Since Elkhart, Ind.-based Chinook Motor Coach Inc. (CMC) in October of 2018 purchased the assets of Peru, Ind.-based Vohne Liche Manufacturing — builders of of Riverside towables — those brands have been folded into the company’s towable division, now known as Trail Wagons Corp.
According to Marie Pennington, marketing and communications coordinator for CMC, the company’s Class B motorhomes will continue to be built at its newly refurbished facility in Elkhart.
“It’s all under the Chinook name,” she explained. “There is a trailer division, called Trail Wagons, but everything is still under Chinook. Trail Wagons is the legal division.”
She added that after the purchase of the new entity was finalized in February, the towable division returned to full production in April in Peru. The newest towable product from the division, the Trail Wagon toy hauler, was introduced earlier this year at RVIA’s “RVX” show in Salt Lake City.
According to Jeff Butler, general manager of the Peru and Elkhart facilities, the new CMC will also keep some of the more competitive Riverside trailer brands in its towable offerings.
“We are continuing to produce the RPM toy haulers and Dream travel trailers which were products that Riverside developed,” he said. “And then we have also added the very new and very exciting Trail Wagon.”
The new Trail Wagon product, he said, is a tow-behind extension of the Chinook Class B coaches mirroring the style of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis products and allowing owners to haul motorcycles, golf carts or ATVs. The upscale trailer is crafted of aluminum and matches the Sprinter in looks down to the colors and window and sidewall profiles.
“We are really excited to get motorized in full production here in Elkhart and are hoping to have 2020 products at the Open House coming up,” concluded Pennington.
Chinook, a well-known name in the camping van and Class B motorhome scene, ceased doing business in 2005 but was resurrected in 2013 by its current President and CEO Phil Rizzio. Rizzio also owns dealerships Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas, Nev., Creston RV in Kalispell, Mont., and Van City RV of St. Louis.
CMC purchased its Elkhart, Ind. facility to build Class B and B-plus motorhomes on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter platform in late 2018.