The newly redesigned Gulf Breeze and Streamlite laminated lightweight travel trailers from Gulf Stream Coach Inc. have been gaining significant momentum in the marketplace. According to a press release, the Nappanee, Ind.-based company reported that 40-plus dealers from across the country have added the Champagne Edition and Ultra-Lite product to their inventory lineup.
Champagne Edition and Ultra-Lite trailers now feature the broadest range of sizes and price points, ranging in length from 19 to 32 feet and offering new, exclusive floorplans. Popular island kitchens are now available in several models, many using new deeper/taller sliderooms to give main living areas a wide open feel. Outside kitchens are also offered in many floorplans.
“Our concept of lightweight luxury is really hitting a sweet spot with dealers,” said Brad Whitehead, general manager of Gulf Stream’s Lightweight Division. “Our product design team has done a great job of bringing a ‘luxury fifth-wheel’ look and feel into the lightweight travel trailer segment. That, coupled with hitting aggressive pricing targets, along with a really great floorplan lineup have really made dealers stand up and take notice that there’s something special about Gulf Stream lightweight travel trailer product.”
Gulf Stream will be showing product at the Dec. 3-5 51st National Rv Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., at Booth Nos. 1621 and 5030. For more information, contact Whitehead at email@example.com or (574) 584-4954.
Gulf Stream Coach Inc. will again be hosting the traditional kickoff party for next month’s Elkhart County RV Open House, inviting dealers to its Country Club and Pavilion in Nappanee, Ind., on Sept. 16. With the club open all day, guests will enjoy free golf on the 9-hole course and catch-and-release fishing in the pond, while enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of the club for lunch. The traditional party gets into high gear Monday night with Chef Stanley serving his renown “Steak, Shrimp and Eggroll Dinner” for this year’s “Beach Bash,” beginning at 6 p.m. and featuring live entertainment, door prizes and high-stakes casino games. There will also be theater-style Monday Night Football and an open bar in the spacious pavilion and adjoining parking lot, where over 30 Gulf Stream Coach and Yellowstone RV products will be on display. On Tuesday the focus Gulf Stream Open House activities shift to the company’s largest-ever display at 24321 County Road 6 In Elkhart. Gulf Stream and Yellowstone will showcase 40 new travel trailers and fifth-wheels, from ranging from 14 to 40 feet in length. Visiting dealers can enjoy a lunch at noon and happy hour from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Dealers can confirm their attendance by contacting a Gulf Stream Coach sales representative at (800) 289-8787.
Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. invited key executives, front-line management and staff from Lippert Components Inc. to a golf outing and reception at the Gulf Stream Country Club last Wednesday (June 5) to honor Lippert as its top supplier. “As our business has grown and production has accelerated, the people of Lippert – from top executives to front line managers and staff – have kept pace with our needs, providing innovative, top-quality products and responsive customer service,” Phil Sarvari, Gulf Stream executive vice president, said in a press release. Shown in the photo, Jeff Zumbrun, director of purchasing for Gulf Stream, expresses his appreciation to the Lippert staff prior to the afternoon’s activities. The group enjoyed golf on the Gulf Stream par three course adjacent to the company’s manufacturing facilities and a hearty cookout meal. Members of the group also took advantage of other recreational opportunities at the Country Club, including fishing in the waterways along the golf course. At the event Jason Lippert, chairman and CEO of Lippert parent Drew Industries Inc., noted, “We’re proud and honored to be working with a company with such a long legacy of providing outstanding RVs to Dealers and retail customers.”
Yellowstone RV, a division of Gulf Stream Coach Inc., is capitalizing on the growth of its Canyon Trail and Sedona fifth-wheel brands with the introduction of three new SLT Series floorplans.
According to a press release, the new models offer the same basic chassis and several of the features in the upgraded Canyon Trail and Sedona XLT and Advanced Profile Series, including: vacuum-bonded laminated wall construction; “champagne” color gel-coat exterior; roomy interior ceiling height in the bedroom and sliderooms; and the same level of interior fit and finish.
With lengths ranging from from 29 feet to 31-feet, 6-inches, and dry weights well under 8,000 pounds, SLT floorplans are perfect for towing by half-ton pickups.
“Our dealers are helping more and more value-minded campers discover the advantages of pulling fifth-wheels versus conventional travel trailers,” said Yellowstone RV National Sales Manager Mike Spencer. “First, the hitch point itself makes towing and handling less stressful and more aerodynamic with better fuel economy. Second, the shorter overall length makes towing and parking maneuvers far easier. Thirdly, the SLT has enormous pass-through basement storage provided by our unique fifth-wheel chassis design.”
He added, “The SLT value formula means families who already own half-ton pickups can hitch up and go, without a costly investment in a new tow vehicle. That puts budget-minded campers thousands of dollars ahead. And once SLT owners set up camp, they can enjoy the conveniences, luxuries and four-season livability that have made the Canyon Trail and Sedona brands breakthrough best-sellers to full-timers and occasional campers alike.”
For additional information contact Spencer at (800) 811-0302, ext. 5158, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nappanee Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. is marking the 15th anniversary of its ligthweight Ameri-Lite travel trailer with the launch of the brand’s first 8-foot wide floorplan, according to a press release.
“For our 15th anniversary we introduced the first 8-foot wide Ameri-Lite, the 218MB,” said Randy Baskerville, national sales manager for Ameri-Lite. “We have also increased the Ameri-Lite curb appeal with an aerodynamic radius front wall and a distinctive new silver metal option, which has further accelerated the quick retail turn rate of Ameri-Lite trailers on our dealers’ lots.”
He added, “Ameri-Lite is the leader in generating retail sales leads through our website also because it attracts so many different customers, including first-time RVers, young families on tight budgets, casual campers looking for quick, easy getaways and experienced campers who love the combination of lightweight construction and high-value features.”
In a posting on the Ameri-Lite site an owner commented, “This camper is amazing. Small and compact but so big. It has all the things you would want while away from home. It’s the perfect size to pull with my 2006 Chevy Trailblazer.”
Baskerville noted, “Every time I see an Ameri-Lite from 1997 on the road, I smile with pride, because I know we’ve maintained the same philosophy through our record-breaking fifteen year run. Ameri-Lite owners benefit from a lower purchase price, lower fuel costs, easier, less-stressful towing and set-up, a less expensive tow vehicle, a better warranty and more trailer for the dollar.”
For more information on the Ameri-Lite line of 14- to 25-foot travel trailers, contact Baskerville at (574) 320-2630 or email@example.com
A U.S. athlete who won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in London will be making a surprise visit to the Gulf Stream Coach Opening Night event on Sept. 17 for the Elkhart area RV manufacturers Open House later this month.
The athlete, whose identify is being kept secret until the event, will be attending the party at the Gulf Stream Country Club in Nappanee to meet guests, speak about the experience of committing a lifetime to Olympic competition and the success of winning Olympic medals.
According to a Gulf Stream news release, the presence of the star of one of the most competitive and most compelling stories of the London Games adds a significant note of excitement to the evening’s agenda that already includes Chef Stanley’s Famous Steak, Shrimp and Eggroll Dinner, Casino Night Games, Monday Night Football and an extensive display of Gulf Stream Products “Under The Stars.”
Dealers who have yet to confirm their attendance at the Gulf Stream Party on Sept. 17 can contact their Gulf Stream Sales representative or visit www.gulfstreamcoach.com/gold.pdf for an invitation and directions to the event, as well as information on the rest of the Gulf Stream Coach Open House activities.
As a follow-up to the Monday night events, Gulf Stream will maintain its product display in Nappanee and provide an extensive display in Elkhart at the corner of County Road 6 East and Northland Drive throughout the Open House, Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 18-20.
Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has named Tim Dennig as national sales manager for the Nappanee, Ind.-based company’s lightweight trailer brands, according to a press release.
“Tim Dennig has built an impressive career centered on lightweight towable sales management, including experience with Gulf Stream several years ago,” said Gulf Stream President Dan Shea.
Shea said that Dennig would head up sales for Gulf Stream’s StreamLite, Gulf Breeze, Matrix, Northern Express and Capri brands of lightweight travel trailers. The lines, featuring laminated sidewalls and aluminum-frame construction, are built at the company’s facility in Etna Green, Ind.
“Dennig’s position also gives him responsibility for sales of the VISA by Gulf Stream,” Shea added.
The ultra-lightweight VISA trailer features an aerodynamic one-piece laminated fiberglass roof that extends from the front hitch to the back bumper. Offered in seven floorplans from 17 to 23 feet, the VISA has generated strong sales in the United States and Canada, according to Gulf Stream.
“I’m very excited to represent such a well-respected family of brands,” said Dennig. “Like all Gulf Stream products, these brands have an excellent reputation for quality, comfort, attractive styling, innovation and light weight. In fact, we’ve been able to add six new dealers in the two weeks I’ve been here, and the whole industry is talking about the VISA by Gulf Stream – one of the most exciting and successful towable products brought to the market in years.
Dennig attended Loyola University in New Orleans, and has lived in the Elkhart, Ind., area for over 30 years. He will work at the Nappanee headquarters and can be reached at 574-773-7761, ext. 5146, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There was no question Monday night (Sept. 19) that Elkhart County’s 4th Annual RV Open House Week was off and running, based on a quick “kick off” social hour visit to Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s “Casino Night” party in the Shea Pavilion at the company’s Nappanee, Ind., manufacturing complex.
True to the growing tradition of Open House Week, this was a social venue as much as a business venture.
And, much to the dismay of anyone in the industry attempting to maintain a conservative diet, it included a traditional buffet of steak, shrimp and eggrolls from Chef Stanley Lau, a longtime friend of the company who’s been cooking at special Gulf Stream events for nearly 45 years – dating back to the early years of the company and a longstanding friendship with late Gulf Stream founder Jim Shea, Sr.
Gulf Stream President Dan Shea said he was “very excited” by Monday night’s turnout, which totaled more than 100 dealer personnel, during an interview with RVBUSINESS.com and RVNN.TV.
“I think we were anticipating about 65 to 80 dealers today and we’re well over a hundred, and it’s still only 7:15 p.m.,” said Shea, whose company had set up about 45 units in Nappanee and another 60 at two different Elkhart Open House Week locations – one at the corner of County Road 6 and Northland Drive “We’re very excited about it and it’s been very well received by the dealers. Word is getting around town that
more and more dealers are referring other dealers to us. So, we’re very excited.”
In the big picture, Shea added, it looks as if Open House Week will take another step forward this year in terms of attendance. “Definitely,” he noted. “I’m sure that by sometime tomorrow we’ll have had more dealers at this open house this year than any other in the past… It’s kind of good to see the launch of the year a little bit earlier and, in working with the dealers, they’re excited to see the new products now rather than in Louisville. It allows them to plan for their year a little better because a lot of the (retail) shows have been earlier in January and February in (various) markets, and sometimes that first week in December’s just a little too late.”
Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. announced Friday (Sept. 9) that it had dramatically expanded its activities during Elkhart County’s upcoming Open House Week. In addition to previously released information detailing the company’s planned program at its corporate campus, Gulf Stream also will showcase its products at two other display sites during the Sept. 19-23 dealer-oriented events.
The primary center of activity for Gulf Stream is their sprawling campus in Nappanee, where Gulf Stream is hosting a Monday Casino Night party that kicks off the “Elkhart Extravaganza” at the Gulf Stream Country Club Pavilion. More than 40 towable units will be available for dealer inspection on the golf course grounds adjacent to the Pavilion, Monday through Thursday.
“Our Nappanee facility offers the best-possible experience for visiting dealers, with a country club setting, acres of carefully landscaped grounds, nighttime lighting, the adjacent Pavilion/club house and plenty of parking,” said Dan Shea, president of Gulf Stream Coach.
“As attractive as our Nappanee location is, though, we want every dealer visiting Elkhart to see the exciting things that are happening at Gulf Stream Coach,” Shea continued. “To do that, we’re setting up ‘Camp Gulf Stream’ at the corner of County Road 6 East and Northland Drive to give dealers a taste of what we have to offer. Our ‘camp’ will be convenient for dealers and prospects who are exploring the competitive offerings of various manufacturers.”
Gulf Stream will also be staging an additional fleet of units just minutes away from ‘Camp Gulf Stream’ to enable dealers to see the widest possible variety of products. The company is offering a complimentary shuttle service to take dealers to and from their sites and those of other manufacturers.
Dealers who would like complete information about Gulf Stream Coach activities during Open House Week can request an agenda from their Gulf Stream Coach sales representative or by emailing email@example.com.
Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s innovative 408TBS Innsbruck travel trailer will be prominently displayed in the Stoltzfus RV space (#513) during the Sept. 12-18 Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey.
According to a press release, the floorplan features eight-foot interior ceilings, three generous slideouts, 1 1/2 half baths and residential refrigerator and furniture. The release states “the 408TBS is a breakthrough in value and design that captures all the fun and adventure of camping in a lodge-style trailer that’s spacious, comfortable and impeccably crafted.”
“It’s no wonder Stoltzfus RV chose the 408TBS to anchor the center aisle of their display,” said Randy Baskerville, national sales manager for Innsbruck. “It’s a top-selling floorplan that never fails to impress retail customers. Mom and Dad love the huge Master Suite; kids love their own bedroom, half bath and entertainment center; and the whole family loves the generous “Great Room” main living area, with its double-width slideout and full-scale family-friendly kitchen.”
Gulf Stream will also be showing new products and floorplans at its own have display space (#513) at the Hershey show. For more information on the Innsbruck brand, visit www.gulfstreamrvtrailers.com or contact Randy Baskerville, national sales manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.