Black Diamond BD-260FQB
April 16, 2007
Filed under Trailer Reviews
Holiday Rambler is no newcomer to the SURV segment of the RV industry, having already enjoyed much success with its Next Level line of fifth-wheel toy haulers, but the company realized it was still missing out on a big piece of the pie. “Introducing the Black Diamond line allows us to enter the popular and growing travel-trailer segment,” explains Brad McKinney, national sales manager for Holiday Rambler towables. “The other nice thing about these units is that they are light enough to be towed by 3/4-ton pickups as well as many half-tons.”
Starting with a fifth-wheel and following up with a travel trailer isn’t common practice, but in this case, there are some notable benefits. The Black Diamond shares many heavy-duty parts with the bigger Next Level, including a 2,500-pound-rated cargo door with hidden spring hinges and 5,200-pound-rated axles, which bestow the Black Diamond with a net carrying capacity of more than 5,000 pounds, according to the company. Other heavy-duty points of interest include 10-inch I-beam frame rails and 12-inch brakes.
At 30 feet 5 inches overall, the BD-260FQB floorplan is the largest of the three Black Diamond floorplans — but unlike the typical travel trailer, almost the entire length is usable space. “What’s really unique about this product is its front end,” says McKinney. “We designed it with a V-nose, which also slopes down for additional wind-resistance. This allows us to build more onto the A-frame, increasing interior living space without increasing the length of the trailer. We also placed the batteries and three 5-gallon LP-gas cylinders in the nose as well.”
Moving more stuff forward means there’s more room at the back, and in the case of BD-260FQB, there’s a whopping 15 feet of cargo space once the sofa and dinette have been folded up against their respective walls. Even with all this room, there’s still plenty of sleeping space; a standard single bed pulls down from the ceiling at the rear, and there’s a 60 x 74-inch queen bed in the front bedroom. At the center of the trailer is the galley, which features a three-burner cooktop and oven on the curbside, and a 6-cubic-foot refrigerator on the streetside, just aft of the bath area.
Optional features are many, and include 13,500- or 15,000-BTU air-conditioning units, a microwave oven, an AM/FM/CD/DVD player with interior/exterior speakers, a 20-inch LCD television and dual rear electric beds. Outside, choose from an RVQ grill, exterior power sprayer to rinse off your dirty boots, and a 30-gallon fuel cell with pump and 4 kW Onan MicroQuiet generator.
Holiday Rambler/Monaco Coach Corporation, (800) 245-4778, www.holidayrambler.com