Heartland Road Warrior a Hit with UFC’s Cerrone
Reflecting the diverse demographic in today’s RV consumer base, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone recently purchased his second luxury toy hauler built by Heartland RV.
An avid outdoorsman, Cerrone prefers to travel and live in his RV for fights that are within driving distance from his ranch in Albuquerque, N.M. – shunning the airline ticket and plush hotel room provided by the UFC.
“We made a lot of changes in our new Road Warrior line that appeal to people who love adventure but still enjoy having a comfortable, high-tech living environment when they’re on the road,” said A.J. Jones, general manager for Elkhart, Ind.-based Heartland, in a press release. “Donald said he appreciated the ‘young feel’ in the Road Warrior, and really liked all the options in the on-board garage. It not only accommodates all of his toys, but offers another living area with drop-down, electric bunk beds that convert to seating for a removable table. There is also a 32-inch TV in the garage area.”
Cerrone, a motorcycle and ATV buff, previously owned a 2007 Heartland Cyclone sport utility RV. He purchased the new Road Warrior from Windish RV during a January RV Show in Denver after “looking at every toy hauler on display,” according to Jones. “He already had a good experience with the Cyclone, but thought the Road Warrior had a bit more edge with a new graphics package and black Espresso cabinetry on the interior.”
Available in eight floorplans ranging in lengths from 30 to 43 feet with one to three sliderooms, the new Road Warrior series offers an optional three-seasons wall that fits into the back of the unit. Sliding patio doors allow RVers to load their toys and keep them in a sealed, enclosed area. “This is a brand new feature that has been a huge hit at the shows,” said Jones. “The big thing is that it eliminates having to tear down the patio deck when storing your toys.” Garages are available in 10-, 12- and 14-foot layouts.
On the interior, the Road Warrior offers a spacious, fully-equipped kitchen area while the living room is set off by a wrap-around “Mega Lounger” that includes three recliners for optimal viewing of the 40-inch LCD HD TV. The Road Warrior’s multi-zone entertainment system, featuring DVD, MP3, MP4 and an iPod station, powers four Jensen ceiling speakers in the living area and two in the garage, along with two marine-grade external speakers.
A spacious side aisle bathroom arrangement provides a shower, lavatory, and toilet all in one location while a half-bath sports a full-size pantry area. Other standards include a 3,000-pound rated ultra-light Ramp Door (no cables), Heartland’s patented 88-degree turning radius, welded tubular aluminum construction, fiberglass front cap, enclosed and heated underbelly, and slam baggage doors keyed unique to the Road Warrior. MSRP’s for the Road Warrior series start at $49,999.