The new 2019 travel trailers range from family-friendly bunkhouses to easy-towing lightweight models, plus one high-end molded-fiberglass RV.
Braxton Creek 295BHS
Coachmen Catalina Legacy Edition 303RKP
CrossRoads Zinger 326BH
Cruiser Fun Finder 29KR
Dutchmen Coleman Lantern 264RL
East to West Della Terra 29K2S
Forest River Cherokee 214JT
Forest River Luxury Surveyor 250FKS
Gulf Stream Envision 258RB
Heartland Trail Runner SLE 261
Keystone Hideout 29DFS
KZ Connect 261BHKSE
Oliver Legacy Elite II
Riverside Retro Silver Dream
Travel Lite Evoke 2020L
Venture RV Stratus SR261VRL
The largest offering in the Braxton Creek catalog, the 295BHS bunkhouse features bedrooms on both ends, along with dual entrances and an 18-foot exterior awning. Don Dorton, vice president of sales and marketing, said the company designed the single-slide travel trailer to sleep eight to 10 people.
The master bedroom, positioned near the front, includes a queen bed, wardrobes and an overhead cabinet. Toward the back is the bunkhouse with double-over-double beds. For more sleeping space, the living room sofa folds down, and the U-shaped dinette converts to a bed.
Across from the dinette, the kitchen has a dual-basin sink, microwave, stove and refrigerator, along with a pantry. Storage compartments can be found on the exterior of the trailer, along with an outside shower. A large pass-through storage area provides a place to put fishing rods, kayak paddles and other long items. The 295BHS has a dry weight of 8,800 pounds and an MSRP of $22,555.
When Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River, introduced its Trail Blazer line of Catalina-branded travel trailer toy haulers, officials were surprised to learn how many people didn’t plan to use it for toys. “They bought it because it had a patio deck,” said Mike Gaeddert, Catalina product manager. “We have a lot of customers ask, ‘Why can’t you do this on a travel trailer?’”
So Coachmen created the Catalina Legacy Edition 303RKP travel trailer with a rear kitchen and a side patio. The patio features a sliding-glass door off the kitchen, not at the back. “While your neighbors are sitting on the ground when it’s raining, you’re up underneath your awning and happy as can be,” Gaeddert said.
The 35-foot 303RKP weighs 7,600 pounds (dry) and has more than a 2,300-pound payload capacity, according to Gaeddert, and the patio is rated to handle 1,500 pounds. MSRP is about $36,000.
For camping families who need two full bathrooms, CrossRoads RV has created the Zinger 326BH, a $32,000 (MSRP) travel trailer just shy of 37 feet that still manages to fit two three-piece bathrooms inside. That’s not to say the rest of the layout is cramped, as opposing slides create a spacious living area that is large enough for a kitchen island, fully appointed galley slide, and a dinette and sofa in the streetside slide, opposite the entertainment center.
“So you have a full bathroom in the back end for your kids with a nice 30-by-36-inch walk-in shower. Then up in the front bedroom, it has the exact same thing — a full bathtub, shower, everything for the adults,” said CrossRoads General Manager Darin Elswick.
“This is perfect for that first-time buyer, or even maybe a second-time buyer, and somebody with kids, especially older kids who want their privacy. Now they have their own bathroom that they don’t have to share with Mom and Dad, and Mom and Dad can appreciate that,” Elswick added. The 326BH has a dry weight of 7,892 pounds.
Call it a rear kitchen with a twist. Jay Mohamed, general manager of Cruiser RV, explained that the new Fun Finder 29KR is different from many other rear-kitchen models. “We’ve added a ton of countertop space, a walk-in pantry, direct viewing to your TV from your theater seats, and incorporated an outdoor kitchen,” he said, adding that designers found room for an extra storage closet in the bedroom.
Mohamed said some brands are doing away with overhead storage in slideouts, but not Fun Finder. “I don’t think you can have enough storage when you’re camping, so we chose to leave these in, and the feedback that we’ve had from our dealers is that we made the right decision.”
“We build everything as a standard, which separates us from a lot of brands,” Mohamed said. The 34-foot 29KR has a dry weight of about 6,400 pounds and an MSRP
in the low $40,000s.
The 31-foot Lantern 264RL is a rear-living, front-bedroom, dual-entry model. The single slideout with the sofa and full dinette opens up the living space. Dual barrel rockers on the back wall with an end table make for a comfortable place to watch TV from the entertainment center. A walk-through bathroom with a corner shower leads to the bedroom, which is equipped with a queen bed, shirt closets and below-platform storage. Entry doors are in the living space and bedroom.
For 2019, the Lantern series has a number of new features, including a power A-frame jack, black-tank flush, fully enclosed and insulated underbelly, magnetic baggage-door catches, larger windows and a Winegard ConnecT Wi-Fi extender. Other than a spare tire and an upgrade to a 15,000-Btu air conditioner, everything is standard or part of mandatory option packages, which are really classified as standard features. MSRP is about $20,000, and gvwr is 7,600 pounds.
The all-new East to West division of Forest River launched with the Della Terra travel trailer line. Featuring eight models ranging from 23 feet, 11 inches to 33 feet, 3 inches (A-frame not included), the Della Terra has dry weights that start at just shy of 5,000 pounds and top out at 8,745 pounds.
The new brand focuses on high-quality, value-added amenities with a limited number of floorplans, one color scheme and a broad selection of standards, according to Lindsey Espiritu, East to West’s marketing manager. All models have a king-size bed, 9-inch innerspring mattress, 8-cubic-foot refrigerator, 48-inch-wide dinette, 15,000-Btu air conditioner, fully finished pass-through storage and an automotive deposition-coated frame.
The 29K2S is a two-slide rear-living model with opposing slides flanking a three-seat sofa with end tables along the rear wall. The curbside slide houses two chairs and a 4-foot dinette, while the streetside slide features an entertainment center and galley kitchen. The kitchen island is home to a large sink, and a three-piece bathroom completes the layout. With an MSRP in the low $30,000s, the 29K2S has a 31-foot, 11-inch box length and weighs 8,178 pounds (dry).
Want to explore places a little away from civilization with just you and your special someone? The Cherokee 214JT might be just the ticket. Cherokee Product Manager Collin Spickler said the new 214JT has comfort features inside, but outside the trailer has extra ground clearance to let owners get off the beaten path.
“It has a full walk-around queen bed and a beautiful entertainment center, and a nice big storage closet up front,” Spickler said. “It is designed for two people who are looking to go and do more exploring.”
The kitchen features a farm-style sink and ample counter space, and the bathroom at the back has a good-size shower. The fireplace and TV are on an angled feature wall, providing views from throughout the trailer. The U-shaped dinette converts to a bed for guests.
Extending 26 feet, 4 inches, the 214JT has a dry weight of 5,310 pounds and a gvwr of 7,500 pounds. Starting MSRP is $17,505; the fully loaded model price is $22,814.
Forest River’s Luxury Surveyor line underwent an overhaul in 2018, according to Dave Lawson, sales and product manager. Changes include a new fiberglass front cab, a new exterior graphics package, and pet-friendly amenities like a leash tie-down on the A-frame.
The 29-foot 250FKS, a new floorplan, includes a front kitchen made possible by the increased overhead clearance afforded by the front cap and windows. A Furrion oven and stove, along with LED lighting and a drawer for pot and pan storage are kitchen highlights. Sliding barn-style doors separate the midship bedroom from the front living room and kitchen, and the bathroom in back.
The 250FKS features a 52-cubic-foot storage area and has the ability to integrate solar power through a plug-in port on the side of the trailer. The 250FKS has a gvwr of 5,500 pounds and an MSRP in the low $30,000s.
With the introduction of the Envision laminated travel trailer line, Gulf Stream Coach is hoping to capture buyers looking for a contemporary RV loaded with amenities but at an affordable price. Standing inside the 30-foot, 4-inch 258RB, Gulf Stream Vice President of Sales Jeff Kloska said the Envision is aimed at the ultralight segment.
While the line will eventually have as many as eight floorplans, the single-slide, rear-bath 258RB offers a glimpse into the rest of the welded-aluminum-frame brand. Laminated vacuum-bonded walls and fiberglass front caps are white with gray and black accents, and the modern scheme is carried through to an interior that offers light countertops, stainless-steel appliances, gray flooring, brown cabinetry and dark-colored furniture. Base dry weight is 5,957 pounds, and MSRP is around $30,000.
Heartland, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, has “significantly overhauled” its stick-and-tin line of Trail Runner travel trailers for 2019, said Ryan Brady, general manager overseeing the Trail Runner, Prowler and Pioneer brands. “We completed a full redesign on the exterior with a new white color scheme and new graphics — we really went with a more contemporary look — and a heavily revamped interior as well with the same modern looks and colors,” Brady said. “It’s under 30 feet in total length and under 6,000 pounds [dry], but it still has a full slide.”
While the SLE 261 has the familiar configuration of a walk-around queen bed up front, and double-over-double bunks and a three-piece bathroom in the rear, the mid-level living area has a unique twist that helps the trailer fit into its less-than-30-foot-long footprint. Where similar models will have an entertainment center with access to the bedroom on either side, the 261SLE features a wall with single access, and along that wall is the fully functioning kitchen. Completing the mid-level area are a curbside dinette, and a sofa and refrigerator in the streetside slideout.
The SLE 261 retails for less than $20,000.
Campfires are an integral part of the camping experience, but not everyone cares for the smoke. Then, too, inclement weather can douse expectations, and there are dry locations where campfires are prohibited. Keystone “solved” this dilemma with its new Hideout 29DFS floorplan, which includes two fireplaces: one inside and one outside. “It provides the ambience people are looking for without the extra work to make a fire,” explained Steve Shively, regional sales manager for Keystone’s Hideout division.
The 33-foot 29DFS has an 8,400-pound gvwr and features a single streetside slideout that is home to a sofa and dinette. On the opposite side are the galley and entertainment center, which includes a 50-inch HDTV and the aforementioned fireplace (the exterior fireplace backs up to the interior one). The entertainment center utilizes the swivel design introduced last year in Keystone’s Montana to reveal a hidden pantry. The galley also includes lighted overhead kitchen cabinets, a three-burner cooktop and an 8-cubic-foot refrigerator.
Retailing for about $29,000, the 29DFS is a family RV with a front queen bed and rear bunks. “We took one of the top-selling floorplans in the industry, the double-over-double bunkhouse, and enhanced it,” Shively said.
For 2019, KZ RV has introduced the Connect SE, a laminated travel trailer line that serves as a lighter, less-expensive version of its Connect brand. With MSRPs starting in the high-$20,000 range, the Connect SE debuts with six floorplans.
The 261BHKSE features a walk-around north-south queen bed in the private bedroom up front and a three-piece bathroom and double-over-double bunks in the rear. The midship living area offers a curbside galley, and a 42-inch booth dinette and 70-inch sofa in the streetside slide.
General Manager Brent Froman said the idea for the SE line was to offer a value-packed RV at an attractive price. “It’s going to have a lot of features that are maybe going to be options in some of the others out there,” he said, singling out the SE’s electric A-frame jack, large basement storage, and climate package that includes a heated, insulated, enclosed underbelly.
Other features include a standard outside kitchen, upgraded wheels, an electric smart arm awning, an upgraded oven and refrigerator, and a 30-by-36-inch shower. Dry weight is 5,910 pounds, and gvwr is 6,800 pounds.
Lance, a subsidiary of the REV Recreation Group, introduced the 29-foot, 5-inch 2465, its first trailer with 50-amp service. “This is our longest model to date and features an amazing dual-slide, front-lounge, split-lavatory floorplan,” said Gary Conley, Lance’s national sales manager.
The 2465 has a standard king-size bed in a slide and available dual 40-inch LED TVs, an electric fireplace and dual air conditioners. The front-living floorplan includes a 60-by-32-inch Sky View front window above a residential-style J-lounge with kick-up footrests. The flush-floor dinette, housed in a slide, and the J-lounge convert to beds, giving the 2465 three sleeping areas.
Other highlights include a split bath with an oversize shower, a roof rack, a 4-foot exterior table in a dedicated storage compartment, a 1¼-inch hitch receiver and an all-weather package. The 2465 has a gvwr of 7,300 pounds and a starting MSRP of $47,407.
A manufacturer of teardrop trailers and truck campers, nüCamp expanded in a new direction with the introduction of its first travel trailer, the Avia. Scott Hubble, CEO of nüCamp, noted that high-end European travel trailers, known as “caravans,” served as the inspiration.
Still in the prototype phase, the 28-foot, 4,800-pound (dry), non-slide trailer features an aerodynamic nose with panoramic windows and European-style curved cabinetry. The galley is outfitted with a stove, sink and three-way refrigerator, and the U-shaped seating doubles as a second sleeping area. In the bedroom, the queen-size island bed with a motorized ZOMI system has ample room to walk around it. The Avia offers a split bath with a Euro-style shower on one side, and a wall-mounted combination sink and toilet with a telescoping wall to create a room for privacy.
“We are opening up our horizons a bit,” Hubble explained. “This is a new opportunity for us, and we want to share what we do with a larger audience.”
Oliver manufactures high-end fiberglass trailers that are made to order and sold factory-direct, including the 18-foot, 5-inch Legacy Elite and the 23½-foot Legacy Elite II. While these trailers don’t change dramatically from year to year, they do have annual updates for options, appliances and interior appointments.
For 2019, Oliver is changing its standard awnings to manual-crank cantilevered Dometic models, with an optional upgrade to power awnings with LED lighting. A Norcold 4.5-cubic-foot refrigerator is standard on the Legacy Elite II, and there are new upholstery options, a new Jensen entertainment system and an available stainless-steel convection microwave oven.
All Oliver trailers start with four fiberglass shells, two exterior and two interior, which form the robust and waterproof body, supported by a hand-made aluminum chassis with tandem axles and torsion suspension. While the body is available in white only, exterior graphics are customized during the build process to complement the client’s tow vehicle or personal wishes.
Base MSRP for the Legacy Elite II remains unchanged from 2018 at $53,900, and all upgrades or alterations go up from there. The trailer has a 7,000-pound gvwr.
Riverside RV debuted the Silver Dream package as an option on its entire line of vintage-inspired Retro travel trailers (16 models), fifth-wheels (three) and toy haulers (two), to appeal to those seeking a more contemporary look. Using the same corrugated siding as Riverside’s Retro brand, the Silver Dream Package features a black and reflective silver exterior, while warm gray tones on the floor, cabinetry and furniture carry the contemporary theme inside.
“It’s a departure from what we do with the Retro, but not a big one,” said Riverside RV General Manager Merv Lehman. “It allows the customer to have that Retro feel on the exterior, but they’re not having to buy that Retro interior. With this they can get the modern interior with a clean, contemporary look.”
Base MSRP for the Riverside Retro line ranges from $7,978 to $33,611, and dry shipping weight ranges from 1,180 to 5,675 pounds.
Travel Lite President Dustin Johns knew he was onto something when the company began focusing its efforts on a unique aerodynamic travel trailer profile with the debut of the Falcon, and subsequent lines have borne that out. The Aura took the sleek look a step further, and the new Evoke has Travel Lite’s most aerodynamic profile yet.
“Definitely in the travel trailer market, we’re the most aerodynamic shape,” Johns said. “We’re the only full-size travel trailer that has a wheelbase wider than the unit itself.” Available in black-, gray- and white-matte finishes, the eVoke features a 102-inch track width, placing each wheel partly outside the 96-inch-wide trailer. An upgraded suspension is expected to enhance road manners, according to Johns.
“We’ve also developed a very European private-jet-style interior, all at a price point that hits the market under $30,000 MSRP,” Johns added. Accessed through a tempered-glass entry door, the 36-foot-long, 6,920-pound (dry) Evoke 2020L includes a “floating” fireplace, remote-controlled LED lighting, curved aircraft-style overhead cabinets and an outside kitchen. The rear-lounge floorplan features a 40-inch Furrion TV, with a second TV in the forward bedroom.
KZ RV’s Venture RV division is fast becoming a full-line manufacturer with the introduction of the new Stratus line. “It fits a niche between our Sonic weights, which top out at about 4,500 pounds, and our SportTrek, which begins at around 5,500 pounds,” said General Manager Dave Boggs. The new Stratus comes in at between 4,500 and 6,200 pounds (dry).
Offered in four exterior shades — red, blue, white and gray — the Stratus is available in six models from 28 feet, 7 inches to 32 feet, 1 inch, with gvw ratings from 7,000 to 8,300 pounds. MSRPs start at around $25,000, Boggs said, again, picking up from where the Sonic leaves off.
Beyond the colorful exterior are a host of family-friendly features from flip-up solid steps to a walk-in pantry (on certain floorplans) and a U-shaped dinette, which, depending upon the floorplan, shares the single streetside slideout with a sofa, an 8-cubic-foot refrigerator or the pantry. The contemporary interior also offers double sinks and an entertainment center with a built-in fireplace.