Streets of Laredo
Keystone’s new 274RB takes on a sleek look and a number of improvements
Keystone RV is known for producing a fleet of towables that are built for the masses — not too extravagant or ultra-luxurious, but livable and affordable. The manufacturer offers many dollar-friendly options, which means more people can get into the RV lifestyle, and many of Keystone’s more than 20 brands follow certain patterns in floor planning and exterior design. While Keystone hasn’t changed its business model, the Laredo brand, one of the leading and most established names under the Keystone banner, has undergone a number of changes that take this trailer to a higher level.
A good example of this new direction is the 2015 Laredo 274RB, a travel trailer with sleek, flowing exterior lines and a concealed LP-gas cylinder compartment. The exterior design works in harmony with an Air Glyde front fiberglass cap that can be followed visually all the way to the flattened-off back end. On both sides, the Laredo is gray with a mix of white and charcoal shades that contrast and complement each other. This splay of color is laid on full gel-coated Filon exterior walls that have been tied together on an aluminum frame. The result is a lightweight structure that sits on a steel I-beam frame with E-Z Lube axles, unique-looking aluminum wheels and radial tires.
The standard Glacier Package completes the build of the Laredo, providing rigidity and insulation. Beginning with the lower half of the trailer, a three-layer floor-decking system is packed with fiberglass insulation and heat ducting, all wrapped in a special moisture barrier that makes this fully enclosed underbelly ready for all-weather travel. Also housed in the lower enclosure are heated holding tanks and gate valves, which further improve four-season livability. The Glacier Package extends to the upper half of the trailer with the walls filled with high-density block foam insulation and a roof rated at R-11. All of this insulation works to control the temperature in combination with the 15,000-Btu ducted air-conditioning unit and the large 30,000-Btu furnace.
Outside, there’s a generous list of favorites as well, including an electric A-frame jack, oversize lighted pass-through storage, exterior marine-grade speakers and a 120-volt AC power/cable connection center,to name a few.
The interior is nicely appointed — using sunset decor elements and colors — and smartly arranged, seeming more like a small condo that just happens to be on wheels.
The kitchen slideout contains about 75 percent of the appliances, including an 8-cubic-foot refrigerator, a carousel-equipped microwave and a high-output range with a hood and light. The remainder of the kitchen is really all about the island sink. Here, conveniently mounted in a freestanding island, is a single basin with a cover and a high-rise faucet with a sprayer. The island offers 120-volt AC power outlets and a fair amount of workable counter space.
Across from the kitchen is the large living room slideout, which houses a plush leather-style couch for two with a sofa bed and a dining table with four chairs. Finishing off the impressive living quarters are the AM/FM/CD/DVD home-theater system with Bluetooth capability and a 39-inch LED TV, residential-grade carpeting and eye-appealing Trekk flooring, a vinyl material manufactured by IVC in Georgia.
The massive living room and kitchen area is made possible by the Laredo’s standard Life Size Package, which incorporates 6-foot 3-inch slideout heights, an arched ceiling and LED ceiling lighting. And let’s not forget the generous cabinetry throughout the trailer.
Up front, a relatively standard bedroom lies past the entertainment center. The bedroom is fairly tight, typical of this type of trailer floorplan, which now has become common in the RV industry. It includes a 60- x 80-inch queen mattress surrounded by overhead storage compartments and opposing wardrobe cabinets. A couple of mirrors are integrated into the wardrobe doors, and conveniently placed reading lights are installed beneath the overhead cabinets.
All the way down the bowling-lane-length floor (yes, it feels that long) at the tail end of the trailer is a fit-for-royalty bathroom. Inside this spacious retreat is a foot-pedal-operated porcelain toilet beside a 50-inch residential-proportioned shower. The rest of this expansive space is outfitted with cabinets that provide more than ample storage for toiletries, including a well-constructed medicine cabinet designed to hold supplies securely.
If the idea of a travel trailer that is well-equipped, ultra-roomy, ready for nearly any climate, with admirable fit and finish, and even a touch of luxury sounds good to you, you’ll want to take a look at the new Keystone Laredo 274RB. It’s pretty impressive, especially considering that the price tag