June '21

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rv-pro.com June 2021 • RV PRO • 11 Stream has built on either the Ford E 350 or E 450 chassis since the brands' inceptions. Gulf Stream Coach builds its Class C's on an industry-exclusive "Cradle of Strength" system of reinforcements, braces, galvanized steel parts and other enhancements that give these brands great structural integrity, strength and durability, the company contends. Additionally, Gulf Stream manufactures its own laminated walls, using heat-resistant adhesives and vacuum-bonding processes that it perfected in-house. It also includes certified safety belts for all seating positions in its motorhomes, which means there are seatbelts for the sofa, dinette (forward and rearward-facing), and recliners. "We've been building motorhomes for over 38 years. We listen to our customers and we try to respond to both our dealers and end-users," Sarvari says. "People like quality. That's our main focus – quality – and when it comes to motorhomes, we want to make sure everybody is safe. We do our own testing and we do it with out- side engineering firms. We test the pull strengths of all of our safety belts and make sure they pass the highest rigidity and the toughest test out there before we implement them. We have a lot of trade secrets; we do things special. We try to build the best RV possible." Gulf Stream uses Azdel composite materials in all its C's (as well as in most of its laminated travel trailers), which adds tan- gible benefits for the consumer, including lighter weight, superior durability, better sound and temperature insulation and superior moisture resistance, Shea says. Combined, these processes and materials reduce warranty expenses and extend the life of an RV, he says. Today, Gulf Stream's BT Cruiser, a popular couple's coach, and Conquest, more of a family unit, compete well in the market- place in value and price, according to Sarvari. In fact, according to Stat Surveys, they were two of the fastest-growing Class C brands in 2020. "The demographic is across the board, from 35-year-olds to 75-year-olds," Sarvari says. "We have several rental dealers who take on the Conquest, but more recently, in the last year, there has been tremendous growth in the BT Cruiser. During this pandemic, a lot of people are buying the BT Cruiser's 5210 (floorplan) which is a 22-foot, non-slide nicknamed the 'The sports car of the industry.'" Photos by Steve Toepp/ Midwest Photographics unless otherwise noted " We're building something that Americans want and they need to get out of the house and get out away from everything going on in the country. I think it was rewarding for our employees to participate and make it better for other peoples' lives." – Dan Shea, Gulf Stream Coach chairman of the board Gale Ottinger (foreground), a chassis electrician, prepares wiring runs for the exterior lights on a travel trailer chassis.

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