Winnebago’s reboot of its Spyder toy hauler nets meaningful features and great looks.
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Not so with Winnebago Industries and the reboot of its Spyder toy-hauler line. The company spent more than a few hours in consumer groups during the development stages, learning what its customers wanted, needed and expected in this fiercely competitive market segment. The result is a seven-trailer lineup (five travel trailers, two fifth-wheels) that seems to offer a nearly ideal blend of utility and comfort.
The 2020 28KS model we sampled is the largest in the Spyder travel trailer line, and like the other floorplans, is built on a new BAL Huck-bolted frame with a 12,995-pound gross vehicle weight rating. Other key improvements include 100 gallons of freshwater and a 40-gallon fuel station on all models, plus welcome features like a 4-kilowatt Cummins Onan generator (5.5-kilowatt optional), two LP-gas cylinders and a large front exterior storage compartment. It’s also a great-looking rig, with gray Noble Classic high-gloss fiberglass walls, plenty of tinted windows and an 18-foot awning with integrated LED lighting.
The interior offers more than enough space for motorcycles and ATVs, with its 14-foot-long garage area and 12 frame-mounted D-rings. Fold-and-tumble 60-inch HappiJac sofas are used just inside the cargo door, and are bisected by a split modular dining table. The table posts pull up easily, after which the sofas quickly convert into a 60-by-80-inch queen bed. If that’s not enough, another queen bed stored against the ceiling can be quickly deployed for your crew.
Small rocker-recliners on either side of a removable pedestal table are located directly across from a streetside slideout and 70-inch sofa, which also converts into a bed and has table postholes in front of it for casual dining. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy the 43-inch LED television located high on the curbside wall, but an extendable swivel mount allows comfortable viewing from elsewhere.
The kitchen comes as somewhat of a surprise with its U-shaped design. It’s a bit snug, but it’s nice to have everything — and we mean everything — within reach. Facing forward is a three-burner range and oven with a decorative backsplash and overhead microwave. To the left is an 8-cubic-foot refrigerator and small pantry in the sofa slideout, and to the right is a roomy solid-surface countertop with a large single-bowl stainless-steel sink.
On the opposite side of the counter, in the hallway, a small corner cabinet hides the house controls and offers a few small shelves. For the most part it all seems well conceived, but we noted a lack of interior storage space overall. There are only a few small cabinets in the living area and kitchen, and the pantry is tall but narrow. Also, the kitchen will be a tight squeeze when the slideout is stowed.
The 28KS mimics its Spyder fifth-wheel brethren with its bathroom and bedroom layout. As is customary in many similar floorplans, this one has two entries, with a bathroom door in the hallway and a sliding pocket door off the bedroom. A small lavatory with a solid-surface countertop, stainless-steel bowl and medicine cabinet are to the left, and a porcelain toilet is to the right, but the big surprise is the large radius-corner shower with a real glass door.
Exterior Length: 35′ 2″
Exterior Width: 8′ 6″
Interior Height: 7′ 10″
Exterior Height: 12′ 6″
Freshwater Cap.: 100 gal.
Black-Water Cap.: 50 gal.
Gray-Water Cap.: 50 gal.
LP-Gas Cap.: 10 gal.
UVW: 8,800 lbs.
Hitch Weight :1,440 lbs.
GVWR: 12,995 lbs.
MSRP, Base: $55,825
A linen closet and wardrobe share the curbside slideout in the bedroom. Speaking of which, all Spyder models feature a king-size bed with some under-platform storage, overhead cabinets and space for hanging clothes on either side. There’s not a lot of walk-around room, and that big bed might be a challenge to make in the morning, but it should be a comfy place to crash.
The Winnebago Spyder may be a relative newcomer, but if you’re shopping for a toy hauler, it could be the one you’ve been waiting for.
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Special thanks to B. Young RV dealership in Portland, Oregon.
A frequent contributor to Trailer Life, Chris Hemer is the former technical editor of Trailer Life and MotorHome, and has been an RV and automotive journalist for more than 20 years. An outdoor enthusiast who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, he enjoys camping, motorcycle riding, mountain biking and hiking.