Proving the idea that less truly is more, Starcraft RV has announced the introduction of a new light-weight travel trailer called AR-ONE. The 2011 AR-ONE is designed to give owners a high value of camping’s essentials with a low-impact on the wallet.
“For some time now we’ve been telling our customers and dealers that Starcraft is all about camping – pure and simple. We’ve placed emphasis on providing our consumers with high value, practical features, not on high-cost items they neither want nor need,” said Jim Jacobs, General Manager for Starcraft RV. “The AR-ONE is a perfect example of that philosophy.”
“The AR-ONE is a solidly built, affordable, travel trailer that is towable by most standard and crossover SUV’s and mini-vans,” Jacobs stated. “Weighing in at around 2000 – 2,500 lbs., it is ideal for the family looking to move up from the standard fold-down, but not wanting to move out of their family vehicle.”
The AR-ONE, is a member of the popular Starcraft Autumn Ridge travel trailer family. “The Starcraft Autumn Ridge is one of the more popular travel trailers in today’s market place,” said Brent Froman, National Sales Manager for Starcraft RV. “We took the quality construction found in the Autumn Ridge and applied those same principals in a lighter, aggressively-priced model. However, with the AR-ONE, what you see is what you get. To keep the unit affordable and simple, all features are standard equipment and there are no available options. This allows customers to have the necessary amenities without added cost. The focus is about an enjoyable camping experience – pure and simple.”
With three floorplans to choose from, the AR-ONE sleeps 2 to 5 and is available in lengths from 14 to 16 feet. The 15RB floorplan has added sleeping capacity with an expandable Aqua-Shield Aqualon sectionalized tent. Standard AR-ONE construction features include a one-piece seamless, rubber roof; a Poly Flex, one-piece underbelly covering; R-7 fiberglass insulation in sidewalls, roof and floor; and 5/8” main floor decking. The unit includes a water heater bypass system and winterization kit; systems monitor panel, an 18,000 BTU furnace with auto ignition and 12V electrical system with deluxe 120V 35-amp power converter.
The interior boasts a 2-burner range; 3 cu. ft. 3-way gas/electric refrigerator; a 54” booth dinette; ball-bearing drawer guides with a 50 lb. capacity and full-drawer extension; hardwood cabinet drawers; and nickel hardware. In addition, the AR-ONE comes standard with cable and satellite TV prep; crank-up HDTV antenna with signal booster; pleated night shades; residential furniture made by Starcraft; and vinyl flooring throughout the unit.
Standard equipment includes a 6-gallon gas water heater, a 5,000 watt A/C unit, Carefree patio awning, microwave oven with carousel, rear stabilizer jacks with sand pads, spare tire with carrier and an AM/FM stereo with iPod/MP3 connection. In addition, the AR-ONE features dual-hitch safety chains, an egress window, safety-glass windows, break-away switch and deadbolt lock on the entrance door.
“The goal was to go beyond creating a light-weight, travel trailer that can be pulled by the average family vehicle,” said Froman. “We wanted to give our consumers a unique product that offers the necessities they need for a quality camping experience, a good value product at an aggressive price. The AR-ONE is that product.”
“We’re excited to show this product to dealers,” said Froman. “In fact, with so many dealer activities happening in the Elkhart County area this week, we’re showcasing the AR-ONE and setting up appointments with dealers to preview the unit this week.”