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14 • RV PRO • October 2020 rv-pro.com our founder's family," Corrigal says "Mr. Yoder shows up at our factory back in '08 and says, 'Hey, would you build me this little motorhome?'" Yoder – an industry icon who led Jayco from 1985 to 1993 and died in 2016 – had his idea drawn on a napkin, according to Corrigal. LTV management agreed to it, and that's how the Unity was born. Yoder bought the very first one – an all-electric model that foresaw a present-day industry trend that does away with propane-powered appliances. "That's exactly how we started with the Unity line and Murphy bed," Corrigal says. "We showed it at Louisville in 2009 and Mr. Yoder was in our booth showing it to everybody." Yoder's brainchild, known as the Unity MB, has become one of LTV's bestsellers despite being its most expensive, with a starting price of $146,065 (in U.S. dollars). It's one of three Murphy bed floorplans available on the Sprinter chassis; the other three give buyers a choice of an island bed, twin beds or a corner bed. That's a feat, considering LTV's manufacturing space is smaller than many U.S.-based motorhome manufacturing operations. Notably, only the chassis and components, such as air conditioners, toilets, fixtures and furnaces are brought in from outside Winkler. The balance of an LTV coach is built onsite. "It's a pretty well-oiled machine, but here's the problem: We're in the middle of nowhere in the relationship to the RV industry, so you have to be self-sufficient. The logistics alone dictate we have to do it ourselves. You've got figure out a way of getting it done," Corrigal says. Vertical integration has led to a unified and high-end Euro look in each Wonder and Unity because LTV employees do the sewing, build the cabinets and walls, mold the fiberglass, paint the surfaces and even serialize the parts. Yet, being located in a small town of just 12,000 people does come with a challenge. "There's a lot of little factories here. So, getting employees is tough and keeping them is even harder, but we've been fortunate," Corrigal says. "We love our employees; we try to treat them better than anybody else. Most people that work here wouldn't want to work for anybody else." Actively Seeking Employee Input When the company wants to introduce a new model, a com- mittee consisting of staff from several different departments is The company touts its workers as being skilled craftspeople with a strong work ethic and unwavering dedication. Leisure Travel Van employees carefully and thoroughly inspect every motorhome built prior to those RVs being shipped to dealers. The RV maker has been a consistent recipient of RV Dealer Association Quality Circle Awards in recent years, thanks in part to its attention to detail.

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