Quad-Slide Convenience

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Photo Credit: Gulf Stream Coach

Yellowstone’s new front-bath fiver offers comfort and luxury

by Chuck Campbell
August 7, 2013
Filed under Feature Story, Reviews, Top Stories, Trailer Reviews

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Gulf Stream Coach’s Yellowstone RV Division has recently debuted an all-new Canyon Trail “Advanced Profile” quad-slide fifth-wheel designated 36FBQS that provides a handy — and very spacious — bathroom suite ahead of the unit’s forward master bedroom.
This fresh layout offers extra lavatory square footage featuring a larger 30-by-54-inch one-piece fiberglass shower, 6-foot-long solid-surface wash-stand with twin sinks, a full height linen closet and an ample full-width wardrobe across the front wall.
The neighboring master bedroom aft of the bathroom is outfitted with twin slideouts; one streetside that holds a standard queen or optional 70-by-80-inch king-size bed, and another curbside that houses a dresser and entertainment center topped with a 32-inch TV.

Buyers may accessorize the living room/dining areas with recliner rockers, plush sofas and even a home theater system or electric fireplace with rock mantel.

Buyers may accessorize the living room/dining areas with recliner rockers, plush sofas and even a home theater system or electric fireplace with rock mantel.

Commented Mike Spencer, Yellow-stone RV’s division manager; “Two opposing forward slideouts offer unbelievable walk-around space in the bedroom area, and excellent visibility into the front bath as you enter this zone.”
Cabinet doors and drawers throughout the Canyon Trail are either standard Bayridge Maple, or optional Dark Cherry that impart an elegant ambiance to the trailer’s expansive, residential interior. Crown molding, trim and other accents also reflect the chosen wood species, and are set off with brushed nickel hardware.
Five fabric packages are available in the Advanced Profile rendition. Carpet is used in the bedroom and lounge areas, while easily cleanable vinyl floor covering is laid throughout the kitchen and bathroom zones.
For added convenience, a midway half-bath with washstand and toilet has been added between the upper bedroom and lower galley, so guests don’t have to track through the master bedroom to access a bathroom. Adjacent to the half-bath is a built-in closet/pantry area also capable of hosting a stackable washer and dryer. This pairing of resources makes it much easier for people with walking difficulties to reach a bathroom, or do the laundry without climbing any stairs.
A fashionable island kitchen offers expansive solid-surface countertop areas, and outstanding drawer and pantry space.The remainder of the lower rear deck is graced with another pair of even larger opposing slideouts. These room extensions make way for a spacious island kitchen, and a dining area fit for even the most creative practitioners of the culinary arts. Bringing up the rear is a lounge complete with streetside entertainment center with up to a 42-inch LCD TV, a sofa against the back wall and individual leather upholstered rocker/recliner chairs in the curbside slide.
Either standard laminate or optional solid-surface countertops are available throughout the Canyon Trail, including its island kitchen that has been appointed with generous drawer and pantry areas. The rear living zone is designed to let prospective buyers order their sofa, dual recliners or home theater system placed in either the huge curbside slideout or along the rear wall.

Forward bathroom has dual his-and-hers 16-inch vessel sink bowls and a shelved, cedar-lined closet with mirrored doors.

Forward bathroom has dual his-and-hers 16-inch vessel sink bowls and a shelved, cedar-lined closet with mirrored doors.

“We call this flexible seating,” Spencer explained. “Furthermore, the added length of the mid-deck area and forward location of associated plumbing fixtures in the unit’s basement compartment dramatically increase pass-through storage.”
People who purchase Canyon Trail Advanced Profile models usually choose to accessorize them with up to four optional equipment and décor packages that make them true residential trophies. Beginning with a base suggested retail of $45,633, buyers have the Camping for Comfort, Convenience, Aztec Luxury and Premium Edition Enhancement assortments to chose from.
Items in the above collections range from porcelain toilets and cedar-lined closets, to upgrades like 16-inch aluminum wheels, 10-gallon water heaters and free-standing dinettes. And for those who really want to put on the dog, the Premium package offers an electric fireplace that adds atmosphere as well as warmth on a chilly day.

Plenty of walk-around space is afforded by a master bedroom suite that includes a streetside queen or optional king bed, plus a dresser/entertainment center.

Plenty of walk-around space is afforded by a master bedroom suite that includes a streetside queen or optional king bed, plus a dresser/entertainment center.

Also on tap are more accessories that may be selected individually from a list of higher-end hardware. The more noteworthy include a 5 kW generator, thermal pane windows, a MOR/ryde pin box and four-point auto leveling jacks.
Prospective buyers can expect to pay between $52,000 to $55,000 for a well-outfitted unit. At a formidable 40 feet long, the 36FBQS quad slide has a dry weight of 11,941 pounds, and a pin weight of 2,730 pounds.
Canyon Trail fifth-wheels are fabricated using 12-inch I-beam frame rails, with the forward upper deck built between, rather than on top of the rails. This design allows a lower overall frontal profile, and thus less wind resistance when being towed.
Canyon Trail quickinfoConstruction employs welded aluminum and steel framing, vacubonded side walls, a 5/8-inch seamless wood main floor deck and a crowned roof for better overall drainage. Insulation throughout is either of the fiberglass batt variety, or high-density polystyrene block foam. Roofs are also topped with an EPDM rubber skin.
Underbelly areas are 100 percent enclosed and heated, along with all holding tanks and the front pass-through basement storage compartment. For those needing added insulation for colder climates, an optional Extreme Weather Protection package is available with ratings of up to R-32.

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