Travel trailer owners want a lightweight RV for several reasons. First of all, if you have a lightweight travel trailer, you won't have to own an expensive, huge tow vehicle to pull it with. Second, it will save you gas, which in turn saves you money. Lastly, it will be easy to tow and less stressful on you as a tow vehicle driver. A good example of an easy to tow, lightweight travel trailer is the Ascend from EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, that can be pulled with large sedans, mid-sized SUVs, and crossover vehicles.
The Ascend is lightweight for several reasons. First of all, it is constructed of lightweight materials. The composite inner liner and underside of the floor not only resists damaging moisture, mold, rot, and mildew, it is also lighter than travel trailers made with all-wood construction. The all-aluminum frame also makes the Ascend lighter because it uses no heavy wood. EverGreen's DuraLite Double Welded Aluminum Frame used in the Ascend, in addition to being lightweight, is stiffer and allows for less flex, making the entire structure of the Ascend stronger. The bed base and pass through storage are constructed of lightweight aluminum rather than wood asl well, with aluminum framing around all baggage doors, windows, and entry door openings. All of these design features combine to make one of the most lightweight, easy to tow travel trailers on the market today.
EverGreen RV, creators of the first lightweight composite travel trailers, has added a third floor plan to its new ultra-lightweight, affordable Ascend travel trailer series—now available in 17, 19 and 23 foot models. The new Ascend travel trailers meet consumer demand for lighter-weight, fuel-efficient travel trailers that can be towed by the family sedan or mid-sized SUVs. Ranging from 2,900 to 3,950 pounds the entire series is engineered to be lightweight without compromising essential equipment and quality—an EverGreen tradition.
EverGreen has dedicated a full production line to the Ascend product at its Middlebury facility. Both existing and new dealers are taking on the product each week. Large, protected trade territories are now available. Crowley RV Center, of Bristol Connecticut carries the original EverGreen Ever-Lite brand of trailers, and was the first to take on the Ascend. General Manager Tony Virello explained how the new Ascend is a perfect fit for his dealership.
“We’ve had great success with the original EverGreen Ever-Lite products,” said Virello. “The Ascend is a nice addition to our lot. The lightweight, easy-to-tow segment of the marketplace is absolutely growing. Customers are also looking for the level of quality construction that EverGreen offers. People are quite a bit more knowledgeable of the types of construction than they used to be. Customers are more and more aware of the EverGreen name. They understand the problems inherent with wooden-framed, aluminum-skinned RVs. Cheaper no longer translates to better for many customers,” concluded Virello.