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Old 06-02-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:52 AM   #2
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Also saw the ad with address in Germany. Wondering the same thing. It would be great to see their products back in our market.
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Also saw the ad with address in Germany. Wondering the same thing. It would be great to see their products back in our market.
I guess they may not have a legal address in North America until the purchase of Roadtrek is finalized, but why advertise in a US magazine if your not planning on coming to the US?
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I assume that the Westfalia is on its way back... but which one? Even if they get up and running by the end of the summer as they projected to a local TV station up in Ontario, it will likely be a year before anything new comes on the market. First off, they will need to complete any partially built units on the line.
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Westfalia went through major pains with Daimler AG ordeal, saved by French they are doing well today. Hymer disaster in NA will be a good lesson for them as well. With heart in the process of getting into NA Westfalia has a potential to rejuvenate this, skewed for elderly folks B-class market in NA. Perhaps changing the B-class formula for young families will allow them to rename a section of the B class to just Campervans.
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Crossing our fingers. From a former Westy owner.
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That's an ambitious lineup. It kind of portends there will nothing of the old Roadtrek but perhaps the facilities and maybe some employees and the goodwill of the Roadtrek brand name if that. Kind of doubt any Roadtrek models of the past will be continued given that ad. That Sprinter may be the reintroduction of the James Cook model Airstream toyed with in 2005. That would be a welcome option in the market.
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I would love to see those models come here, but is that ad perhaps from Great Britain? It's in english, but with a German phone number. Also, the Promaster (or is it Pugeot) models do not look like the U.S version. Couldn't blow up the picture enough to see if the models shown are right-hand drive.
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I would love to see those models come here, but is that ad perhaps from Great Britain? It's in english, but with a German phone number. Also, the Promaster (or is it Pugeot) models do not look like the U.S version. Couldn't blow up the picture enough to see if the models shown are right-hand drive.
The ad was in a US magazine, Motorhome...
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The ad was in a US magazine, Motorhome...
Yep. My issue came in the mail today. Page 25.
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I don't see that ad suggesting that they will be selling all of those here any time soon. Most of the platforms are not even available in the US. I think they were just introducing themselves and showing what kind of stuff that they have done in Europe.

First of all they will be completing the partially done models on the factory lines. Presumably at the same time, they will be developing one of their Westfalia models for the NA market... getting approvals from various governments and RVIA. Hopefully getting something to the market by next summer. With any luck they won't go nuts introducing 7 or 8 new models to compete with their own existing RT models and drive the company into Receivership in a couple years like Hymer did.
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Hopefully, Westfalia learned from EHGNA...expand slowly and don't get too far ahead of the market or your capital reserves. I expect we'll see RT's back on the market first - capitalizing on the proven brand name - and then paced introductions of new concepts.
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Hopefully, Westfalia learned from EHGNA...expand slowly and don't get too far ahead of the market or your capital reserves. I expect we'll see RT's back on the market first - capitalizing on the proven brand name - and then paced introductions of new concepts.
My view is that the Westfalia brand is probably more well known to the general public than the Roadtrek brand. A strategy of selecting a small set of the Roadtrek models that are the best sellers and quickly introducing some Westfalia models could get good results versus continuing to compete directly against similar offerings from the competition. Most people expect they will drop the Chevy models. Keep the Agile since the short Sprinter is not widely available. Focus on getting the quality back into the products in all cases.
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Attracting young families to simplicities of camping by bringing simple, high quality camper vans at right costs could rejuvenate the camper van market. Young family van means 2+3 sitting and 2+3 sleeping with designed in fixability at any RV dealer. I donít know if it is possible to design such a van today but it was possible in the past, my 77 Westfalia had 5 seats, 2+3 sleeping, my 85 Westfalia had 7 seats, 2+3 sleeping and both of them were less than 15í in length.

I hope Westfalia will strive for B class rejuvenation and with past efforts of Hymer and good vans from Winnebago (still too expensive) this market segment will grow.
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That Roadtrek name has value. In fact, the name may have more value than the rest of the assets. I would be surprised not to see the Roadtrek name back on some model in the future. Although I have no idea what it night look like. I owned Westfalia pop-up V-W's and V-W Eurovan models in my RV history (sold in the USA) and I have good impressions of the name and good memories as I assume do many Americans. Perhaps a Roadtrek Westfalia Edition ?
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Perhaps a Roadtrek Westfalia Edition ?
Something like that would be my guess as well.
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My view is that the Westfalia brand is probably more well known to the general public than the Roadtrek brand. A strategy of selecting a small set of the Roadtrek models that are the best sellers and quickly introducing some Westfalia models could get good results versus continuing to compete directly against similar offerings from the competition. Most people expect they will drop the Chevy models. Keep the Agile since the short Sprinter is not widely available. Focus on getting the quality back into the products in all cases.
Let's hope so. At least Westfalia ownership has experience in revitalizing brands.
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I always dreamed of making my '97 Roadtrek 170P fiberglass top into a "Westy" style pop-top. Just hinge the back where the AC is, and lift the rest up for some more headroom. Being just shy of 6'4", I really need it. Has anyone ever removed a Roadtrek fiberglass top, and know if this is at all feasible?

(as if we need more places for the top to leak... )
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I always dreamed of making my '97 Roadtrek 170P fiberglass top into a "Westy" style pop-top. Just hinge the back where the AC is, and lift the rest up for some more headroom. Being just shy of 6'4", I really need it. Has anyone ever removed a Roadtrek fiberglass top, and know if this is at all feasible?

(as if we need more places for the top to leak... )
Interesting concept, but pretty sure way too many cabinets attached to roof to even consider. But ordering a special build from Sportmobile . . . . maybe, bit not with a roof ac.
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https://www.westfalia-mobil.com/en/

According to their website, they offer a VW van-based "Club Joker" model that is much like the '05 Sprinter Airstream Westfalia floor plan. Now THAT might be interesting!
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