Gulf Stream’s Lightweight Trailers See Growth

November 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 or (574) 584-4954.


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Keystone Reporting Strong Sales in Laredo Line

June 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone's Laredo travel trailer

Building on the brand’s “Life Size Lightweight” message, Keystone RV Co.’s Laredo’s travel trailer line has increased sales by over 21% year-to-date, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. March results.

“What we’ve done here at Laredo is roll out some fantastic floorplans with our ‘Life Size Lightweight’ package,” said Laredo Product Manager Adam Smith. “We’ve put together a list of features that are important to our customers – bigger refrigerators, taller ceilings, residential showers, bigger beds and larger TVs – and bundled them with what is one of the strongest travel trailer floorplan lineups out there.”

Demonstrating the Laredo line’s focus, the new 274RB floorplan is 30-feet in length and half-ton towable, and features an island kitchen.

“The 274RB has become so popular we have had to alter our production schedule to meet demand,” said Smith. “Laredo dealers throughout the United States and Canada have embraced the ‘Life Size Lightweight’ message enthusiastically.”

Group General Manager Kyle Kwasny added, “At the Keystone Open House in September, Laredo dealers will be treated to the next evolution of ‘Life Size Lightweight’ towables. We can’t wait to show them what we have in the works.”

Elkhart County Open House is set for September 17-19 where Kyestone will be part of the expansive Thor Industries Inc. display at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart. Learn more about Laredo at

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Herschberger Joins Venture as Sales Manager

May 2, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Kyle Herschberger

Shipshewana,Ind.-based Venture RV, a division of KZRV LP, has named Kyle Herschberger regional sales manager.

According to a press release, Herschberger joins Venture RV with six years of retail sales, management and manufacturing sales experience in the recreational vehicle industry. In his new position he will be responsible for sales of Venture RV’s lineup of lightweight travel trailers throughout U.S.

“Kyle’s experience in retail goes beyond RV sales,” said Dave Boggs, director of marketing and sales for Venture RV. “He has formal training in web development, search engine optimization and social media strategy.  His YouTube channels have more than half a million video views from the last two years alone. For dealers who are looking to define their web presence, Kyle will make an excellent partner.”

“I’m excited to be part of the Venture RV team,” says Herschberger. “Venture RV offers dealers the best of both worlds: an innovative new product line with exclusive territory agreements, as well as financially sound ownership and 40 years of production experience that other start-ups lack.”

Herschberger resides in Middlebury, Ind. He can be contacted at (260) 768-2067 or

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Gulf Stream Ultra-Light Debuts Triple-Slide Unit

November 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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.




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Venture RV to Show SportTrek Line in Louisville

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Shipshewana, Ind.-based Venture RV, an Indiana-based manufacturer of lightweight travel trailers, will be displaying its new SportTrek line at the National RV Trade Show, Nov. 27-29 in Louisville, Ky.

“The dealer reaction to the product has been phenomenal,” Dave Boggs, director of marketing and sales for the KZRV LP subsidiary, said in a press release. “Dealers in both the U.S. and Canada have already seen success with retail sales in just days after the product has landed. We will be introducing our eighth floorplan to the dealer base at this year’s RVIA show in Booth 1120 in the South Wing.”

The new 320VIK floorplan is an island kitchen model that comes with three sliderooms, 82-inch sofa, junior dinette, in/out pass-through bathroom and Campfire Café outdoor kitchen. The SportTrek line offers lengths ranging from 26- to 35-feet and are equipped with an enclosed underbelly and champagne colored front and back wall. The trailer can be towed by today’s small crossovers, SUVs and light duty trucks.

For more information is available online at



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Livin’ Lite Makes Inc. Top 500 List for 3rd Year

August 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC announced it has secured space near the RV/MH Hall of Fame to display product during the Elkhart County RV Open House Week, Sept. 17-21.

In addition, the Wakarusa, Ind.-based lightweight trailer builder said that it has been named to INC. Magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies for the third straight year.

“It’s exciting to make this list for the third straight year,” reports LIVIN LITE President Scott Tuttle. “They actually have a Top 5000 list, and just the top 10% of that, the Top 500, make it into the magazine. To make the magazine for the third straight year is a testament to the incredible consumer interest in Livin’ Lite’s unique products as well as the hard work of our team members here at the factory.”

INC. Magazine reports that Livin’ Lite sales have increased 1,793.1% over the last three years, placing them at No. 201 on the list of rapidly growing companies.

Tuttle said that Livin’ Lite will be introducing several new products during the open house, including: the 21-foot Camplite, the company’s first slideout model; an all-new new truck camper; and the Axxess ultra-lightweight toy hauler.

Livin’ Lite is going to be sharing a cul-de-sac with EverGreen RV LLC and Cruiser RV LLC on Executive Drive, which leads to the Hall of Fame.

“It’s nice to be sharing space with two other great companies that we really respect and we are confident that dealers who take the time to stop by and see our product displays will not be disappointed,” said Tuttle.

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EverGreen Adds Two New Ever-Lite Floorplans

July 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever-Lite 30KIS-DIS interior with kitchen island

Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC announced two new floorplans in its Ever-Lite line of travel trailers.

According to a press release, the lightweight, easy-to-tow Ever-Lite is the first product EverGreen RV produced when the company began manufacturing RVs in 2008 and has remained the flagship brand ever since. There are currently 10 travel trailer floorplans in the Ever-Lite line, eight offering a deep-slide.

The New 2013 Ever-Lite floorplans include:

• The 30RLW-DS Ever-Lite travel trailer is a deep-slide model with two entry doors and a slideout lounge and dinette. It features captain-style lounge chair seating in the rear of the coach and a mid dry bath. The sleeping area is separated from the rest of the coach by the bathroom and has its own entry door.

• The 30KIS-DIS Ever-Lite travel trailer is also a deep-slide model and features EverGreen’s new kitchen island. A slideout dinette and couch on one side with a slideout kitchen on the opposite side leave room for groups to mingle around the kitchen island, making it ideal for entertaining. This floorplan also comes with a rear dry bath.

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KZRV’s New Venture Division Debuts SportTrek

July 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

New SportTrek trailer from KZRV

Venture RV, a new of division KZRV LP, Shipshewana, Ind., has introduced a lightweight laminated fiberglass SportTrek travel trailer intended to compete with entry-level “stick-and-tin” units.

“Venture RV gives KZ as a company the latitude to start fresh with something different than anything else,” said David Boggs, who will lead the new venture as director of marketing and sales. “Venture RV was formed to offer unique products to dealers in key markets on a volume basis.”

The new division, while located at KZRV’s Shipshewana manufacturing complex, will make the SportTrek independent of KZRV’s other operations. “It’s going to have a dedicated plant with separate engineering, sales and purchasing,” Boggs said.

Boggs said that Venture may share some KZRV dealers but that its dealership base also will be separate from KZRV.

The SportTrek, with a starting base MSRP of $21,000, well equipped, initially will be available with six 25- to 34-foot floorplans, all intended for towing behind light pickup trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. “The SportTrek is a valued positioned travel trailer that competes in the “Stick-n-Tin” market with the advantage of having a fiberglass exterior,” Boggs said.

SportTrek interior with entertainment center

Each will have a single slideout with one floorplan — the front-bedroom 340JS bunkhouse layout — designed with a rear wardrobe slide in the bunk area.

Standard features include champagne-colored front, rear and slideout ends, Beauflor linoleum, adjustable pantry, designer padded headboard, Comfort by Design residential-style furniture with “flipside” reversible cushions and AL-KO Auto Adjusting Brakes. Also standard are a heated and enclosed underbelly, EZ Water Management Control Panel, a hidden compartment called the Safe ‘T’ek Box located near the front door to store valuables along with a 110 outlet for charging electronic devices and a lighted triple-step entry door.

A 32-inch LED “smart” flat screen TV that can hookup to the Internet is optional.

Scot Robbins ( and Jim Weiss ( will be sales representatives for the SportTrek.

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Pacific Coachworks Debuting ECON Trailer Line

May 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

New ECON trailer from Pacific Coachworks

Pacific Coachworks Inc. announced the launch of its all-new line of ECON lightweight series trailers. According to a press release, the line will include a toy hauler floorplan named the ECON X.

“This product is in high demand and recent events have created what we feel to be a big void in the already successful lightweight trailer market,” said Pacific Coachworks General Manager Jeff Daily.

Brett Bashaw, CEO and president of the Riverside, Calif.-based builder, noted he is expecting that the new ECON will “add to the success and growth of the company as did the Tango, Panther, Powerlite and SandSport products after being introduced into the market during the past 12 months.”

For more information contact Pacific Coachworks at (951) 686-7294.

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Gulf Stream’s Rear-Bath VISA Hits Hot Button

May 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

VISA travel trailer by Gulf Stream

Initial dealer reaction to the release of Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s rear-bath 19RBS floorplan in its VISA travel trailer line has been enthusiastic, according to a press release.

“Our introduction of a rear-bath 19-footer has dealers lining up to get spots on the VISA production schedule,” said National Sales Manager Tim Dennig, pointing out that factory output has increased 25% to accommodate the demand for the aerodynamic super lightweight towable that has earned Certified “Green” status from TRA Certification Inc.

Dennig said that VISA sales have been particularly strong among veteran trailer campers. “Our new 19RBS fulfills the expectations of camping couples who are looking for a generous walk-around queen bed, complete galley kitchen and spacious bath that spans the full with of the trailer,” he said.

Built with an aerodynamic one-piece laminated fiberglass roof that sweeps from the front hitch to the back bumper, the VISA by Gulf Stream uses curved surfaces inside as well, making the living area more spacious and inviting. Designer fabrics, hardwoods and synthetic materials work together to create an interior equipped with a lengthy list of standard features.

“It’s the right combination of innovative design, top-quality construction, fuel efficiency and towing ease,” said Dennig.

For more information contact Dennig at 574-773-7761, ext. 5146 or email


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