Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. has redesigned the entry-level Hornet towable series for 2009 with a more aerodynamic fiberglass front end, radius rear cap and upgraded interior amenities in a revamping of a traditional trailer brand that may be more significant than it appears.
“We wanted to redefine what the entry-level class of trailers is going to be in the future,” said Don Clark, senior vice president of sales, adding that the revised Hornet will be on display at the 46th Annual Louisville Show, Dec. 2-4, in Louisville, Ky. “This is one of the sleekest wood-and-aluminum units in the industry.”
The Hornet, carrying a $22,000 base MSRP, is available in 10 26- to 33-foot travel trailer and fifth-wheel floorplans with up to two slideouts – four of which are equipped with a 160-inch flush floor “mega-slide.” Hornet’s interior height has been increased to 7 feet while the windows are enlarged and the slideout depth increased from 18 to 36 inches. Seating for the Hornet’s dinette can also be used as a living room ottoman or coffee table.
Some floorplans feature a second exterior entry door into the bathroom. Keystone also added an EZ Trax axle that adds more space between the tires to increase stability and decrease “porpoising.”
“Even though it’s larger, it’s easier to tow and more fuel efficient,” Clark said. “We’ve done all this without increasing weight or taking Hornet out of its price point.”
Also on exhibit at Louisville will be the Outback Sydney, with a $30,600 base MSRP. The line is available in 29-to 32-foot travel trailer and fifth-wheel floorplans, featuring “a more eclectic look,” according to Clark.
Outback Sydney is equipped with larger cabinets, 36-inch-deep, flush floor slideouts, with two baths available in some floorplans. “We’ve given Outback Sydney a full-size look and feel and but haven’t increased the weight one pound,” Clark said.
Also new for 2009:
• Keystone’s new ultra-light division will introduce an 8-foot-wide Bullet travel trailer line with five 18- to 33-foot floorplans, dry weights from 2,300 pounds and sidewalls that taper inward at the top to reduce drag. MSRP: Not available.
• The new 8-foot-wide Passport Express Super Lite travel trailer series, available in three 18- to 21-foot floorplans, is targeted at RVers who want to tow with smaller trucks, SUVs or crossovers. Dry weights are approximately 3,200 pounds with sleeping accommodations for up to five people. MSRP fully equipped: $16,400.
• Keystone’s top-selling Montana fifth-wheel has undergone a complete redesign with new, more aerodynamic front caps allowing a turning radius of almost 90 degrees. The Montana’s interior has been completely redesigned and features optional pecan-stained hickory hardwood cabinets.