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Roadtrek Adopts Engineered Surface Countertops

February 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Granite Transformations countertop in Roadtrek Class B motorhome.

Granite Transformations countertop in Roadtrek Class B motorhome.

Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc., the No. 1 manufacturer of Class B motorhomes in the United States since 1990, recently switched to Granite Transformations engineered surfaces for use as kitchen countertops in its fuel-efficient recreational vehicles, according to a news release.

Combining lightweight durability with the beauty of natural stone, these countertops add style while reducing gas-mileage-robbing weight.

Granite Transformations’ engineered surfaces have the look and feel of natural stone while outperforming traditional granite surface material. These man-made surfaces are composed of various combinations of natural stone, quartz and recycled glass combined with space age polymers that are molded, cut and polished into 4-foot-by-10-foot solid sheets.

“One of the big selling points of Roadtrek’s motorhomes is the luxury and style of a big RV in a smaller, easier to drive, fuel efficient size,” says David Irving, Granite Transformations Canadian franchise owner. “Granite Transformations’ engineered surfaces are perfect for this application because it looks just like granite, but offers a significant weight savings when compared to natural stone. And you don’t need to be an engineer to know that reducing weight means better gas mileage.”

The flexibility and ease with which this material can be formed and cut make it perfect for the demanding installations presented by a space-efficient mobile kitchen. Scratch, heat and stain resistance combined with a surface that never needs sealing make it perfect for a carefree life on the road. Roadtrek feels that Granite Transformations’countertops are one of the features that help make its motorhomes unique giving them an edge over the competition

“We have found that people are just beginning to realize how versatile this material is,” added Irving. “Its unique properties have allowed us to begin finding uses for it in situations where granite may have been too heavy or brittle. RVs, boats, planes, trains and automobiles – Granite Transformations means you are only limited by your imagination.”

About the Company

With U.S. offices based in Miramar, Fla., Granite Transformations, a division of Trend USA, has facilities and showrooms around the world offering new and exciting alternatives to traditional countertops, backsplashes, floors and more. The first Granite Transformations franchise opened in 1996 in Perth, Australia. Consumer response to the revolutionary resurfacing process was overwhelming, resulting in growth across Australia and New Zealand. With the first U.S. offices opening in 2001, Granite Transformations now has nearly 100 showrooms across the United States with more showrooms opening every year. In 2004, the company began UK operations and is now also growing throughout Europe. In addition to easy installation and beautiful surfaces, the company also offers its customers the convenience of quality cabinet refacing.

For more information about Granite Transformations products please visit the website at www.granitetransformations.com.

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Roadtrek Announces New $22.5M Credit Facilities

January 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. announced the completion of several transactions on Dec. 31 for $22.5 million in credit facilities from a consortium of new and existing lenders.

The facilities will finance business operations (including supplemental wholesale floorplan for U.S. Roadtrek dealers) and facilitate foreign currency exchange contracts, according to a news release. The new lenders replace Chrysler Financial (who exited the wholesale lending business and is now winding down retail operations), their existing bank and real estate lender. GMAC continues to finance Chevrolet van chassis.

“With Chrysler Financial exiting the floorplan business, it was very important to replace our Sprinter chassis financing source so that we could ensure a continuous supply Sprinter based Roadtreks, unlike some of our competitors who have run out of Sprinter vans,” stated Jeff Hanenmaayer, Roadtrek chairman. “These facilities give us the tools we need to meet the fast growing demand for our products and ensure Roadtrek’s ongoing dominance of the Class B segment.”

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Roadtrek’s SS-Ideal Sports 3-Foot Rear Slideout

December 14, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Roadtrek SS IdealCanadian van camper builder Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc., Kitchener, Ontario, has engineered a Sprinter chassis-based Class B motorhome with a slideout. The 3-foot-deep slide in Roadtrek’s new 20-foot SS-Ideal motorhome extends from the rear door opening and contains a convertible queen sofa. The SS-Ideal is built on the high-mileage 8,550-pound GVWR Sprinter 2500 chassis equipped with a 154-hp six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz diesel engine. ”The SS Ideal has the livability of a coach that is 3 feet longer, but it’s still only 20 feet long when it’s being driven,” said President Jeff Hanemaayer, who reported Roadtrek sold 19 SS-Ideals the first day of the Louisville Show. ”It appeals to our typical target market — the soon-to-be-retired and up.” Nonetheless, Hanemaayer predicted, the SS-Ideal may open a new market for Roadtrek. ”This definitely will appeal to a whole range of buyers who typically buy Class C motorhomes,” he said. MSRP: $97,110.

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Roadtrek Unveils Slideout on Sprinter B Chassis

December 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Microsoft Word - News Release-20091207 introducing NEW RoadtrekLast week at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. introduced the SS-Ideal, featuring a new layout on the smallest Sprinter van  and the industry’s first and only slide room out the rear doors of a Class B (patent pending), according to a news release. With the slide room retracted behind the rear doors, it creates the convenience of less than 20 feet of vehicle length when parking and driving. Open the rear doors to extend the slide room, as it is shown at left, for an extra 3 feet of living space. The slide-out allows an extra 3 feet of vehicle length to dedicate to a larger permanent bathroom, larger 5 cubic-foot refrigerator and more storage. The slide room contains half of the double bed which converts to a sofa (with two seat belts). Along with the sofa, a table and two jump seats create a nice rear seating area for four. A table for the two front captain seats provides a seating area separate from the rear bed. Dealer reaction to this new model was excellent. “We sold 19 the first day of the show,” said Roadtrek Chairman Jeff Hanemaayer. “I knew it would sell well after using the first prototype personally on two trips this past summer and fall. It has the livability of a much larger unit when you’re at the campsite yet it’s so easy slip into a regular sized parking spot.” Base MSRP is $97,110 in the U.S. and $104,000 in Canada. The SS-Ideal is already in production and will be available after Jan. 1.

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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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Roadtrek: Class B Sales Lead Motorized Sector

November 19, 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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