March '17

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14 • RV PRO • March 2017 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S North America's largest added together," Hammill says. EHG's approach to the industry differs greatly from that of Industrial Opportunity Partners (IOP), which owned Roadtrek from 2011 to 2015. "IOP was a private equity firm that wanted to maximize its investment and had an exit philosophy after four to seven years. Erwin Hymer Group is family-owned and in it for life. They want to take the incredibly well-engineered styling of European products and integrate them with the production we do here as well as bring over new products and features never seen in North America. It's Roadtrek technology added to European technology," hence the EHGNA slogan: "German Engineering, European Design, North America Built. It's the best of three worlds." The company will upgrade all existing models for 2018, Ham- mill says, which, reading between the lines, suggests there won't be any new brands for next year. "Customers need a chance to see them," Hammill says. "It takes one-and-a-half to sometimes two years for a new model to settle in. Consumers can't see an Aktiv 2.0 anywhere right now…they're selling off the lot so quickly. The same will happen with Sunlight." Meanwhile, Hammill repor ts that EHGNA's ne w 255,000-square-foot facility in Kitchener will be in full pro- duction by the end of March, turning out motorhomes and the company's new travel trailers. Pleasure-Way Marks 30 th Anniversary in 2016 Family-owned Pleasure-Way Industries has been manufac- turing in the Class B market for more than 30 years from its tidy facilities in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2016, Pleasure-Way experienced the largest percentage increase in retail sales and the second largest increase in market share among the four leading manufacturers, while earning RVDA's DSI award, one of just five motorized OEMs to do so. It was Pleasure-Way's seventh consecutive year to bring home the prestigious honor. "It speaks to the quality of our product," says President Dean Rumpel, whose father Merv started building Pleasure-Way motorhomes in 1986 in the back shop of Glenwood Trailer Sales. "When customers don't have issues, dealers don't have issues. Everybody is happy. It also speaks to our relationship with dealers and our willingness to help them be successful." That being said, change for Rumpel and his 150 employees tends to be methodical and slow by industry standards (more on that later). Rumpel made slight upgrades to his six models for 2017. The major ones are the addition of a 2,000-watt Xantrex pure sine wave inverter (which allows campers to run a microwave on the house battery without turning on a gener- ator when dry camping), rear and side roll-up window screens and expanded solar panel capacity. The latter is especially intriguing, as Pleasure-Way upped the number of optional 95-watt panels from three to five on its wide-bodies, making the 12-volt side of the coach almost self-sustaining. Solar is one of the few options on Pleasure-Way motorhomes but virtually every one built now is equipped with solar, says Rumpel, who began "dabbling" in solar panels in 2015 and made the full commitment last year. Pleasure-Way also added some optional features such as new fabric colors, new Corian countertop colors and select hardwood cabinetry colors. Floorplans remain intact from the previous year. In all, Pleasure-Way builds five of its six models (the Ascent and the Plateau FL, TS, XLMB and XLTD) on the Mer- cedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, which it first adopted in 2004, after long stints with the Dodge Ram and then Ford Econoline chassis. The other Pleasure-Way model, the Lexor TS, is built on the Dodge ProMaster, which it adopted two years ago. Pleasure-Way President Dean Rumpel (above left) takes pride in the quality construction in every Class B the company makes. The RV maker builds its units in stalls (above right), where units are built like houses, from the outside in.

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