Oh, Canada! Land of breathtaking landscapes from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Lakes and Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic Oceans. It’s little wonder that some of North America’s most popular rigs come from Canadian RV manufacturers.
Canadian manufacturers have been designing and building very high-quality rigs for decades. From four season truck campers to solid Class B vans, we’re taking a look at some of the most prominent Canadian RV manufacturers and what makes their rigs so popular.
Canadian RV Manufacturers
At one time (and for a long time), Roadtrek Motorhomes was the undisputed North American leader in the Class B segment. Currently located in Cambridge, Ontario there’s a bit of a storied history in recent years, but it appears to have been resolved on a strong positive note.
Roadtrek began its foray to becoming a leader in the space in 1980 when Jac Hanemaayer led a complete redesign of the RV, giving it the sweeping roofline, lowered floor/living area, and three-section floor plan Roadtrek enthusiasts have come to love.
Then located in Kitchener, Ontario, Roadtrek quickly became one of North America’s most sought-after Class B rigs. Roadtrek enjoyed this status for decades to come.
Following a troubled period, in February 2016, Roadtrek was acquired by Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. However, when Hymer’s accountants discovered some serious financial irregularities and an independent audit ensued, several managers were suspended and eventually the company all but collapsed.
Thor Industries, located in Elkhart, IN, and a giant in the RV manufacturing business, expressed serious interest in acquiring Roadtrek, but ultimately, a deal couldn’t be reached so that acquisition never took place.
In 2019, the Roadtrek brand was acquired by Groupe Rapido, a family-owned parent company located in France and run by the father-son team of Pierre and Nicolas Rousseau. Now officially named Roadtrek Inc. and headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, the company has as its sole focus building top-quality Class B motorhomes for the North American market.
So, after a tumultuous decade during which Roadtrek changed hands more than once, the company is now back on track to becoming a strong contender in the Class B category.
Roadtrek now offers a line of Class B coaches in 10 different models of various sizes and styles, all built on the Mercedes and Ram ProMaster chassis.
As a member of Groupe Rapido, Roadtrek maintains its attention to quality and detail and benefits from many European upgrades in product development, technology, and styling. Under the umbrella of a reputable family-owned parent company, Roadtrek, Inc. has found its way back to excellence in build quality and customer service.
And, here’s some cool Roadtrek news: With Groupe Rapido at the helm, the company is looking forward to a potential resurgence of the VW Westfalia. The new Westfalia vans are slated to be produced in Ontario, Canada, and Westfalia North America will establish an exclusive dealer network to maintain quality control, customer service, and company integrity.
Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd.
In 1968, Pleasure-Way founder Merv Rumpel started an RV dealership called Glenwood Trailer Sales. After spending 18 years in the RV business, he came to believe that building high-quality Class B rigs would be a good move. And he wasn’t wrong.
Merv started Pleasure-Way with a focus on work ethic, pride in craftsmanship, and strong dedication to customer service. Merv’s son, Dean, now serves as Pleasure-Way’s CEO and proudly follows the principles put forth by his father.
Pleasure-Way Industries is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Each motorhome is hand-crafted and custom-fit to strict standards and quality control, instead of being mass-produced on assembly lines.
Manufacturing Class B motorhomes since 1986, Pleasure-Way has spent more than three decades earning its reputation for being a luxurious RV in a compact, easy-to-maneuver package.
Here’s a neat note about Pleasure-Way: Of the original ten employees who worked for the company back in 1989, three are still with the company as we write this in 2023. Employee dedication and loyalty say a lot about a company.
Today, Pleasure-Way Class B rigs are designed by customers, with specific options chosen before delivery. Once you select from Pleasure-Way’s eight models, you can also make your personal choices related to the exterior of the rig as well as cabinetry, countertops, upholstery, and several other options.
Pleasure-Way’s Plateau XLTS is a good example of their innovation and dedication to state-of-the-art RVs. The XLTS comes standard with 600 Ah of lithium coach batteries, a 3000W inverter, and 500W of solar panels.
The interior features radius laminate cabinet doors, Ultraleather fabric, and solid Corian countertops.
The Plateau, part of Pleasure-Way’s wide body line, has a power sofa (with two seatbelts for passengers) that transitions to a 75” x 74” memory foam bed. With lots of storage space, a full-size bathroom, and several dining location options in the rig, the Plateau XLTS is likely to become yet another very popular Pleasure-Way motorhome. Check out the XLTS interior here.
Leisure Travel Vans
Leisure Travel Vans, based in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, is a brand of parent company Triple E Recreational Vehicles, a major player in the North American RV industry since 1965.
Now a strong contender in the Class B market, Triple E originally manufactured larger Class A and Class C units.
Triple E acquired Leisure Travel Vans in 2008 and later consolidated Leisure Travel Vans and Triple E RV. The company discontinued the production of Class A motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels to focus on the Class B and C markets.
Today, Leisure Travel Vans offers a full line of innovative, luxurious Class C motorhomes with aerodynamic designs, available in only two models, the Unity and the Wonder.
All floor plans of Leisure Travel Vans offer plenty of interior and exterior storage as well as stylish, full-featured living spaces that include premium cabinetry, Truma AquaGo Comfort Plus water heaters, solid Corian countertops, and Ultraleather furniture.
Both models seat and sleep up to four people comfortably. As we write this post, Leisure Travel Van’s most popular model is the Unity Murphy Bed model/floorplan.
Built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Cab Chassis, the Unity is 25’ 1″ long and has a nearly king-size Murphy Bed as well as a large bathroom with a 6’ 7″ shower.
You’ll also find a 39″ pop-up television and options like powered reclining chairs to round out the interior. A large vertical storage compartment on the outside of the RV is large enough for two sets of golf clubs and/or lots of other gear.
Leisure Travel Vans offer compact luxury in the Class C space, (though some would refer to these as Class B Plus RVs).
Based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Northern Lite has over 30 years of experience building the lightest true 4-season truck campers on the market. Specializing in truck campers built for rugged terrain and extreme weather conditions, they make models for long and short box trucks.
The company’s focus on durability and insulation makes its campers popular for adventurous travelers who want to camp off the beaten path.
Northern Lite campers have three different trim levels: Limited Edition, Special Edition, and Sportsman Plus. All units come standard with Northern Lite’s Four Season design to help keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, including R7 insulation rating, thermal pane windows & skylights, double dome fantastic fan, heated tanks, and marine fabric headers.
Northern Lite truck campers are built using a 2-piece fiberglass construction. Camper interiors feature hardwood cabinetry, plush seating, ample headroom, top-tier appliances, and a full-sized queen bed in the over-cab sleeping area.
The 8-11 Limited Edition, built for short box trucks, is Northern Lite’s popular flagship truck camper, loaded with features.
These include three 200W solar panels, USB charging stations, a 12V LCD TV, a wireless backup camera, a 60″x 80″ top-quality queen mattress, a 10,000 BTU A/C unit, 20,000 BTU furnace, two power awnings (10′ 5″ side and 7′ rear), electric jacks, a heated basement, and much more.
An industry-leading 6-year structural warranty backs all of this up.
More Canadian RV Manufacturers
Several other Canadian RV manufacturers have reputations for building solid, durable, high-quality rigs. These include:
- Bigfoot RV (Armstrong, British Columbia)
- Bruce Coach (Salmon Arm, British Columbia)
- Escape Trailers (Chilliwack, British Columbia)
- Off Grid Trailers (Edmonton, Alberta)
- Outback Trailers/Trillium Trailers (Carseland, Alberta)
- Panoramic RV (Chambly, Québec)
- Prevost Motorhomes (Sainte Claire, Québec) – be sure to check out our post on Prevost RVs for a look at some truly luxurious motorhomes
- Roulottes Prolite (Saint-Jérôme, Québec)
- Safari Condo (Saint-Frédéric, Québec)
It’s clear that whether you’re looking for a compact, luxurious Class B motorhome, a top-of-the-line Class A rig, a travel trailer, or a rugged truck camper for off-road adventures, Canadian RV manufacturers have you covered with their commitment to quality, innovation, and durability.
Do you have a rig built by a Canadian RV manufacturer? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below!
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