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Old 08-27-2014, 12:54 PM   #1
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Gulf Stream 2010

We currently have a 2003 Georgie Boy. Looking at a 2010 Gulf Stream Independence Trio. The price seems fair with our trade in. We have no history with a Gulf Stream. Is Gulf Stream a love it or leave it motor home?? Thanks in advance to any help any of you folks can provide. Happy Trails!

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Old 08-27-2014, 01:39 PM   #2
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I had one in 2010. I bought new and the first time I used it, the bedroom slide broke. The dealer had a difficult time working with Gulfstream. In fact the dealer does not carry Gulfstream products because of this experience. I immediately traded it for a Fleetwood, who helped with extra money to buy theirs.

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Old 08-27-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
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I have a 2005 Gulf Stream Independence its been a trouble free unit,had
no issue with it and I am happy with it.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:50 PM   #4
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We picked up out 04 Gulfstream Atrium in Jan. this year and love it! Have had some minor issues with it but they were from negligence more than poor quality unit. Had to resolder a wire on the open / close motor to fix the fantastic fan, resolder a circuit connection on the control board for one of the furnaces, service the hot water heater and replace the anode, things like that. Needed lots of cleaning & TLC but other then that is has been great! Wouldn't want to take it to Arizona in the summer because of all the glass in the atrium but up here in Canada the temps don't get that extreme so the atrium is wonderful. Love the floor plan with the mid entry. This one might be a keeper!
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:50 PM   #5
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Our last coach was a gulfstream independence super c. I had the sidewall separate from the coach at the belt line when all the screw heads sheared off I assume due to over stressing. You could look at where the wall met the floor while going down the highway and watch the asphalt go by through a two inch gap. Leaks galore. I literally had to wear a raincoat on the way home from one trip as the water was pouring in so bad. That was just one leak. The drain in the floor of the shower was never connected to the pipe under it and a lot off the drain water would drain into the belly of the coach. They also had a structural problem that gulfstream admitted to that caused the sidewall to crack at the corner of the slide opening and buckled the floor over the rear axle. In the end they did nothing to correct it. Those are the major problems. The minor ones were to numerous to even mention. Our new coach is night and day better than the old one. Oh yea, the welds on the battery tray gave way and the batteries were dangling under the coach bouncing off the rear drivers side tires while going down the road.......that was a fun day.d. The independence is an entry level coach both in the A and super c platforms. I have seen other gulfstreams that were fine but the build quality of our 2005 was the worst I have every seen.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:49 AM   #6
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We have had our Scenic Cruiser for 13.5 years and she has performed remarkably well. Most of the time once the new bugs are worked out in the first 6-12 months it is all about how well maintained the coach as been. Make sure a qualified technician checks out all the systems and structural integrity before purchasing. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:55 AM   #7
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I had an 06 GS Independence...30' 3 slides......

I had very good luck with it and never had any major issues....I knew it was an entry level and looked at it that way..Put 20K trouble free miles on it....There were some minor issues due to shoddy work but those were easily fixed by me....

GS is out of the motorized business now and there cust service was, for me, worse than bad.....I just gave up trying to get any questions answered....

But I bought it for $50K with 4500 miles and 2 yrs old...So I knew it was not a higher end and with that in mind I was very happy with it.......Wife loved the atrium slide.....
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I had a 2008 Tour Master. Very little help(none) from factory on it's problem's. Traded it off in a year. Dealer had the same response! Your experience may differ.
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We were a Gulfstream dealer for 15 years. They were a heavy motorhome. They were built without much thought of weight. I told fulltimers never to buy Gufstream. Some of their big diesels had payloads of only 1500 lbs. They also gave more than normal amount of problems. They were good people to work with, unlike the guys at Fleetwood. Fleetwood would always cut our bills and never listen to complaints. Gulfstream made several production line mods. that were my suggestions. However when it came time to buy another motorhome, I went with a Pace Arrow. Fleetwood may be jerks, but they make a good product.

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