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Old 04-05-2019, 05:03 AM   #51
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The Hymer trailers have nothing to do with Mercedes Benz, how did we get them into the same discussion?

The trailers were not yet certified for sale.

EHGNA owed Mercedes some big bucks...
I think it started with this link you posted https://www.therecord.com/news-story...lly-certified/.

This was a good post showing a Roadtrek mismanagement.
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Old 04-05-2019, 01:59 PM   #52
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Short article here seems to indicate that indeed several uncertified trailers were sold to customers (although dealers could be customers... doesn't clarify end consumers) and over 185 were left unsold. Also, mentions they were not CSA "tested"... doesn't sound like they were close to certification if they weren't even tested. It will be interesting to see how the auction/buyer situation unfolds.

https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/sale-of...o1E7Q_sm7zg_gc
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Old 04-05-2019, 02:12 PM   #53
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I think the last article I saw said that the bids were due on 4/3/2019 and would be evaluated by 4/8/2019, so we are getting close to more information if that schedule is correct.


I wonder if all the bidders knew about the certification stuff, as that would certainly affect their valuation?
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Old 04-05-2019, 02:48 PM   #54
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Based on this Eriba video it seems as the Hymer/Roadtrek Co kept the EU style trailer brakes to keep weight down and not require an electrical brake connection.

In EU mechanical inertia brakes (called overrun - like surge brakes but with a mechanical cable instead of hydraulic lines) are very popular on small trailers which I have never seen in NA, so they could have difficulties getting appropriate approvals.

Changing to DOT approved brakes is certainly possible but not cheap nor trivial
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In addition to my previous post, EU hitch balls are primely 50mm so if this hitch is from EU it could be also 50mm which could fit on 2” (50.8mm), kind roadtrek style fit, but perhaps not good enough for DOT.

I shouldn’t criticized Roadtrek of this approach, I did myself. For our second Westfalia, purchased via European delivery in 1985, I also purchased in Germany a Volkswagen factory hitch with a fixed 50mm ball. It worked OK, I only lost trailer a few times, just checking if you paying attention.
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It worked OK, I only lost trailer a few times, just checking if you paying attention.
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:19 PM   #57
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Roadtrek has a buyer. Maybe no dancing on the grave...



https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/40...dtrek-rv-brand
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In addition to my previous post, EU hitch balls are primely 50mm so if this hitch is from EU it could be also 50mm which could fit on 2” (50.8mm), kind roadtrek style fit, but perhaps not good enough for DOT.

I shouldn’t criticized Roadtrek of this approach, I did myself. For our second Westfalia, purchased via European delivery in 1985, I also purchased in Germany a Volkswagen factory hitch with a fixed 50mm ball. It worked OK, I only lost trailer a few times, just checking if you paying attention.

See who bought Roadtrek, the owners of the Westfalia brand...


https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/40...dtrek-rv-brand
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Very interesting and someone who nobody had even mentioned, at least that I heard. Looks like a good sized company, family run so we will probably never know the details of the deal or how they handled the debt load.


I would now have to say that the existing owners may have some hope of their warranties coming back. I certainly hope so for everyone's sake.


Probably the Kitchener plant so the old employees should be able to get at least some of the jobs back. If they just focus on Roadtrek vans, that plant should be ready to go.


Very surprising, but very good news in many ways.
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