- Aug. 10, 2016
-- Donny O'Banion: Hello, and welcome to The World's RV Show, going on now at Motor Home Specialist, the #1 volume selling motor home dealership in the world. My name is Donny O'Banion, and today we're being joined by Adam Gudger who's the national sales manager and chief designer of Thor Motor Coach's Luxury Diesel Division. And, today, we're lucky enough to have Adam come in and take us for a tour of the all-new 2016 Thor Tuscany and show us what makes this Thor Motor Coach's flagship model.
Adam Gudger: Good to be back.
O'Banion: Really appreciate you being here, taking the time.
Gudger: Always my pleasure. I thought last year we finally took it to the whole other level, but we've done some new things, Donny. Thanks to your feedback and from our retail customers out there, I think the Tuscany, and I say this every year, "It's finally where we want it to be." But, what's really exciting for us as a company is we're continuing to try to raise that bar. We're not trying to be satisfied. We had a lot of success last year driving this Coach to customers. More value for the dollar has always been our motto. We want to try to give you the most for your money. But, there are certain things about the Tuscany that we felt were lacking just a little bit, and we wanted to take it to a whole other level.
The one thing that I'm most excited about, and it took the most amount of time, and the president of our company, Jeff Kime, actually thought I was crazy when I first brought it up with him; but, I really wanted to change the Thor Motor Coach Tuscany outside look and functionality. So, what we did is we actually tasked a couple engineers, for an entire year, to get out and actually redesign the whole body of the motor home on the outside because we wanted to make the Coach have taller basements. One of the things that we've done, and we were really the industry first to do this, is really focus on these full wall slide type floor plans. They're going bigger, and longer, and better, because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what motor home you're buying, you're all about square footage. What can give you more square footage than a full wall slide? Nothing. Then we said, "Okay, engineers, let's see if we can figure out how to make them even deeper and longer," but the problem with the full wall slide is that it really intrudes on the patio side or on the driver's side of the Coach, depending on the floor plan. We were lacking in our basement heights, so we got with our engineering group and said, "This is really what we're looking for. We want a better appearance, and we also want to have that height." We went back in, and we redesigned the entire under carriage, and we were able to develop a new slide system with our partners in Lippert, and we now have all hydraulic slide outs on all our Coaches. The Tuscany is the only motor home in this segment of the industry to offer hydraulic slides on every single slide out of the unit. Hydraulic slides are more expensive, but they push more weight. They're more reliable, and overall, it's just a smoother experience for every customer. We did that, and we were able to increase the basement height by four and a half inches. We've increased our height of our storage compartments by four and a half inches. That's like the difference between a sore back and not. You can get in and access, and even this one, it doesn't have the full wall slide, but it has, even with the two slide outs on this side of the Coach, just so much more opening here.
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