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Because of strong retail demand, Gulf Stream Coach Inc. converted a 65,000-square-foot plant on its manufacturing complex in Nappanee, Ind., into a towables assembly plant, where it is building 35- to 38-foot Innsbruck and Conquest travel trailers.
Dan Shea, president of Gulf Stream’s Towable RV Division said the 36- to 38-foot Innsbruck and Conquest double-slide, two-bedroom models were redesigned in the fall “and the results in the spring show were spectacular,” he said. “The dealer demand for these models was so strong it required additional manufacturing capacity.”
The opening of the new trailer factory represents the second expansion of Gulf Stream’s towable RV operations this year. Earlier, the company opened a 35,000-square-foot addition to one of its other towables plants.
Gulf Stream now has five towable RV assembly facilities.
“We are seeing a surge in retail trailer sales and we want our dealers to have the product when they need it,” said John Stringer, national sales manager. “Gulf Stream has always focused on keeping order lead times at three to four weeks for most towable products.”
The new Gulf Stream plant is flexible so the company can switch to building other models as dealer orders require. The company is not likely to build the larger Innsbruck and Conquest models in the new factory during the winter months.