June '21

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14 • RV PRO • June 2021 rv-pro.com He says Gulf Stream got "tremendous feedback" at the Tampa Show. Consumers like the new blue and silver exterior paint scheme and new interior decors, he adds. As for post-show tweaks, some consumers were asking for an additional LP gas line to be run to the back of the unit as well as upgraded water filtration systems. Offering a Broad Lineup of Travel Trailers Today's Gulf Stream towable lineup features 19 brands spread between conventionally built and laminated models. This tally includes 14 brands it labels lightweight, of which five are stick- and-tin construction. It also builds three destination trailer brands, two toy hauler brands and a fifth wheel. The two-month shutdown associated with the pandemic last spring interrupted Gulf Stream's momentum, but the restart in May set the tone for the company for the rest of the year. Some 94 percent of its workforce returned on opening day, non-verbally conveying the message that, '"Hey, 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,'" Shea says. "I think it was rewarding for our employees to participate and make it better for other peoples' lives." Despite losing eight weeks from its production schedule, Gulf Stream's number of travel trailers shipped to RV retailers surged by more than 45 percent in 2020, compared to a 16 percent increase for the entire industry. Keeping up with that increased demand for trailers required the RV maker to get creative with its available space, according to Sarvari. Workers Anita VanZant and Ryan Birk check seals for exterior lighting on a Conquest motorhome in Gulf Stream's onsite pre-delivery inspection facility. The company's PDI facility is designed to be independent of the manufacturing operation as an extra step to ensure quality control. PDI Manager Dale Shuler reviews travel trailer exteriors in the PDI facility. Savari says, "We conduct extensive quality inspections of the product prior to shipment, which has greatly reduced the time and expense incurred by dealers and the adjustments they have to make before the unit is retail sold."

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