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Old 07-09-2019, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default News on plans for Roadtrek

The new owners are reviving only the Roadtrek brands. Interesting interview at https://www.rvbusiness.com/blog/rapi...-roadtrek.html

There is a search box at the top. Search on Roadtrek for additional articles.
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That was known from the start as only Roadtrek was for sale out of Receivership. The Hymer brand names are all owned by Thor after the sale last year. It will be interesting to watch what sounds like a sensible business plan to keep Roadtrek alive. He has again confirmed that we have a limited warranty on newer units... and this was the first mention I've heard about warranties moving forward... a more industry standard 2 year warranty.

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"We are searching for new executives because, of course, we would not consider moving forward with the former executives."

Still sounds like a couple years' wait for those wanting a Westfalia.
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With 100-200 people they must be clearing inventory, assessing what they got, figuring out the market and trying to rebuild the brand. That may take two years. I think they bought just the name Roadtrek and an easing into the North American market. I still think you may not see much of the old Roadtrek after two years and their Westfalia brand and technology will be their ace.
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Hoping for Westfalia to bring some of their innovation here. https://newatlas.com/westfalia-james...per-van/60033/
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Roadtrek tried that "push the bed out the back" system with the Ideal, and it was a total flop. I certainly wouldn't ever be interested and apparently few were.
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Roadtrek tried that "push the bed out the back" system with the Ideal, and it was a total flop. I certainly wouldn't ever be interested and apparently few were.
Why do you think it flopped? Seems like a pretty good idea to me.
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Why do you think it flopped? Seems like a pretty good idea to me.
The Ideal always looked dorky to me due the fact both rear doors had to be left open to deploy the rear slide. Plus what about water and dust getting on the inside of the rear doors. The Westfalia picture above is a better application of a rear slide. Will that change be enough? Maybe to get me to at least look at it.
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It seems unfinished, perhaps another famous Roadtrek 4 hours job. My rear doors are insulated and wouldn’t want water-soaked insulation even Thinsulate. If you look carefully you will see staples.
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I had always thought the rear slide would be a good idea, and when we visited the Roadtrek factory in 2009 Peter Lange mentioned they had one in development. He said he didn't care for it because you lost essentially all the rear storage areas, which you need in short class b, plus it made the unit very user unfriendly when not deployed. When we actually saw one in person, I had to totally agree with what he had told us.
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Just off hand the Roadtrek back slide plain looked not thought out. I think that turned people off. The Westfalia solution does. How practical either are I can't judge without further research.

Slides in general, out the back or off the side in a Class B have created inside usability compromises when underway. Most Class Bs are Swiss Army knife solutions already in that you have to move this or that to do this, and slides add to the complications.

Then there is the stealth and security concerns. The Westfalia solution does a better job of that concern but still raises a red flag of "Occupied." More and more people are taking to vanlife and adapting the boondocking lifestyle or the romance of it. When I got into vanlife staying in a Walmart parking lot or on the street was considered a last resort. Now it is a accepted tribal way of life and street parking is an accomplishment challenge. Swoops and swirl decals and other trappings of "look at me, I'm an RV" have given way to that change in the past decade. Actually in just the last five years with the major upfitters.
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