Ultra Light Evolution X Designed With Economy In Mind

October 28, 2011
Filed under Trailers

Answering the call for better fuel economy while towing, the Ultra Light Evolution X series of travel trailers from Eclipse RV has been designed to meet the needs of folks with lighter, more fuel-efficient tow vehicles. However, component and build quality don’t appear to have been sacrificed for light weight. Some of the design features of the Evolution X series include a wide-track axle-balance system for better towing stability, larger water-tank capacities, unique floorplans and pleasant designer interiors.

Evolution exteriors are constructed with light, strong aluminum framing with laminated fiberglass walls for low maintenance and long life. Large screened windows provide plenty of natural light and ventilation.

The floors are built with vacuum-bonded aluminum framework, which makes them lightweight and aids in durability. The freshwater tank is enclosed and heated by the furnace to prevent freezing, while EPS foam R-11 insulation in the walls, floor and roof should help keep you cozy. Exterior standard features include aluminum wheels, a large awning, double-entry steps and an exterior barbecue hookup.

Starting at the front, there’s a full-width pass-through storage compartment. The front bedroom is accessible via its own door. Inside you’ll find a 60 by 74-inch bed that lifts up on gas struts to reveal another large storage compartment, connected to the pass-through cubby. Left and right
wardrobes provide a convenient space to hang clothes, along with two overhead cabinets and one drawer per side for personal effects.

The compact curbside bathroom has all the essentials; the toilet, sink with vanity, medicine cabinet and a corner shower with a raised skylight to provide more headroom and daylight. A combination fan/roof-vent helps with ventilation.

A 12-foot 6-inch-long streetside slideout gives the main living area a feeling or roominess that belies the trailer’s size. It holds a three-person sofa that opens into a 60-inch-long bed and the spacious dinette that converts to a 72 by 45-inch bed. At the aft end, a pair of comfy, movable swivel chairs add seats and flank a low table that can be used for casual dining. This brings seating capacity up to at least nine, without squeezing anyone.

Some other items that spruce up the interior and add practicality are pleated shades and tinted windows. For entertainment, there’s
an AM/FM/ CD/DVD player and a Samsung 26-inch flat-screen TV. The trailer also features a centrally located air conditioner.

The galley has plenty of walk-around room and counter space for preparing meals. A large double-door Dometic DM265LBX refrigerator is
standard, as are the Dometic microwave, Atwood three-burner stove and a conventional oven. Storage includes two overhead cabinets, four lower cabinets with doors, plus a drawer for utensils. There’s more space over the rear wall with full-width cupboards. A deep stainless-steel double sink makes cleanup easier.

Despite its relatively light weight, the Evolution X series has a very usable floorplan that’s excellent for couples and small families,
displays good workmanship and features thoughtful design elements and amenities. And Eclipse rolls all of this into an attractive, easily towable trailer that’s not too hard on your budget.

Eclipse RV, (951) 684-6868, www.eclipservmfg.com.

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