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Old 07-04-2006, 10:40 AM   #1
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A couple of weeks ago I was in a McDonalds and saw a trailer go by. What caught my eye was the front. It had a V shaped front like a snow mobile trailer. I couldn't catch the manufacturer's name. Has anyone seen a trailer like this? Could this new design help with fuel efficiency numbers because of less frontal wind resistence?

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Old 07-04-2006, 10:40 AM   #2
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A couple of weeks ago I was in a McDonalds and saw a trailer go by. What caught my eye was the front. It had a V shaped front like a snow mobile trailer. I couldn't catch the manufacturer's name. Has anyone seen a trailer like this? Could this new design help with fuel efficiency numbers because of less frontal wind resistence?

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Old 07-04-2006, 12:22 PM   #3
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Did it look like this?

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Old 07-04-2006, 03:47 PM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 8isenuf:
...It had a V shaped front like a snow mobile trailer. I couldn't catch the manufacturer's name. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It is a VR1 by Keystone. Check it out at this site: keystone-v.com/
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:15 PM   #5
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OK Hitchicker I'll bite - what is it

What ever it is - it's a beaut.
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Old 07-06-2006, 08:04 AM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">OK Hitchhiker I'll bite - what is it </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's a Titanium, built by a Canadian company called Glendale. Several of our members own them and say they are great rigs.
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Old 07-06-2006, 09:29 AM   #7
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The campground where we were this past weekend was loaded with Titaniums. I was seriously considering one but my wife vetoed it because she wanted a bedroom slide. The Titanium eliminates the bedroom slide by extending the bedroom out the front, over the truck cab.
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:22 PM   #8
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That's it!!!!

The Keystone VR-1 is it. That is a nice unit. I wonder how much fuel economy increase could be seen with similar size and weight trailers? With the price of fuel these days, even one or two miles per gallon would really add up.
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:21 PM   #9
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I saw one of these in Birch Run this week. It looked like it could really help improve air-flow and reduce drag while towing. On the other hand it didn't look like it would add that much space in the sleeping area (at least from the outside).

Nice looking rig!
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Old 07-22-2006, 06:11 PM   #10
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I checked out the one with the front quad bunks and rear queen BR. A couple things I didn't like were the propane tanks were only 20# each and under the head of the rear queen bed. The other thing was the salesman told me it requires a "special" WD hitch, which the dealer sold, of course. The bunks were tapered like the angle of the front of the trailer which made them seem short to me. Just some of my observations. Not the camper for me, but interesting.
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Old 12-18-2006, 03:43 PM   #11
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Hi All, This thread hasn't had an entry since July, so I hope I'm not too late with my info.

Bought a Keystone VR-1 in early October '06 (279FLS) with the bedroom in the rear and a "V" shaped sofa in the front of the TT.

Took a couple short "break-in/learning" trips and then one from East Texas out to Tucson and back over a three week period. Lots of folks in RV parks seemed interested in the TT and the most frequent comment we heard when people looked at the V shaped front end was "its about time."

Hard to say about increased milage (last TT was a great little Casita), but we averaged 15 1/2 mpg on my 1999 Ford F-250 7.3, diesel 4x4 with an Equal-i-zer. The TV is an automatic and I drove with the OD turned off and generally stayed five mph under the speed limit. Didn't seem to be too bad on milage but I'd have to talk to someone with a similar TV and TT with the approximate weight of the VR-1.

Probably the most amazing thing about this TT was that we arrived back home with no problems at all. Nothing! With the side trips we took we probably put 2,500 miles on the TT.

On the road there was only minimal tug and push from passing tractor trailers and it handled well on curves and down-grades.

This was really a fun trip for the DW and I and we're both ready to go again ... maybe down to south Texas early in '07.
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Glad you are enjoying the trailer. Just wondering why you are not running in OD with the PSD. We pull considerably heavier and run the OD most of the time. If I hit hilly terrain and if drops out of OD, I'll lock it out and run in 3rd at a bit slower speed. That engine and tranny should handle your trailer in OD most of the time.

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Hey Ken, if you had a Chevy and an Allison you wouldn't have to worry about O/D, just put the puppy in O/D and forget it.

Sorry, I hijacked the thread just so I could post this but just couldn't resist it. Thanks Ken.

By the way, I really like your trailer.
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Well ... I guess the reason for cutting off the O/D might have been lay between fear and ignorance.

Our last TT was a Casita and with the F-250 pulling it, I guess it was a bit of overkill.

Pulling the weight of the VR-1 for the first time left me with a slight case of white knuckles. That's part of it.

And at a RV Park at Midland, Tx I was talking to a young gentleman pulling what appeared to be a very heavy rig with a F-250 similar to mine and he said he just cut off his O/D and left it off while towing. Said it left him with more power on the rolling hills over that way.

We're looking at another trip down toward south-central Texas in January, maybe South Carolina in February and up to the north-west US late spring - early summer.

This next trip I'll leave the O/D on and see how things go down through the Texas hill country. Thanks for the advice, appreciate it.

Oh, and Vette Racer, if I can ever manage to wear out this F-250 I might consider the Chev with an Allison. In seven years the Ford just runs better and better. Strange, huh? Great photo's on New Mexico. I love that State!!!

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