Heartland’s fifth-wheel toy hauler comes loaded with high-end appointments, a rear patio deck and flexible garage space
When the first toy haulers were introduced, they were aimed straight at the motorsports crowd. A mix of an RV and a garage seemed a natural combination, like chocolate and peanut butter. And, indeed it was. But it didn’t take long for folks to see that the ample space in the rear was usable for more than ATVs.
For 2018, Heartland RV introduced the Fuel 335 fifth-wheel toy hauler. While the graphics and bold Fuel badge on the outside denote a sense of speed and action, the interior contrasts that with dark wood, vinyl seating and luxurious appointments suited for long-term living on the road.
The 335 featured here is fully equipped, as are the other toy haulers in the Fuel line. The build sheet notes three optional packages, but the only one that is not mandatory (which makes those “optional” packages standard equipment) is the Diesel Package, which consists of the LCI Level-Up six-point leveling system, a 5.5-kilowatt gas-powered Cummins Onan generator, an LED TV and a side ladder leading to the roof.
The aforementioned exterior graphics are angular and two-tone, and relatively minimal. The black and gray appliques are set upon the white Lamilux fiberglass siding, fiberglass cap and rear loading door with black trim. The black and gray theme carries through the interior and is sharp and modern looking.
Exterior storage is tight for a fifth-wheel this size, with a narrow front transverse compartment that is partially transected by a vertical soil stack. The Fuel 335 has the genset and batteries in the forward compartment, and they take up just about all the available space. Packing of outside items will have to be done carefully, and larger items will need to be stowed in the back of the tow vehicle or the garage.
The loading ramp for the garage can be lowered partway into a patio deck, which is a great feature when camping at a location that permits its use, such as by a lake or out in a primitive or desert setting. A screened safety railing rolls out and locks so pets and kids stay put. With the deck’s 2,500-pound load rating, everyone can hang out and enjoy the setting.
The 13-foot garage is a nice mix of toy box and living space, with rubber diamond-style flooring. An elevating bunk system features a top bed that sleeps two and a pair of vinyl opposing benches that fold down to make another bed for two. Both raise up to the ceiling out of the way to open the space for toys. A folding table can be used here, out on the deck or under the awning.
The interior walls and ceiling are clad in an attractive, sleek paneling with silver accents and coordinate well with the black upholstery and dark cabinetry. The galley and living area are in an open space; an overhead bunk is toward the rear over the forward part of the garage. This bunk is a traditionally tight space and a challenge to get into, but it’s perfect for the smallest members of the family. Adding the queen bed up front, the 335 can sleep up to eight.
The galley’s counter space is at a premium, with a solid-surface counter around the large stainless-steel, farmer’s-style single-bowl sink. The range cover doubles as prep space when the stove isn’t in use. Two pedestal tables in front of the slideout-mounted recliners can be used if more prep space is needed. For reclining and relaxing, the tables can be removed easily and stowed in the garage. All appliances in the galley are stainless,
including the Dometic range, High Pointe microwave and refrigerator-freezer. Cabinet storage is generous throughout the space.
The upstairs side-aisle bathroom is accessible from the master bedroom and hallway, and features a large rectangular shower with a seat and curtain. A standard Thetford toilet, vanity with sink and cabinet storage round out the area nicely.
The hallway and bedroom share a sizable slideout for storage and a closet for clothes, towels and other necessities; the slide must be extended to access either room. The queen bed has a shirt wardrobe and a large bedside stand on one side and a smaller nightstand on the other. There is additional storage under the bed for items not used every day.
The Heartland Fuel 335 is targeted at folks looking for a fifth-wheel to take along toys or who want to use the garage for cargo, crafts, an extra bedroom or a mobile office.
877-262-8032 | www.heartlandrvs.com/brands/toyhaulers/fuel
Chris Dougherty is technical editor of Trailer Life and MotorHome. Chris is an RVDA/RVIA certified technician and lifelong RVer, including 10 years as a full-timer. He and his wife make their home in Massachusetts and hit the road with their travel trailer every chance they get.