October '20

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10 • RV PRO • October 2020 rv-pro.com RV M A N U FA C T U R E R S A mericans may not be able to travel to Canada currently due to the coronavirus, but Canadian-built Class B's and Class C's are definitely making their way to Americans. The only problem, at least for Leisure Travel Vans customers, is that they are not getting here fast enough. That's because demand for the RV maker's Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based and Ford Transit-based motorhomes has reached such a fevered pitch, according to Dean Corrigal, territory sales manager. "I wish it was only six months," he says, while declining to provide specific backlog numbers. "It's really just this COVID-19 buying frenzy. I did a podcast with somebody in the U.S. back in March and I said to them – and these are my exact words – 'This will be the first time in the history of a recession that the RV industry is going to come out rolling.'" Leisure Travel Vans, part of Triple E RVs since 2008, was considered an essential service, so its 400 employees continued making the company's Wonder and Unity products. The Win- kler, Manitoba-based manufacturer was indeed rolling, for a while, at least. "The problem was that many of the plants in Indiana got shut down, which then shut down the suppliers. Once the suppliers shut down, it shut us down," Corrigal says. Consequently, LTV – which introduced the first Class B on a Sprinter 2500 chassis in 2002 – lost five weeks of production. For 2021, Leisure Travel Vans is touting its new Wonder Rear Lounge motorhome, built on the Ford Transit chassis and featuring a versatile, multi- functional layout. The key feature of that layout is a spacious rear living area with a sectional sofa that converts to a master suite thanks to a Murphy bed. Making Moves in Manitoba Leisure Travel Vans finds success in the competitive campervan market thanks to its innovative floorplans and its concerted focus on retaining and empowering a talented workforce. By Mike Harbour

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