Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Nappanee Ind., is seeing brisk sales of its wide array of floorplans that feature island kitchens, providing counter space, an eating area, or kitchen sink across from wall-mounted appliances, like the range, oven, and refrigerator.
“Every time we feature an island kitchen floor plan at early season RV shows we hear retail customers telling us what they loved about the arrangement,” said Tim Dennig, national sales manager for several Gulf Stream brands, in a press release. “According to RVers, the island quickly becomes the center of activity and attention in an RV, making food preparation and entertaining easier, while enabling the campground chef to interact with other campers.”
Currently Gulf Stream builds over 30 floorplans featuring island kitchens, available in units from 23 to 41 feet in length, and at every price point in the product mix. The island kitchens in the Gulf Stream fleet feature a wide variety of functions, styles, and features, including overhead skylights, pendant light fixtures, under-mount Stonecast sinks, snack bars with bar stools, under-counter storage, and plenty of extra workspace.
“With so many attractive variations on the basic island kitchen design available from Gulf Stream Coach, dealers are able to satisfy virtually every RV customer who has their heart set on an island kitchen layout,” Dennig said. “That availability is making island kitchen units hot sellers that show well and turn quickly.”
For more information contact Paul Campbell, director of marketing, at (800) 289-8787, or e-mail email@example.com.
Capitalizing on the healthy activity at this year’s round of retail RV shows, Gulf Stream Coach Inc. reported that several models are seeing strong sales, including its Track & Trail line of travel trailer toy haulers.
Available in 21- to 34-foot lengths, Gulf Stream said in a press release that the key selling points for Track & Trail are:
• Price point – The line offers retail prices almost any active, outdoor family can afford, according to the company, bringing more consumers into the toy hauler market.
• Ease of towing – With dry weights from 3,800 to 6,000 pounds, Track & Trail units can be towed behind 1/2-ton pickups and many other towing-equipped vehicles.
• Room for all kinds of toys – Many buyers admitted they might never roll a dirt bike up the ramp, planning instead to use the spacious Track & Trail garage for kayaks, gas grills, water toys, lounge chairs, and other bulky gear that makes camping affordable family fun.
• Multipurpose cargo space – Ideal for go-karting, flea-marketing, dog-showing, gold-prospecting, and virtually every other outdoor activity that combines outdoor gear and overnight accommodations.
• Solid design features – Track & Trailer offers an 8-foot ramp with 3,000-pound capacity and a full-width spring-assisted hinge; powder-coated steel generator tray; diamond-pattern rubber garage floor; and fold-up sofas and folding portable picnic table.
For more information contact National Sales Manager, Randy Baskerville at (574) 320-2630 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has launched the new 25SBW floorplan in its Conquest/Innsbruck travel trailer line, featuring a rear kitchen design and upscale amenities normally found in larger, more expensive trailers.
According to a press release, the 25SBW borrows key design features of the best-selling Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW. The floorplan offers a gourmet-friendly, full-width rear kitchen with extensive cabinetry, storage drawers, an L-shaped counter and double-door refrigerator. The main living space uses a deep slideout to provide room for a comfy sofa, dinette with under-seat storage, and a floor-to-ceiling entertainment center with a multi-function home theater sound system and connections for an optional LED HD TV.
“The rear kitchen design of the 25SBW is a retail champion in two ways,” said National Sales Manager Randy Baskerville. “It has immediate appeal when RV shoppers find it on dealers’ lots, with its high-quality cabinetry and spacious sunlit workspace. But more than that, RVers soon realize how practical and convenient it is on the campsite, enabling everyone to share the casual camping lifestyle without making the cook stand in the middle of the main living area.”
In spite of its compact size, the 30-foot 25SBW gives owners a true master bedroom with a solid panel privacy door, a walk-around queen bed with under-bed storage, mirrored shirt closet, wardrobe, and overhead cabinets. A mounting point and wiring for a wall-mount flat screen TV is also included.
Gulfstream also designed an en suite bath with two entry doors – one from the main living area hall, the other from a private door in the master bedroom. A large corner shower with a solid-panel enclosure and shower door is featured in the bath.
With a dry weight under 5900 pounds and durable construction, the 25SBW is “a high-reward, high-value alternative for campers who like to travel light and easy,” noted Baskerville.
For information about the 25SBW contact Baskerville at (574) 320-2630 or email@example.com.
Gulf Stream Coach Inc. is reporting strong sales in the early round of 2014 RV consumer shows, according to a press release.
Following last week’s Florida RV Show in Tampa, National Sales Manager Randy Baskerville noted, “Buyers were out in force at the show, looking at everything from our entry-level Ameri-Lite 14-foot travel trailers to Yellowstone RV 40-foot fifth-wheels. I’ve been coming to this show for 30 years, and in terms of buyer enthusiasm and sales, this is the best one ever.”
The report from the Ohio RV SuperShow in Cleveland was similarly enthusiastic, with double the retail sales of last year’s event. In fact, at venues stretching from Houston to Toronto, and from Lansing to Boston, Gulf Stream sales staff reported high traffic levels and increased show sales.
“We’re off to an incredible start to what we expect to be a stellar year,” said Gulf Stream President Dan Shea. “We dialed in our products at the Open House and the refinements have done extremely well at the retail shows. When RV shoppers consider our latest features and floor along with our 30-year history of quality, innovation and value, they realize Gulf Stream Coach has just what they are looking for. As a result of the increase in retail demand, we are currently working to increase production at all of our manufacturing facilities.”
For more information visit www.gulfstreamcoach.com.
Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has introduced the new Conquest/Innsbruck 40DEN destination trailer, featuring a triple-slide floorplan that gives RVers a huge front kitchen, multipurpose “den” and his-and-hers master suite. According to a press release, Gulf Stream will debut the new “Lodge Series” model as part of the Dec. 3-5 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
The 40DEN kitchen is set off by front bay windows along with spacious countertops and hardwood cabinets. A residential refrigerator/freezer is standard and a 24-inch oven is an available option. The main living area includes a deep slide with a hide-a-bed sofa, entertainment center, luxurious wood blinds and sliding glass patio doors.
The multipurpose den provides connections and workspace for a computer, video games and flat-screen TV, as well as a hide-a-bed sofa for relaxing. When overnight guests arrive, the sofa and a fold-down bunk turn the den into a second bedroom, complete with its own wardrobe/closet. The rear master suite includes a king size bed, “en-suite” his ’n hers bath with glass-door corner shower, a private rear entrance, and a roomy wardrobe with vanity and TV hookups.
According to National Sales Manager Randy Baskerville, Conquest and Innsbruck dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada have seen remarkable growth in destination trailer sales in the past two years.
“We’ve expanded our offerings, we’ve updated our interiors, and we’ve shown vacationers and full-timers a combination of luxury, innovation, value and convenience that they simply can’t find anywhere else,” he said. “We expect our new 40DEN will fit right into the Lodge Series retail sales success story, with its multi-purpose den, spacious living area, and remarkably attractive MSRP.”
More information about the full Conquest/Innsbruck product line and all the Gulf Stream Coach events at the Louisville Show is available by contacting Randy Baskerville at 574-320-2630 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. announced today (Sept. 25) that attendance for its Elkhart County RV Open House events was up at least 35% over last year. According a press release, Gulf Stream saw record-setting crowds at its Monday night kickoff event in Nappanee, Ind., as well as the company’s product display in Elkhart.
Monday night, hundreds of dealers and prospects enjoyed Gulf Stream’s “world famous” steak, shrimp and egg roll buffet during the traditional kickoff Party at the Gulf Stream Country Club. Dealers took advantage of ideal weather to explore over 50 units on display under the lights outside the Country Club Pavilion, while live music, open bar, Monday Night Football, fishing, golf and casino action provided a festive and relaxing atmosphere throughout the event.
From Tuesday to Thursday at Gulf Stream’s exhibit on County Road 6, the builder presented its “biggest-ever display of new products.”
“Dealers saw one of the most aggressive product enhancements in Gulf Stream history,” said President Dan Shea, “and dealers have responded with remarkable enthusiasm to the changes and improvements. We showed over a dozen new floorplans, scores of décor upgrades and some true game-changing innovations. More and more dealers are realizing that Gulf Stream is product driven – and it is product that drives their retail sales. As a result, we’re writing more orders, signing more dealers, and encompassing more new territory by providing products with quality, value and innovation.”
Gulf Stream Coach was also prepared for the rains that hit on Thursday with an extensive indoor display.
“We knew that the September rains would show up during the Open House sooner or later,” commented Shea. “That’s why we took the bold step of creating an indoor display so dealers could park, explore products, relax, and enjoy lunch, all indoors, without having to endure the torrential record-setting rains on Thursday.”
Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Nappanee, Ind., announced that Brad Whitehead has been named general manager for the builder’s lightweight towable division. According to a press release, Whitehead will be responsible for Vista Cruiser, Gulf Breeze, StreamLite and several other popular lightweight lines.
Whitehead, an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, has an extensive towables background and has held leadership positions at several levels.
“Dan Shea has a clear vision for the future of this company,” said Whitehead. “He presented me with a great opportunity, and after spending 13 years with Gulf Stream early in my career, it feels like home. We’re positioned to experience significant, sustained growth, primarily because of an ongoing process of overall improvement, particularly as it relates to our product offering.”
He added, “Product is king in this business, and every dealer that walks into one of our displays during Open House Week will quickly see that Gulf Stream is committed to winning the product battle in every towable segment.”
Gulf Stream towables will be displayed in two locations during Open House Week: Sept. 16 at the Traditional Kick-Off Party at the Margaret Ann Shea Pavilion located in Nappanee; and Sept, 17-19 at the Gulf Stream display located at the corner of Northland Drive and County Road 6 in Elkhart.
Whitehead will work out of the corporate facility in Nappanee and can be contacted by e-mail email@example.com, or by phone at (574) 773-7761, ext. 5181.
Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s year-long WIN RV Sweepstakes recently culminated at Stoltzfus RV in West Chester, Pa., where grand prize winners Don and Toni Fuller were presented with a brand new Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite travel.
Conducted with the help of participating Gulf Stream dealers across North America, the WIN RV promotion “elevated Gulf Stream products in the eyes of thousands of participants,” according to a press release. The Fullers’ winning entry was drawn at random from among the thousands received.
The Ameri-Lite 19RBC was transported to Stoltzfus RV where General Manager Joe Hendrickson and Gulf Stream Coach Regional Sales Manager Al Slabaugh passed the keys and title to the Fullers.
The couple, residents of of York, Pa., submitted their entry while shopping for a new travel trailer last spring. “We’ve always wanted a Gulf Stream, but we never dreamed we’d win one,” Toni said.
“We’re excited for the Fullers’ good fortune and we’re very pleased at the interest and enthusiasm our WIN RV Sweepstakes generated for Gulf Stream products and for Gulf Stream dealers,” Randy Baskerville, national sales manager for Ameri-Lite said. “Our sweepstakes brought thousands and thousands of potential customers and dealers together across the United States and Canada in a fun, exciting way.”
The Ultra-Light division of Gulf Stream Coach Inc. is introducing a new 35-foot triple-slide floorplan sporting a rear entertainment configuration, island kitchen and a bathroom/wardrobe slide – a first in the lightweight trailer sector, according to a press release.
The new 30RLK heralds a host of improvements and introductions for the Gulf Stream Ultra-Light division, including the design, weight, durability and environmental benefits of synthetic substrates used in the vacuum-bonded laminated fiberglass walls that characterize Gulf Breeze, StreamLite and VISA trailers.
Twelve units from the Ultra-Light division will be on display in the Gulf Stream Coach display at the RVIA Show (Space #2125), including several new floorplans like a new 21-foot Ultra Light at 2,800 featuring two island kitchen plans. Other amenities offered are an outdoor pantry under the awning, new interior fabric choices, a Bluetooth-enabled stereo sound system, new under-mount soapstone-style kitchen sink, new solid-surface countertops, enhanced bedroom storage and convenience items and a handy bumper-mounted grille.
The Ameri-Lite Division of Gulf Stream Coach Inc. is leveraging the success of its top selling travel trailer, the 7 1/2-foot wide 21MB, to launch the new 218MB at the National RV Trade Show, Nov. 27-29 in Louisville, Ky.
Based on the 21MB floorplan, the 218MB extends the interior width to 8 feet, providing more living space, and pass-through storage along with added comfort, according to a press release. The lightweight 218MM will retail at $11,995.
Other improvements in the Ameri-Lite line include a new aerodynamically curved front wall, black accent trim, optional silver metal sidewalls, attractive new exterior graphics and upgraded solid wood cabinet doors and drawers.
Dealers can see the new 218MB and the rest of the Ameri-Lite advances at the Gulf Stream Coach display in the East Hall (Space #2125) at the Louisville Show.
Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has added Kilgore’s Enterprises Inc. to its dealer network, according to a press release. Kilgore’s, based in Creston, Iowa, will represent the Canyon Trail, Innsbruck and Ameri-Lite towable brands.
“Kilgore’s will be a great addition to the Gulf Stream dealer network, serving the Creston and southern Des Moines market, and we are glad to welcome them into our family,” said Phil Sarvari, executive vice president for Gulf Stream, currently marking its 30th year.
In 1958, Kilgore’s started in the car business in Creston, and in 2006 entered into the RV business. The company expanded in 2007, adding a dedicated RV sales location in Creston.
“It is always good when we partner with a dealer like Kilgore’s that shares longevity, strong ties to community and dedication to their customers,” Sarvari added.
Kilgore’s will officially unveil the new Gulf Stream product lines at its Nov. 2-3 Fall Open House.
Yellowstone RV, the fifth wheel affiliate of Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc., is using this week’s Elkhart County RV Open House to premier three new floorplans and a host of enhancements, improvements and new options. According to a press release, the new models were well received by dealers at the event.
The Canyon Trail mid-profile line added the 27FRET triple-slide floorplan, which features a unique “Rock Wall Entertainment Center” that spans the width of the unit with a rough-hewn rock style wall, 42-inch flat screen HD TV, electric fireplace heater, AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo system and windows that frame the view. The “Rock Wall” is flanked by a Hide-A-Bed Sofa on one side, and a sun-drenched Atrium Slide with an easy chair and free-standing dinette on the other.
Like other Canyon Trail models, the 27FRET kitchen offers multiple cabinets with hardwood doors and drawers, a residential size refrigerator, stainless double-bowl sink, range, microwave and oven. The master bedroom features a 60-inch by 80-inch mattress and an en suite master bath that includes a floor-to-ceiling linen closet.
On the exterior, the fifth-wheel offers a large insulated basement storage area with a hinged bulkhead wall and three-sided access, a dedicated compartment for two 30-pound LP tanks on the off door side, and a convenient docking station to manage on-board utilities. Like all Canyon Trail models, the 27FRET is built with 2-inch thick vacuum-bonded high-gloss walls and a welded six-sided aluminum frame that is easily outfitted for true four-season camping with the Yellowstone RV Extreme Weather Protection Package.
The full size RidgeLine fifth wheel line is displaying two floorplans for the Elkhart Show: the 38FLR Executive Edition, a lavishly equipped front-living room model, and the 34FRSI, which uses two huge slides to create a spacious rear living area focused on entertainment. Both showcase optional residential-quality dark redwood stained cabinetry and designer-approved optional solid surface countertops.
The front living room of the 38FLR is richly decorated and stylishly furnished, with facing leather sofas, a huge 60-inch flat screen LCD HD TV, multi-source stereo and wider mount electric fireplace heater with pencil tile hearth stone.
The kitchen and dining area features attractive cabinetry, a standard 12-cubic-foot stainless steel french-door refrigerator, convection microwave, range, oven and residential-size double bowl stainless sink with a pull-out sprayer faucet.
In the RidgeLine 34FRSI, the living area includes plush recliners facing the big-screen HD TV, as well as a hide-a-bed sofa and free-standing dinette.
The master bath included a stylish glass vessel sink and large shower while the adjacent master bedroom features plush fabrics, a spacious 4-drawer dresser and cedar-lined closet with tracery-framed mirrored doors.
RidgeLine is built with a dropped-framed chassis offering durability, including a welded six-sided aluminum frame, two inch thick walls with rigid foam and reflective foil insulation, high-gloss exteriors in Champagne gel-coat and fully enclosed underbellies with additional insulation in the basement to keep bath and bedroom floors especially warm.
For more information contact Mike Spencer, Yellowstone RV national sales manager at (574) 261-6903 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. will be debuting two new 23-foot floorplans in its VISA lightweight travel trailer line during next week’s Elkhart County RV Open House.
According to a press release, the new models are equipped with VISA’s aerodynamic roof that extends from the front frame to the rear bumper in a single piece of vacuum-bonded laminated fiberglass to reduce drag and eliminate leak-prone corners, seams and joints. Both models also use the unique VISA frame that provides a lower profile on the exterior while still offering a generous 82 inches of interior headroom for a spacious, open feel.
The 23RSD is a non-slide mobile suite with a roomy, easy-entry L-shaped dinette and convertible bunks. The 23BDS expands living space with an electric slide for its large U-shaped dinette and features a full-width rear bath that has the largest counter area of any VISA floorplan.
“Our dealers continue to rave about the retail performance of the VISA brand,” said Tim Dennig, national sales manager for Gulf Stream’s lightweight division. “Prospects drive hundreds of miles and line up at shows just to get a look inside – and they love what they see.”
Dennig reported that VISA has added more than two dozen new dealers in the past few months.
All VISA models feature European-inspired interior design and premium-quality appointments. New for 2013 are enlarged outside pass-through storage doors, a larger under-bed storage space, stylish new exterior graphics, an all-new palette of rich, durable fabrics, an optional bumper-mounted quick-connect gas grill and an optional power patio awning.
The new VISA floorplans will be on display September 17-20 in Gulf Stream’s Open House displays County Road 6 East and Northland Drive in Elkhart and at the company’s headquarters in Nappanee. For more information on VISA contact Denning at (800) 888-8917, ext. 5146 or e-mail email@example.com.
Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has added a new floorplan to its Conquest and Innsbruck travel trailer lines, set to debut during next week’s Elkhart County RV Open House.
According to a press release, the 277DDS is designed for active camping families, featuring two full-size bunks, a private master bedroom with residential solid-panel doors and a walk-around queen bed, and two family-friendly entry doors, including one that opens directly into the bath.
Gulf Stream said that the new floorplan is also “loaded with standards” as part of the company’s “high-content, high-value strategy.”
“When our dealers do a features and benefits walk-through with retail customers, they’re constantly saying, ‘it’s included,’” said Randy Baskerville, national sales manager for the brands. “That’s an incredibly powerful retail tool. Customers want value, without gimmicks or hidden costs. They want a travel trailer that doesn’t require a long list of extra-cost options to be livable, and the new 277DDS is a perfect example of that idea.”
He added, “Because we are an independent manufacturer, we have the flexibility to respond to direct input from our dealers and provide products and pricing that deliver stunning retail performance.”
The new Conquest and Innsbruck will be showcased in Gulf Stream’s display at County Road 6 East and Northland Drive in Elkhart and at the company’s headquarters in Nappanee, Ind. For more information contact Randy Baskerville at (574) 320-2630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has introduced an innovative bath slide in its Gulf Breeze and Streamlite travel trailer brands, according to a press release.
“The new bath slide from Gulf Stream adds significant floor area, storage, counter space and convenience to the baths of several new Gulf Breeze and StreamLite Floor Plans,” says Tim Dennig, national sales manager for the Gulf Stream’s lightweight division. “Our dealers told us their customers would appreciate a bigger bath, but didn’t want us to compromise the rest of the living area of floorplans they love. When the bathroom wall moves out, owners get a bath that has plenty of elbow-room for full-size adults.”
He added, “The bigger bath can double as a changing room, plus there’s room for a big linen cabinet, four times as much counter space, and at least double the under-counter storage of many traditional RV baths.”
Gulf Stream will debut the bath slide in its Gulf Breeze and Streamlite floorplans Sept. 17-20 as part of the upcoming Elkhart County RV Open House. The company will be hosting displays at the corner of County Road 6 East and Northland Drive in Elkhart and at the Gulf Stream facility in Nappanee.
For more information about the new bath slide contactDennig at (800) 888-8917, ext. 5146 or e-mail email@example.com.