New Hampshire-based Campers Inn RV has quietly been selling an exclusive line of travel trailers for the past several months at its 15 locations in New England and along the East Coast. (To view a video click here or scroll down to the Video 3 slot on the RVBUSINESS.com home page).
Developed in partnership with Gulf Stream Coach Inc., a longtime motorized and towables manufacturer based in Nappanee, Ind., the new stick-and-tin line is called the “Friendship Coastal Edition.”
While acknowledging the company didn’t seek publicity for the project, Camper’s Inn RV President Jeff Hirsch said one of the reasons for developing the exclusive line is to provide a common model at all of its retail locations — a strategy that’s not possible with other brands given franchise laws and agreements.
“We didn’t want to make a big deal about it,” Hirsch, who was traveling with COO Ben Hirsch, told RVBUSINESS.com.
While the Friendship has been retailing for a few short months, Hirsch said the initial results have been promising enough that he expects similar partnerships going forward.
“It’s too soon and the numbers are not that meaningful, but obviously we’ll continue with it to help us grow the company. We have a couple of different projects in the works, and we’ll continue to move in that direction,” Hirsch said, adding that he hopes to add a single-site distribution point in the future to provide additional shipment capability and “move more inventory as it’s sold.”
Another positive effect of having a single brand exclusive to all Campers Inn RV outlets is that it provides advantages from a customer service aspect. “By having like brands in all our stores, we’ll have consistency with our customers and their level of serviceability. It’ll be that much better now for our customers,” Hirsch noted.
The Friendship is available in four different configurations, with MSRPs ranging from around $21,000 to $28,000, depending on options, although most are listed at about $25,000. All four models are 8 feet wide offering an interior ceiling height of 6 feet, 4 inches, and include 30/36/36 tank capacities for the fresh, gray and black tanks, respectively, and a queen bed up front.
- The 2338RK is a 26-foot, 5-inch rear kitchen unit with a sofa-slide on the street side opposite a galley and bathroom. Its UVW is listed at 4,830 pounds, and cargo weight at 2,850 pounds.
- The non-slide Friendship 248BH is a 26-foot, 5-inch long model that sleeps seven and offers a rear bath next to double bunks. The 248BH has a dry weight of 4,060 pounds and cargo capacity of 1,920 pounds.
- The Friendship 268BH is also a rear bath/bunk bed model with a street-side slide housing a dinette and sofa. The trailer measures 29 feet, 4 inches and 5,220 pounds (unloaded) with room for 1,940 pounds of cargo,
- The Friendship 279BH is the longest of the four at 32 feet, 6 inches and offers the same sofa/dinette slide as the 268BH, but includes split set of bunk beds in the rear. The 279BH is the heaviest unit at 5,976 pounds (UVW) with cargo capacity is pegged at 2,458 pounds.
Among its across-the-line standard features are: one-piece seamless roof with 12-year warranty, tubular steel cambered frame, tapered roof rafters, and ducted air conditioning. The required LE Package includes a 13,500 BTU roof-mounted air conditioner, manual awning and microwave oven.
An available premium package includes LED interior lighting, power awning with an LED light, power hitch jack and CD/DVD player with outside speakers. Other options include radial tires and aluminum wheels, full outside kitchen (279BH), double door refrigerator, and a 15,000 Btu air conditioner.