Vintage RV: 1977 Triple E Motorhome—“5 Star Hotel” on Wheels
Triple E Canada celebrated 50 years of operation in 2015.by Keith Powell
Spring is in the air and with it comes the return of our vintage RV column. This week we are featuring a classic 1977 Triple E Motorhome – or a “5 star hotel” on wheels.
“Bill enjoyed square dancing, carpentry, watching Nascar, repairing and painting cars, refurbishing his 1977 Triple E Motorhome, travelling especially to the mountains and camping at Memorial Lake in his “5 star hotel.”
So states an obituary for an enthusiastic owner of a Triple E Motorhome. Or as this RVer called it, “his 5 star hotel.”
There are lots of these early Triple E motorhomes still around and many remain on the road racking up the mileage.
P.W. (Peter) Enns founded Triple E as a Winkler, Manitoba business in 1965 as a way to provide employment for staff at his heating and plumbing business—he then recruited Philipp Ens and a second son-in-law, Peter Elias, to help lead. The company celebrated 50 years of operation in 2015.
Unfortunately, Triple E doesn’t produce Class A motorhomes anymore but the company has put all their resources and attention into building the popular Leisure Travel Vans.
Ens told the Winkler newspaper in a 2015 interview, “When the 1977 oil embargo hit, there was no gasoline available. There were line-ups at the gas pumps for blocks and blocks, so the RV business was just dead for a while."
Typically, the Triple E class A motorhomes featured a Chevrolet chassis, 454 V8 engine, 3-speed automatic transmission, one-piece fiberglass roof, insulated undercarriage and was often said to drive like a sports car.
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