Gulf Stream’s ‘Couples’ Model Posts Brisk Sales

April 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Gulf Stream's Innsbruck 295SBW

Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. reports that sales are brisk for a “couples-oriented” floorplan in the company’s Conquest and Innsbruck lightweight travel trailer lines.

According to a press release, the 29-foot 295SBW trailer weighs in at less than 6,800 pounds, making it “an easy, compliant tow, with a well-balanced corrosion-resistant powder-coated steel chassis.” The model is also equipped with a seamless roof.

Exterior walls of wood studs on 13-inch centers with thick batts of hand-cut fiberglass insulation are wrapped with heavy-gauge corrugated aluminum and anchored on top of the solid, durable floor with steel straps.  The floor deck is screwed and glued to joists on 13-inch centers, for a solid feel underfoot.

295SBW offers roomy living area

Inside, Gulf Stream designers have chosen tough but stylish easy-care fabrics and wall coverings while flooring is a popular cut-resistant high-performance wood-grain vinyl that makes campsite cleanups quick and easy.  Furnishings are generous and comfy and the cabinetry offers hand-finished solid wood cabinet doors and drawers with ball-bearing guides.

The 295SBW uses a double slideout reinforced with a 4-inch solid-steel header to create a main living area ideal for relaxing or casual entertaining. The bedroom suite features a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe with drawers in the hall, a walk-around queen bed, privacy door and an adjacent full bath with porcelain foot-flush toilet, linen closet and roomy corner shower.

Like other models in the Conquest and Innsbruck lines, the 295SBW comes with a two-year limited warranty on structure and key components.

For additional information about the 295SBW, contact General Manager Randy Baskerville at 574-773-7761, ext. 5176 or


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Dennig Will Head Gulf Stream Lightweight Sales

April 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Dennig

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


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EverGreen Introduces Lightweight Ascend Trailer

March 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

EverGreen's new Ascend travel trailer

Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is adding the new Ascend lightweight travel trailer to its existing towable brands, which include Ever-Lite, Ever-Lite Select, Element and i-Go.

According to a press release, the Ascend is EverGreen’s most affordable, lightweight towable targeting the entry-level RV buyer. With six versatile floorplans, the Ascend features vacuum-laminated, aluminum-framed composite walls and floor. Composites lighten the coach, making the Ascend easier to tow even with smaller tow vehicles like mid-sized SUVs or sedans.

The roof is built with a single seamless piece of fiberglass running the entire length of the Ascend, offering an attractive look and added strength. The roof’s glossy finish also is less prone to leaks because it has fewer seams. In conjunction with the composite walls and floor, the fiberglass reinforced exterior skin of the Ascend is designed to be tougher and weigh less than other towable RVs of similar size. In addition, the underside of the Ascend is built with composites to better protect the coach from the elements.

Standard features on the Ascend include a kitchen skylight, aluminum-framed pass-through storage and bed base, dual gas struts under the bed for easier storage access, an inner-spring mattress, large deep tinted windows with safety glass, a 4-point gear driven slide system, 6-gallon gas/electric DSI water heater and a large double-door refrigerator freezer.

The Ascend also is equipped with a fresh water tank placed directly over the axle to reduce tongue weight and increase storage, as well as Beauflor padded enhanced flooring, adjustable axle hangers to lower or raise the unit height, up to a 15,000 BTU roof air conditioning unit, a three-year structural warranty and one-year of roadside assistance.

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VIDEO #2: TrailManor’s New Owners Expanding

February 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Today’s video comes from KTIV TV reporting that TrailManor Manufacturing Co. LLC will be the recipient of a block grant fund from the city of Hartington, Neb., that will help the manufacturer renovate an existing facility for production of its lightweight travel trailers. According to the report, the move will create 20 new jobs in northeast Nebraska.

In November of 2011, the newly formed TrailManor Manufacturing purchased the assets of TrailManor Inc. and went into production at in Jacksboro, Tenn. The firm maintained its general offices in Hartington.


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Livin’ Lite Increasing Production to Meet Demand

January 16, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Livin' Lite's CAMPLITE trailer with radius front

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC, Wakarusa, Ind., reports substantially increased consumer interest and sales in response to their recent product upgrades, including a radius front profile on their all-aluminum and composite CAMPLITE travel trailer line, as well as a new “wood-look” interior package featuring Azdel composite material with a rich, wood-grain pattern laminated on the surface.

“Response has been tremendous from both consumers and dealers. Our website and Facebook pages have nearly doubled in traffic since we made these changes public,” Greg Dischler, national sales manager, said in a press release.

Dischler also noted that additions to Livin’ Lite’s all-aluminum and composite truck camper line have resulted in increased retail orders. “We have seen our truck camper production double in the last eight weeks as our new models and upgraded features hit the market,” he said. “When you combine our ultra-lightweight construction with metallic exterior colors that match the consumer’s truck, our campers really stand out from the crowd.

He added, “Both consumers and dealers alike are excited about the uniqueness of the product and we are doing everything we can at the factory to try to keep up with demand.”

Livin’ Lite has been named to the INC. Magazine’s Top 500 fastest growing privately owned companies each of the last two years, and owner Scott Tuttle reports that 2012 is shaping up to be yet another banner year.

“After three years of tremendous growth, we are set up now with four separate production lines that will allow us to better manage our increased production as we move into the 2012 season,” states Tuttle. “Our goal is to continue to get better at what we do and to continue to improve our campers. As we do that, our sales continue to increase. We believe it is in direct response to what we are doing to fine tune our already unique products, and making sure that our dealers have nice sized territories so they can protect their profit margins.”

For information on LIVIN LITE’s unique products, visit their website at: or contact Greg Dischler at, or 574-340-2369.


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Cruiser RV Receives Grant For Expansion Plans

January 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Howe, Ind.-based Cruiser RV has received a $15,000 grant from the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation (LCDCE) to aid in growth plans. The company announced a major expansion in September that is expected to create up to 200 jobs by 2014.

Cruiser RV, a lightweight towable builder, will invest more than $850,000 to lease a 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in LaGrange, Ind., adding machinery for a new production line and making infrastructure improvements. The new space is located near its existing manufacturing facility in Howe.

“We are thankful for the assistance from the LCEDC and the LaGrange County Investment Fund,” said Jeff Fought, vice president of Cruiser RV. “The building was in need of some clean-up and repairs, and the assistance from the LCIF helped us get those done and allow us to expand into the building.”

The LaGrange County Investment Fund was set up by the LCEDC with assistance from the LaGrange County Commissioner’s and LaGrange County Council in late 2009 as a fund to help give LaGrange County a competitive edge for projects that would create jobs, add to the tax base, and have a large positive economic impact on the community.

“Cruiser RV LLC has been a great partner in LaGrange County, and we’re excited that they have continued to grow in our community,” said Keith Gillenwater, LCEDC executive director. “Being able to retain and grow a local business like Cruiser RV in our community is a great win for all of us.”


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Forest River Launches Vibe V-Nose Trailer Line

September 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River's new Vibe trailer

Forest River Inc. has launched its new Vibe by V-Cross line of lightweight travel trailers. The V-nose trailer was displayed for the first time at the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey and is one of the front-line new 2012 models on display at the sprawling Forest River Inc. exhibit this week during Elkhart County’s 4th Annual RV Open House. The micro-light 6500 series is the smallest unit – able to be towed by smaller SUV’s and minivans – while still featuring up to 70-cubic-feet of exterior storage, queen pillow top mattresses, full bath, convection microwave, flat panel LCD TV, 81-inch interior height, independent torsion suspension and a high gloss gel coat exterior and front cap. Targeting the more traditional sector of the market, the Vibe 800 series offers lengths up to 30 feet with deeper slideouts. Features include walk-around queen beds, multiple entries, along with spacious bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens. Standards include hide-a-bed sofas, cognac maple cabinetry, neo-angle showers with glass doors, enclosed tanks and exterior showers. Both series offer aluminum-framed, laminated construction for lighter weight. 

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Forest River Debuts 10th Anniversary Surveyor

September 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River's 10th Anniversary Edition Surveyor

After much anticipation, Forest River Inc.’s Surveyor 10th Anniversary Edition models will be showcased September 20–22 during this week’s Elkhart County 4th Annual RV Open House at the company’s expansive display at its Dynamax campus in East Elkhart.

According to a press release, Surveyor is a fully laminated lightweight product that offers 23 floorplans ranging in lengths from 20 to 35 feet and featuring non-slideout units, expandables, above-floor slideouts and flush-floor sliderooms. Dry weights for the 10th Anniversary Surveyor start at 3,100 lbs.

“Our 10th Anniversary Edition is the direct result of listening to our dealer network and travel trailer enthusiasts and meeting their needs,” said General Manager Kevin McArt. “We pride ourselves on developing cutting edge floor plans packed with features and benefits unsurpassed in the lite weight trailer market today. Our new Surveyor Select and Sport trailers are for anybody looking to optimize and enhance their RV experience.”

“Surveyor is known for its dependability in the market place as well as its superior construction,” said Sales Manager Mike Dolowy. “We provide our dealer network with a product they can feel comfortable in selling.

Upgrades include Lamilux 4000 “Cool Vanilla” gel-coat fiberglass, slam-latch baggage doors, crowned roof with aluminum truss rafters, Jensen LCD flat screen TV, hitch light, ball bearing drawer guides, black external trim, pass through storage compartment light, assist grab handles, tinted skylight/roof vents and the 10th Anniversary graphics package.

Other amenities include raised panel cabinet doors throughout with residential hidden hinges, outside shower, heated and enclosed underbelly, E-Z glide dinette table, detachable power cord, independent torsion axles, water filtration system, powered stabilizer jacks, Serta “Dreamscape” mattress and gas/electric DSI water heater.

“Innovation is the road to success in this industry and I feel that we have accomplished that,” said McArt. “We have received a lot of acclaim for our Vista Lounge concept as well as our rear drop-floor frame design in the SV305 model. Another notable feature is the Versa Track storage system that is utilized in our outside kitchen floor plans.

Surveyor towables are manufactured in Goshen, Ind., as well as Dallas, Ore. “Our West Coast operation has seen tremendous growth over this past year,” said McArt. “We are able to provide our West Coast dealer network with the same product that is manufactured here in Indiana without the added freight cost – and that is a huge advantage for those dealers.”

For more information on Surveyor’s 10th Anniversary Edition Select and Sport models, please visit Forest River’s website or Surveyor’s facebook page titled “Surveyor by Forest River.”


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EverGreen Open House to Offer Cash Drawing

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC will be holding a daily cash prize drawing Sept. 19-22 at the company’s manufacturing headquarters in Middlebury, Ind., during its Dealer Open House. The event is running in conjunction with next week’s Elkhart County 4th Annual RV Open House.

According to a press release, a name will be drawn at 3 p.m. from that day’s visitors to EverGreen’s display area. All attending dealers can register to win $1,000 in cash. The winner will be notified via cell phone and be required to return to EverGreen to claim the prize. The display will be open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

During the Open House, EverGreen will be showing its lines of composite-built, eco-friendly trailers including:

New EverGreen i-Go Lite: The new lightweight line of i-Go Lite travel trailers and fifth-wheels is lighter weight and easier to tow because of its narrower 7-foot, 6-inch width. The line is priced to sell while retaining EverGreen’s exclusive composite inner shell wrapped into a vacuum laminated camper.

New Tandem Axel Element 26 Series: The line features a fully equipped bath, new convenience features and a larger 26-foot floorplan with heavier capacity tandem axles. The Element is gaining momentum with its fusion of styles between classic American automotive design and the latest in aerodynamic, European-inspired camping trailers.

EverGreen said there will also be a variety of new floorplans in the company’s Ever-Lite brand.

“You can’t stay static in our industry. If you’re not moving ahead, you are falling behind,” said Doug Lantz, president and COO for EverGreen RV. “Join us to walk through all these new Ever-Lite floorplans and new EverGreen Element and i-Go Lite products.”


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EverGreen’s i-Go Lite Offers Quality, Economy

August 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

EverGreen i-Go Lite travel trailer

Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC’s new line of i-Go Lite travel trailers and fifth-wheels offers families a lightweight, easy towing trailer that provides an affordable introduction into EverGreen’s eco-friendly towables.

“The concept of the i-Go Lite travel trailers and fifth-wheels is to provide economy-conscious camping families the opportunity to own a lightweight, quality-built EverGreen at a very affordable price,” said Doug Lantz, president and COO of EverGreen, in a press release. “The i-Go is still crafted with the same aluminum-framed, vacuum-laminated processes and 100-point quality control systems as all our EverGreen products.”

Lantz said that by limiting the amount of composite materials to a lightweight inner shell, EverGreen was able to reduce the price on the new i-Go Lite series of trailers.

“Now everyone can own a quality EverGreen product,” concludes Lantz.

Features of the innovative i-Go include:

• i-Go is lighter weight and easier to tow because of its narrower, 7-foot-6-inch width. With less wind resistance, the i-Go tracks smoothly behind smaller tow vehicles such as half-ton pickups or mid-sized SUVs. The entire i-Go Lite series trailers are less than 30 feet in length and weigh less than 5,000 pounds.

• Built better, yet more affordable with a fiberglass reinforced exterior skin, the i-Go still features EverGreen’s innovative, lightweight composite inner shell to reduce rot, mold and mildew. Composites also lower off-gassing of VOCs inside for a healthier camping experience.

• EverGreen’s vacuum laminated composite construction is bonded onto a fully welded and reinforced aluminum frame. The combination of composite materials and vacuum lamination result in added durability and higher R-values. The i-Go is a true EverGreen at a more affordable price.

• Deeper, 42-inch slideouts are above the wheel well to provide higher ground clearance. Six-inches deeper than the competition, i-Go Lite slides provide the living space of an eight-foot trailer yet retain the towability of a 7 1/2-foot wide trailer. Slides are driven in all four corners with EverGreen’s quality, four-point, gear-driven system to provide smoother operation and a tighter seal.

Four travel trailer floorplans are now available in the i-Go Lite series. All four are less than 27 feet and weigh less than 5,000 pounds.

The new i-Go Lite floorplans G220RB and G236RBK are both rear bath models with roadside, center, deep slides with mid-kitchens and front bedrooms. The over-sized dinette/sleeper in the slide out measures 84 inches by 42 inches to sleep two adults comfortably and has under-drawer storage. In addition, the slightly larger G236RBK features a kitchen table inside and EverGreen’s popular campfire kitchenette – a full service outside kitchen with cooktop, refrigerator and food storage curbside.

The G239BH sleeps six with a queen bed, large dinette that converts to a full sized bed and an additional “bunkhouse” in the rear of the camper.

The model G249RB features a more open floorplan designed for entertaining with a large sofa bed in the slideout facing a dinette and a galley L-shaped kitchen with expanded counter space and kitchen storage.

EverGreen eventually plans to offer five travel trailers and two fifth-wheel floor plans in the i-Go camper series.


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