Room to Spread Out

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The Keystone Avalanche features handsome exterior graphics, abundant basement storage and a fiberglass front cap with a Hitch Assist backup mirror.

by B. Packwood
June 6, 2014
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The Avalanche 360RB is loaded with family-friendly features, and Keystone has made simplified towing a big consideration

 

The Avalanche 360RB bunkhouse is not only loaded with family-friendly features, Keystone has made simplified towing a big consideration. For easier hitching and smoother towing, the fifth-wheel is outfitted with a TrailAir pin box. For improved driver visibility when hitching, the fiberglass front cap is equipped with a Hitch Assist backup mirror. With its tight turning radius and aerodynamic lines, the Avalanche is compatible with short-bed trucks.

The 360RB’s island kitchen has plenty of prep space. The main entertainment center can be viewed from the freestanding  dinette, the sofa sleeper and the kitchen.

The 360RB’s island kitchen has plenty of prep space. The main entertainment center can be viewed from the freestanding dinette, the sofa sleeper and the kitchen.

Construction starts with 10-inch powder-coated steel I-beams, providing a solid platform and great firm feel, sitting on 16-inch E-rated radial tires mounted on aluminum rims and EZ Flex suspension. The body is formed with a floor wrap, wood backing, aluminum structure, high-density block foam, and thermal and Astro-Foil insulation. According to Keystone, all this adds up to a healthy R-32 rating. The ability to ward off cold is supported by a wall insulation factor of R-10, topped by a roof factor of R-28 — claimed to be livable down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit — making this fifth-wheel suitable for four-season travel.
The 360RB has a 2,775-pound carrying capacity and is equipped with a 66-gallon freshwater tank and 85-gallon black and gray tanks. Keystone really took storage into consideration with a huge 145-cubic-foot exterior compartment, which the company claims is among the largest in the industry. Gas struts backed by slam-latch doors make it easier to add and retrieve belongings from the outside storage.
Open space and a roomy layout take center stage when entering the rig for the first time. The decor contrasts nicely, with dark woods and light fabrics, including faux leather couches. The sofa can seat three and sleep two comfortably, but it won’t keep adult guests staying over for too long. A freestanding dinette complements the overall decor, adding a touch of light earth tones.
Standing in the fifth-wheel’s café-like kitchen, partially within the scaled down but functional slideout, is a three-burner stove, a microwave, a small window and an LP-gas/120-volt AC refrigerator with matching wood cabinet inserts. Adjacent to the refrigerator is the ideally placed stove, and behind it stands an island counter that’s fitted with a double stainless-steel sink and a tall, curved designer faucet. A convenient and subtle backsplash is just behind the range.
An attractive entertainment center adds the finishing touches. Here, users can view a 32-inch flat-screen TV with mobile syncing abilities and listen to a rocking stereo combined with indoor/outdoor speakers. There’s also a centrally located ceiling fan.

The rear bunkhouse sleeps four and has its own private dinette, entertainment center and access to a convenient half bath with an exterior door.

The rear bunkhouse sleeps four and has its own private dinette, entertainment center and access to a convenient half bath with an exterior door.

Conceivably, one could think the galley and living area ends the floorplan. But a door next to the dining table leads to a bunkhouse with sleeping arrangements that handle four people, presumably youngsters. Opposing bunk beds — with platforms that fold down to make two of the beds — add sleeping capacity for big families. The area also isolates the kids from the rest of the fifth-wheel. On the streetside is a couch arrangement by day, and across the way the second bunk area can be converted into a booth dinette. Another entertainment center fills the rear wall.
A huge element of convenience is the half bath with a commode and sink that’s accessible from the rear bunkhouse. Access to this bath is also via an exterior door to the patio — great for wet bathing suits and late nights by the campfire.
On the way to the front bedroom is a flush-wall cabinet that is home to controls for the awning, lights and slideouts. Up the stairs is the master bedroom with a king bed that fills the slideout. A large cedar-lined closet provides ample and convenient storage space, with mirrors inlaid on the sliding doors. Attached to the closet is additional real estate for a washer and dryer, drawers and a spot for the TV connections. There’s another smaller, stylish entertainment chest in the master bedroom that’s capable of holding a 32-inch TV.
WT-avalanche-floorplanThe full bathroom is accessible from the master bedroom or the hallway. Featured in this room is a porcelain toilet and an extra-large neo-angle shower — not one of those elbow-bumping tiny compartments.

To some, this fifth-wheel may seem like a beast. But if kids are in your traveling life and the adults want some isolation and quiet time, the bunkhouse in the Avalanche 360RB handles the requirements nicely.

 

 

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