
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