Titanium Tough: On or off the grid, Outdoors RV’s top-of-the-line 260RLS makes “roughing it” smoother
RVing is supposed to be about getting away from it all, yet, paradoxically, some trailers aren’t built to withstand the journey. Anyone who’s ever traveled beyond the comforts of an RV park or public campground knows that the roads less traveled are no place to go without the right equipment. Rough-hewn roads, unexpected mountain weather and the occasional rock or wayward tree limb can hinder your travel plans, at best, and put a complete halt to them, at worst.
La Grande, Oregon-based Outdoors RV Manufacturing (ORV) was launched in 2009 for the specific purpose of serving the adventurous traveler. Located in the rugged Grande Ronde Valley, ORV is staffed by outdoor enthusiasts who understand the importance of a trailer designed for all-season camping in out-of-the- way places. Three series of trailers — Back Country, Mountain and Titanium — are designed with outdoor enthusiasts in mind, but all share features intended to make “roughing it” as smooth as possible, from the custom-built frame to fully enclosed and heated holding tanks, thermal-pane windows and generous freshwater capacity.
As you may have surmised from the name, Titanium is the top trim level, aimed at buyers who relish the extra amenities offered by luxury-trimmed trucks like the Ford King Ranch, GMC Denali, Toyota Tundra 1794 and others. One of its most popular travel trailer floorplans in the Titanium Series is the 260RLS, a versatile layout that is earmarked for families. A single large slideout on the street side houses a roomy sleeper sofa and a residential-size 45-by-84-inch Mountain Dinette that can easily seat four adults and also converts into a bed. Two entry doors, one for the living area, one for the front bedroom/bathroom, provide additional convenience. For example, if someone needs to make a bathroom visit while on the road or at the campsite, it’s just a short trip through the front door.
The rest of the living area is thoughtfully designed and stylish as well. A large rear bay window serves as the backdrop for two comfortable rocker-recliners, which are separated by a table with a faux reclaimed-wood finish that is a welcome departure from plain ol’ brown. It’s a great place to lounge and supervise dinner preparation in the curbside galley, which is more than adequately equipped for assembling meals.
The cabinetry and solid-surface countertop are angled toward the chef for a more intimate feel, with everything within easy reach. A large stainless-steel double-bowl sink is surrounded by plenty of workspace, and there’s a flip-up extension at the end for even more countertop. Stainless-steel appliances abound, including the Suburban range/cooktop, vent hood and High Pointe microwave. In a nod to cabin chic, the refrigerator door has a dark wood-stain appearance, which provides nice contrast. Near the front of the living area on this side are a large pantry and a television that is well positioned for viewing from the dinette, sofa and at least one recliner.
The bathroom/bedroom arrangement may look odd at first, with two doors at the front of the living area, but there is a method to the madness. The door to the left goes directly to the bedroom, while the one on the right enters the well-equipped and roomy bathroom with upscale features like a glass shower door and a stainless-steel sink. A sliding door provides access to the bedroom, which features a comfy queen bed and a wardrobe in a small streetside slideout. There is also storage on either side of the bed as well as above, plus large nightstands on either side and space underneath the bed platform.
Outside, the premium features continue. Frameless windows and aluminum wheels are a nice touch, but it’s where most people don’t look that ORV goes the extra mile. Goodyear tires, MORryde suspension and Monroe gas-charged shocks help ensure the trailer can withstand rough roads. And because outdoor adventures usually require a lot of gear, there’s a huge pass-through storage compartment up front that is nicely finished, well lit and lined with plastic tread-plate material.
Unless you build it yourself, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better-equipped trailer than the ORV Titanium Series, especially for the value.
Outdoors RV Manufacturing
541-624-5500 | www.outdoorsrvmfg.com
Special thanks to Apache Camping Center in Portland, Oregon.
503-659-5166 | www.apachecamping.com