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Busy days at the Roadtrek factory

Roadtrek has been the top-selling Class B small motorhome brand since 1990 and if the busyness at the company’s factory in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, these days is any indication, it looks like 2014 is going to be a banner year again.

I generally visit the Roadtrek factory every couple of months or so to keep up on the latest developments  and I don’t think I’ve ever seen things as busy as they were this trip.

The RV industry has predicted a 15% increase in sales this year for all manufacturers. And while Roadtrek is guarding its numbers and not officially announcing what it projects, a couple of days of nosing around here has me convinced that figure is way low. Way low. The factory is working overtime keeping up with demand, rolling our new models, working on new innovations for future models and building so many Roadtreks that it had to add another building on the other side of town to handle parts and storage.

Sprinter RVs at the Roadtrek Factory
New Sprinters ready to be turned into the RS Adventurous, e-Trek and CS Adventurous in various stages of assembly at the Roadtrek factory

Depending on the model and whether it is on a Chevrolet or Sprinter chassis, start to finish, it’s about a six to 10 day process to fully build a new Roadtrek.

Dealers, customers and my observations are all confirming that, if you ordered a Roadtrek equipped just the way you wanted it today, you probably are, at minimum, about two to three months away from getting a new Roadtrek. Many dealers across North America, of course, do have new Roadtreks in stock, ready for immediate sale. But since most new customers personalize their vehicles with custom options, new orders will take some time. The factory seems to be at maximum capacity right now.

SS Agile Interior
The interior of an SS Agile Roadtrek about to be outfitted with all the trimmings

Just looking at the production line, it seems to me that Sprinter models – the RS Adventurous, the eTrek and the CS Adventurous – are selling the most. Popular 210s, the 190 Special Anniversary edition and the SS (Short Sprinter) Agile round out the vehicles I saw in various stages of assembly.

“Roadtrek had a great season last year, we had tremendous success with the introduction of three new models to our product line-up; the CS Adventurous, 40th Anniversary edition and TS Adventurous.” states Paul Cassidy, VP of Sales & Service “We are proud to be at the top of the leaderboard in sales for Canada and the USA. We will continue to lead the way with the best in engineering, customer service and warranty (5 years) and we look forward to an exciting 2014.”

Painting Exterior
Readying a 210 Popular to be painted

That’s the official statement.

For Roadtrek President Jim Hammill, there’s one simple reason why the company’s products are the top-selling motorhomes in their class in North America. “Our products are just better than everyone else’s,” he says in a recent news release. “In the motorhome world, there are dozens of features a product needs to be functional for its owner, and those vary widely from capacity, water and electricity to drivability and how easy it is to park. In our products, we try to give the consumer every possible advantage that will allow them to be able to go down the road and have total freedom.”

Besides all the current production, Roadtrek is gearing up to launch its new TS Adventurous, with TS standing for Toursing Series. I saw a prototype of this luxury new Roadtrek at an industry show in December and a full launch is expected later this year.

Meantime, here are a couple more photos snapped at the Roadtrek factory this week.

Roadtrek 210 Popular
A silver 210 Popular almost finished
Roadtrek Inspection
The bright light allows Roadtrek technicians to carefully inspect the body for blemishes
190 Popular
A new 190 Popular drives out of the assembly building ready to be delivered to its new owner

 

16 thoughts on “Busy days at the Roadtrek factory”

  1. i like the new graphics – smaller is better as far as the decals go, in my opinion. people will be curious abut what it is – they can read the fine print.

    and how’s the weather up there in the frozen north? 😉

    1. Not too bad in Vancouver, B.C. area. It about 50 – 54 F this week with sunny days. The mountain tops have a new blanket of snow. The Cherry blossoms are ready to open and my evergreen clematis is about to blossom. The Eagles are back fishing for herring and the Herons have arrived to their mating place on the river. The Red Winged black birds are singing their beautiful love songs. These are the perfect days when one can golf in the morning and ski in the afternoon. I’ve done it. Love Spring!

  2. Yes, there are places to rent them. Not many, but check out Roadtrek website. Ibthink youbcan find a link ere. But mostly northern and western US, though.

  3. Got a 1991 Roadtrek Versatile, added a bath tub, 2.8KW Onan generator, water heater, etc. (would not recommend this Onan because if you don’t run it for a half hour every 30 days the jets in the carb clog up and the carb needs to be replaced. Replaced my carb three time already and now it needs to be replaced again). Cost around $500.00.
    Any suggestions?? Tried carb cleaner already. Love the vehicle, it is on a 2500 Dodge chassis with a 360 HP Engine. only abut 13-14 MPG but well worth it. Problem the engine air conditioning high pressure lines they don’t make anymore and no replacements. will have to have them made.

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