Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. has introduced the new RS E-Trek Class B motorhome, built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis and incorporating the latest technology into Roadtrek’s best-selling RS platform.
“Roadtrek’s design incorporates technology that will give the owner greater ability to be independent, have full capability to dry camp for extended periods, all while being environmentally conscious,” said Jim Hammill, president of Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek. “There has never been an RV like this, and we are extremely pleased to offer this new product. The introduction of this model is industry leading, environmentally responsible, all electric, all with no loss of functionality.”
The E-Trek was built using the most environmentally conscious materials that are e-certified, and are manufactured using high levels of recycled materials. Features include:
• Mercedes Sprinter Van (170-inch wheelbase), with Bluetec technology, and bio-diesel fuel capability.
• Propane-free operation.
• New Interior styling, including touring captains seats in second row.
• New exterior styling, full-body paint and tone-on-tone colors.
• 250-watt solar charging.
• EFOY fuel cell generator option.
• Engine generation using additional engine generator/alternator.
• 2500-watt Inverter.
• Surge protection and power monitoring.
• Optional lithium Ion batteries.
Andy Weller, Roadtrek’s co-chairman and CEO stated, “This unit utilizes the latest electrical capabilities available to achieve the environmental improvements and camping independence that our customers have been demanding. Our Engineering team has worked extremely hard to create something not just new, but actually a much different and easier product to use for the consumer.”
Roadtrek has begun manufacturing of the E-Trek and is taking orders through its dealer network.
Canadian builder Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. announced the launch of it first B-Plus style Class C motorhome, the Pleasure-Way Pursuit.
According to a press release, the coach is built on Ford E350 dual rear-wheel cutaway chassis and offers several “special features,” including its 22-foot length.
“Building a B-plus was the next natural progression for us,” said Dean Rumpel, CEO of Saskatoon-based Pleasure-Way. “We received a lot of feedback from customers who love what we do but wished the Class B motorhome was just a little larger. The Pursuit is going to meet the needs of the consumer who doesn’t want to go up to a 24-foot motorhome but wants a little more than a traditional Class B.”
He added, “Aside from spaciousness and efficiency, one of our focuses in building the Pursuit was to produce a stunning interior with extraordinary features that you don’t normally see in a B-Plus motorhome.”
The Pursuit is constructed with a full steel cage that is welded together along with a one-piece seamless fiberglass roof. All fiberglass is bonded directly to the steel which eliminates the need for additional screws and moldings. Full-body paint completes the exterior of the Pursuit.
The interior of the coach is set off by use of rich hardwood maple throughout, including the fluted molding, custom solid wood cabinet doors and hand-fitted crown moldings. “You feel as if you have entered into a high end Class A motorhome,” said Rumpel.
Rich ultraleather encompasses the rear lounge and is lined with three inches of memory foam. The spacious bathroom showcases a beautiful Corian and glass curved corner shower and also features a skylight, maple cabinetry with crown moldings, a Corian vanity with matching Corian backsplash, porcelain toilet and a stainless steel sink complete with a waterfall single lever faucet.
Other standards on the Pursuit include multiplex wiring, which simplifies the electrical switches to three convenient panels, an Onan 4kw generator, a 13,500 Btu roof air conditioner, 32-inch LED TV, Blu-Ray player with built in Wi-Fi, Clarion in-dash navigation with Bluetooth, iPod and USB connections and a backup camera. Also standard are a 6-cubic-foot double door refrigerator with stainless steel front, LED lighting, unique computer work station, multiposition opening skylights with screen and shade, power day and night roller shades and a 12-foot power awning.
With an estimated 13-15 miles per gallon highway, the Pursuit is fuel efficient and easy to drive. Fully loaded, it retails for $103,870.
For more information contact John Mattern at (800) 364-0189 or visit www.pleasureway.com.
Daimler AG announced its plans to increase the number of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter commercial van dealers in U.S. by 27% to as many as 250, according to a report by Nitrobahn.
The vehicle, which is a popular platform for RV builders, was introduced by the automobile manufacturer’s U.S. commercial van manufacturing unit two years ago. Before that, the Sprinter was sold by Dodge and Freightliner from 2001 to 2009. The announcement was made by Claus Tritt, vice president of Daimler Vans USA.
Tritt said that the company plans to have their dealers in places and markets where there are customers with a need. “About 197 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner dealers are all set to sell the Sprinter model in the United States. Our plan is to increase the number between 230 and 250 in the course of time,” he said.
He said that as part of its efforts to improve customer experience the company wants the dealers to understand how to handle commercial customers. For this, the company will train the dealers and “set them up right,” he added.
“Sprinter is a separate franchise from Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and Freightliner and hence its dealers need to meet specific requirements. Other than preparing staff to sell and service the commercial van, dealers must have a dedicated salesman and display area for the Sprinter, either in the showroom area or an outdoor setting,” Tritt said.
He also said that for servicing the vehicle, the new dealerships will have two dedicated Sprinter-trained technicians, two vehicle lifts and an alignment rack. For proper servicing existing dealerships will have to raise ceilings and expand entryways to accommodate the Sprinter.
Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. has introduced its lowest priced, fully-equipped midsize Class B motorhome, designed to be environmentally sensible by eliminating the use of propane.
According to a press release, the new Ranger RT camper van’s lower weight and smaller engine allow for a lighter chassis, all of which lead to better fuel efficiency. Weight is further reduced through carrying of a portable 110-volt generator that can be used only when needed.
Energy sources are simplified to just electricity and gasoline. By excluding propane, Roadtrek said the van’s systems are greatly simplified for easier operation and less maintenance, and burning of fossil fuels is reduced to help the environment.
When not connected to an external power source, RVers can run the 110/12-volt refrigerator, 110-volt stove, 110-volt microwave oven and 110-volt water heater with the dual large capacity auxiliary batteries through an improved electrical system with a 1250-watt power inverter. The power-efficient, compressor-driven Norcold refrigerator provides cooling without propane. The unit is also thermostatically controlled to eliminate frozen produce when the temperature drops at night.
A propane option including tank, stove and furnace is available for those who require ample space heating or extensive stove use while dry camping. A built-in generator is available for those who want one but prefer not to carry a portable one. Respect for the environment is further exhibited by use of water-based exterior paint and reduced use of wood resources.
The Ranger RT, with MSRP’s starting at $72,800, is currently in production.
For additional information, visit www.roadtrek.com/PR or call 888-ROADTREK (762-3873) or email@example.com.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada-based Class B builder Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. has introduced the N6-Active, a new category of “activity vehicle,” according to a press release.
The N6-Active, which debuted at last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., offers several different applications: an SUV that gets up to 18 mpg and is equipped with a refrigerator, sink, microwave and exterior shower; a minivan that can tow 9,000 pounds; a people hauler that consumers won’t be embarrassed to drive; and an RV people can drive every day.
“It’s a great alternative to a large SUV, crossover, or minivan for an active family,” said Jeff Hanemaayer, co-chairman of Roadtrek.
The N6 is built on the new Nissan NV 2500 series van. At 20 feet, 1 inch long, it’s based on the same platform as Nissan’s Titan full-size pickup truck. With more legroom, elbow room and headroom than an SUV or minivan, Roadtrek said it has more than enough space for seven people including an easily to accessible third row that is big enough for two adults or three children.
In addition, four captain seats swivel to surround an expandable table that can be set up in two different locations. There’s also a built-in kitchenette for on-the-road meals and a pop-up roof allows full standing height inside and sleeping for two adults or kids. The third row seat reclines to a full-length double bed and families can sleep a fifth person across the two front seats on the optional folding mattress.
The N6 is well equipped with the latest audio, video, navigation and phone electronics and support for today’s tablets. And because the N6 meets the definition of an RV, Roadtrek said the interest incurred to finance its purchase can be tax deductible as a second residence.
Roadtrek reported that the N6 was well-received by dealers in Louisville. “We sold 14 the first day of the show,” said Hanemaayer.
Base MSRP is $67,470. The N6 is now in production and will be seen on the first dealers’ lots this month. For additional information, visit www.roadtrek.com/PR or call 888-ROADTREK (762-3873) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada-based Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. announced that it will be displaying product as part of Elkhart County’s 4th Annual RV Open House Week, running Sept. 19-23.
According to a press release, the manufacturer will be showing its line of Sprinter- and GM-based Class B motorhomes at a site on C.R. 6, 1 ½ miles east of Cassopolis Street in Elkhart.
Roadtrek reported that the company continues to dominate the Class B segment with 50% market share through July, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc.
For more information on Roadtrek’s open house, contact Paul Cassidy, vice president of sales, at email@example.com, visit www.roadtrek.com/PR or call 888-ROADTREK (762-3873).
Winkler, Manitoba, Canada-based Leisure Travel Vans has launched a 24-foot non-slide Unity U24IB Class B floorplan, featuring a walk-around island bed.
Built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Unity U24IB’s unique floorplan boasts a full walk-around residential quality bed – the first in North America on a non-slide 24-foot Sprinter unit, according to a press release. The walk-around bedroom is complete with spacious his-and-her wardrobes and ample interior storage space, a convenient flip-up dresser and make-up center at the foot of the bed, private dry two-piece lavatory and a stand-up residential shower.
The Unity U24IB was developed with “ultimate convenience and comfort in mind,” according to the company. The front driver’s and passenger’s seats swivel 180 degrees to allow viewing of the large pull-out 26-inch LCD TV located in the galley. The two-way slidable dining table ensures maximum maneuverability, even when serving dinner for four. An optional entertainment package features a removable bedroom TV that easily mounts to an exterior swing-out arm, complete with exterior stereo.
Other notable features include 60 cubic feet of exterior storage with a large passthrough rear storage compartment, front seating/dining area complete with seat belts for two added passengers (four total), a new standard power patio box awning and a pull-out pantry. Technological advancements the Unity U24IB include a new 7-inch GPS and back-up and optional side-turn cameras with iPod/USB hookups. The interior offers European styled curved wood cabinetry, sleek modern Ultraleather and Corian’s Private Collection countertops throughout the coach.
With an estimated 16-18 mpg, the Unity U24IB has a starting MSRP of $112,970. Leisure Travel Vans said the unit will be featured at this week’s Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey and then at the California RV Show in Pomona, Calif., from Oct. 14-23.
For pictures, videos, virtual tours and more please visit http://www.leisurevans.com/u24ib. Leisure Travel Vans is a brand of Triple E Recreational Vehicles.
Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. retained its commanding lead in Class B sales, owning a 51.1% market share for the first quarter. Fellow Canadian builder Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. was second with a 26.2% market share.
Thor Industries Inc. was the top U.S. manufacturer, capturing a 14.5% market share for the first three months.
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Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. “dominated the 2010 Canadian Class B market with a resounding 51.2% market share, outselling all other Class B manufacturers combined,” Pleasure-Way stated in a news release, citing Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) retail sales results for 2010.
“We have a great working partnership with our dealer network. They believe in the value of our product, and we recognize their efforts to convey this to the retail customer,” said Dean Rumpel, CEO of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Pleasure-Way Industries. “This accomplishment in the retail market reinforces why Pleasure-Way received the RVDA Quality Circle Award in 2010. We have a committed staff that builds a great product and we provide exceptional support to our dealers. Together it’s a win-win situation.”
With a network of over 60 dealers in North America, Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. is a family-owned and operated company, which began manufacturing van campers 25 years ago and has grown to be the second largest Class B motorhome manufacturer in North America.
For more information on Pleasure-Way van campers, contact Dean Rumpel, 302 Portage Ave., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada S7J 4C6; (800) 364-0189; or visit www.pleasureway.com.
Retail sales of Class B motorhomes rose 1.7% in December over December 2009 and finished the year up 25% over 2009 sales, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) has reported.
Kitchener, Ontario-based Roaktrek Motorhomes Inc. continued its dominance of the Class B market, garnering a 46.9% share in December and 43.7% for the year.
Thor Industries Inc. earned a 23.5% share of the Class B market in December, but another Canadian builder, Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd., finished second for the entire year with a 22.9% share.
For the year, Winnebago Industries Inc. finished in third with a 15.9% share, while Thor was fourth with a 13.7% share.
Five of eight U.S. and Canadian Class B builders reported retail sales for the month of December.
The Class B market is a sliver of the overall RV market, accounting for less than 1,500 retail sales for the entire year. Nevertheless, Class B sales showed steady strength throughout the year, posting year-over-year improvements in 11 of 12 months.
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Retail sales of Class B motorhomes or van campers rose 14.6% in July over July 2009, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) has reported.
Canada-based Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. remained the industry leader with a 40% share of the U.S. market.
Thor Industries Inc. moved into the No. 2 spot with a 20.9% share, nosing out another Canadian firm, Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd., which had a 19.1% share.
Only six of the eight participating firms reported retail sales for the month.
Year-to-date, Class B sales are ahead of the 2009 pace by 42.8%.
Year-to-date, Roadtrek is solidly in the No. 1 spot with a 41.1% market share, followed by Pleasure-Way with a 22.2% share and Winnebago Industries Inc. with an 18.3% share.
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Retail sales of Class B motorhomes rose 82% in February over February 2009, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) reported today (April 12).
In its inaugural report on Class B sales to RVBUSINESS.com, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based SSI noted that Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc., based in Kitchener, Ontario, led the way with a 47.7% market share in February. Fellow Canadian builder Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. was second with a 19.8% share. Thor Industries Inc. was the top U.S. builder with a 14.4% market share. Winnebago Industries Inc. rounded out the top four.
Sales of eight Class B builders were cited in the report.
For year-to-date, Class B sales are up 90.2% over the first two months of 2009. Roadtrek held a 45.3% share for the first two months, followed by Pleasure-Way, Winnebago and Thor.
A small market category by comparison, Class B wholesale shipments in 2009 totaled 1,200 units, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
“The rebound in Class B sales is probably the best kept secret in the industry,” said Roadtrek Chairman Jeff Hanemaayer. “And I think it’s a trend that will continue. We have the oldest buyers so we’ll benefit as more Baby Boomers move into their late 50s and 60s.”
Roadtrek noted that it continued to dominate the class B segment with 44.6% of the market in 2009. In addition, when all types of motorhomes are combined, Roadtrek ranked as the No. 11 motorhome manufacturer right on the heels of No. 10 Newmar Corp.
“Although 1 of every 13 motorhomes sold in the last six months was a class B, many self-described, fullline RV dealers still don’t sell B’s. If they were sold in as many places as A’s and C’s, I can’t imagine how many more we would sell,” he concluded.
Leisure Travel Vans Ltd. is introducing the Unity featuring the industry’s first “Murphy Bed” in a Class B motorhome, according to a news release. The queen-sized bed folds out from the wall over two power reclining lounge chairs. Other features of the Unity, built on a Sprinter chassis, include European window design, aerodynamic sleek-styled front and rear caps, European-styled interior featuring Corian countertops and curved cabinetry. The Morden, Manitoba-based manufacturer will be displaying the Unity at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show Dec. 1-3 in Louisville, Ky.
Class B retail sales are improving at a faster percentage rate than larger class A and C motorhomes, according to a news release from Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc.
In the first half of 2009, while A’s and C’s were off 44%, Class B’s were down “only” 28%, according to Roadtrek, a Kitchener, Ontario-based Class B manufacturer, which cited results from Statistical Surveys Inc. In the third quarter, Class B’s actually grew by 6% while A’s and C’s were still down by 24%. Sales diverged even further in the latest month available, September, with B’s up 21% and A’s and C’s still down by 24%.
“I am not surprised that Class B’s were less affected by the downturn in the RV market and are coming back faster than their larger cousins,” said Jeff Hanemaayer, Roadtrek chairman. “Class B’s have the oldest buyers in the industry. With an average age of 62, most are retired (or soon will be) and are therefore less impacted by job losses, credit restrictions, etc. And as sales return to normal, Class B’s will benefit even more as more Baby Boomers move into their late 50s and 60s.”
Roadtrek continues to dominate the Class B segment with almost half the market, he noted.
“Roadtreks have been the No. 1 selling Class B’s since 1990. I am happy to see our dominant market share growing in 2009. It speaks well to the strength of our brand’s design, quality, value and customer service,” he said.