Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. continues to rank as the No. 1 Class B sales leader, owning a 37.6% market share through September as compiled by Statistical Surveys Inc. According to a press release, Roadtrek is looking to maintain that momentum with three new product introductions in 2013 with more planned next year.
“We’ve had a great year throughout 2013; we celebrated our 40th anniversary with strong retail sales and innovative new product introductions,” said Roadtrek PresidentJim Hammill. “Our dealers are excited about what we have been bringing to market and are anticipating what’s still to come. We are thrilled to be showcasing at the RVIA show in Louisville again this year as we will have our top products on display including all three new introductions that made headlines in 2013.”
Roadtrek will be showcasing a wide variety of vehicles in their booth this year including the 170-Versatile, 210-Popular and the new 40th Anniversary Edition model, all built on a Chevrolet chassis.
The 40th Anniversary comes equipped with elegant bamboo inspired cabinetry, increase head room, integrated shower floor, four-season RVing, 205 watts of solar and a beautiful mocha steel paint color enhanced with crushed glass that shimmers in the sunlight.
Rounding out the rest of the products on display are Roadtrek’s most popular vehicles built on the Mercedes Spinter chassis, including the camping inspired CS-Adventurous, the technologically advanced and eco-conscious E-Trek and Roadtrek’s newest edition to the Adventurous line and just released, TS-Adventurous.
The Touring Series (TS) Adventurous is the first vehicle in the company’s lineup to showcase dark laminate cabinets. The charcoal-like color is accented with chrome pieces and the true granite countertops with raised appliances complete the rich looking interior. Also included in this luxury touring series is LED strip lighting with dimming control, power awing with outdoor lights, heated floors, large 1350 watt air conditioner and four- season RVing.
Roadtrek will be displaying product at Booth No. 2008 during the Dec. 3-5 51st RV National Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
Tiffin Motor Home Inc.’s 28-foot Allegro Breeze, chosen as ”Best of Show” by the RVBusiness staff during the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show, breaks new ground with regard to diesel-pusher length due to its relative short dimensions.
In fact, the Breeze, built on the Red Bay, Ala. manufacturer’s own 21,500-pound GVWR chassis equipped with a 215-hp Navistar MaxxForce 7 V-8 engine, may point to the future direction of motorized RVs.
As the Allegro Breeze is a concept vehicle that is expected to be available in March, Tiffin in late December hadn’t set an MSRP nor determined fuel mileage, although it’s expected to get miles-per-gallon in the mid-teens.
The mid-priced Breeze has a single streetside slideout, one-piece windshield, antique white interior, booth dinette, queen bed, separate toilet and shower and plenty of interior and exterior storage for a coach its size and as such, may be a glimpse of things to come.
Runners-up in the “Best of Show” category include Roadtrek Motor Home Inc.’s unique 20-foot Class B coach on an imported 8,550-pound GVWR Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis equipped with a slideout that extends through the Sprinter’s rear double doors.
Also in the runner-up category was Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC’s diminutive retro-looking MPG travel trailer with four 19- and 20-foot floorplans, fenders and front and rear pass-through storage that was a real eye-catcher.
While the Roadtrek slide-out van camper unit is the first in its class, the MPG is an example of a trend toward smaller travel trailers that include the Keystone Passport, Forest River R-Pod, the new Gulf Stream Visa, Micro-Lite Trailer Manufacturing Inc.’s Vymeron and Cikira RV LLC’s Retro-Lite, among others. All have are characterized by shorter lengths, lighter weights, a somewhat retro look and most have sloping aerodynamic front ends that provide better towing.
All of them also are positioned to appeal to a more cost-sensitive buyer.
For innovation in the 2010 model year — along with Roadtrek’s Class B slideout — RVBusiness recognizes the Chalet RV Inc. triple-slide truck camper that provides the feel of a Class C motorhome; Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.’s Grand Junction fifth-wheel that incorporates a large cedar-line closet into the front cap; and Pacific Coachworks Inc.’s outdoor kitchen contained in a powered rear slideout.