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Keystone Rolls Out Revised Outbacks, Hideouts

September 24, 2018 by   Leave a Comment

New kitchen area in Keystone Hideout

Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. will be showcasing complete upgrades of its affordable Hideout and more upscale Outback travel trailers at this week’s (Sept. 24-28) annual Elkhart RV Open House.

“We spent some time over the last year asking dealers and retail customers what is Outback to them,” reported Eric Landis, product manager for Outback, a twin-axle lineup available in both the Full Profile and Ultra Lite series. “And really what it comes down to is our identity had to be re-established as Keystone’s luxury full-profile travel trailer for our dealer and retail base.”

In the process, nearly every aspect of the 30- to 34-foot, laminated sidewall Outback came under review — the result being new linoleum, carpeting, wallboard, shades, valances, wood décor, hardware and larger windows for more natural light.

New features include a 48-inch fireplace (Full Profile models), barn-style designer pocket doors, power blocks (with two 110V outlets and USB ports) incorporated into most freestanding tables and booth assemblies; designer-style tile backsplashes and feature walls; RockRun pull-out storage trays on selected models; drop-frame pass-through storage on some Full-Profile models; and MORryde fold-up steps across the board.

Under the bed on the approximately $48,000 retail unit, moreover, is a “pet kennel” for traveling critters.

“We wanted to refocus where we were putting our money within this coach,” said Landis. “And one of the biggest aspects that we found out from our dealer body, and our retail customers, is that our full-fledged Outback tended to need more outside exterior storage. So, aside from increasing that aspect in the rear-lounge 328RL that we’ll be showcasing at the Open House — hands down our No. 1 retailing floorplan — we really took some time to enhance the product.

“And we added a second awning,” added Landis, noting that the triple-slide 328RL also sports revised graphics and front caps. “So, essentially, your entire sidewall is covered with awning. We took the brand back to basics.”

Keystone launches new Outback trailer

Also on display at the Open House will be a novel new 32-foot Hideout featuring a large super-slide fitted with 60 x 29-inch windows for which no pricing was available yet.

“So, we took one of the top-selling floorplans in the industry, which would be a double-over-double (bed) bunk house, and we enhanced it with features that cannot be found on any other travel trailer,” Hideout Product Manager Scott Taylor said of the new 29DFS unit. “Not only does the exterior come with an outdoor kitchen, it also comes with an industry-first exterior fireplace.

“Our thought was to give our customers the ambience of a campfire without the smoky campfire smell,” he added. “The outdoor fireplace is also beneficial in drier parts of the country where many campgrounds have fire restrictions. The roadside fireplace is also strategically placed under the power awning, which allows families to soak up a little extra heat, even when it’s raining outside.”

Other noteworthy 29DFS features: A 50-inch TV, entertainment center, lighted overhead kitchen cabinets and two fireplaces and a large hidden pantry tucked away behind a galley wall. “This new model has an awesome kitchen with tons of countertop space for those longer trips,” noted Kyle Kwasny, general manager of the Hideout, Bullet and Cougar lines, “with lighted overhead storage, coffee mug rack behind the sink, new Furrion stove, and lighted backsplash.”

 

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