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May 1, 2005
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960445_hitch_hiker_ext.jpgNuWa Champagne model fifth-wheels are designed as destination trailers, those that provide all the comforts of home at a remote location, with hookups or without. The 35 LK RSB falls right in the middle of the seven-floorplan line in terms of size and weight.

Basics include 14-inch C-channel frame rails, a 3/4-inch tongue-and-groove floor deck, fiberglass-skinned blue polystyrene closed-cell foam walls, a rubber roof you can walk on anywhere, and greaseable shackle Nev-R-Lube axles.

While it’s neither inexpensive nor light, the Champagne 35 isn’t prohibitively expensive or heavy either. This model’s 16,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr) means it can be towed by some larger pickups and — with 100 gallons of water on board, full LP-gas cylinders, two batteries and a spare tire — it had a respectable payload capacity of more than 2,000 pounds. Price for our turnkey test unit was $81,000 and change.

NuWa's HitchHiker Champagne 35 LK RSB
The RSB designation stands for reverse side bath, and is just one noteworthy aspect of this floorplan. The bathroom is curbside and self-contained, so you never need to run across the hallway from shower or WC to sink. There is plenty of headroom in the yard-square stand-up shower, and there’s a full-height three-door linen cabinet and a sink area that has counter space for more than a pair of toothbrushes.

Opposite the bath is a full-height slideout closet with a wire shelf which, along with another up front, gives the Champagne owner close to 8 linear feet of hanging space.

The bedroom is nicely finished and has a solid-wood sliding door for privacy. Reading lights, small shelf “nightstands” and a 20-inch television complete the details, and there are four opening windows here to enjoy the fresh air.

Our tester was fitted with optional dual deep-cycle batteries, electric jacks at both ends, a larger fridge, WeatherPro power awning, a rear sunscreen, a spare and hoist, an alabaster drapery upgrade, aluminum wheels and disc brakes — all reasons to give the HitchHiker a thumbs-up.

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Pick up the May 2005 issue of Trailer Life for full test impressions and details on NuWa’s HitchHiker Champagne 35 LK RSB — then subscribe to Trailer Life, so you can stay informed on the latest tests, previews, tow vehicles, and technical and RV-lifestyle information.

NuWa Industries, (620) 431-2088, nuwa.com

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