The Roadtrek/Hymer scandal. An update

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The following article was posted Jan. 21 by Mike Wendland on the website Roadtreking that he produces with his wife, Jennifer. 

I have promised an update on the scandal and disturbing news about financial irregularities swirling around Roadtrek motorhome’s corporate parent, the Erwin Hymer Group of North America. Here’s what we now know.

The blockbuster news is that the North American operation as of today has been excluded from Thor’s plan to purchase the Erwin Hymer Group (EHG), whose worldwide operations are headquartered in Germany. That is a huge development.

Here’s how this has unfolded.


EHG formed a separate North American division – Erwin Hymer Group North America (EHGNA) – that included Roadtrek when it purchased Roadtrek Motorhomes some three years ago. At the time, the company announced plans to expand in North America, with new Hymer-specific vans as well as European-styled travel trailers and perhaps even larger motorhomes.

Hymer vans like the Activ were introduced. The company added some other brands like en entry level priced van called the Carado. After a slow start, a line of ultra light weight towables – the Hymer Touring GT  – was introduced. EHYNA seemed to be exploding with new models, new technologies and massive growth.

THEN, THIS FALL, Thor Industries based in Elkhart, IN announced that it had reached an agreement to buy the entire worldwide Erwin Hymer Group and all its operations, including the new North American division. The deal would make Thor the largest RV manufacturer in the world.

All seemed to be moving well with that, until earlier this month.

In preparing a financial audit of the North American operation for the sale, Hymer accountants discovered extremely serious financial “irregularities.” News reports unconfirmed by EHG but so far undisputed by the company allege that they involved false invoices paid to family members of key managers, falsified titles, inflated sales figures, inventory discrepancies and other problems totaling between $70 and $100 million.

As one company manager told me in confidence, “we thought we were working for a successful company that was selling units so fast we had to expand.”

Read the full story at Roadtreking.


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VaVet96
VaVet96

It’s silly to blame this on Thor as several commenters here have. In this case, it was apparently the due diligence of Thor or Hymer auditors prior to closing the deal that revealed this mess. Just standard good business practice whenever major deals are in the works.

TontonB

Thor would have destroyed this company anyway!!

TontonB

“Increasing sales and increasing profit make any company look attractive. Any wonder why this was happening? No, not really.

Gene Bjerke
Gene Bjerke

We have a Roadtrek motorhome which we bought in 2010. It has been a good, well-built unit and we enjoy it greatly. Our dealings with Roadtrek have always been good. Thus, we were disturbed when we learned that Roadtrek was bought my Erwin Hymer, but assumed that the Roadtrek part of the business would continue as usual. Hearing that Thor then acquired the whole business sent shivers down our spine. Imagine our dismay when the news of financial irregularities came out. Again, we hoped that the Roadtrek part was not involved, but when we heard (unconfirmed) that Roadtrek executives had… Read more »

Roy
Roy

Those who purchase a Thor product are now eligible for Thor-azine drips in order to treat their RVing related issues ….

RV Staff

😀 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Jeff
Jeff

My Wife and I are on our last RV! And unfortunately it was manufactured by a Company that was acquired by THOR. Eventually, you won’t be able to buy any RV with any certainty of Quality!

Phil Smith
Phil Smith

Yes you can – buy a Leisure Travel Van! We love ours – quality through and through!

Bob p
Bob p

THOR STRIKES AGAIN!!!