Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream Coach is enjoying robust sales of the company’s small fiberglass ultra-lightweight travel trailers sold under the Vista Cruiser and Vintage Cruiser (aka “V-Class”) brands, known for their seamless fiberglass roof and distinctive curved profile.
With over 6,000 units sold to date, “V-Class” brands are finding a remarkable level of devotion and excitement among campers, characterized by the recent owner rally held in Northern Michigan, where scores of Vintage Cruiser and Vista Cruiser owners from thirteen states gathered to enjoy the V-Class camping life.
The latest breakaway hit of V-Class construction technology is the retro-inspired Vintage Cruiser, according to a company news release.
Capitalizing on “The technology of the 21st century and the fun vibe of the 1950s,” the Vintage Cruiser has introduced several retro color schemes, a nostalgic Knotty Pine paneled interior, and a devoted fan base that has turned the Vintage Cruisers into a viral phenomenon that has strengthened Gulf Stream Coach’s offerings to important and growing markets, ranging from brand-new Gen-X RVers to downsizing veteran campers.
Both Vista Cruiser and Vintage Cruiser brands offer highly refined floor plans that combine complete living accommodations, innovative use of space for storage, and welded tubular aluminum frames.
Also in the V-Class build, Azdel synthetic substrate panels in vacuum-bonded laminated fiberglass walls, and a fuel-saving aerodynamic profile topped off with a one-piece laminated fiberglass roof that extends from the front hitch to the rear bumper.
“Dealers report that Vista and Vintage Cruisers are turning non-RVers into dedicated camping enthusiasts, and are earning the respect of RVers who are downsizing,” said Tim Dennig, National Sales Manager for the Gulf Stream Coach Lightweight Division.
V-Class standard features include 20,000 BTU furnace, 6 gallon DSI LP gas water heater, multiple USB charging ports, and booth dinette.
Popular options include Wood Estate Wagon interior decor and exterior graphics, knotty pine paneling throughout, Estate Wagon custom comforter and pillow shams, 3-burner range with oven, 13,500 BTU air conditioner, 19-inch and/or 32-inch LED HDTV, and black tank flush.
Both Vista Cruiser and Vintage Cruiser brands of 17- to 23-foot travel trailers are available in 11 floor plans ranging in overall weight from 2,567 pounds to 4,253 pounds.
Four décor choices are available for the Vintage Cruiser line and including crimson and cream, teal and cream, yellow and knotty pine, and crimson and knotty pine.
“We’re encouraging dealers and prospects to visit our display at the upcoming September Manufacturers Open House to see a broad representation of V-Class models, including two exciting new floor plans that add new 17-foot and 23-foot options to the lineup,” Dennig added.
Gulf Stream, a leading manufacturer of a full range of RV products was founded and is still owned by the Shea family, originating in the small community of Nappanee, Indiana in 1971.
Today, Gulf Stream Coach is a industry-leading family-owned, family-operated RV manufacturer, encompasses 22 brands with over 140 different models—all assembled by more than 1,500 associates.
Over its history, the company has produced almost 300,000 recreation vehicles, contributing to the well-being and family fun of hundreds of thousands of people across the US and Canada.
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