Trail-Lite 24'

October 15, 2001
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SPORT-UTILITY VEHICLES (SUVs) HAVE GOTTEN MORE and more expensive in recent years. So
expensive, in fact, that a number of motorhome manufacturers have realized they can produce
an entry-level Class A motorhome for about the same cost. R-Vision’s entry into this
low-cost Class A market is the Trail-Lite 242, a 24-foot coach that is priced from the low-
to mid-$40,000 range. The 242 is built on a Workhorse chassis with a 12,300-pound gross
vehicle weight rating (gvwr), and is powered by a GM 5.7-liter small-block V-8 engine
standard, or an optional GM 8.1-liter big block V-8. With an unloaded vehicle weight of
only 8,375 pounds, the Trail-Lite should prove to have one of the most favorable
power-to-weight ratios on the market when equipped with the 8.1-liter engine. R-Vision is
also offering the Trail-Lite in a model 241 (same coach, different floorplan), a 27-foot
model 271 with a sofa slideout, and an all-new 26-foot 262, which should be available by
the time you read this. The 262 features a sofa/galley slideout and sleeps up to six. As a
side note, the mid-priced R-Vision Condor Class A (featured in September 2000 MotorHome)
will be renamed Condor by Trail-Lite for 2002. The 242′s cockpit comes standard with
reclining, swivel captain’s chairs, electronically controlled dash air conditioning, cruise
control, a tilt steering wheel and an AM/FM cassette stereo system. Bus-style side-mount
mirrors provide rearward visibility, but for those who would like an even better view, the
242 is prewired for a backup monitor. The living area features a sofa bed on the street
side, across from a pair of barrel chairs. The streetside galley features a three-burner
stove, a Dometic refrigerator, laminated countertops and a double-bowl acrylic sink, and it
comes pre-wired for a microwave oven. The bathroom is equipped with a tub/ shower combo
with a curtain and a skylight, a hand-flush toilet and a medicine cabinet. The aft bedroom
has a corner-mounted double bed. A 45-amp power converter is standard, as is a 30,000-BTU
furnace and a 6-gallon water heater. Options include a dash-mounted television, a microwave
oven, air conditioning, AC generator and CD player. The Trail-Lite has a laminated
one-piece floor, laminated side walls, a laminated 3.5-inch crowned roof and a fiberglass
front cap with an integrated bumper. Capacities for the 24-footer are 40 gallons of fuel,
40 gallons of fresh water, 35 gallons of gray water, 35 gallons of black water and 20
gallons of propane. Article by: Chris Hemer R-Vision/Trail-Lite, 2666 S. Country Club Road,
Warsaw, Indiana 46580

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