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Keystone Outback Loft

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

We’re always on the lookout for new ideas in the industry. Slideouts in RVs have been around for some time, and do a great job of opening up sometimes cramped floorplans. But how about a slide-up? Raising the bar — literally — is the Keystone Outback Loft, a trailer that features a pop-up slide, offering a comfortable place to view from on high.

The Loft has a bonafied second story, which is accessed via a carpeted stairway that leads up to a covered viewing platform. Inside the covered patio of sorts is a comfortable L-shaped couch … and a drop-down flatscreen television. After all, life’s good at the top.

But aside from the novel viewing platform, this unit also provides the basics we’ve come to expect from a decent travel trailer. For a small family that likes to spend a weekend away from home — and bring their toys — the Loft offers numerous sleeping sections, starting with the forward U-shaped dinette — plenty of seating here — that converts into a queen-size sleeping zone. Just aft of the dinette in the streetside slideout is a jackknife sofa that also converts into a bed. Amble on back to the rear garage area and there’s another fold-down queen-size bed.

And speaking of the garage, the area — accessed by the 54-inch fold-down curbside ramp door or through the typical entry door on the atypical streetside — offers enough room for an ATV or two if packed tightly, two to three motorcycles depending on type or even a full family’s supply of mountain bikes. Tie-down eyelets are pre-installed in the floor.

Back in the living area, the curbside galley includes a three-burner stovetop along with a dual-basin sink, while the streetside bathroom area is spacious enough to take care of the daily necessities, and the shower offers ample headroom.

Keystone’s new entry is destined to be a big hit with RVers who enjoy taking in the sights around them while staying warm and protected from the elements. The Loft will no doubt be a huge hit with NASCAR fans, who can eschew the folding-chair-on-the-roof balancing act and spread out in the loft area.

Pick up the June 2008 issue of Trailer Life magazine for more info on Keystone’s Outback Loft — then subscribe to Trailer Life, so you can stay informed on the latest tests, previews, tow vehicles, and technical and RV-lifestyle information. Trailer Life is also available in digital-issue format.

Keystone RV Company, (574) 535-2100, www.keystonerv.com

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