One of the new ultra-light product lines expanded by EverGreen Recreational Vehicles for 2014 is the Ascend travel trailer.
Now available in seven floor plans from 17 to 23 feet, the Ascend is a favorite among entry-level families as well as seasoned empty nesters, the company noted in a news release.
Just because a travel trailer is smaller, lighter, and easier to tow doesn’t mean it can’t be packed with all the key features for maximum comfort on remote camping trips. With the Ascend, campers aren’t required to buy a bigger tow vehicle. Smaller SUVs, crossovers, light trucks, minivans, or even large sedans can pull the Ascend.
Entry level or small ultra-light coaches generally skimp on amenities and quality construction to lower the weight. Ascend from EverGreen is engineered to be lightweight without compromising key appliances and essential equipment.
The first thing RV enthusiasts will notice about the Ascend is its unique shape. The distinctive curved front of the coach makes it aerodynamic, but also has weather-resistant qualities. Composed of a single piece of fiberglass material, the front seamlessly covers the entire roof of the travel trailer as well, allowing water to run right off rather than pooling and creating leaks.
This fiberglass roof, as well as the rest of the exterior walls of the coach, is vacuum laminated over the lightweight DuraLite Double Welded Aluminum Structure. Welded rather than screwed, with full framing around all door and window openings, this frame is built to be tough, flexible and durable. Another weight-saving feature is the Ascend’s ComposiTek construction in the inner sidewalls.
Composites are lighter than wood but four times stronger, and resist mold, mildew, and rot that can eventually destroy travel trailers made entirely of wood. The underside of the Ascend floor is also vacuum laminated with ComposiTek, creating an additional barrier from road grime and unwanted pests.
Lighted and finished exterior pass-through storage is also aluminum framed and easily accessible from inside through the aluminum framed bed base with gas struts for added convenience.
Available in bunkhouse, rear lounge, and rear bath configurations the Ascend is more spacious inside than you might think and filled with residential-style. The cabinets are screwed and glued, not stapled, with raised panels in the upper storage areas. Not only stylish, the cabinets provide ample room for stowing camping gear—a shortcoming in many smaller travel trailers. Drawers are fitted with smooth ball bearing drawer guides that won’t warp or stick under the weight of a full drawer.
There’s plenty of light inside the Ascend due to integrated skylights in the living area and large, frameless bonded and tinted windows with pleated shades. Plenty of energy efficient LED lighting keeps the Ascend bright inside at night without depleting power sources. The floor is made of a comfortable padded vinyl that is warrantied against cold cracking.
Queen beds with innerspring mattresses make campers feel more like they’re sleeping at home. The 19-foot trailers have an island queen bed. Another nice touch, not usually found in ultra-lights, is the double door refrigerator/freezer in the galley area with an optional microwave or three-in-one convection oven/microwave.
In the bath, the separate shower is a standard feature not found on many lightweight travel trailers this size. A stylish neo-angle glass shower door is available as an option. The skylight over the tub provides additional natural lighting in the bathroom.
Ascend’s six-gallon gas/electric DSI water heater lets the owner choose the energy source. An Atwood on-demand tankless water heater is a great option not normally seen on travel trailers in the 17 to 23 foot long range. Dual 20-pound LP tanks with a cover and machine-crimped fittings help to supply ample propane for remote trips. For those who want to plug in, a marine-style detachable power cord with LED lights help to light the way.
If campers are looking for entertainment, there’s a TV hookup with antenna, and the Ascend travel trailer is wired for a CD/ DVD player with interior speakers and the option of having an entertainment system that is compatible with USB powered music players like i-Pods and smart phones.
One additional unique feature is EverGreen’s decision to place the water tank over the axles to reduce tongue weight and better balance the coach for smooth towing.
EverGreen backs up their craftsmanship with one of the best warranties in the business. The first year of camping is covered by a year of free roadside assistance, with a one-year limited and three-year structural warranty.
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was founded in December of 2008 with the premise that the recreational vehicle industry needed a new generation of innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly, green travel trailers and fifth wheels built like none before.
The vision of EverGreen is to use sustainable eco-friendly, recyclable, composite materials to replace wood and produce higher quality, longer-lasting products that are fully equipped, yet lightweight.
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is the first RV manufacturer to achieve the TRA Certified Green Emerald Rating for its eco-friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels.
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC currently offers six lines of travel trailers (Ever-Lite, Sun Valley, i-Go, Ascend, Element, and Amped), four lines of fifth wheel trailers (Bay Hill, Tesla, Lifestyle, and Alfa Gold), and two lines of toy haulers (Amped and Tesla).
Of the top 15 towable RV manufacturers, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, along with its Lifestyle Luxury RV fifth-wheel division, was the fastest growing company in the industry for both registered retail sales and total increase in market share for the year 2013.
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