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September '20

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Gulf Stream Coach For 2021, Gulf Stream Coach's focus is primarily about building off what the company already knows how to do best, according to Paul Campbell, director of marketing for Gulf Stream. Specifically, the RV manufacturer is configuring new floorplans for its laminated travel trailers, conventionally con- structed travel trailers, and motorhomes. "Our Vintage Cruisers are getting several new floorplans," says Campbell, estimating that there are 12 floorplans in the works. At least one of them will have a twin bed configuration. Part of that decision to offer a twin bed layout came from PREVIEW 94 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW surveying the social media landscape, Campbell says, partic- ularly the Vintage Cruiser user group. "We've seen some of the conversions they've done, photos posted, and we thought based on the reaction from people at shows, input from dealers, and feedback from the user group, we should be offering a twin bed floor plan," he adds. For the gross vehicle weight rating, Campbell says that Gulf Stream aims to keep the Vintage and Vista Cruiser models in "the 4,000-pound range." The models still maintain a sloping design, and the overall build makes them compatible with several towing options, Campbell says. "People want to tow it with the family driver like the SUV, Chinook RV Chinook RV – resurrected in 2013 under new leadership – spent years restoring the motorhome brand's legacy before launching new products. The RV maker subsequently acquired Riverside Travel Trailer in Peru, Ind., giving the company a presence in both the moto- rhome and towables market. Company brands include Bayside, Countryside, Trail Wagon, RPM, Dream and a new Class B+ model, the Summit. "Chinook put everything on one campus in Peru, with two plants on 17 acres," says company President Phil Rizzio. "We're man- ufacturing travel trailers and toy haulers in one, and the moto- rhomes in another." Details regarding the Summit are under wraps for now, but Rizzio says prototyping is underway, with expectations for a reveal in the Fall. RPM – branded as military tough – has expanded its product line in 2020 with the addition of RPM Extreme, a toy hauler "built to accommodate greater capacity and a larger load inside the trailer," Rizzio says. The new model features an off-road package with rugged construction, higher lift and bigger tires. Other options include The Sports Car of Motorhomes a built-in air compressor, a roof rack with LED lighting, dual fuel stations, and power ramp doors. Chinook RV plans to release an all- season package as well, one that can withstand sub-zero temps. Additionally, there is a new RPM Extreme floorplan with an appealing wide-open concept, according to Rizzio. While there are no dividing walls, this model offers all the traditional accom- modations of a travel trailer plus special features Chinook RV customers are accustomed to, such as carbon fiber countertops, modern/contemporary cabinetry, heavy-duty flooring, ambient backlighting, as well as a magic bed and armless awning with a seismic sensor. "Typically used on a motorized unit, the seismic sensors should be well-received in the travel trailer world," Rizzio says. "Plus, there's enough room in the new Extreme to pull in a V8 long travel sand car." Meanwhile, the Dream product line has a few surprises of its own. The new Silver Edition boasts a silver and black exterior look, aluminum wheels, steps and designer window valences. Addition- ally, all Dreams include a 12V disconnect switch at the entry door. In total, Chinook RV will offer several floorplans for RPM, RPM Extreme, Dream and Dream Silver Edition trailers. The Trail Wagon currently offers four floorplans, "with more on the drawing board to include living quarters," adds Rizzio. Meanwhile, the motor- home division will release floorplan details soon. Chinook RV introduced the Trail Wagon hauler at the March 2019 RVX: RV Experience show in Salt Lake City. The RV maker has several new developments planned for its motorhome and travel trailer lines in 2021, according to company President Phil Rizzio.

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