Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s will debut its new Canyon Trail 36FBQS “front-bath” fifth-wheel during the National RV Trade Show, Nov. 27-29 in Louisville, Ky.
According to a press release, the all-new design creates a roomy master bath suite providing additional square footage compared to traditional side-aisle baths. Features include a 30-inch by 54-inch one-piece fiberglass shower, 6-foot long solid-surface bath lavatory with “his and her” vessel sink basins, full-height linen closet and full-width wardrobe closet across the front wall.
The master bedroom suite also offers a bed slideroom on the off-door side and a dresser/entertainment center slide on the door side. “The two opposing bedroom slides provide unbelievable walk-around space around the bed and excellent visibility into the front bath as you enter the unit,” stated Mike Spencer, division manager of Yellowstone RV.
The main floor entryway includes a convenient half bath designed with a built-in closet/pantry designed to accept a stackable washer dryer unit. “This unit is designed to accommodate full-timers traveling with guests as well as folks that may have difficulty walking up steps to do laundry or use the bathroom,” said Spencer.
The “island kitchen” provides spacious countertop space along with extra drawer and pantry space and is set off by elegant solid surface countertops. The living area is designed to allow the customer to place their sofa, dual leather recliners or home theater system in the huge door side slideroom or along the rear wall of the unit.
“We call it flexible seating,” said Spencer. “This means the dealer and customer can get what they want, where they want it, for increased comfort for owners and increased sales for our dealers. Furthermore, the increased length of the mid-deck area and forward location of the plumbing in the basement compartment area dramatically increases pass through storage over most other fifth-wheel designs.”
The unit is 40 feet long and weighs 12,490 pounds with a pin weight of 2,730 pounds, and is targeted to be easily pulled by ¾-ton trucks. The affordable Canyon Trail 36FBQS will be part of the Gulf Stream/Yellowstone RV display in exhibit 2125 of the Kentucky Exposition Center.
For more information contact Mike Spencer at email@example.com or by calling (574) 261-6903.
Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC is premiering its 2013 Bay Hill fifth-wheel during this week’s Elkhart County RV Open House. According to a press release, the new line will be shown at the company’s display hear the entrance to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart.
EverGreen has five floorplans currently slated for production of the modified mid-profile Bay Hill fifth-wheel, including coaches with slideout lounges or kitchens, rear lounges, large bathrooms, dual bathrooms, private bedrooms, kitchen islands and a large living area.
The fifth-wheel is built with a metallic fiberglass exterior and painted gel coated fiberglass front cap accented by an exclusive Bay Hill graphics package and bright, automotive aluminum wheels. Other exterior details include LED front cap docking lights for improved visibility, slam latch baggage doors, monster-sized pass-through storage, tinted windows, exterior speakers, electric awnings and a six-point auto level-up system.
The interior of Bay Hill features an LED lighting package, screwed-and-glued cabinetry, big screen television, fireplace with heater, designer glass and comfortable innerspring residential style furniture with optional leather. Bay Hill’s kitchen has a stainless steel double-door refrigerator, stainless steel microwave and sink, no-slam kitchen drawer guides and Corian countertops.
The bedroom is based around an 80-inch queen-size bed with bullet reading lights, power equipped night stands, TV jack with LCD bracket and spa-inspired wardrobe doors. The bathroom features a walk-in shower with glass doors, skylight over the shower or tub, recessed vanity light, hand sprayer and power exhaust fan.
Options include a stainless steel dishwasher, 12-cubic-foot refrigerator, dual paned windows, a second 13,500 Btu A/C unit, Trailair hitch, vacuum, booth dinette, king-size bed and rolling galley island.
“EverGreen has built quality fifth wheels for years, starting with our popular Ever-Lite and i-Go brands,” said EverGreen Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Lantz. “The tradition of quality design and attention to interior and exterior detail continues with the all-new Bay Hill fifth wheel line. Dealers will get an exclusive ‘first look’ at this exciting new product – with the design features that consumers and dealers have been asking for – when the 2013 Bay Hill debuts at EverGreen’s open house.”
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is inviting dealers to a “Hog Roast Celebration” on Sept. 19 in conjunction with Elkhart County RV Open House Week. According to a press release, the event will run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EverGreen’s display near the entrance to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
The Middlebury, Ind.-based builder will be showing its diverse product line, including the Ever-Lite, i-Go and Ascend brands along with the all new Bay Hill fifth-wheel and Sun Valley travel trailer.
According to the company, the ‘New EverGreen’ provides dealers with more profitable product lines, new competitive pricing, larger territories and no clone products selling against its quality brands.
EverGreen’s Dealer Open House will run Sept. 18-20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to www.GoEvergreenRV.com or contact: EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540; Phone: (574) 825-4298; Fax: (574) 825-4299.
Yellowstone RV, a division of Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc., has introduced a new triple-slide Canyon Trail fifth-wheel featuring a full-height “Rock Wall Entertainment Center” and full-view atrium windows. According to a press release, the new Canyon Trail XLT 27FRET will be showcased in the company’s displays at the corner of CR 6 East and Northland Drive in Elkhart and the Gulf Stream Country Club in Nappanee during the Sept. 18-21 Elkhart County RV Open House.
The 27-footer is aggressively priced and offers towing ease, weighing around 8,900 pounds and equipped with with Canyon Trail’s short-bed front cap and pin box design.
“Camping couples with a short bed truck can benefit from all the technology and design innovations we’ve pioneered at Yellowstone RV in a unit that’s particularly easy to own and operate,” said Yellowstone RV National Sales Manager Mike Spencer. “The 27FRET is the perfect platform for our stunning Bayridge Maple or optional Dark Cherry hardwood cabinetry. The full-view Atrium windows flood the free-standing dinette table that slides and swivels, a full size leather recliner, a hide-a-bed sofa with reversible cushions and a brand new “Rock Wall’ entertainment center that showcases a 32-inch to 42-inch flat screen HDTV and optional electric fireplace.”
Spencer said that Yellowstone’s exclusive XLT chassis provides sliderooms with 6-foot 2-inch ceiling height and 1/4-inch thick steel headers. The master suite has a standard wardrobe slideout and plenty of walk-around space for the full 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed. The full-size residential kitchen offers optional solid surface countertops while the deluxe bath features a full-height linen closet.
Construction quality includes 2-inch laminated “champagne” high-gloss fiberglass walls and a six-sided welded aluminum frame. Yellowstone also offers an “Extreme Weather Protection Package” that uses fiberglass, rigid block foam insulation, high-performance reflective thermal foil and key thermal breaks to provide true all-season camping comfort.
The New XLT chassis also features large basement storage capacity with a unique fold-down bulkhead wall, well-lit access to all utilities, a fiberglass front cap and pin box design to provide unmatched maneuverability with short bed trucks, and a low, wind-cheating profile for improved handling at highway speeds.
Keystone RV Co. announces the hiring of Chris Stender as northeast district sales manager for the company’s Montana division. In his new position, Stender will assume sales responsibility for the Montana, Mountaineer and Montana High Country product lines.
“Montana is the No. 1 selling fifth-wheel 11 consecutive years,” said Stender, a nine-year industry veteran. “It is truly an honor to be part of the Montana team and partner with the top dealers in the Northeast. I am looking forward to contributing to Montana’s continued growth.”
According to group general manager Aram Koltookian, Stender brings to Montana a wealth of experience and close dealer relationships. “We are focused on growing relationships with our dealer partners,” says Koltookian. “Chris will play an important role in helping us do this as we introduce new Montana, Mountaineer and High Country models. Montana is clearly the market share leader. Chris will help ensure that we continue to dominate in the northeast. ”
Stender attended the University of Louisville and Vincennes University on baseball scholarships and resides in Bristol with his wife and twin eight-year-old daughters. Keystone is a Goshen, Ind.-based towable builder and subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc.
Editor’s Note: The following are letters to the editor published in the Goshen (Ind.) News offering thoughts on Carriage Inc.’s demise from the company’s founder, Clarence T. Yoder, and his wife Ideana, and Dean Miller, a long-time employee.
This letter is long overdue, but with the closing of Carriage it has prompted us to write.
From 1968 to 1999, Carriage, Inc. was our life. You were like a family to us, and we can never express our appreciation enough. There have been so many talented, loyal employees that have given their all throughout the years. It was your pride in the product, working together, and cooperation that made Carriage tick.
We are very saddened by this turn of events that brings an end to the Carriage era. We wish each of you our very best, and hope you will contribute to another company as you have to Carriage through the years.
Please keep in touch and thanks again.
— C.T. and Ideana Yoder
To all the former Carriage employees I consider it a privilege and a blessing to have been able to work at a place that was built on integrity. In working with you the past 20-plus years, many of you became good friends and you made Carriage a good place of employment, one that produced a quality product.
Through the years quite a number of people left for “greener pastures” and then came back to Carriage largely because of the good atmosphere that was created by you, my fellow workers. The past number of years, especially the last couple of months, has been a struggle and disappointing to many of you. As you move on to new jobs and the future, remember to keep your priorities in order and keep being a positive influence in your world.
Working at Carriage has been a good experience for me personally. Thanks to Clarence and Ideana Yoder for your years of caring for your employees and the community. God bless you all in your future.
— Dean Miller
Myron Bowling Auctioneers, Hamilton, Ohio, is advertising the “complete liquidation” of the assets for luxury fifth-wheel manufacturer Carriage Inc., scheduled for 9 a.m. on Feb. 9 at the company’s Millersburg, Ind., headquarters.
Carriage was a venerable manufacturer known for its inventive engineering and commitment to quality, building high-end fifth-wheels under the Cabo, Cameo, Carri-Lite and Royals International brands. Auction listings include finished RVs, raw materials, brand names and equipment. (For details, click here.)
News first surfaced in mid-October that Carriage, founded by Clarence Yoder in 1969, was having financial troubles. RVBUSINESS.com reported that PNC Bank out of Indianapolis had filed suit Oct. 18 to take possession of Carriage, which reportedly owed the bank more than $5 million. The suit came a day after around 180 Carriage workers were furloughed.
The bank was demanding immediate payment of overdue loans and maintained in the suit in Elkhart County Superior Court I that Carriage owner Glenn Cushman was in default of his financial obligations to PNC Bank from as far back as September of 2009, requiring the issuance of several loan extensions.
Rick Van Es, who was hired six weeks prior to the filing at the request of PNC Bank to engineer a restructuring of the company, claimed at the time that Carriage was “blindsided” after submitting a viable turnaround plan to PNC.
“We were very much blindsided because the other thing that happened here is that the company was requested to find replacement financing for PNC,” Van Es told RVBUSINESS.com. “PNC had suggested that if the company could replace its operating line of credit – and also bring in enough money to pay down the mortgage to an 85% loan-to-value – that the bank would be happy to continue to move forward with the company.
“The company raised all the money that was required to achieve that, and we actually have not only commitment letters from those lenders, we were actually reviewing contracts and got to the point where our new lenders asked PNC for payoff letters, and PNC would not provide them. At the end of the day, what PNC said was ‘we’re not interested; we’re going to file a suit.”
After the proceedings with PNC became public, RVBUSINESS.com reported that Carriage owners and dealers rallied behind the builder.
“We’ve had an outpouring of concern from Carriage owners, 90 dealers, nothing but positive support for us, and it’s sad,” said Ed Kinney, vice president of sales and marketing for Carriage. “It affects 200 people in the community, the vendors and dealers nationwide and in Canada. Actually, we’ve got units on line right now that are supposed to be going to England, and the bank won’t work with us to make this work.”
Despite reports in local media that PNC and Carriage were close to an agreement, no deal was ever finalized.
The all-new Sanibel fifth-wheel is in full production at Prime Time Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc.
According to a press release, the new fiver targets the luxury fifth-wheel buyer and is intended to compliment the Wakarusa, Ind., company’s mid-priced Crusader fifth wheel. Prime Time management recently delivered the first production model to Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City. Base MSRP of the new Sanibel fifth wheel is $65,000.
Upon receiving the new unit, Debora Bingham and Ron Walker, dealer principals at Leisure Time RV, noted, “Sanibel looks absolutely fantastic and is loaded with lots of easy-to-sell features that high-end customers are going to love. Prime Time represents a big part of our business and we think Sanibel will be another great addition to our dealership”.
Sanibel Product Manager Jeff Wagner said Prime Time has a special relationship with Leisure Time RV, stating, “Ron and Debora were one of the very first dealers to sign up with Prime Time when the company was started in 2009. They have done a fantastic job representing all of our products in the Oklahoma City market and we are thankful for their continued commitment and support. It’s an honor to deliver the first Sanibel to Leisure Time RV.”
For more information regarding Sanibel and Prime Time Manufacturing, please call (574) 862-3001 or consult www.primetimerv.com.