Chinook motor homes offered a wide variety of Class C (B+) motor homes, including the Summit, Glacier, Destiny, Cascade, Concourse and Premiere. Chinook RV was a family-owned and operated manufacturer of high-quality RVs. Chinook's vehicles achieved the nickname of "The Sports Car of Motorhomes," but the business closed in 2005.
Sy and Rose Mair of Orange County, California introduced Chinook's motor homes to the market in 1938. The business eventually relocated to Union Gap, Washington, where it built travel trailers, pickup campers and chassis mounts for one-ton cab chassis. The company was merged and sold multiple times, as its products grew more and more sophisticated and popular.
Key selling points for Chinook vehicles included structural integrity, outstanding driving and handling, safety and reliability, resale value, innovative design, construction materials, amenities and appliances, electronics and components, custom manufacturing and attention to detail. When in its prime, Chinook motor homes was so meticulously crafted that it took nearly 900 hours to construct each one. Luxury features included Corian counter tops, wall-to-wall carpeting, hand-carved wooden cabinets and available all-leather furniture. Used Chinook vehicles still fetch a decent price, as of 2015.
In January of 2013, Phil Rizzo, owner of Wagon Trail RV in Las Vegas, acquired the intellectual property rights of the Chinook brand, and he re-opened a new production line of the Chinook RV in Junction City, Oregon in 2014.