Lots of Roadtrekers have plans to make a pilgrimage to the headquarters and main factory of Roadtrek Motorhomes in Kitchener, Ontario. Canada. What may don't realize is that just one mile down Shirley Avenue from the Roadtrek factory is a campground that in itself makes a great RV geataway.
The place is called Bingemans and it's really a complex of summertime amusements, a camping resort complete with a huge water park, golf course, paintball range, access to canoeing or kayaking on the Grand River and a summer full of festivals, special events and concerts.
The Grand River is the largest river entirely within southern Ontario's boundaries. The river owes its size to the unusual fact that it has its source relatively close to the base of the Bruce Peninsula, yet flows southwards to Lake Erie. It is a great fishing spot, with bass, trout, walleye and numerous other other species.
It has over 450 campsites, although 150 of them are set aside for seasonal camping. You can get sites with no hook-ups, electricity and water, and full service pull through sites for larger RV’s. I've stayed there many times and, with a group of 50 Roadtrekers, will do so again in mid July.
Gary, the manager, has told me that if you mention Roadtrek, he will offer special pricing.
Camping spots, once you get down the road and the hill from the seasonal campers up by the front office, are flat and spacious, with firepits, picnic tables and lots of shade trees.
In previous years, I've not been impressed with the bathrooms and showers. Two years ago, on my first visit, they were pretty dirty. Last year, the main bathroom was repaired and expanded. When Jennifer and I visited a few days ago, we both did a quick inspection and found them very clean and neat, despite their rather spartan appearance.
To get to Roadtrek, just turn right (west) at the gate. Roadtrek's factory consists of a 120,000 sq. ft. main assembly plant with a state-of-the-art 30,000 sq. ft. paint facility. Tours are available Monday through Friday at 10:00 am or 2:00 p.m.
The factory is closed weekends, between Christmas and New Year and all Canadian holidays and for a two week summer shutdown.
It's important that, if you want a tour, tat you call ahead. Space is limited. Contact the comoany at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-ROADTREK to make a reservation.