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68 • RV PRO • May 2021 rv-pro.com Keystone also has partnered with CURT Mfg. (now a division of Lippert), on a number of new products for the Arcadia. These include the equalizer suspension system and a new pin box with ARV (anti-road vibration) technology and a pivoting head to control chucking. The Arcadia also features the new XF Solid Step, which Arcadia Product Manager Dustin Tavernier says is wider than other steps on the market for greater stability. The CURT products are exclusive to the Arcadia for the 2021 model year. Taking 'Residential Feel' Up a Notch The residential "farmhouse" look is one of the hottest aesthetics in the RV industry currently, so it's not surprising that Keystone would dress out the interior of the Arcadia accordingly. In fact, the white-and-brown interior is, for the moment, the only one offered. "We wanted to make it simple for dealers, simple for customers," says Runels, "so we will have the same decor through all the floorplans. We'll probably introduce one The Arcadia's bedroom features a "California" king bed and Serta foam mattress with XL storage drawers underneath the bed. The bedroom also features a walk-in master closet that, due to the design of the front cap, provides increased depth and headroom. (Photo by Bruce Hampson) decor choice option down the road. We've looked at a lot of different fabrics – it's just a matter of being able to get them." According to Runels, part of the Arca- dia's 18-month gestation was spent talking to a lot of retail customers and integrating their thoughts whenever possible. The interior, for example, replaces typical window coverings with Roman shades, while the rear sofa found in the 3660RL has a 92-inch-wide mechanism that folds out to a king-size bed. All of the oversized slide-outs on the main floor are flush and finished in matching linoleum used on the floor itself, and are either ram-driven or use Schwintek mechanisms instead of cables. And, of course, there's an abundance of storage – in the kitchen island, behind the 50-inch flatscreen TV, "anywhere we could put a drawer, we did," says Runels. And aside from the expected pantry space – augmented by adjustable shelves, a chalkboard for notes on the inside of the door and a countertop with outlets to plug in small kitchen electronics – the island itself contains added storage, as well as a flip-up butcher block countertop that doubles as a workstation complete with electric outlets and USB-port hookups. Two additional engineering innova- tions contribute to industry "firsts" with the Arcadia. Because the front cap leans forward at the top, Tavernier says it creates "about 57 inches of depth" in the forward closet as well as increased headroom. As such, there's space for either a stackable washer and dryer or separate components behind the twin farmhouse sliding doors. (The travel trailers will feature similar front cap styling.) Meanwhile, Keystone decided to design the bedroom slide-out so that only the California King bed (with a 72- by 84-inch Simmons mattress) would move when the slide was actuated; the bed base remains fixed in place. This means that when extended, the slide-out occupies higher air, thus nearly eliminating cracked skulls when walking near it. And, with the per- manent bed base, Keystone utilized some of the space beneath it to add a reserve freshwater tank, increasing the Arcadia's

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