Carriage Inc. will introduce a fifth-wheel with five slideouts during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville Dec. 3-5, the Millersburg, Ind.-based company announced.
The new model is an extension of the Carri-Lite line called the Carri-Lite Extreme-5, or EXTRM, said Greg Kitson, director of engineering.
“The Extreme-5 will be the first fifth-wheel that we know of, in fact the first RV, with opposing slideouts in the bedroom,” Kitson said. “And it will be within all the limitations of the RVIA’s (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association) 400-square-foot ruling.
“During the past three to five years, opposing slides were a big thing in the living area, but to date, no one has pulled it off in the bedroom,” Kitson said. “When you walk into the bathroom/bedroom area, it (the Extreme-5) will have an unbelievable amount of space, with slideouts moving some of the bathroom and bedroom out, as well as three slideouts on the lower level.”
The five-slideout mechanisms will not reduce the amount of storage space, Kitson said. “The way we design our basement construction, our exterior storage will stay as is. It provides more than most other manufacturers because of our basement concept,” he said.
Kitson also believes dealers and RV enthusiasts “will be very impressed with the interior storage, with the ‘open’ feeling and the amount of cabinet space we will present in this product. You won’t feel like you sacrificed here to gain there.”
Carriage is one of the few towables manufacturers that still builds all of its own frames “and we do a lot of innovative processes with our frames, which allows us this (additional) storage,” Kitson added.
Although the Extreme-5 will be a new Carri-Lite model, Kitson agrees, “We’re not the lightest vehicle out there because we have construction in our coach. Everything’s on 16-inch centers, fully inch-and-a-half core insulated slideout floors. Carriage is not a company that cuts any corners. We build a product that will last, virtually, forever.
“So, we will never be the lightest-weight product out there,” Kitson continued. “Obviously, five slideouts will be a little heavier than one with just three slideouts, but it will still be able to be towed by a one-ton dualie truck,” Kitson said.