Thursday, January 5, 2017
Much like Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from the Arabian Nights, the adventures awaiting you in your new Keystone Impact toy hauler are virtually endless. One of the new Keystone RVs you will see at RV Shows this year is this "open concept" Impact toy hauler travel trailer with a huge 18 1/2-foot garage.
Plenty of maufacturers are making toy haulers, but ffew are hitting the market with an open floorplan. The Impact by Fuzion 3118 is taking aim at this market.
Most toy haulers have the garage enclosed and walled off from the rest of the living quarters. This new Impact floorplan does not separate the garage from the kitchen and living area, making the maximum amount of space to squeeze in toys while in transit. “This is built for the demands of the avid ATV/4-wheeler/sand rail enthusiast,” says Jeremiah Dumka, product manager for Fuzion/Impact. “People out there are getting more sand rails and side-by-sides. Their toys are getting bigger. These guys go out,get all their toys in here, take them out to the desert or the mountains and unload. This is something that is built in Elkhart County to our very high standards. … It has the quality of East Coast production, but at a price point that’s going to be attractive to both East and West Coast outdoor enthusiasts.”
By keeping the living area and garage connected, Impact offers an 18-foot-long garage that is 64 inches wide when the slide is in. There are 13 tie-downs to secure toys, each welded to the frame and rated at 5000-pound pull strength. And there is a queen-size bunk that lowers in the back of the garage. To make the most of the living space, Impact’s eating area doubles as counter space for the kitchen. Seating for the kitchen is two swing-out barstool seats. (The seats lock into place for transit.)
“What we’ve tried to do is take this concept and create a place to sit and eat your food,” Dumka says. “With this floorplan, we’ve integrated these bar stools into two floorplans now and we’re probably going to implement them across the board Fuzion-wise within the next six months.”
Additional living space is provided in a side-entry side patio that is accessible via aluminum steps. Other features include an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator, a 15,000-BTU air conditioner with an optional second unit, frameless windows and gel-coated sidewalls. The front of the coach includes a queen-size bed and walkthrough bath with a 36-inch tub. MSRP for the Fuzion 3118 toy hauler is about $50,000.
What impressed RV PRO: More than one manufacturer is giving the open concept toy hauler a try for 2017, but the Impact by Fuzion solidly hit the mark. Having the living quarters and kitchen mixed in with the garage space isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but for those who want the maximum space for their toys, Impact still feels warm and livable rather than just simply a glorified cargo trailer.
(Story content provided by RV Pro Magazine)