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‘B’-Builder Roadtrek Joins Elkhart Open House

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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 paulc@roadtrek.com, visit www.roadtrek.com/PR or call 888-ROADTREK (762-3873).

 

 

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Leisure Travel Vans Debuts New Unity Floorplan

September 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Innovative walk-around island bed

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.

 

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SSI: Class B Sales Drop 40% in First Quarter

May 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Stat Surveys logo Class B motorhome or camper van sales were down 24% for March compared to 2010, and fell 40.3% for the first quarter, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).

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.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext 128, or (616) 446-8179 (cell).

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Pleasure-Way: No. 1 Class B Retailer in Canada

March 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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Stat Surveys: Class B Sales Rose 25% in 2010

February 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Stat Surveys logo 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.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (61) 446-8179 (cell).

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Stat Surveys: Class B Sales Up 14.6% in July

September 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Stat Surveys logoRetail 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.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, SSI national RV sales manager, at (616)9898 ext. 128, or (616) 446-8179 (cell).

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Stat Surveys Inc.: Feb. Class B Sales Up 82%

April 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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).

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Roadtrek Continues to Tout Class B Rebound

March 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

While monthly sales of class A and C motorhomes continue to be down on a year-over-year basis, class B sales have been up for the last six months (August 2009 to January 2010) according to Statistical Surveys Inc., the de facto source of retail registrations for RVs.
In fact, A’s and C’s were down 19%. During that same period, class B sales were up a whopping 33%, according to a news release from Class B leader Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc., Kitchener, Ontario.

“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.

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Leisure Travel Vans Unity Features ‘Murphy Bed’

November 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Unity's Murphy bedLeisure 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.

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Roadtrek: Class B Sales Lead Motorized Sector

November 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Jeff Hanemaayer

Jeff Hanemaayer

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.

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