May '21

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rv-pro.com May 2021 • RV PRO • 65 It Starts with the Chassis Dubbed the NGC2 (which stands for "Next-Generation Crawlspace Chassis"), the chassis is the lynchpin to what Keystone President and CEO Jeff Runels calls a "ground-up reimagining" of fifth wheel design. A similar frame will be used for the Arcadia's travel trailer line, which is due to go into production later this month. "Our goal was: We wanted something in every area of the Arcadia that, aesthetically or feature-wise, would be different, that we could pitch as an improvement over our competition," he says. Many of these changes – from the soft-shell fenders that resist cracking and discoloration to the unusual front cap design, which provides greater ceiling height and depth of the forward closet in the upper-deck master bedroom suite – are evident from first glance at the Arcadia. However, the biggest departure from the norm is what isn't visible: The patented chassis, which was developed in-house and can be contracted out to any company for construction. Built around a typical 10-inch extruded I-beam frame, the chassis features crossmembers that sit nearly 3 inches below the level of the outer I-beams. This creates a channel, or "crawl space," between the supporting crossmembers and the Keystone RV President Jeff Runels (left) and Arcadia Product Manager Dustin Tavernier are pictured inside the new Arcadia fifth wheel, which features a "farmhouse" interior with plenty of residential features. (Photo by Bruce Hampson) Pictured here is detailed view of the galley area. Features include a flip-up butcher block countertop on the island that doubles as a workstation complete with electric outlets and USB-port hookups, a stainless-steel double-bowl sink with high-rise pull-down faucet, residential-style appliances and a wine rack above the microwave. The unit also features a 52-inch flat-screen TV and fireplace.

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