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Timeline - 2010s

Daryl Zook Inducted into Hall of Fame

Daryl Zook

Following is the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s portrayal of Daryl Zook at his induction:

Daryl Zook is a true pioneer in the RV industry, who exemplifies its entrepreneurial spirit. Daryl founded KZ, one of the premier towable RV manufacturers in the industry, in 1972, fulfilling his desire to start his own company building truck campers.

Over his decades of leadership, KZ has continued to grow, moving beyond truck campers to produce a full line of travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers that are still exciting dealers and customers today. Daryl holds a patent for a rear slide mechanism, and was an early pioneer integrating in-house products and processes. KZ is unequaled in employee retention. He implemented lean processes long before it was in vogue to do so.

In 2014, Zook sold KZ to Thor Industries. Building a solid RV company over more than 40 years is a testament to the long-term vision of a man who has earned the respect and admiration of his peers throughout the industry.

Daryl is selfless when it comes to faith, charity, his employee’s, dealer’s, and customer’s needs. Their good always comes before his own. He and his company have earned more DSI (dealer satisfaction index) awards than any other towable manufacturer. His character is a testament to how everyone should aspire to conduct their lives.