Airstream Nomad expects to start selling Class B interstate travel coaches later this year. The vehicles are a combination of a Mercedes Benz chassis and Airstream living quarters.
“They are the No. 1 selling Class B motorhomes in the United States,” Clement said. “They sell like hotcakes.”
The property, at 167 Willow Drive in the Town of Plattsburgh, provides easy access from Exit 36 on Interstate 87. The building will soon receive a total makeover to create showroom space worthy of the gleaming, luxury travel trailers.
The partners made a final pitch for the franchise to Airstream officials at an RV show in Louisville, Ky. The meeting was originally scheduled for 45 minutes, but extended to about 41/2 hours.
Clement said they are now the only combination Airstream dealer and restoration center in North America.
“This is a first for Airstream,” he said.
As a certified franchise, they can provide warranty and service work for Airstream owners. They will also be able to offer customers new trailer shells and then fully customize the interior.
The company now has 20 employees, double the workforce from one year ago. They have hired a general manager, project manager, customer-service representatives and technicians.
Once the franchise was secured, they flew their entire staff to Airstream headquarters and production facility in Jackson Center, Ohio, in January.
“It was important for us that our staff understand Airstream and why it is an American icon,” Clement aid.
Saw building process
They were able to see how each shell and frame is built from scratch. Even the furniture is hand-crafted and then installed in the trailer.
GSM by Nomad merged with Brattleboro, Vt.-based Taylor Design Healthy Homes in 2012. That company specializes in creation of chemical-free living spaces for people with chemical sensitivities.
The chemical-free units will be assembled in a separate area of the facility so there is no cross contamination, Clement said.