Yes, it's a lot like the construction in the house you live in - But it's different in several essential ways. By combining time-honored materials like wood studs, fiberglass insulation, and aluminum siding, with Uni-Body technology and weight-saving materials we build a remarkably strong yet lightweight travel trailer that not only gives you all the comforts of home, but goes anywhere you want to go as you explore the highways and byways of North America.
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Working in our own wall-manufacturing facility, Gulf Stream Coach combines gleaming fiberglass, a light yet resilient welded aluminum frame, rigid closed-cell polyfoam insulation, and various inner and outer structural layers with sophisticated heat-resistant adhesives. These layers are then vacuum-bonded into incredibly light, rigid laminated panels that can be used for walls, floors, and ceilings.
Our laminated travel trailers use Azdel, a lightweight woven synthetic structural layer that can't absorb moisture, and won't rot, mildew or delaminate, yet weighs less and insulates better than wood. A sheet of
Azdel substrate is used between the outer layer of fiberglass and the inner wall structure. Learn how we built with Azdel here.
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Gulf Stream Coach augments motor home chassis with its Cradle of Strength® construction, and uses sixteen additional construction and technological enhancements to give you and your family a motor home that is more stable, more reliable, stronger, and safer. Simply put, we build a better way.
Our Conquest C and BT Cruiser motor homes use Azdel, a lightweight woven synthetic structural layer that can't absorb moisture, and won't rot, mildew or delaminate, yet weighs less and insulates better than wood. Learn how we built with Azdel here; see the Azdel information video here.
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When it comes to travel trailers, stiff frames enhance on-the-road stability and overall liveability, by maintaining stable dimensions and a solid foundation for furnishings, cabinetry, and fixtures. Meanwhile, trailer builders try to reduce weight so owners can maximize cargo-carrying and fuel economy. That's why the Vintage Cruiser and Vista Cruiser use a unique frame design to improve strength and rigidity while keeping weight extremely low.
The secret is the Integrated Frame that interlocks the hitch rails and frame rails. The steel rails that form the hitch actually pass through the front frame rail and continue on to an attachment on the side rails. Secured with bolts and welds, this design resists the racking and twisting that can affect trailer dimensions and reduce towing stability.