New Great West Vans owner David DeBraga recently relocated from St. Andrews, Manitoba, to nearby Winnipeg after he bought the company in April from Martin H. Guertz, who was retiring.
It was a natural move because DeBraga owned another company that built running boards, doors and other fiberglass components for the transportation industry.
”Great West was one of our customers,” DeBraga said, sitting inside an elegant redesigned Legend SE Class B motorhome at the Louisville Show. ”The previous owner wanted to retire so we decided to buy the company and move it to Winnipeg.”
Great West now is housed in the same factory as DeBraga’s other company — Sterling Group — while continuing to build Class B motorhomes on the 11,500-pound GVWR Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500 chassis powered by a high-mileage 188-hp diesel engine.
The New Great West camper van lineup — Legend, Legend SE and Legend EX — all have new exterior ground effects and redesigned interiors. ”We had an interior designer come in and go through all our color schemes,” Debraga said. ”We plan to keep technology and quality really high.”
Features in the 22-foot 9-inch Legend and upgraded Legend SE include solid wood cabinets, side screen doors, recessed LED lighting, Avonite countertops, laminate ”hardwood” floors and rear under-bed storage.
The Legend EX is built on a 24-foot 6-inch extended Sprinter chassis and offers additional seating options along with a hydronic heating and hot water system and an 85-watt solar panel. Base MSRPs run from $1165,000 for a Legend to $133,00 for a Legend EX.