November '18

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12 • RV PRO • November 2018 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E CrossRoads Volante 3861BL All manufacturers like to talk about the extra value they pack into their coaches. Who hasn't heard someone boast of a luxury RV at a more affordable price point? Although CrossRoads may not have packed a ton of high-end extras into its Volante 3861BL, it has, in essence, packed an extra 8 to 10 feet in what is already a 41-foot, 11-inch fifth wheel. It isn't wasted space or cramped space, either. It is space that allows the user to sit in the rear living room area and see all the way through the coach to the mirror on the back wall of the front bedroom – assuming they didn't escape to that rear room to get away from it all in the first place. That rear room – think perfect Man Cave – is actually a sunken room that takes advantage of a drop-frame chassis to not only have a full ceiling height, but also to have a full-width loft, accessible by a small flight of stairs, with room to poten- tially sleep four kids above. The living room portion of the rear of the coach includes two of the five slides in the 3861BL, making the room per- fect to close off a door and escape for some peace or to give the rest of the family some peace while Dad catches the game on TV. "It could be a couple's coach, it could be a family," says Product Manager Robert Fitzsimmons. "It's a multipurpose floorplan, but it's a unique and great layout. The drop frame maximizes your living area but still gives you a bunkhouse. You get the best of both worlds. "A lot of times, you lose a third of the coach for a bunk room. With this – people have grandkids that come with them every once in a while – they've got a spot for them or for storage up top. Right now it's a unique floorplan that's exclusively with Volante." The downstairs room has the ceiling height equal to a standard travel trailer and includes theater seating, a tri-fold sofa, electric fireplace and a large TV on a lifter that tucks away for viewing nature out the large rear window. The upstairs loft can be used for additional sleeping spots or can be used for storage for full-timers. The 3861BL has a bath and a half. The kitchen is well- equipped with a residential-style refrigerator, a large pantry, solid-surface countertops, a stainless-steel sink and a high-rise sprayer faucet. Volante's landing gear is a six-point leveling system. Outside the coach, two awnings give full coverage and a large pass- through storage area sits underneath the bedroom. The MSRP is around $55,000 to $60,000. What impressed RV PRO: The effect of the drop-frame back room can't be overstated. The lower living room is spacious and yet the above loft/storage area still can fit either a lot of kids or a lot of equipment. It's almost like having a toy hauler with more real living space. The CrossRoads Volante 3861BL's drop-frame chassis allows a full-sized living room at the rear of the coach with a bunk room above that can sleep up to four kids.

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