Yellowstone RV: New Fiver for Short-bed Trucks

Nappanee, Indiana-based Yellowstone RV recently introduced the SB-1500 series in its Canyon Trail fifth-wheel lineup that tows, turns, and maneuvers perfectly when hitched to short-bed pickup trucks—without the need for a slider hitch.

Yellowstone Canyon Trail XLT-SB (Short Bed) fifth-wheel. (Credit:

The Canyon Trail XLT SB-1500 offers three highly functional floor plans that use a specially designed front end for excellent turning clearance with pickup truck cargo beds as short as 5½ feet.

In a news release Yellowstone said that while the new breed of Crew Cab pickups feature luxurious passenger space, the shorter dimensions of their beds make simple fifth-wheel maneuvers and turns impossible. That’s where the SB-1500 series fits in, with “dimensions and geometry that take the shorter turning radius and restricted clearance of the extra short bed trucks into account.”

“There’s no shortage of luxury in the SB-1500s,” the company added. Like all Canyon Trail fifth-wheels, the new series features premium furnishings, residential-style kitchens, multiple slide-outs, state-of-the-art entertainment options, generous lighting, and enormous storage spaces.

Designs and specifications have been refined with the input of seasoned RVers for easy carefree camping.

Canyon Trail features the Extreme Weather Protection Package, an advanced combination of foam, fiberglass, urethane, radiant film technology, ventilation and vapor control, providing R38 values in the ceiling, R32 in the floor, and R14 in all four walls.

Yellowstone Canyon Trail XLT fifth-wheel exterior. (Credit:

A fully enclosed and heated basement and R38 insulated holding tank compartment contribute to the true four-season capabilities of the Canyon Trail.

For added durability the Canyon Trail also features a six-sided welded aluminum super structure and upgraded smooth G-3 gel-coated exterior fiberglass. The Canyon Trail’s glazed maple cabinetry with full extension drawer guides, residential sized stainless-steel sinks, durable “Wonderstone” countertops, upgrade cabinet and crown molding accent trim, whole coach water filter, and three attractive decors add value to the Canyon Trail XLT.

The new Aztec Luxury Edition Package, available on all Canyon Trail products including the SB-1500 models, adds a group of sophisticated appearance and performance enhancements particularly popular with Canyon Trail customers.


Yellowstone RV

Founded in 1948, Yellowstone RV was a pioneering force in the towable RV industry.

The brand has been continuously offered in various forms for the past 68 years, most recently as a high-end fifth wheel, and has been under the umbrella of one of the largest, privately owned manufacturers since the early 1990s.

Canyon Trail XLT

Yellowstone Canyon Trail XLT 25FRKW and 26FRKW main kitchen area (Credit:

The Canyon Trail XLT features mid-profile fifth wheels and travel trailers designed with high-end construction. The XLT includes several floor plans which are half ton towable; many with optional bedroom wardrobe slide rooms.

Canyon Trail XLT-SB (Short Bed)

The XLT-SB (Short Bed) fifth wheel models are designed to be towed by most trucks with bed lengths as short as 4 feet 6 inches without using a slider hitch.

The following three models are available:

Canyon Trail XLT-25FRKW-SB
Ample space is available in this roomy rear kitchen to create delicious meals. The main slide and walk-through “Hollywood style” bathroom make this unit feel spacious throughout.

Canyon Trail XLT-26FSBH-SB
The compact bunkhouse, with sleeping room for six, is perfect for families of all sizes. The u-shaped dinette slide converts to a full size bed. The upper deck has a walk-around queen-size bed and a private bathroom.

Canyon Trail XLT-27FRBW-SB
Large bay windows surround two chairs in the back of this traditional floor plan. The main slide creates ample space as you make your way to the “Hollywood Style” bathroom and queen-size bed.

Worth Pondering…
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