Gateway offers more innovative high end features and storage than any other fifth wheel in its class. Gateway has been designed deliberately with attention to every detail. Exquisite chestnut wood cabinet doors, double top stitched Venice decor furniture arranged for comfort and conversation, residential solid surface countertops in an ergonomically designed kitchen. The new Gateway is the ultimate in high end luxury RVing.
Pete’s RV Lifestyle Consultants Chad Shepard and Randy Murray bring on the hype for this quickly-growing fifth wheel line (using a Gateway 3200RS for the demo). Please do view on Pete’s RV YouTube Channel.
As you will learn from Chad and Randy, It’s not hard to get excited about Gateway’s impeccable features including:
- Flush Floor Hydraulic (Finished & Insulated) Slideouts
- Heartland-Made Solid Surface Countertop with Undermount Stainless-Steel Sink
- Theater Loungers & Sofas with Buttery Leather Upholstery
- Glass Sliding Doors on Shower/Tub Combo
- Hidden Storage with Safe Behind TV (Storage Behind Fireplace Too)
- Cream-Colored Bathroom Cabinets
- Euro-Style Hidden Cabinet Hinges & Struts on Highest Quality Hardwood
- Magnetic Cargo Door Holders
- Dual Zone Heating/AC
Some additional features that are highly worth mentioning:
- Medallion High Gloss Gel-Coated Fiberglass
- Finished & Insulated Cargo Area
- 88-Degree Turning Ratio for Short-Beds with Standard Hitch
- Best Quality Aluminum Studded Frame, Hardboard & Laminate Construction
- Full-Profile Coach Capable of Being Towed with 2500 Series Vehicles
- Heavy Duty Dexter Axles with Nev-R-Adjust Braking & Correct Track
- Gen-2 Power Awning & Extended Gutters
- Full-Width Compartment Doors with Slam Latches
- Full-Width Entry Door
Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Gateway fifth wheel toy hauler floorplans at PetesRV.com!
Video Transcript for “2014 Heartland Gateway Fifth Wheel Features (Part 1 of 2)”
Chad: Today’s the day guys, the brand new 2014 Gateway by Heartland. You guys have been waiting for this video. This has been the hottest product on the market with a full-profile fifth-wheel at a mid-full-profile price, and a weight zone that you only need a 2500 series pickup truck to tow. So we’re going to grab Randy here, my RV expert. We’re going to go through this trailer and show you why this trailer has been the fastest growing full-profile fifth-wheel we carry here at Pete’s RV Center. We carry all their floor plans. We probably have ever color in stock as well.
So when you’re looking price, we can get you a great price, and on top of the Heartland quality, you guys are going to love this unit. So we’re going to jump inside and we’re going to grab Randy, and once again thanks for watching Pete’s RV T.V. By now all you guys know my buddy Randy Murray. Randy Murray is one of the most knowledgeable fifth wheel specialists I know in the industry. He’s been a long time in the mechanical side of things, now in the sales of things. We’re looking inside of this Gateway, Randy this is something that’s new to our dealership here. I say new, its, we’ve had it for a little while. This is our first video on it.
The Gateway really changes the game. This is a full-profile fifth-wheel, not a lot of weight, and we’re fitting into a sweet financial spot in the market. Tell us a little bit about the construction. Tell me a little bit, aluminum-studding sidewalls and …
Randy: Absolutely, it is. And we’ve talked about this in other videos before Chad, Heartland has really come up through the ranks build-quality wise in the last few years, and I’m really excited to have them here at Pete’s RV. They just build a great camper. There’s certain ways to build a camper. There’s good ways and bad ways as we know, and Pete’s RV tries to do a little bit of research, and get the unit that’s out there that are really great quality that are going to last our customers and are going to be a good value to our customers, especially at our pricing and this one definitely falls right in our category. I’m really glad to have it here. Construction-wise, its A on my list for sure.
Chad: Aluminum-studding sidewalls …
Randy: Aluminum studding all the way through. We mentioned on the outside video, we’ve got the floor, there’s no fabric under these floors. They slide out, it’s all hard board. Just everything s laminated, just great great construction, going to last a long time. They’ve done it right on this.
Chad: This arched roof on the outside [00:02:00] is built for snow load and water runoff.
Randy: It is, waters going to run off, you got it, you got it.
Chad: And God forbid it, this has been a rainy, rainy season (Laughs). You guys wouldn’t know it but it’s very very hot in here because it’s so humid out here, and I need to stop eating doughnuts because I’m starting to sweat like no tomorrow. (Laughs) But as far as the trailer goes, Randy tell us a little bit amenity-wise. So we’re going to have the big storage outside which you’ll see in a minute, but interior here we’ve got [bow 00:02:19] floor…
Randy: Bail floor in this guy, flush floor slide over here where it counts in our living area. We’ve got a huge slide over here. We can see we’ve actually got a pocket down in there. Our slide floor is insulated. We don’t see that in all [crosstalk 00:02:33] out there.
Chad: Josh, I don’t know if you can grab that. Guys just so you know, Josh is our video guy here. Josh can you see the Astro-foil we’ve got in there? So that’s just another layer of protection.
Randy: It is, because that’s the least insulated part of any RV when those slides go out. So the RV industry knew that, they saw that they had an issue with it, and now they’re insulating it on those quality trailers out there, and we are seeing it on the Gateway. So great to see.
Chad: Cool furniture?
Randy: Oh man, I love this. I, I want to get some of this at my house. I tell you what, aah, theater seating, and we’ve got the large flat screen right across. Awesome way to do it, I love it. A place even to put our adult beverage here.
Chad: This is a 32 BH, trailer, this model here.
Randy: Mm-hmm. (Affirmative). Rear living?
Chad: So yeah, rear living here. A little bit, we’re going to go into some knit-picking stuff here on this. I don’t know if you can catch it from the video, probably can, but we’ve got all under mounted hinges on these.
Randy: They’re called Euro-hinges. Back before I started to working at Pete’s RV a million years ago, I worked at a custom cabinet shop, and when we know we’re working on a high-end house, we’re using Euro-hinges. You can’t see them, they’re spring- loaded, their easily adjustable and they are nice clean looking, and that’s what we’re seeing in the Gateway, all the way around.
Chad: You can catch that there. Yeah little things they do, Josh I think you can catch that from the video too. Just a nice, nice finish.
Randy: Some great lighting in this guy too. LED lighting throughout. Tons of it as well. So we’ve got some lighting all he way across the top here. The kitchen is very well lit as well. We’ve got back lighting on top of the kitchen cabinets and stuff, so it gives it just a real high-end residential feel here. I love to see it. You’re going to be proud to have your friends come over and hang out in this unit with you for sure. [00:04:00]
Chad: Yeah, cloth lines? That’s cool.
Randy: (Laughs) Under the T.V. We’ve got a safe, and some DVD storage, things like that. They think about giving us as much storage as possible.
Chad: I’m going to show you one thing too guys in the video. This unit comes with two islands. You can get it with this one piece flat on it, or you can get it in the, the island that has some big raises on the end of it.
Randy: With the wine racks on the ends.
Chad: With the wine racks yes. So either way. Some people like this because they get more countertop space, some people like the other one because they can store their alcoholic beverages in them.
Randy: Oh, (Laughs) .
Chad: It rolls around which is really cool.
Randy: It moves around. Get it right out of our way, and we can tuck it up in the kitchen if we’re having guests over or what have you. So it’s a great feature to have.
Chad: All solid surface.
Randy: Tons of storage, solid surface, very nice setup. I like to see it in the Gateway.
Chad: People don’t realize Heartland is the number one maker of solid surface countertops.
Randy: They do and they…
Chad: They still look at other manufacturers as well.
Randy: They sure do and they build a high quality solid surface countertop too. It’s not one of those less expensive ones we’re going to see in some of the other models out there. This is really going to hold up.
Chad: It wrapped around the end.
Randy: It is wrapped around. It’s got a huge bull-nose on it. And again, that goes to the quality of the top.
Chad: The fireplace in this thing here …
Randy: Check this out.
Chad: That puts out heat and as well, aesthetics… storage, right.
Randy: (Laughs) if you’re ever looking to hide something, you’ve got a place to do it for sure.
Chad: Yeah, you know is that needed? Not needed, but it’s really really nice. And that’s where Heartland does a lot of nice stuff like that. If we open up some of these drawers here as well.
Randy: And if you’ve been in camping for a long time, especially something like this where you may be using it as a snowbird or living in it for an extended period of time, this is going to have plenty of storage to keep all the stuff you need to do your day-to-day.
Chad: Got the nice hinges and Josh, can you just catch this molding? I mean this is really, you’re not going to find that in a lot of other units in this price range.
Randy: [inaudible 00:05:37] that too. I mean put your, I can put this, my whole arm in there, so it’s a huge cabinet, tons of storage.
Chad: There’s a great pantry area, it’s got the larger oven in it, 21 inch oven with a broiler.
Randy: Absolutely. There a breadbox.
Chad: Here step away here for a second, lets finish showing off this cart. Drawers all the way on this side as well.
Randy: Owner’s manual, (Laughs) a huge thing. We don’t see that in every RV that’s sold out there so, that’s again the Heartland taking it to the next level. [00:06:00]I love to see that.
Chad: A lot of cool stuff you can’t’ see from the video. It’s got a beautiful, beautiful sink area. So randy tell me a little bit about the roof on this.
Randy: It’s going to be a one-piece rubber membrane.
Randy: Front to back. It’s going to have a great warranty on it. We do need to check those roof seals as we’ve talked about in some of the other videos we’ve made in the past, but fully walkable, so it can handle our weight and everything like that. I like to see it on the Gateway. Fully ducted air conditioning all the way through it. We’ve got the large air conditioner here in the back, or wired and frame for it up top. So great way to do it. Actually I think, believe this one does have the air conditioner option up there. We have opted in for that, yeah.
Chad: I’m going to throw something in the video here guys, real quickly. At Pete’s RV Center we sell trailers as prices other dealers can’t match. I mean everybody knows that by now. I want to make sure real quickly…
Chad: … Is options. You can get tricked and you’re looking at another brand or even the same trailer by another dealer, make sure you go over the option list. Every trailer we have on our website, the option list is there. You can click on it. You can print it out.
Randy: Print the window stickers where its located on ours.
Chad: Yeah print the window stickers. Yeah, don’t be fooled. Things like eight cubic foot refrigerators, instead of sixes. Fifteen thousand [BT 00:07:01] furnaces, air conditioners instead of thirteen [inaudible 00:07:03].
Randy: Yeah, absolutely right. And when Todd orders these, we go in and we do huge orders and if we don’t get the discount we’re looking at on the trailer, then he’ll negotiate options. So usually our camper’s will be opted out with more options or all available options where some of the other guys won’t. And our price will probably be as good as or better than our competitors out there with more options, so you’re getting more trailer for the money.
Chad: We put a lot of time into these videos. I hope you guys learn a lot from it so, reach out to us and give us a call, send us an email, and you know, in a real short period I can let you know if you’re getting the best deal on what you get. Of if you need towing advise or something like that. Back to this trailer here, we’ve got the cool nice table in it. This trailer comes, you can get it with two or four chairs. I think four chairs comes with it actually with two that are stored away.
Randy: Two are stored away up in that front compartment. Most of the time, it’s going to be two adults in here, so having those two chairs in here are just in your way… plenty of storage. So let’s keep the other two up in that front closet and get them out when we need it. That way we’re not tripping over them. Nice leaflet there if you do have some people over. Cloth blinds all the way around. Nice clean window look too, and as we saw from the outside or we’ll see on the outside of the video, [00:08:00]we’ve got the frameless windows on this guy too. So nice look.
Tons of natural light and we’ve got the shades closed here to help Josh with the lighting for the video. But with all these open, it really brightens it up in here and it looks great in here. I like the colors too. I mean it just works well with the lighter wall board, the dark, the dark woodwork is in this year. So it just offsets it really nicely and aesthetically is really pleasing in this guy.
Chad: As a heads up, right now if we looked in the stats, the Gateway is the fastest growing full file, full-profile fifth-wheel on the market so.
Randy: Quality and cost.
Chad: Yep. We’re going to do this Randy, we’ve got some cool stuff we’re going to check out outside but I’m going to go up with Josh here so we get some cool stuff here videoed on that bedroom.
Randy: Show them that full size tub in the bathroom area really quickly, and the bedroom in this guy is off the hook. So you’re really going to enjoy that.
Chad: Alright, well you go get yourself prepped for the outside, and we’ll make our way out there.
Randy: You got it.
Chad: Hey guys this is the bathroom on this Gateway here. It’s really nice. It’s very residential. It’s hard to see it from the video, because we’re in a tight spot here. we’ve got the nice glass shower that pulls back and forth. No curtain on this brand. Some other things, solid surface countertops here with an undermount sink. Again Heartland using that nice quality and they wrap it around with a nice bull-nose. One last thing you can’t see. This has cream colored cabinets in this area here, and it brightens it up. As we know that bathrooms tend to be dark in some trailers, this brightens it up. I can see two LED lights, three LED lights just in the ceiling of this. The puck-lights which are really nice. We’ve got the nice skylight in here in the bathroom over the shower as well.
So we’ll move on to the bedroom, I’ll show you some cool stuff in there as well. The wonderful bedroom in this really opens it up. From the video you can easily see we’ve got a lot of nice finish woodwork in here again, just like in that kitchen area. This is the first time I’ve seen this and this is really nice. I’m wondering why we haven’t been using this for years. You’ve got little pockets here if you want to store your book, cell phone, watch, anything you need at night, it could be right there for you.
I’ve got the blinds pulled here just because of lighting for the video, but these windows open on both sides of the slide. Got a nice back headboard here. It’s padded, it looks very fashionable. Upfront here we’ve got the nice wardrobe. On the outside you’ll see the Gateway has a big front cap on it just like some high-end Montana’s, things like the big-horn. There’s [00:10:00] one of our extra chairs for the kitchen table. Plenty of storage up here, even got the pocket up front which is, maybe I can turn this light on. I don’t know if that light draws it out of there. Can you see that in there Josh? A little bit, okay. Got a clothes rod to hang up in there as well.
This unit is equipped with washer/dryer prep. There’s room for a couple more chairs in this one. So if you’re a full timer and wanted that washer/dryer, if not it makes a wonderful hanging closet. The bed on this one lifts up. A lot of times on these front bed slides you don’t have any storage underneath but what you’re going to see in here is we’ve got his and … well you’ve got… two people can store their stuff in here. Blankets, towels, sweatshirts, something you don’t need every day. It gives us that extra storage. A nice comfortable mattress on the top.
Once again, the colors they’ve gone with the Gateway is, is phenomenal. We’re going to scoot outside … oh real quickly I want to point out this is what our second air conditioner looks like for those of you who don’t know if you’re is pre-wired, but this is, actually has a second air conditioner installed. It has two zones in this model, so that way you can control the air-conditioning temperature in both areas. It’s really really nice. There’s no cheap one-zone. It’s got two zones in this model. So we’re going to catch up with Randy and he’s going to give us some good advice on the outside of this and then we’ll go from there.
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Video Transcript for “2014 Heartland Gateway Fifth Wheel Features (Part 2 of 2)”
Chad: Well, Randy we looked through the inside. The outside is just as beautiful. Tell us a little bit, I mean, we’re going to get into the color. This is the medallion finish on the outside. What is a medallion finish?
Randy: A medallion finish, Chad, is another step in the process when they make these sidewalls. So, a normal camper will have, you know, you’ll see the grains of the fiberglass too.
Randy: What they do is they actually apply another step to that so it’s an extra protection, let’s say. Nice and easy to keep clean. It’s going to go to durability and longevity of the coat. So it adds another line of protection against the sidewall here. Just to take the sun, the winter and the road while using these coats …
Chad: I always tell people that, you know, the black streaks, this helps because there’s less porous, right, with the medallion finish?
Randy: You’re absolutely right and it’s going to … if you keep a coat of wax on this, it’ll do great, but there is no pores in this guy like there will be on a fiberglass unit, so we’ll keep those black streaks down. And we’ve got the extended gutters too,
Randy: which will help with that as well.
Chad: You got a 88 degree turn cap on the front of that so this truck, this trailer fifth wheel could even be towed by a short box truck? Is that correct, a six and a half?
Randy: Well, you know, back when I was growing up, everybody had eight-foot boxes because that’s all there was available …
Randy: And so, all fifth wheels, they came straight across. We didn’t have any turning problems. Everybody has extra cabs now or extended cabs and whatever, so this six and a half foot bed is now standard. So by doing that, the RV industry has had to compensate for that. Now we want a slider hitch with a six and a half foot bed, but with this guy here doing full maneuvering,
Randy: with this cut-away, we can get a lot more turning radius. We’re going to be a lot less apt to hit our cab against this coach here with this setback.
Chad: So, you’re still thinking, you’re still thinking slider hitch with a six and a half for that extra, extra safety?
Randy: I am. When we’re backing on our site and we want to jackknife these things, it’s really important now that slider hitch, but for forward mobility, we’re going to get a lot more range of motion with this cap the way it’s cut.
Chad: Yeah, I don’t know if you can catch this from the video, Josh, but no seams on the front of this trailer, all a one piece, molded fiberglass cap.
Randy: Absolutely, little lap joint, so that it really keeps the maintenance down on the front of these things and it’s going to stop leaks if you own on these things for a while.
Chad: Just aesthetic there, I mean it’s just really nice looking.
Randy: Just a nice way to kind of finish off that pin box because normally this is an ugly [00:02:00] part of a very nice camper and this is just a nice way to do it.
Chad: Yeah, I apologize for the noise guys, as you know, Pete’s RV Center is right by the airport here in downtown Burlington, so, it’s a good location.
Randy: [laughs] [inaudible 00:02:09]
Chad: Give it a second here. As we rotate our way back, Randy, let’s talk about windows, awnings … I mean some people nowadays think a window’s a window, but this is a frameless window.
Randy: This is a frameless window and they’ve gone to like automotive type windows, they call it. So, it actually goes in the coach and it seals a little differently than the windows we’re accustomed to seeing out there on the older product. It’s a great look. They do open. I really love to see them on the Gateway and it’s a much better seal with a little bit less maintenance than we’re going to have on those older windows out there, so, really love to see them on the Gateway.
Chad: Besides the windows, we got things like outside speakers here.
Randy: We do and it’s a nice setup because we can listen to a different radio than what’s going on inside the coach. And that’s not the way it is in most coaches. So, Heartland is really progressive about that and I know when someone is watching a movie inside and I want to be outside barbecuing or whatever, it’s nice to be able to listen to what I want out here.
Chad: Yeah. One piece electric awning here, rolls out by just pushing a button. It’s easy to [crosstalk
Randy: It is [crosstalk 00:03:06]matic. Touch a button, my four-year-old can do it. It’s the Generation Two, so we can pitch it. It’s nice and high. It’s really high above the door so we can get a good pitch on it. Very nice awning. I like to see it on here.
Chad: Slam latches on these doors. What’s really nice about the Heartland product is they use the magnets on it, so that holds itself up.
Randy: No clip.
Randy: That’s going to break.
Chad: You got it.
Randy: And, Josh, I don’t know if you can pan in on this. Josh is our camera guy we always talk about. Good guy. Look at the thickness of this door here. A lot of the campers out there will have a door half this thickness and this just goes to the quality of the build, the quality of the Heartland product that’s going to help with our R values as well.
Chad: Once we’re inside here, there’s a full profile fifth wheel suite, all kinds of storage
Randy: Tons of storage in here.
Chad: One thing the Heartland product is is finished off in here. We don’t see the wood studding or the aluminum studding …
Randy: It absolutely is and we’re going to have an insulated floor up here too, which is going to help with our R values inside as well. And it’s all carpeted, it’s indoor/outdoor carpet [00:04:00]. It’s going to keep things from sliding around on us. Nice way to do it, and literally, this is bigger than some of the bedrooms I’ve had in my apartments when I was younger [laughs].
Chad: So, real quickly, I don’t want to get too technical, but we got one-piece I-beam, I-beam frames on this. And this has the wider stamps on it.
Randy: It does. Absolutely, so it’s going to go down the road. It’s going to support our weight. It’s going to make it for an easier touring vehicle,
Randy: which is something that they’ve been really progressive about lately.
Chad: Slam latches, which is wonderful.
Randy: It is closed.
Chad: Outside TV hook up here with your outlets …
Randy: This one over here as well, where did I see it? Oh, right here.
Chad: I didn’t even notice that one.
Randy: So if you have those awning lights, the chilis, or the beer cans, the race car stuff, plug it in right there and you got it ready. They think of everything.
Chad: Yeah, you got it. You got … Randy, I don’t want to get into too much detail, again, as I said before, but there’s certain things that make a trailer a better quality product. This is finished underneath here and a lot of times you don’t realize it until you own one.
Randy: I have seen them out there that have raw wood with open end grain which is nothing but a wick when water gets on it and that floor will deteriorate in a short amount of time. Industry standard is running a indoor/outdoor, like it’s a fabric, which doesn’t allow water in. Still not the greatest thing, when we run them in and out, it starts to wear out and it can be compromised. This is completely finished. It’s all hard board. It will take the water. It will take everything. I really like to see it and I hope the rest of the industry follows suit, but right now, Heartland’s the leader on that.
Chad: Big windows, tinted safety glass.
Randy: The sides of this door, as I was going in and out with Josh earlier, I mean this is a huge door. Look how wide that door is. So, if you’ve got groceries in your hand, you’re not going in sideways especially when you’re starting to look like me and it’s really high too. Now, I’m not a tall guy, but in some RV’s, I bang my head when I leave the door. You’re not going to see it on this, so, works very well on this product. I like to see it.
Chad: Now, to kind of wrap this up a little bit, let’s name off some few things. Heated underbellies.
Chad: Aah, we’ve got a special suspension linkage on this as well.
Randy: There is. It’s got a … it’s got a suspension dampening system and also, we can calibrate these axles on this guy, so really nice to see on here.
Chad: They call it a correct track, I think is the real name for it.
Randy: You’re absolute right, by LCI.
Chad: Yep, I see that on the side, aluminum rims, sixteen-inch tires, the aluminum rims keep the brakes cooler.
Randy: Bigger braking system these are [00:06:00] going to be self-adjusting too, so really nice to see it on these guys and that costs a little bit extra money, but I think it’s well worth it because no one ever adjusts their brakes in the RV world.
Chad: So Heartland then, I believe, is one of the few that is using the self-adjusting, it’s a dexter axle, is it?
Randy: Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
Chad: So, you’ve got a Montana, you’ve got a Cougar, you’ve got a [inaudible 00:06:15]
Randy: [crosstalk 00:06:16]
Randy: You have to pay someone to adjust those brakes for you.
Chad: And when is the last time your dealer told you you have to adjust your brakes?
Randy: I’ve been doing this for a long time and I don’t adjust a whole lot of brakes in the RV world.
Chad: So, this takes care of it yourself. A lot of people come in, now my brake controller is not working. Randy, I appreciate your time on this and I know we’ve put a lot of time into these videos, guys. I can tell you right now, Pete’s RV Center is the lowest price you’re going to get on any unit. We ship directly to your home. We can come to one of our two dealerships. We do a complete walk-through with you. Just a lot of information. Email us, call us, be glad to help you here at the dealership.
Randy: Let us educate you on the units as well. There is stuff out there that there’s different ways to build campers and we’re very progressive about carrying those units that are built correctly that are going to last you a long time that are going to be worth your dollar that you work very hard for. So let us educate you on it. That’s another reason we put these videos together.
Chad: You’re right a hundred percent. I get a guy … oh, you know I was looking at this brand and it was a thousand dollars less. But it wasn’t even the same type of trailer where the customer didn’t know that they were looking at something as entry level, but it had the same floor plan as something that was high end.
Randy: Even something that competes with this, if it doesn’t have the build quality and it’s a few thousand dollars less, there’s a reason why it’s a few thousand dollars less and maybe it’s worth it to spend that extra couple thousand dollars and get something that’s going to last your family a long time and be worth your investment because when these things at four or five years old and they start breaking down on you,
Randy: You’re sunk.
Chad: Yeah. Yeah. Real quickly, got some great financing specials going on right now. Kyle’s put together some great packages. We’ve seen videos with him before. Hitch packages as well as through our service department. So at Pete’s RV Center we’re your local Internet dealer. We’ll be glad to help you. We would love to earn your business here, so give us a chance to quote you. Probably save you four or five thousand dollars. I’m Randy, this is–I’m Chad, this is Randy and, ah, we look forward to seeing another video. Catch you later guy. [00:08:00]
The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at: http://youtu.be/MsDudfPUhHM