One of the most successful entrepreneurial stories in the RV industry comes from the heart of a small, simple Amish community town of Nappanee, IN.
"The overall experience has been great. You have a focus on customers and it draws people to you." The Woods from Canada, Gulf Stream RV
In 1971, amidst a community of horse and buggies, James F. Shea chose to embrace opportunity at a time when consumers were wary of purchasing "luxury" items. The vision and fortitude of Jim Shea led him to create his first mobile home prototypes in an old, abandoned sauerkraut factory. In just a short time, within that factory an astounding 12 Fairmont homes per day were being produced. Just as remarkable is the Gulf Stream state-of-the-art RV facility campus today which has become a large part of the Nappanee community employing over 1500 people.
In the mid-1970's, a few years after Fairmont's originated and sustained solid growth, Jim Shea's three sons, Jim, Jr., Brian and Dan joined him in the business. The three young men were to learn every aspect of the business.
In 1983 Gulf Stream Coach was established. The Shea Family's mission for Gulf Stream was to produce an exceptional variety and quality of Motorhomes, travel travelers and 5th wheel's. Gulf Stream's advanced technology in woodworking and manufacturing soon took the company to new heights; making them one of the leaders in manufacturing in the RV industry today.
With the same entrepreneurial spirit that their father held, Jim, Brian, and Dan Shea assumed the day-to-day responsibilities of the company in the 1990's. The three brothers managed the company in close association with the founder, their father, and were actively involved in the operations, product development, customer service, manufacturing and with customer interaction/satisfaction. However, by centering their duties in three different areas Jim with housing, Brian with motorized, and Dan with towables, the three can bring more of the same dedication and hard work that their father instilled but in three fold.
Their inspiration comes from watching and imitating companies such as Toyota or Honda and their success in satisfying their customers with quality products. The brothers also became interested in bringing new quality initiatives into the RV/housing industry and teamed up with a number of higher learning institutions. Through this commitment in training, Gulf Stream has built one of the finest management teams with similar philosophies, work ethics and devotion as James F. Shea, Sr. instilled in the organization.
At Motor Home Specialist you will find an incredible selection of class B, class C and class A diesel pusher RVs by Gulf Stream. The Class B and C line-up are made up of the Vista Cruiser, Vista Cruiser Mini and the all new Vista Cruiser ET or Euro Touring Cruiser. These three models offer an incredible variety of floor plans, features and options. Some are available with gas or diesel drive trains and full body paint. These RVs are packed with features and always sale priced at Motor Home Specialist.
The class A diesel pusher line-up starts with the Gulf Stream Yellowstone. This is an incredible luxury diesel with an affordable price tag. Enjoy Yellowstone features like 7’ 6” ceiling heights, in certain models, as well as three roof A/C units and full wall slides. At Motor Home Specialist you’ll also commonly find aluminum wheels, GPS, LCD TVs and much more. The Yellowstone RV is built on a raised rail chassis and also has a large diesel generator. The Yellowstone is a must see diesel RV. You wont’ believe the value!
Motor Home Specialist is also proud to offer the flagship luxury RV from Gulf Stream, the Tour Master. Tour Master is a completely different luxury RV. It is perfect for the weekender or the full timer with residential features abound. You’ll love Tour Masters full tile floors, 7’ 6” ceilings, GPS, 3-camera monitoring system, big LCD TVs, beautiful Corian counters, power awning, fiberglass roof and powerful diesel engines. At Motor Home Specialist you can also expect to see an outside LCD TV, exterior grill, outside deep freeze, bedroom surround sound and much more. Tour Master has perhaps the most impressive list of standard equipment in the RV industry. Couple that with Motor Home Specialist’s everyday low sale prices and it’s easy to see why Tour Master is such a popular choice here at Motor Home Specialist, "Where your money buys more.”
Please contact a representative at Motor Home Specialist to learn more about the Vista Cruiser, Vista Cruiser Mini, Vista Euro Touring Cruiser, Yellowstone and the Tour Master. You’ll be glad you did!