Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Long View RV Superstore Showcases New Models from Gulfstream

At the 2009 Tampa RV Super Show, Long View RV Superstores represented Gulfstream coach with Class A and Class C motorhomes. We introduced a new model in the popular SuperNova series on the International truck chassis. The model #6373 with a bath and a half floor plan - full bath in the rear and 1/2 bath mid-coach.

Look how the full wall slide just opens up the whole coach! No feeling like you're living in a shoe box.

In addition to International, Gulfstream has added the Dodge truck chassis to the line of Super C motorhomes. The new Supermax is built on the Dodge Ram 5500 (formerly Sterling) and is powered by a Cummins 305 hp engine paired with an Aisin transmission. Phenomenal towing capacity!

See the huge cabover section? That makes a loft bed area with enough room for cabinets across the front and windows on each end so it feels light and spacious.

This particular model is equipped with bunk beds - perfect for a large family!

But the most radical new design from Gulfstream is in the Class A segment. Check out the Montaj, pictured below.

This 30' double-slide low profile coach is built on a Ford chassis. Lightweight, composite materials, streamlined design, and expected fuel economy of 13mpg make this the "greenest" class A motorhome that I've ever seen.

How about an extra bunk over the front cab in a Class A? It folds up into the ceiling when not needed.

The bed in the master bedroom can be raised using an electric switch. When traveling, it allows for humongous storage underneath, accessible from the outside.

For more information on these or any Gulfstream products, write to or call toll-free 866-426-8513.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fantasy Of Flight; Lakeland, Florida

Fantasy of Flight is the private collection of vintage aircraft belonging to a man named Kermit Weeks, who has opened it to the public. Since Dad is a lifelong aircraft buff, I thought he'd enjoy visiting this museum which is only a 10 min. drive from our home. Admission is $28.95 with a $10.00 discount for Florida residents.

The tour begins with a brief history of the development of aircraft from WWI and WWII, complete with dioramas and old black-and-white film footage. The scene is set for a tour of a B17 Flying Fortress named the Picadilly Princess. We actually climbed through the fuselage and imagined a dark night in WWII.

Other notable aircaft on display include the Short Sunderland Flying Boat, a 1918 Morane A-1, a 1929 mail plane. a 1938 Avro cadet, and a 1917 Fokker DR Tri-plane which was the plane the infamous Red Baron flew. Kermit Weeks credits Snoopy, of Charles Schultz's Peanuts cartoon fame who pretended to be the Red Baron, with sparking his interest as a child in airplanes and flying! There is even a replica of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. I've compiled some of my photos into the slideshow below.

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