January '18

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26 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com XLR Thunderbolt 382AMP Customers in the market for a toy hauler often want to use them in places far off the beaten path. Forest River's XLR division caters directly to that demographic. "All of the things that make someone off-grid capable are included in this toy hauler," says Brent Stevens, XLR general manager. Among those features is the All American Suspension System, which allows RVers to find those remote places to enjoy their toys. This suspension system has hydraulic spring and sway con- trol, independent axles and shock absorbers for energy transfer. Through testing at the Navistar Proving Grounds, the All Amer- ican Super Suspension makes the XLR Thunderbolt 382AMP some 94 percent smoother when driving on a gravel road. "We're the only toy hauler out there offering this suspension system," Stevens adds, "and we're the only one offering Con- nectAnywhere One Control system." One Control gives the trailer owner the ability to adjust the temperature inside the trailer, interior and exterior lights and more via a smartphone App. "I can be at home and turn the air conditioner or the heater on so that the trailer is the perfect temperature by the time I get there," says Stevens, who adds that the toy hauler also is outfitted for voice control by Google's Alexa. Being able to manage temperatures was a primary concern to the designers of the 382AMP. Radiant insulation is installed in the roof, the floor, the slide-out floor and front. "We understand that people are extending their camping season quite a bit longer," Stevens says. "That's why we added a little extra power to the furnace." Most travel trailers have a 35,000-BTU furnace, but the 382AMP comes standard with a 42,000-BTU furnace. More Thunderbolt features include a six-point hydraulic level-up, LED lighting, plywood decking, laminated slide room end walls, a collapsible exterior ladder, frameless windows, sol- id-surface countertops and crown molding throughout. All of this is nice, but as Stevens says, "This is a toy hauler, which means it's all about the toys. These are heavy-duty, 5,000- pound, steel-reinforced, D rings in the tie-down system in the floor of the trailer. There's no way that these are going to break and allow your equipment to get damaged. What good is a toy hauler if your toys are damaged when you get there?" S H O W C O V E R A G E S H O W C O V E R A G E Forest River's new XLR Thunderbolt 382AMP is a heavy-hauling fifth wheel toy hauler featuring six-point hydraulic level-up and 7,000-pound Dexter Axles. At the same time, the AMP382 features plenty of creature comforts, including crown molding throughout and solid-surface countertops.

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