There are many RV manufacturers, styles, and designs available, and Grand Design RV is one of your options. Known for its quality RV designs and located in Middlebury, Indiana, Grand Design RV builds fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers. All Grand Design’s RVs go through a 300-point inspection before leaving the factory, and many of these RVs have fully laminated aluminum walls, slide rooms, roofs with wood truss frames, and other convenient features.
If you’re in the Idaho or Montana area and looking to purchase a new RV, you may be interested in learning more about Grand Design RV. Read on to find out about who owns Grand Design RV, the manufacturer’s history, its product line, and its warranties.
What Company Owns Grand Design RV?
Winnebago Industries owns Grand Design RV, and the business operates out of Forest City, Iowa. Winnebago Industries bought Grand Design RV in late 2016 for $500 million and an undisclosed number of Winnebago shares. Grand Design RV continued operating as an independent company, and it might surprise you to learn that another organization owns it. Winnebago Industries started in 1958 under the name Modernistic Industries, and its first trailer, the Aljo, debuted in late 1958. The company is a leader in outdoor lifestyle product manufacturing, and it has several iconic brands.
Grand Design RV helps raise money for many important causes, from supporting veterans to protecting wildlife. The company also hosts several events every year that promote responsible camping and RVing, giving you the opportunity to meet others who share your passion for outdoor activities and learn more about Grand Design RV.
Factory tours of Grand Design are available at 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and you can sign up by completing the factory tour request form on Grand Design’s website. Eight people can go on each tour, and kids must be at least eight years old. You’ll need to wear safety glasses and vests while on the tour.
The History of Grand Design RV
Don Clark, Bill Fenech, and Ron Fenech started Grand Design RV in 2012. These industry veterans wanted to do things differently, and they focused on connecting with customers and providing excellent service. Ron and Bill Fenech left Grand Design RV to pursue different careers, but Don Clark is still the president and CEO of the company. Grand Design RV employs more than 1,600 people, and it’s the third-largest towable RV manufacturer in the United States.
The Grand Design Product Line
Grand Design RV creates midrange to premium RVs, and there are many models to choose from. The company has a reputation for quality RVs and also offers many RV accessories, such as lift kits and wheel covers. You can also shop for Grand Design camping equipment, cooking and grilling tools, personalized mugs and belts, clothing, floor mats, and more.
Grand Design RV sells a few trailers with aluminum shells over wood frames, but most products have laminated construction. They use an aluminum frame, a Luan board laminated to a fiberglass skin, and rigid foam insulation. Many models have aluminum entry steps and racetrack ducting for better airflow from the front to the back of the RV.
The Transcend Xplor Travel Trailer is available with 15 floor plans. It has a wood frame and aluminum skin, and it’s 24 to 36 feet long. The Imagine Travel Trailer has nine floor plans, an aluminum frame, and laminated Luan wall construction. Luan is a type of rigid plywood, and this trailer is 28 to 36 feet long. The Imagine XLS Travel Trailer is lighter than the standard version. It has eight floor plans, and it’s 21 to 28 feet long. The Reflection Travel Trailer has an upscale look, five floor plans, and is 33 to 37 feet long.
The Reflection Fifth Wheel comes in 10 floor plans, and it’s 32 to 41 feet long. It also has lots of luxurious features. The Reflection 150 Series Fifth Wheel is 26 to 34 feet long, and eight floor plans are available. These campers have stainless steel appliances, insulated baggage areas that are perfect for long trips, and residential furniture.
The Solitude Fifth Wheel is also upscale, and it’s 34 to 42 feet long. It comes in 12 floor plans, and it has a variety of residential amenities, including motorized theater seating, plenty of storage space, and solid surface countertops. It’s designed for extended travelers who need a comfortable living space.
The Momentum G-Class is available as a travel trailer or a fifth-wheel model, and it’s 26 to 43 feet long. The Momentum is 41 to 44 feet long, and it comes in four floor plans. It also has a mobile garage system that lets you go from the living space to the cargo area without leaving the vehicle. Other features include solar charging capability and a heated and enclosed underbelly.
Grand Design RV Warranties
Grand Design RVs come with a Base Limited Warranty that lasts for a year. It covers any factory defects, and it’s transferable to secondary owners. The Limited Structural Warranty is a three-year plan that covers defects in structural components. It’s not transferable to secondary owners.
Both warranties only provide coverage for issues that result from everyday use, such as camping or traveling. You won’t be covered for damage from misuse, lack of maintenance, or commercial use. Grand Design RV warranties are for factory-made components only and exclude parts and appliances from other companies. However, these parts could have warranties from different manufacturers.
These one- and three-year warranties may seem short compared to warranties for cars, trucks, and SUVs, but they’re better than many RV warranties offered by other manufacturers. Some RV makers don’t offer warranties that are transferable to secondary owners, and others don’t offer coverage that lasts more than a year. Grand Design also has five-year warranties for heavy-duty tires and 12-year warranties for the roofs of RVs.
For Your Next RV, Consider Grand Design
Grand Design offers many types of RVs, and you can choose from a variety of features and floor plans. For help with trading in your current RV and shopping for a new one, contact us at Bretz RV & Marine. We have dealerships in Boise and Nampa, Idaho, and Billings, Butte, and Missoula, Montana, and we’re open from 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m., depending on the location. On Saturdays, we’re open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.