Monthly Archives: April 2019

Rich and Sherry V

Camping: It’s the Friends You Meet…

It’s more than travel trailers – it’s friendships!

Travel trailer camping gives you a chance to obsess about gear, features, floor plans, tow vehicles – and more… But one of the real joys of camping is much more rewarding. It’s the chance you have to meet new people and make new friends along the way.

Maybe it’s not surprising that friendship is a big part of camping. After all, when you’re camping you leave behind so many barriers that stand between you and others. Instead, the camping world is one of shared experiences and common interests. Camping lets you share the beauty of our world, the extremes of nature, and a back-to-basics lifestyle with the campers you meet.

Whether you get together at sundown in the glow of a campfire, or around a borrowed jigsaw puzzle on a rainy day, camping gives you a way to share simple pleasures with others.

Need help backing into your site? Someone you’ve never met before WILL be there to help. Want to know the best bait for your son’s first time fishing? Expert opinions abound.

And the FOOD! Simple meals become feasts, and everything tastes better when it’s shared with others. Burn a hot dog? No problem! Your new ‘best friend’ LIKES them that way. Wish you had a charcoal grill? Look – Two campsites away there’s charcoal glowing, room on the grill, and a new friend.

For these and countless other reasons, it’s no wonder you can’t wait to leave the real world behind, hitch up your trailer, and escape – to the REAL world. We’ll see you out there!

(THANKS for the friendly hello from Rich & Sherry V., Vintage Cruiser owners and members of “The Vintage Cruisers” on Facebook – Check it out!

Conventional or Laminated Construction

Conventional or Laminated Construction: Which Travel Trailer Is Right for You?

When you start shopping for a travel trailer, you’ll learn that there are two basic types of construction to consider. Each has advantages, and each has a history of satisfying countless trailer campers over many years. That said, what are the key differences and advantages? And as someone looking for a travel trailer, which is the right choice for you?

The basic differences

Conventional construction (here are some examples) is the tried-and-true industry standard since the first mass-produced travel trailers. It uses construction features adapted from residential construction. Walls have upright wood studs 13″ to 16″ on center. Floors have wooden joists, and ceilings have wooden rafters. Aluminum siding covers exterior walls and wall insulation is familiar spun fiberglass. Inside walls are rigid panels covered with vinyl. Instead of shingles, a seamless synthetic membrane covers the roof, and an electroplated steel frame replaces a traditional foundation.

Laminated construction (here are examples) builds a skeleton of welded square-tube aluminum instead of wood studs. Instead of spun fiberglass, closed-cell rigid foam insulation fills the frame, and exterior walls are sheets of fiberglass. Laminated construction uses robotically applied glues to join all the layers of the wall. A vacuum chamber then bonds the layers together into a single solid panel.

Conventional construction has the key advantages of being less expensive, simpler, and easier to repair.

The big advantages of laminated construction are its light weight, stiffness, and easy cleanup.

Keep exploring – You’ll be an expert soon

Of course, there are variations on the basics described above, and much more to the story of both methods. You can find diagrams and explanations of our construction right here on the Gulf Stream Web Site. Here’s a good starting point for more information.

Online e-brochure for the BT Cruiser

Newest E-Brochures Updated, Uploaded

If you want the latest Gulf Stream Coach floor plans, specifications, features, and photos, take a moment to download the newest e-brochures from the Gulf Stream Web site. The new brochures are color PDF’s, which look great on screen, download quickly, and print well on your desktop printer.

Headed to an RV show or dealer? Be prepared!

Choosing a new travel trailer or motor home means assembling a lot of information and making a lot of choices. That makes it smart to check out our e-brochures before you head to the next RV show or visit your local RV dealer.

All the info you need in one handy place

Our e-brochures have an easy-to-read table that includes the latest dimension data – Length, width, weight, tank sizes, and more. They also show current floor plans side-by-side, so you can compare living spaces and sleeping arrangements.

Key too is the latest list of standard features, packages and options. That’s your guide to getting exactly what you want in your new RV. We highlight construction features and materials in our brochures, too. That helps you understand all the unique steps we take to make our RV’s more reliable, durable, and safer.

Finally, e-brochures provide a great showcase for pictures of our RV interiors. Brochure pictures let you study our RV’s, so you can decide how you’ll make use of the spaces and features.

Do your homework before you go!

Of course nothing can replace the fun and functionality of exploring new travel trailers and motor homes in person. (Use this link to find dealers near you.) Whether you visit an RV show or a dealer near you, you’ll have an experience that no brochure can provide. But don’t head out of the house without doing a little homework – Take a look at our online e-brochures.

Our e-brochures are easy to find

You’ll find a link to our e-brochures at the top of every Brand page. Just click the “Get A Brochure” button near the top of the page. Once you’ve chosen a model on the site, the e-brochure is also posted under the “Features” tab. Finally, all e-brochures are on our “Download Center” page under the Company Info and News tab in our Main Menu.