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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!

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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.

Take a 360 Tour

Take 360 Tours of Your Next Gulf Stream Coach RV

Step inside and take a look!

You’ll find more than sixty “360 Tours” of travel trailers and motor homes on the Gulf Stream Coach Web site. These interactive videos let you to step inside an RV and explore the space by ‘walking’ through each area. You can turn around to see the view, even step into bedrooms, baths, and bunk rooms.

No crowds, no sales pitch

The 360 Tours let you move at your own pace, so you can explore the features and spaces that are most important to you. You can retrace your steps, show off features to others, and get a sense of how each RV will fit your family. And unlike your last outing to an RV Show, you won’t have to avoid crowds of people to get a good look.

Lots of 360 Tours – And more on the way

You will find a tab to our 360 Tours when you look at specific floor plans throughout our Web site. All of the Tours (and other video resources) are also listed on this page. We’re adding new Tours all the time, so it pays to check back often to see the latest. You can request a new Tour too – Just email us a note!


Every Gulf Stream Coach Facility Wins a Quality Circle Award

The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) recognized the benefits of four years of ‘Continuous Process Improvement’ programs at Gulf Stream Coach, rewarding the people at the company with three Quality Circle Awards at the recent RVX Convention in Salt Lake City.

The Quality Circle Award is the industry’s highest honor

The Quality Circle Award is the industry’s most prestigious recognition for RV manufacturers, and is based on confidential surveys of RVDA Dealer/Members. The surveys measure manufacturers in four key areas: Product Quality, Customer Service, Parts, and Sales Expertise.

Award honors three Gulf Stream plants and eight brands

Quality Circle Award winners are the highest-rated manufacturers in the RV industry. That makes the Gulf Stream feat of three wins in the current year even more impressive. The triple-crown win included the BT Cruiser and Conquest Class C from the Gulf Stream Motor Home plant. RVDA also honored the Vintage Cruiser and Vista Cruiser, built by the Lightweight Division. Finally, the Ameri-Lite, Conquest, Innsbruck, and Kingsport brands assembled at the huge main line plant also won an award.

Gulf Stream Coach people make the difference

Company President Phil Sarvari made it clear that the success of Gulf Stream Coach can be traced directly to the the people who work there. “We are gratified by the success of the quality programs and process controls in place at Gulf Stream Coach. That said, award winning RV’s aren’t built by programs; they are built by people – People who take pride in their work and are committed to quality.”

Yes, you can talk to the experts at Gulf Stream Coach!

If you are shopping for a new travel trailer or motor home, you probably have questions. One way to get answers is to contact one of the factory experts right here at Gulf Stream Coach. You’ll find buttons throughout our Web site that connect you to a representative who can answer your questions.

Click the button, submit your question and a phone number. One of our experts will respond as soon as possible, typically that very day. Prefer an email answer? Just provide your email address with your question instead.

But wait… WHO is answering your question?

Your question is received by one of the Gulf Stream Coach sales representatives responsible for the brand or type of RV you have inquired about. Our sales representatives are among the most experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, and respected people in the RV industry, some with decades of experience in the profession. In case you’re wondering, our sales team can’t sell YOU anything – They handle sales to dealers, not retail customers.

And… WHAT kind of question can you ask?

And… WHAT kind of question can you ask? Almost any question related to selecting a travel trailer or motor home is welcome. General info about travel trailer types? Sure, ask! Specifics about construction, floor plans, features? Go ahead, ask! Have a stumper? Try us! We’ve been building award-winning RVs for over 36 years, and it’s quite likely someone at Gulf Stream Coach has the answer.

What about repairs, parts, service, and warranty questions?

There’s a whole staff of Customer Service experts on hand for those questions – Just click here for a direct connection to Customer Service by phone or email.

And what about prices?

We DON’T set retail prices, so we can’t provide price information – All of that is done by our dealers – And they’re happy to answer your price questions, provide quotes, talk about trades, financing, options, and more, all with absolutely no obligation or cost! Just click our “How Much Is It” link.

The Murphy Bed – Now you see it, now you don’t!

Have you ever seen a Murphy Bed?  Ever slept in one?

The Murphy Bed is a time-honored solution for smaller living spaces that turns unused wall space into sleeping accommodations.  Basically, a Murphy Bed has a platform and mattress that can be stored vertically against a wall, or folded down to a horizontal position to be used as a bed.  The Murphy Bed has been around for generations – You’ve probably seen it as a gag in silent movies, where someone disappears into the wall when the bed accidentally folds up.

248BH – Murphy bed stored

248BH – Murphy bed open

Gulf Stream Coach designers have appropriated the space-saving advantages of the Murphy Bed to add living space and functionality in many popular smaller travel trailers.  During waking hours, the bed is folded and stored in the otherwise unused front space in a travel trailer.  That leaves room for highly valued seating space, in the form of a sofa, or in some plans, a dinette.

You get the best of both worlds:  A sofa (or dinette) you can use and enjoy whenever you’re awake, and a full-size bed when you’re asleep.  All day long, your “bedroom” is out of sight and out of mind.  Without a permanent bed in place, you get more living space and you eliminate the unsightly clutter of an unmade bed.   It all just folds up and disappears into the wall.

Visitors will ask, “Umm… Where do you SLEEP!?”

It may take them a few moments to notice, but visitors and guests who step inside a Murphy Bed-equipped travel trailer will eventually realize there’s no BED in the space!  Once you show them that your bed folds easily out of the wall, they’ll say, “What a great idea!”

That’s what we think too!

Here are current models and floor plans that offer the Murphy Bed option.

 

 

“Get A Price” – A Great Starting Point!

Our “Get a Price” tool gives you a big advantage

There are lots of factors that go into choosing a new travel trailer or motor home, but typically, the final price is one of the most important ones.   After all, your new RV has to fit into a family budget in order to be sound, enjoyable part of your lifestyle.  That’s where the “Get A Price” tool on the Gulf Stream Coach Web Site makes such a impact.  When you use it, you get a free, no-obligation, real-world price on the RV that interests you the most.  You have a chance to mention some of the options that interest you, and suggest how you’d like to be contacted with the information you’ve requested.

Get the price that fits your family!

Gulf Stream Coach makes getting a price easy so you can concentrate on other key purchase decisions.  With price information in hand, you can consider different floor plans, styles, features, and options.  You can even think about your tow vehicle, the gear you want to buy, and the trips you want to take with your new RV.

Real-world-pricing, from a real dealer near you!

RV Dealers – The experts you need

Where does that price information come from?  From a Gulf Stream Coach dealer near you.  We (the factory) don’t sell any RV’s directly to the public – All sales are handled by our dealers.  It’s an unbeatable system that gives you a point of contact in your area for buying, servicing, maintaining, fixing, improving, and upgrading your RV over the course of years and years.

The local dealer that contacts you to answer your questions about price often has questions for you!  It’s not unusual for the dealer to need more information before he or she can quote an accurate price.  The dealer often has useful suggestions that you may not have considered, too.   They are often willing to consider a trade-in, if you have one.  They know that they need to earn your business with pricing and service that provide you with a better solution than their competitors.  And dealers know in today’s inter-connected marketplace, they need to give you a true, market-based price.

Go ahead!  Click the button!  You’ll be glad you did.

Go ahead – Click right here!

All the advantages of the Gulf Stream Coach “Get A Price” system are just a few clicks away!  Why not arm yourself with the decision-making power only Gulf Stream Coach and Gulf Stream Coach dealers can give you!

 

Ameri-Lite 16BHC – The Little Giant

The Ameri-Lite 16BHC, the smallest, lightest, and most economical travel trailer we build is a ‘Little Giant.’

Ameri-Lite 16BHC, looking front to back

The Ameri-Lite 16BHC has been a mainstay of the Ameri-Lite line for years and years, bringing  the excitement, relaxation, exploration, and fun to countless thousands of people across the US and Canada.  The popularity of the Little Giant is based on its ability to provide up to four people with a rugged, reliable shelter against the extremes of the outdoors.  Plus, the 16BHC provides hot meals, cold beverages, a shower, toilet, big storage spaces, and a roomy dinette for meals, games, entertaining guests, and enjoying the great outdoors.

It’s a complete ‘Ameri-Lite 16BHC Galley Kitchenhome away from home,’ ideal for casual campers, campers on a budget, beginning campers, low-impact campers, and anyone who wants an outpost in the great outdoors.

Big features, rugged construction

Just 18’10” long, and 2,590 lbs., the Ameri-Lite 16BHC carries 30 gallons of fresh water, two 36-Ameri-Lite Entertainment Center and Bunksgallon waste tanks, and 20 lbs. of  LP.  There’s a 16,000 BTU furnace, an optional roof-mounted 13,500 BTU air conditioner, and a 6-gallon gas water heater.  The entry door has a large frosted-glass window for natural light, and there’s a large awning just outside the door.

The roof has a crown to shed water, and a seamless synthetic rubber membrane.  Walls and ceiling are tied together with steel straps.  Wall studs are 16″ on center; floor joists are 13″ on center; and the floor deck is one piece of structured 5/8″ plywood.

Dinette in Ameri-Lite 16BHCEvery inch a Gulf Stream Coach

When you add it all up, the Ameri-Lite 16BHC “Little Giant” is every inch a Gulf Stream Coach travel trailer.  It’s the the perfect starting point if you’re looking have all the fun of trailer camping, without breaking the bank.  And it’s a great example of the watchwords behind every Gulf Stream Coach product:  Quality, Value, and Innovation.

Like what you see?  Want to see more?  Click on over to the Ameri-Lite page on our Web site for more pictures, and specifications for this floor plan and others.

 

 

Conquest Class C in Rain Booth

Another Stormy Day Predicted for The Rain Booth at Gulf Stream Coach

 

Gulf Stream Coach Rain Booth

Sun shining outside, but inside the Rain Booth, a storm is raging.

One of the last stops before Gulf Stream Coach RV’s are cleared for the ship line is an extended session in our Rain Booth.  It’s one important – and WET – part of our overall inspection process.

The ‘technology’ of the Rain Booth is simple enough.  The Booth is a large stall, approximately 50 feet deep, 28 feet wide, and 28 feet high.  A system of valves delivers high-pressure water to a series of pipes and nozzles suspended from the Rain Booth ceiling.  The valves are all controlled by a single switch.

Travel trailers and motor homes are delivered to the Rain Booth as they leave the production facility.  They are connected to power so lights and other electrical circuits are live during the test.  A large door on the Booth is closed, and the valves are open, starting the artificial deluge.

It rains every day at Gulf Stream Coach

Water Pump in Gulf Stream Coach Rain Booth

Here’s the high-powered pump that’s needed to cause a storm in the Rain Booth

The Rain Booth delivers a high volume of “rain” from multiple directions and positions to simulate the effect of a severe downpour or long drive through a storm.  If the travel trailer or motor home has a slide-out, the whole test is done twice – once with the slide in, and again with the slide out.  Any unit that doesn’t pass the test comes back after adjustments have been made.  Our products have to pass the Rain Booth test before they can ‘graduate.’

Our Rain Booth – Just one part of our “PDI!”

Our Rain Booth test is just one aspect of the industry’s FIRST independent, in-house PDI Department.  “PDI” stands for “Pre-Delivery Inspection,” and it’s typically the first thing that happens to a travel trailer or motor home when it arrives at an RV Dealership.  Dealer service personnel inspect and check every aspect of the new RV to make sure it’s ready for sale.  But with Gulf Stream Coach products, PDI also happens right at the factory.  A highly skilled and strongly independent team of inspectors performs that pre-delivery inspection AFTER plan inspectors have certified a unit for shipping and BEFORE it arrives at your local dealership.
It’s the best way to ensure that your new Gulf Stream Coach travel trailer or motor home leaves our facilities in peak condition.