Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser: Preferred Choice In Ultra-Lightweight Trailers

Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream Coach introduced the Vista Cruiser, an ultra-lightweight trailer in the fall of 2009.

Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser: Preferred Choice In Ultra-Lightweight Trailers
Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser: Preferred Choice In Ultra-Lightweight Trailers

A design experiment in ultra-low weight construction and ultimate aerodynamics, the Vista Cruiser has turned into a preferred choice among RVers who plan to log serious mileage and spend many days and nights on the road camping, according to a company news release.

Long-haul RVers are flocking to the Vista Cruiser for two fundamental features that have been a part of Vista Cruiser since it first hit dealer lots six years ago.

Extremely low weight and fuel-saving aerodynamics combine to minimize wear-and-tear on the tow vehicle, reduce fuel expenses, and enable RVers to go farther, stay longer, and enjoy more time away from home, according to the release.

The heart of the wind-cheating aerodynamics of the Vista Cruiser is a seamless fiberglass panel up to 26 feet long that stretches from the front hitch to the rear bumper, creating a curved front wall, roof, and rear wall, with no seams, joints, or corners.

Also contributing is a lowered frame that lets the Vista Cruiser slip under air that traditional height units have to plow through, reducing fuel consumption and saving money.

Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser: Preferred Choice In Ultra-Lightweight Trailers
Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser: Preferred Choice In Ultra-Lightweight Trailers

A welded six-way aluminum frame and vacuum-bonded laminated walls with synthetic substrates provide ultra-low weights that reduce wear and tear on tow vehicles and make the Vista Cruiser easy to hitch up, maneuver, and tow, even on long trips.

“Since its introduction, RV enthusiasts have been quick to realize the overall benefits of the Vista Cruiser design, realizing it provides an ideal platform for long, high-mileage trips, as well as short, impromptu getaways,” said Tim Dennig, Vista Cruiser national sales manager.

“It also turns mini vans and smaller SUVs into tow vehicles, further reducing the cost and complexity of camping.”

“We’ve seen significantly increased interest at the spring shows this year, with the introduction of our new interior decors and exterior graphics, too,” Dennig added.

The Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser is built with an aluminum frame, laminated fiberglass walls, and unique aerodynamic profile that provides 6 feet 11 inches of interior headroom in a go-anywhere, do-anything lightweight travel trailer you can tow with your mini-van or small SUV.

Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser: Preferred Choice In Ultra-Lightweight Trailers
Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser: Preferred Choice In Ultra-Lightweight Trailers

Included in every Vista Cruiser is our passion to build travel trailers of the finest craftsmanship, value, and durability using state-of-the-art eco-friendly composites inside and out, stated the release.

The Vista Cruiser line of ultra-light travel trailers is currently available in 10 floor plans 20 to 26 feet in length, on single and double axles, with weights ranging from 2,600 pounds to 3,900 pounds.

Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser standard features include 20,000 BTU furnace, 2-burner cook-top, 3-way 7.0 cubic foot refrigerator, 6-foot 11-inch interior headroom, two 20-pound LP gas bottles, 6 gallon DSI gas water heater, and 30-amp detachable 28-foot power cord.

Popular options include microwave oven, bumper mounted gas grill with quick connect for LP gas, 19-inch and 29-inch LCD HD TV, 13,500 BTU air conditioner, power awning, and home theater stereo with Blu-Tooth and speakers.

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

Established in 1983, Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream is a leading manufacturer of Class A Gas motorhomes, diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers.

Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser: Preferred Choice In Ultra-Lightweight Trailers
Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser: Preferred Choice In Ultra-Lightweight Trailers

Gulf Stream is organized into three divisions: Luxury Class A Motorhomes, Travel Trailers and Luxury Fifth Wheels, and Yellowstone RV Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels.

Location: 503 South Oakland Avenue, Nappanee, Indiana

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, Indiana 46550

Phone: (800) 289-8787

Website: www.gulfstreamrvtrailers.com

Worth Pondering…

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.

—Aldous Huxley

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Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

Nappanee, Indiana Gulf Stream Coach recently announced it is having remarkable success with its value-priced “Track & Trail” brand, with a 15 percent year-over-year growth in sales.

Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler "A Remarkable Success"
Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

“We’re the ideal choice for the average family looking for a practical, economical way to get a couple of dirt bikes into the great outdoors for some weekend fun,” said Randy Baskerville, national sales manager for Track & Trail and several other Gulf Stream brands, in a company news release.

“Retail customers can spend far more for a toy hauler, but they simply can’t find a better combination of low price, high carrying capacity, and great family fun than the Track & Trail.”

Track & Trail offers 17-, 24-, and 26-foot floor plans, all 8 feet wide and featuring a full-height 8 foot ramp/door with 3,000 pounds load capacity, and Gulf Stream “Unibody” construction for strength and durability.

Inside, Gulf Stream engineers provided the largest possible garage space, interior height, and a rubberized garage floor that makes cleanups quick and easy.

Track & Trail floor plans offer carrying capacity ranging from 3,200 for the 17 foot model to 5,300 pounds for the 26 foot model, giving customers the feature that Gulf Stream said they want most: Maximum capacity for the dollar, to carry people, their wheeled toys, and all the cargo that goes along with them.

Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler "A Remarkable Success"
Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

Tie-downs for the garage floor are shipped loose, so they can be put in the best-possible locations for the retail customer’s wheeled fleet.

A powder-coated generator rack is included on the front hitch, extra beds (manual and electric) can be added to the garage area.

Other popular options include HDTV and a 30-gallon on-board fuel station.

Gulf Stream Track & Trail specifications common to all 3 models: 17RTHSE, 24RTH, and 25 RTH

Overall Width: 96 inches

Exterior Height: 11 feet 11 inches

Interior Height: 8 feet

Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler "A Remarkable Success"
Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

Fresh Water Tank Capacity: 51 gallons

Grey Water Tank Capacity: 37 gallons

Black Water Tank Capacity: 37 gallons

LP Gas Capacity: 2-20 gallons tanks

Water Heater: 6 gallons

Refrigerator: N611 Norcold

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

Established in 1983, Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream is a leading manufacturer of Class A Gas motorhomes, diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers.

Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler "A Remarkable Success"
Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

Gulf Stream is organized into three divisions: Luxury Class A Motorhomes, Travel Trailers and Luxury Fifth Wheels, and Yellowstone RV Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels.

Location: 503 South Oakland Avenue, Nappanee, Indiana

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, Indiana 46550

Phone: (800) 289-8787 (toll free)

Website: gulfstreamcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

—Steve Jobs, Apple Founder and CEO

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More March 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 4 recall notices involving 3 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Gulf Stream Coach, Lance Camper, and Forest River.

Gulf Stream Coach

gulf-stream-logoGulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Conquest SE, Trailmaster, and Kingsport recreational trailers, models 265BHS and 265BHG, manufactured October 28, 2009, to August 22, 2013. The tire label on the affected trailers does not contain the correct tire size and tire pressure information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

A tire blowout may result if the operator over inflates the tires due to incorrect label information, increasing the risk of a crash.

Gulf Stream will notify owners and will send owners corrected labels with instructions for the proper installation of the labels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is EWR ID 00309.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Lance Camper

Lance-LogoLance Camper Manufacturing Corp. (Lance) is recalling certain model year 2015 Slide-In Campers, and Travel Trailers built April 10, 2014, to December 15, 2014, and equipped with certain Latitude Awnings, styles GX and G, manufactured by Carefree of Colorado. The affected awnings may have screws that attach the lateral arm brackets to the mounting brackets that were not manufactured to specification.

The screws could fail, causing the supporting bracket to fail, and the awning to fall and potentially strike and injure a person beneath it.

Lance will notify owners, and dealers will remove and replace the defective screws, free of charge. The recall began on February 20, 2015. Owners may contact Lance customer service at 1-661-949-3322.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2015 XLR XLF375AMP, XLR XLF380AMP, XLR XLF386X12HP, XLR XLF395AMP, XLR XLF415AMP, and XLR XLF425AMP recreational vehicles and toy haulers. The vehicles may be equipped with the incorrect hitch assembly rating information. The correct gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 18,000lbs, however the Certification label states that the GVWR rating is 21,000lbs. As such, these trailers fail to conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

If the trailer is loaded based on the incorrect GVWR, the hitch assembly would be overloaded which may result in hitch assembly failure, causing a loss of control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners and will send corrected Certification, Tire Information, and Cargo Carrying Capacity labels, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-206-7600. Forest River’s number for this recall is 45-03022015.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015 Wildcat WCF275CKX, WCF272RLX, WCF295RSX, WCF293REX, WCF282RKX, and WCF312BHX recreational fifth wheel trailers manufactured November 6, 2014, to February 18, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with Federal Certification Labels that incorrectly state the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) to be 13,000lbs. when the correct GVWR is 11,999lbs. As such, these trailers fail to conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

If the trailer is overloaded, the trailer pin box (the connection point for the trailer to the vehicle) may fail, resulting in a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners and will send corrected Federal Certification Labels, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-206-7600.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the 51st in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best.

—John Wooden

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Gulf Stream Offers Patio Door & Sun Deck To Gulf Breeze & StreamLite Trailers

Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. is offering a sliding patio door and a spacious sun deck to its new line of travel trailers in the Gulf Breeze and StreamLite brands.

Gulf Stream Offers Patio Door & Sun Deck To Gulf Breeze & StreamLite Trailers
Gulf Stream Offers Patio Door & Sun Deck To Gulf Breeze & StreamLite Trailers

Campers know that the campsite real estate just outside their travel trailer door can be the center of activity, relaxation, entertainment, and memories, and the 30RKP allows them to enjoy that, according to a company news release.

The sliding glass door on the 30RKP leads to a 6-foot by 10-foot sun deck, capable of supporting 2,500 pounds, complete with a safety railing, a non-slip deck, and plenty of space for patio furniture. A weather-tight compartment in the sun deck sidewall has brackets and hookups for an optional outdoor HDTV.

There’s also a beverage refrigerator in another sidewall compartment, and an LED light bar to add subtle atmosphere lighting after dark.

The entire sun deck folds up against the sidewall into a space just 10 inches deep, leaving plenty of living space inside.

The rear kitchen is particularly attractive, providing a large L-shaped workspace and a handy snack counter with bar stools.

The adjacent dinette is ideal for family meals, guests, and game nights.

A comfy convertible sofa provides additional seating and sleeping accommodations, while a state-of-the-art entertainment center includes a multi-speaker AM/FM/CD/DVD/Blue Tooth home theater system, satellite, cable, and 110-volt connections for an optional HDTV, plenty of storage space for DVDs, video games and books, and room for an optional electric fireplace.

Gulf Stream Offers Patio Door & Sun Deck To Gulf Breeze & StreamLite Trailers
Gulf Stream Offers Patio Door & Sun Deck To Gulf Breeze & StreamLite Trailers

Owners of the 30RKP can enjoy a unique en suite bath with large corner shower, a hall door, and a private entrance from the master bedroom. The master bedroom includes a walk-around queen bed with under-bed storage, a huge slide-out wardrobe, two shirt closets, overhead storage, nightstands, individual reading lights, 110-volt outlets, USB charging ports, and sliding residential-style privacy doors.

Lightweight laminated fiberglass walls, LED lighting, hardwood cabinetry, designer fabrics and window treatments, a solar-panel-ready circuit, and Hi-Spec wheels are among the other features of the 30RKP and other Gulf Breeze and StreamLite Champagne models.

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

gulf-stream-logoEstablished in 1983, Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream is a leading manufacturer of Class A Gas motorhomes, diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers.

Gulf Stream is organized into three divisions: Luxury Class A Motorhomes, Travel Trailers and Luxury Fifth Wheels, and Yellowstone RV Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels.

Location: 503 South Oakland Avenue, Nappanee, Indiana

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, Indiana 46550

Phone: (800) 289-8787 (toll free)

Website: gulfstreamcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

—Steve Jobs, Apple Founder and CEO

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July 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Tiffin, Starcraft, Gulf Stream, and Winnebago.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

TiffinLogo-UnitRed Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Allegro, 2010-2011 Bus and Breeze, and 2008-2011 Phaeton and Zephyr recreational vehicles, equipped with LED clearance lights made by Command Electronics, Inc. In the affected vehicles, moisture may enter the light and cause a short between two connections on the circuit board.

A short in the circuit board increases the risk of a fire.

Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will install a one amp inline fuse into the front and rear circuits that will blow if there is a short in any of the clearance lights, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Starcraft RV, Inc.

Starcraft logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2014 Autumn Ridge, AR-ONE, and Travel Star Exp trailers manufactured February 13, 2014, through February 24, 2014. The affected trailers may have been built with frame spring hangers that may be brittle and susceptible to fracturing.

A spring hanger that fractures may result in a loss of control of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the frame spring hangers, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.

gulf-stream-logoNappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain model year 2014 Canyon Trail, Sedona, Kingsport, and Trail Master fifth wheel and travel trailers. In the affected vehicles, the rivets attaching the supports for the entry steps may fail, causing the steps to give when being used.

If the steps move during use, the user may slip or fall, increasing the risk of injury.

Gulf Stream will notify owners, and dealers will replace the support attaching rivets with bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 16, 2014. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is FS110614.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Winnebago Industries, Inc

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Winnebago Travato, Trend, and Itasca Viva motorhomes manufactured November 13, 2013 through June 9, 2014, built on Ram ProMaster chassis. The affected vehicles may experience circuit corrosion from water intrusion around the in-floor battery cover and door footwell trim.

This water intrusion may affect the running of the vehicle and disable the air bags, stop lamps, turn signals, backup lights, and/or door locks, increasing the risk of a crash as well as injury to the occupants if the air bags do not deploy.

Chrysler on behalf of Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all the connectors in the footwell areas, the ignition fuse and the occupant restraint control (ORC) module for corrosion, if corrosion is found, dealers will repair the connectors in the footwell area and the ignition fuse, and replace the ORC module.

Chrysler will also install a water barrier sealer on the floor, add di-electric grease to all footwell connectors and replace the body plug. The in-floor battery ignition fuse will be relocated, and add di-electric grease to the ORC module connector. These repairs will be performed, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P32.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the 37th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

—Beverly Sills

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More March 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving five recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Three Feathers Manufacturing, Marathon Coach, Gulf Stream, and Northwest Custom Campers.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014 Wildcat recreational vehicles manufactured October 25, 2013, through January 24, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification Tag incorrectly states that the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 15,500 pounds instead of the correct GVWR of 12,330 pounds. As such, the vehicle does not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

As a result, the trailer may be loaded beyond the specified weight rating which may cause a tire or suspension failure leading to poor vehicle handling and an increased risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a new certification label with the correct information. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Customers may contact Forest River Wildcat Customer Service and Warranty Department at 1-574-206-7600.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Three Feathers Manufacturing, LLC

3featherslogofinalLa Grande, Oregon-based Three Feathers Manufacturing, LLC. (Three Feathers) is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Mule Cargo trailers, 2012-2014 Backpacker 2 trailers, 2009-2011 Buckboard Cargo Haulers, 2009-2013 Backpacker trailers, 2008-2014 Pinecone Tear Drop trailers, 2010-2011 Pelican Cargo trailers, 2012-2013 Tumbleweed Tear Drop trailers, 2011 Tumbleweed Campers, one 2011 Custom Cargo trailer, one 2010 Custom Camper, one 2008 Cargo trailer shell (no chassis), one 2010 5th Wheel Cargo trailer and one 2014 Backpacker 2 XT trailer all equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the travel trailer or camper at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

Three Feathers will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notifiaction schedule. Owners may contact Three Feathers at 1-541-663-8163 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Marathon Coach, Inc.

Marathon Coach logoCoburg, Oregon-based Marathon Coach, Inc. (Marathon) is recalling certain model year 2001-2013 Marathon Conversions Prevost XL, and H3 motorcoaches equipped with Sure Power-brand battery equalizers or DC-DC converters containing a particular epoxy sealing, aka ‘potting’, compound. The specific potting compound used in the subject products for insulation was found to be capable of conducting electricity after being exposed to heat.

Once electrically conductive, the material is capable of melting and burning, increasing the risk of a fire.

Marathon will notify owners, and Marathon service centers will replace the equalizers or converters, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Marathon at 1-352-588-4500.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.

gulf-stream-logoGulf Stream Coach, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 GT GulfTran shuttle buses manufactured August 31, 2009, through October 22, 2010, and equipped with A&M Systems door actuators containing model 3230 circuit boards. Voltage spikes may damage the electrical components and electrical circuits of the door actuator, causing the circuit board to develop high resistance.

High resistance may cause the board to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. will notify owners and replace the affected circuit boards, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.’s number for this recall is 14AM213.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Northwest Custom Campers

Northwest Custom Campers logoKalispell, Montana-based Northwest Custom Campers (Northwest) is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 truck campers equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the camper at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

Northwest will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Northwest Custom Campers at 1-406-885-3662 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the 32nd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.

—Henry Ward Beecher

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Gulf Stream Track & Trail Enjoying Strong Sales

Capitalizing on the healthy activity at this year’s round of retail RV shows, Gulf Stream Coach Inc. reports that several models including the Track & Trail line of travel trailer toy haulers are seeing strong sales.

Gulf Stream Track & Trail 26RTH toy hauler interior
Gulf Stream Track & Trail 26RTH toy hauler interior

The Track & Trail line of travel trailer toy haulers are available in three floor plans: 17RTHSE (length: 21 feet), 24RTH (length: 30 feet 1 inch), and 26RTH (length: 34 feet 4 inches).

According to a Gulf Stream news release, the key selling points for Track & Trail are:

Price point – Track & Trail offers retail prices almost any active, outdoor family can afford bringing more consumers into the toy hauler market.

Ease of towing – With dry weights from 3,800 to 5,970 pounds, Track & Trail units can be towed behind 1/2-ton pickups and many other towing-equipped vehicles.

Open Garage in 17RTHSE - NOTE Flip-Up Sofas against the Wall
Open Garage in 17RTHSE – NOTE Flip-Up Sofas against the Wall

Room for all kinds of toys – Many buyers admitted they might never roll a dirt bike up the ramp, planning instead to use the spacious Track & Trail garage for kayaks, gas grills, water toys, lounge chairs, and other bulky gear that makes camping affordable family fun.

Multipurpose cargo space – Ideal for go-karting, flea-marketing, dog-showing, gold-prospecting, and virtually every other outdoor activity that combines outdoor gear and overnight accommodations.

Solid design features – Track & Trailer offers an 8-foot ramp with 3,000-pound capacity and a full-width spring-assisted hinge; powder-coated steel generator tray; diamond-pattern rubber garage floor; and fold-up sofas and folding portable picnic table.

Details

Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

Established in 1983, Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream is a leading manufacturer of Class A Gas motorhomes, diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers.

26RTH - Sofas opened for use; optional Power Lift Bed in raised position
26RTH – Sofas opened for use; optional Power Lift Bed in raised position

Gulf Stream is organized into three divisions: Luxury Class A Motorhomes, Travel Trailers and Luxury Fifth Wheels, and Yellowstone RV Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels.

Location: 503 South Oakland Avenue, Nappanee, Indiana

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, Indiana 46550

Phone: (800) 289-8787

Website: gulfstreamcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

But do not ask me where I am heading,

As I travel in this limitless world

Where every step I take is my home.

—Eihei Dogen

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Gulf Stream Introduces Rear Kitchen 25SBW Trailer

Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has launched the new 25SBW floor plan in its Conquest/Innsbruck travel trailer line, featuring a rear kitchen design and upscale amenities normally found in larger, more expensive trailers.

2014 Gulf Stream Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW
2014 Gulf Stream Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW

The 25SBW borrows key design features of the best-selling Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW.

The floor plan offers a gourmet-friendly, full-width rear kitchen with extensive cabinetry, storage drawers, an L-shaped counter, and double-door refrigerator.

The main living space uses a deep slideout to provide room for a comfy sofa, dinette with under-seat storage, and a floor-to-ceiling entertainment center with a multi-function home theater sound system and connections for an optional LED HD TV.

“The rear kitchen design of the 25SBW is a retail champion in two ways,” said National Sales Manager Randy Baskerville.

“It has immediate appeal when RV shoppers find it on dealers’ lots, with its high-quality cabinetry and spacious sunlit workspace. But more than that, RVers soon realize how practical and convenient it is on the campsite, enabling everyone to share the casual camping lifestyle without making the cook stand in the middle of the main living area.”

In spite of its compact size, the 30-foot 25SBW gives owners a true master bedroom with a solid panel privacy door, a walk-around queen bed with under-bed storage, mirrored shirt closet, wardrobe, and overhead cabinets.  A mounting point and wiring for a wall-mount flat screen TV is also included.

Gulfstream also designed an en suite bath with two entry doors—one from the main living area hall, the other from a private door in the master bedroom.

2014 Gulf Stream Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW
2014 Gulf Stream Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW

A large corner shower with a solid-panel enclosure and shower door is featured in the bath.

With a dry weight under 5900 pounds and durable construction, the 25SBW is “a high-reward, high-value alternative for campers who like to travel light and easy,” noted Baskerville.

2014 Gulf Stream Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW specifications include:

Overall Length: 29 feet, 8 inches

Overall Width: 8 feet

Exterior Height: 11 feet, 3 inches

Interior Height:  6 feet, 8 inches

Dry Weight: 5,800 pounds

Hitch Weight: 800 pounds

Net Carrying Capacity: 1,820 pounds

Fresh Water Tank Capacity: 51 gallons

Grey Water Tank Capacity: 74 gallons

Black Water Tank Capacity: 37 gallons

LP Gas Tanks: 2 x 30 pounds

Water Heater: 6 gallons

Furnace: 25,000 BTU

2014 Gulf Stream Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW
2014 Gulf Stream Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

Established in 1983, Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream is a leading manufacturer of Class A Gas motorhomes, diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers.

Gulf Stream is organized into three divisions: Luxury Class A Motorhomes, Travel Trailers and Luxury Fifth Wheels, and Yellowstone RV Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels.

Location: 503 South Oakland Avenue, Nappanee, Indiana

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, Indiana 46550

Phone: (800) 289-8787

Website: gulfstreamcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

But do not ask me where I am heading,

As I travel in this limitless world

Where every step I take is my home.

—Eihei Dogen

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Gulf Stream Dazzle RV Show Goers with New Yellowstone Models

It was last year that I reported that Yellowstone RV capitalizing on the growing strength of its Canyon Trail and Sedona brands introduced three new SLT Series floor plans.

34FRLQ looking from front to back
34FRLQ looking from front to back

Now, a year later, Nappanee, Indiana-based Yellowstone RV, a division of Gulf Stream Coach, is earning significant new attention, admiration, and sales at early-season retail RV shows across the United States and Canada, according to a company news release.

“We’ve spent years refining our floor plans, our features, and our construction standards, combining over 30 years of production experience with the input of our customers,” said Mike Spencer, Yellowstone RV National sales manager.

“And this year, it’s all coming together, with a rapidly expanding dealer base and booming retail sales.”

“It’s a combination of many factors. We’ve introduced breakthrough new floor plans to our Advanced Profile line, like our front bath 36FBQS, and our unique rear kitchen 32FRKT,” he added.

“We’ve developed the value-oriented SLT Series engineered just for owners of half-ton pickups, offering both couples-only luxury suites and family-oriented bunk models, all built with the rugged quality we’ve always been famous for.  We have even moved the construction technology and luxury standards of our fifth wheels into a complete line of travel trailers for those looking for a flat-floor camping experience.”

33FRLQ Atrium slide
33FRLQ Atrium slide

When it comes to standard features, Spencer said the company responded to smart suggestions made by dealers and customers. For example, Gulf Stream Coach’s “extreme weather protection” four-season insulation package is now built into every unit the company sells.

“Many other popular options are also now part of our standard build, resulting in a level of production efficiency that gives retail customers an extremely attractive price-to-value relationship,” he added.

Yellowstone pushed the envelope and dazzled show-goers in other ways too, Spencer noted, with a residential 23-cubic-foot 110-volt stainless steel refrigerator/freezer option in the kitchen, high-end Lane brand lounges, sofas, and recliners in the living area, and a premium I-Gel memory foam mattress in the master bedroom.

“RV show attendees are telling us, ‘You’re the best value at the show’ and ‘Your interior is so much better than the competition, but you cost less,’” said Spencer.

“That’s what we’re hearing, week after week; show after show. We can feel the momentum building, and we intend on capitalizing on it with dealers who want to share in our growth.”

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Yellowstone RV

Yellowstone-RV-logo-290x82Nappanee, Indiana-based Yellowstone RV is a division of Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

Phone: (800) 811-0302

Website: yellowstonervs.com

Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

Established in 1983, Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream is a leading manufacturer of Class A Gas motorhomes, diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers.

Gulf Stream is organized into three divisions: Luxury Class A Motorhomes, Travel Trailers and Luxury Fifth Wheels, and Yellowstone RV Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels.

Location: 503 South Oakland Avenue, Nappanee, Indiana

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, Indiana 46550

Phone: (800) 289-8787

Website: gulfstreamcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

I choose to live by Choice, not by chance; to make Changes, not excuses. To be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not compete. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others.

—Anon

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Yellowstone RV Introduces New Models

Nappanee, Indiana-based Yellowstone RV is capitalizing on the growing strength of its Canyon Trail and Sedona brands with the introduction of three new SLT Series floor plans.

Yellowstone Canyon Trail fifth-wheel trailer
Yellowstone Canyon Trail fifth-wheel trailer

The new models will use the same basic chassis, the same vacuum-bonded laminated wall construction, the same Champagne color gel-coat exterior, class-leading interior ceiling height in the bedroom and slide rooms, and the same high level of interior fit and finish found in the upgraded Canyon Trail and Sedona XLT and Advanced Profile Series, according to Yellowstone RV National Sales Manager Mike Spencer.

With lengths from 29-feet to 31-feet, 6-inches, and dry weights well under 8,000 pounds, SLT floor plans are perfect for half-ton pickups, said Spencer.

While premium fifth wheels from Yellowstone RV offer some of the most extraordinary luxury found in RVs, the basic advantages of a fifth wheel make it a winner for campers at the budget-oriented end of the price spectrum targeted by the new SLT floor plans, too, stated Spencer.

“Our Dealers are helping more and more value-minded campers discover the advantages of pulling fifth wheels vs. conventional travel trailers,” Spencer explained.

First, the hitch point itself makes towing and handling less stressful and more aerodynamic with better fuel economy.

Yellowstone 28FBHB interior
Yellowstone 28FBHB interior

Second, the shorter overall length makes towing and parking maneuvers far easier.

Third, the SLT has enormous pass-through basement storage provided by our unique fifth wheel chassis design.

These key characteristics of fifth wheels have extremely high value to anyone who has ever pulled a trailer over long distances.

“The SLT value formula means families who already own half-ton pickups can hitch up and go, without a costly investment in a new tow vehicle,” Spencer said.

“That puts budget-minded campers thousands of dollars ahead. And once SLT owners set up camp, they can enjoy the conveniences, luxuries and four season livability that have made the Canyon Trail and Sedona brands breakthrough bestsellers to full timers and occasional campers alike.”

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Yellowstone RV

Nappanee, Indiana-based Yellowstone RV is a division of Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

Phone: (800) 811-0302

Website: yellowstonervs.com

Yellowstone 28FBHB floor plan
Yellowstone 28FBHB floor plan

Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

Established in 1983, Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream is a leading manufacturer of Class A Gas motorhomes, diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers.

Gulf Stream is organized into three divisions: Luxury Class A Motorhomes, Travel Trailers and Luxury Fifth Wheels, and Yellowstone RV Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels.

Location: 503 South Oakland Avenue, Nappanee, Indiana

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, Indiana 46550

Phone: (800) 289-8787

Website: gulfstreamcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

I choose to live by Choice, not by chance; to make Changes, not excuses. To be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not compete. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others.

—Anon

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