In the beginning...
History of Roadtrek Motorhomes
(formerly Home & Park Motorhomes)
Jac Hanemaayer, of Dutch origin, has been living in Kitchener, Ontario since 1953. He has become involved in many businesses including home construction, residential and commercial land development, packaging equip-ment importation and distribution, and advanced technology to separate liquids and solids.
In 1974, Jac became interested in an RV for personal use. He liked the spacious room and comfort offered by class A and C motorhomes, but didn't want to become a "weekend bus driver". To enjoy the convenience and mobility of a small vehicle, he checked out class B motorhomes (camper vans). Being unable to find all the
comforts of a larger motorhome within the convenient and efficient size of a van, he designed one for himself and had it built by fledgling Home & Park Vehicles. When it was finished, he liked it so much, he bought the company!
After years of personal RVing experience, he completely re-designed the product in 1980 with his now famous low profile roof, lowered floor and innovative three section floor plan; Roadtrek Van Motorhome was born! To protect the design, Canadian and U.S. patents were secured on many of the innovative features incorporated in the Roadtrek.
Jac’s son Jeff started as a summer student employee in 1982 and oversaw the company's growth from 1985. With a commitment to continually refining its vehicles so they are one step ahead of the competition, Roadtrek grew to become the best selling North American camper van in 1990 – a position held every year since.
In 2011 Jeff sold a majority of the company to Chicago based private equity firm Industrial Opportunity Partners. IOP specializes in value added manufacturing and distribution companies. With half of its principals being operating partners with hands-on real-world experience, IOP brings added experience and financial strength.
Old 50,000 square foot plant
New 120,000 square foot plant