Excel Limited 30 RSO
January 6, 2006
Filed under Trailer Reviews
With 40 years of experience in building recreational trailers, Peterson Industries of Smith Center, Kansas, has parlayed its collective manufacturing knowledge and skill into the fine art of upscale fifth-wheel construction. As a case in point, the company’s Excel Limited 30 RSO is an attractive, triple-slide rendition that may appeal to a wide variety of trailerists seeking a quality product in a moderate-size floorplan.
Of three Excel lines available, the Limited class is the company’s top-of-the-line unit. And Model 30 RSO, being an inch shy of 32 feet in length, renders it considerably shorter than what might be considered the average full-timer’s rig. However, when taking a stroll through the unit and its full-featured layout, one is hard-pressed to find anything of real significance that is missing.
This Limited’s floorplan mirrors the traditional scheme of most fifth-wheels, beginning with a forward slideout bedroom. Moving rearward and partially incorporated into the bedroom area is a bathroom facility with washstand, a private curbside water closet with china toilet, and a corner, streetside shower stall. Moving farther aft and below the bedroom level is a nicely laid-out and compact galley area, with the rear of the trailer and its two opposing slideouts dedicated to a reasonably spacious living room.
The test unit carries a base retail price of $63,046, and a total-with-options price of $71,110. The living room features an overstuffed, streetside couch/sofa bed, with two recliner rockers located in the curbside slide room. At the rear of this zone is a wall-mounted entertainment center with a television and DVD/CD player.
Petersen’s Excel 30 RSO is well-suited for those seeking a more compact, durable, easier-to-maneuver fifth-wheel. The stylish unit is loaded with upscale amenities, and is built to be weather-tolerant in a diverse range of climates.
Pick up the January 2006 issue of Trailer Life for full test impressions and details of the Excel Limited 30 RSO — then subscribe to Trailer Life, so you can stay informed on the latest tests, previews, tow vehicles, and technical and RV-lifestyle information.
Petersen Industries, Inc., (800) 368-3759, excelrvs.com.