June '21

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12 • RV PRO • June 2021 rv-pro.com Dealers are reporting quick turn rates for the BT Cruiser, with many units sold even before they arrive at their dealerships, according to Sarvari. "We see a lot of buyers (who were) looking at (models built on) Sprinter chassis and Ford Transit chassis and they're saying, 'They're a bit too small.' The BT Cruiser allows them a little more living space and more comfort while keeping the overall size still manageable," he says. "We're also seeing people coming into the BT Cruiser that are either downsizing from bigger motorhomes and diesel pushers to first-time buyers." "People just love it," he adds. "It's lightweight (12,500 GVWR on the E 350 chassis). You can maneuver in and out of shopping malls and grocery stores. The BT Cruiser is very high quality, lux- ury-defined with designer décor. It's a tremendous value – three years in a row it's won the DSI Awards." Among BT's eight floorplans, other leaders are the 5240, fea- turing a Murphy bed, and the 5245, featuring a full-wall slide. Prices for the BT Cruiser range between $72,000 and $115,000, based on options. Meanwhile, Gulf Stream offers 14 floorplans for the Conquest, three of which are in the lower-priced LE series and are built pre- dominately on a Chevy chassis. Introduced at the 2020 Open House, the 63111-bunkhouse floorplan is quickly gaining traction in the marketplace, according to Sarvari. "It's great for rentals and families," he says. Another bunkhouse floorplan, the 25-foot 6256, is a non-slide version and retails for less than the 63111 model. As for the LE models, Gulf Stream doesn't allow dealers to add amenities such as jacks or full-body paint that would drive up the price point, so it remains "a great value," especially for first-time buyers, Sarvari stresses. Many dealers buy the LE series for their rental fleets, he adds. Retail prices for the Conquest brand range from $65,000 to $90,000 for the LE series and $78,000 to $118,000 for the reg- ular Conquest. Floor deckers Maynor Lopez (left) and Dennis Colon seal the perimeter and deck of a travel trailer floor. Ismael Garcia, wall department, glues spun fiberglass insulation into wall space between studs. (Photo courtesy of Gulf Stream) Efrain Ayala (left), Brandon Ortiz (foreground), and Eduardo Mayen of the roofing team spreading adhesive on a trailer roof prior to installing the seamless roof membrane. (Photo courtesy of Gulf Stream)

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