Top new travel trailers for 2011

Despite the recession, RV makers are still rolling out new models for 2011. They are also making a conscious effort to maintain 2010 pricing, which translates to outstanding value for families who enjoy the outdoors and are looking to upgrade their travel trailer or get into their first travel trailer.

The 2011 Jayco Jay Flight Swift comes in 23′ and 29′ versions, with standard features such as Concord Cherry cabinets, under bed storage, ball bearing drawer guides, and electric powered slideouts. It also features many structural upgrades including galvanized steel wheel wells and 5/8 inch tongue and groove plywood main floor decking. Other standard items include outside shower, oven, 6.3 cu. f.t double-door refrigerator, and multi-media sound system with AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 input. All Jayco’s products are now “certified green” through TRA Certification, Inc., for use of sustainable materials, environmentally friendly production qualities, energy efficient components and materials, and reduction of waste. Unloaded weight is 2915 lbs., and GVWR is 5,900 on the 23′ model; the 29′ model has an unloaded weight of 4550 lbs and a GVWR of 6500 lbs.  23′ model MSRP is $14,214.

Claiming the lowest tow weight in its class, the Forest River R-Pod is only 6.5 feet wide, meaning no special rear view mirrors are needed, and even vehicles with Class II hitches can tow it.  It offers eight floor plans, including 5 with slideout, as well as three expandable models. Features including 4.2 cu. ft. 3-way refrigerator, two burner range top, 55 amp converter, a 20# LP tank w/cover, and 14″ radial trailer tires. Model 173 MSRP: $17,756.

Available in limited dealer stock only is the 2011 Cougar X-Lite 29BHS, which sports double bunks with trundle bed in a slideout for added sleeping capacity and extra floor space. Twin entry doors (living room and master bed) make exit and entry efficient and convenient. It also features a bath and a half. A slideout in the living area incorporates dinette and sofa. With a shipping weight of 7876 lbs. and hitch weight of 715 lbs., this Cougar falls into range of larger travel trailers best towed by a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton vehicle.  MSRP $30,854.

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