Coachmen SS Ramp & Camp

The desire among travel trailer owners to camp with motorized toys gave rise to a whole new
industry segment of trailers with abbreviated living quarters and attached garages — so
it’s not surprising that the idea caught on with motorhomers. One of the newest of these
hybrids is Coachmen’s Ramp & Camp, featuring a “garage” that can be accessed by large,
54 x 73-inch doors on either side. “The drive-on/drive-off concept for bikes is kind of
exciting; you don’t have to back anything out,” said Jon Gallagher, product manager at
Coachmen. “We originally designed it with the idea that customers would use it for
motocross, but people have been doing all kinds of things with it. It will carry a
full-size golf cart. You can get a four-wheeler in there. It will fit a Harley Davidson
1500 Classic … There is that open space, so they have created all kinds of things.”
Equipped with fuel-resistant flooring, access ramps and track-style tie-downs, the garage
provides 54 square feet of floor space; storage also includes a row of overhead cabinets.
With cargo removed, a fold-down double bed converts the space into sleeping area, and the
Ramp & Camp becomes a typical 30-foot-long Class C motorhome. The SS Ramp & Camp is
cleverly festooned with features for people who enjoy the outdoors with ATVs, motorcycles,
or other hobby vehicles. “It has air conditioning, an awning, 4.0-kW AC generator,
micro-wave, even a 4-million-candlepower remote-control spotlight,” Gallagher pointed out.
“There is an on-board air pump that can air up tires and run small pneumatic tools, and we
have an area that is vented for a 5-gallon gas tank, for motorcycle fuel or whatever.” If
you’re not towing a trailer, a hitch-mounted rack could carry more fuel safely. In addition
to the drop-down double bed off the back wall, the coach includes a queen-size bed up
front; plus, the dinette breaks down for yet another sleeping position. Creature comforts
include a Fan-Tastic fan in the rear for better circulation, nice-size shower with a glass
door, night shades throughout and a 20-inch flat-screen television in the rear bedroom. One
potential drawback is the unit’s freshwater capacity — less than 30 gallons. That’s not a
lot for a vehicle that may spend a week parked in the open desert, supporting a family.
“It’s only a few gallons less than similar coaches, but it’s something we’re looking at,”
said Gallagher. Otherwise, it’s a turnkey coach. “There really are no options on this
motorhome,” said Gallagher. “You just pick the color.” Coachmen Industries, (800) 353-7383,
coachmenrv.com

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