May '21

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64 • RV PRO • May 2021 rv-pro.com RV M A N U FA C T U R E R S RV construction – the actual building of an RV as opposed to the perceived quality of that build – doesn't typically crop up in conversation. There's a good reason why: Much of its requisite systems are hidden from sight behind wallboards, ceilings, floors and underbelly protection. Sometimes that's a good thing. As many RV techs can attest, these oftentimes bewildering nests of pipes and wiring tend to follow routes dictated by the RV's framework, a situation that can, on occasion, tax the abilities of even the most experienced service shop. Changing this design to provide such systems their own ded- icated pathway is easier said than done, however. Given that one way to achieve this – raising the floor of a fifth wheel or travel trailer by as much as a half-foot – would not only elevate the vehicle's center of gravity but also extend its roofline to untenable heights, Keystone RV went in the other direction: The Goshen, Ind.-based subsidiary of THOR Industries developed its own proprietary frame for its new Arcadia brand. 'Reimagining' the Fifth Wheel From its unique front cap design and 'residential' farmhouse interiors to its patented chassis, Keystone RV's Arcadia may help redefine fifth wheels, and eventually travel trailers as well. By Bruce Hampson The Arcadia features a fully laminated aluminum frame; one-piece sidewalls; an automotive-grade, high- gloss fiberglass exterior and front cap; a 16-foot power awning with adjustable arms and an LED light strip; and a one-piece Alphaflex TPO membrane roof. Photos courtesy of Keystone RV unless otherwise noted

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