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rv-pro.com January 2018 • RV PRO • 11 Keystone Cougar 26RBS With a 20-year history, Keystone's Cougar series is well- known enough, but 11 new travel trailer floorplans are bringing new life to the brand's half-ton towable market filled by younger RVers who drive smaller pickups for their everyday vehicle and don't want to have to buy a more expensive truck. For 2018, Product Manager Matt Christensen has borrowed some of the more popular features from his top-selling 29BHS model and added some other features to create the 26RBS and develop the concept of the ultra-lite plus trailer. Dealers will recognize the large outside kitchen and huge 50-inch TV in the living room that is adjacent to a theater seating arrangement that is more common in higher-end trailers. But there are plenty of other attractive extras, such as the Level Up Ground Control system, large windows, larger holding tank capacities and a standard 15,000-BTU air conditioner that might be offered as an option on similar units elsewhere. "There are 20 to 30 things in this unit that give it an advan- tage over a traditional ultralight," Christensen says. "That's what defines us. We want to be that upgraded next step up." Efforts were made in designing the kitchen area to make it lighter without using light-colored cabinetry, which is either a big hit or a big miss with consumers, according to Christensen. A lighter floor color contributes to the airy feel, as does deco- rative glass in just the right spots in some of the kitchen cabinets. Other exterior notions that contribute to the value of the coach include an awning that covers both entry doors and a bicycle storage rack on the back. "We'll do these little things throughout the unit that sepa- rate us and make us not just a price point," Christensen says. The Cougar 26RBS is 30 feet, 7 inches long and has a dry weight of 6,500 pounds, making it towable with a half-ton pickup. It has an MSRP of $36,132. What impressed RV PRO: From the 50-inch TV to the oversize panoramic windows, the Cougar Half-Ton 26RBS shows that RVers with smaller tow vehicles don't have to sacri- fice space or amenities when looking for a trailer they can pull. The Ultra-Lite "Plus" lists advantages such as extra head room, an upgraded Capital Grill in its external kitchen, a folding rear bike rack and a gel coat fiberglass front cap. New for the Keystone Cougar Half-Ton lineup this year is the 26RBS, which pays a lot of attention to having plenty of amenities while keeping the weight light enough to be towed by a half-ton pickup. A 50-inch TV, a sizeable outdoor kitchen and the Lippert Level Up Ground Control system are all standard features that might be optional on even a higher-end coach.

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