Expect more…Sacrifice nothing. With the all new X-lite by Cougar you no longer have to sacrifice good taste when buying a lightweight travel trailer or fifth wheel. X-lite shares your vision of beauty, elegance and towability with kitchens that really cook, magnificent master suites, full-sized slide outs, and bunkhouse models that can sleep up to nine people.
RV Lifestyle Consultant Chad Shepard and Sales Assistant Laura Chartrand meet up with Cougar rep, Kevin Horoky to indulge and stun you as they walk through the interior features found in Cougar XLite Fifth Wheels (using a 29RET for the demo) including:
- Brand-Name Appliances & Furniture
- Gas/Electric Water Heater with Quick Recovery
- Residential Shower/Tub Surround
- Hand Glazed Hardwood Cabinetry
- Porcelain Toilet w/ Foot Flush
- Cougar Camp Remote for Wireless Slide and Awning Operation
- Optional Free Standing Dinette
- Standard 8 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator
Some additional features to make you swoon over Cougar XLite fifth wheels:
- Polar Package for Year Round Camping
- Fiberglass Front Cap w/ Docking Lights and Backup Mirror
- Heated Underbelly Storage
- Optional Frameless Windows
- Electric LED Awning
- Slam Latch Baggage Doors
- Mor/Ryde Suspension
- Electric 4 Point Leveling System
Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Cougar XLite fifth wheel floorplans at PetesRV.com!
Video Transcript for “2015 Keystone Cougar XLite Fifth Wheel Features (Part 1 of 2)”
Laura: Hey guys! You’re watching Pete’s RV TV today. I’m Laura and this is Chad. We have a special treat for you. Keven Horokey is here from Cougar.
Chad: As you know Cougar, the number one selling brand in the world. We’ve got the factory rep here at our dealership today to tell you all about it. We’re going to go through the Cougar Xlite. This has all the new wood, all the new upgrades to it. We’re gonna go inside and outside, take you around, and tell you why this might be the best unit for your family.
Laura: Hey guys, welcome inside. I’d like to introduce you to Kevin Horokey, he’s our Cougar rep from Keystone.
Kevin: Hey, thanks guys. Appreciate you guys having me out here.
Chad: Yeah, Kevin’s all the way from Indiana. He’s made a commitment to come to Pete’s RV Center today to shoot our videos, train our staff. We’re very lucky to have him here. Kevin, we’re in a brand new 2015 Cougar Xlite 29RET. What is a Cougar Xlite?
Kevin: Well, a Cougar Xlite is a shorter floor plan than your regular regular Cougars, but it’s designed about 1/2 ton towability. So, what we do with our construction on this, it’s aluminum frame construction and then what we do with the roof is we make it a stamp steel roof, which will lighten it up a little bit for ya.
Chad: Yea, it definitely can, I mean this is 1/2 ton tow-able with plenty of space in here Laura. I think, I think we definitely have plenty of room in here.
Laura: Absolutely. Kevin you were mentioning we have upgraded cabinetry in here?
Kevin: Yeah. We redesigned our cabinetry, it’s now called cityscape cabinetry. You can see the design in it. What we did is we took the crown molding, you have crown molding up top and up bottom, so he dropped it from the ceiling, which is the new residential way to build camper.
Chad: You’ve got brand new lino in this as well. This isn’t, is this linoleum? I mean this is different than most campers have.
Kevin: Yeah. This is Beauflor linoleum. It’s laid throughout the coach and then, what the nice thing about Beauflor linoleum is it provides you 2 years against cold cracking.
Chad: And that’s warrantee-able. What’s these vents here on the floor we’ve got?
Kevin: Those are residential heat ducts.
Chad: OK, as opposed to having the drier hose hooked up to miscellaneous vents in the system, you guys ducted it right through the floor. That’s really nice, we don’t lose our cabinet space.
Kevin: Don’t lose cabinet space and then it also provides we have ducting underneath the coach, so it’s a heat enclosed underbelly.
Chad: OK, [00:02:00] so with that heated enclosed we get the extended use camping then?
Kevin: Earlier in the spring, late fall.
Chad: No doubt about that.
Laura: Looking throughout, you’ll also notice that we have upgraded furniture um in the Cougar. Cougar doesn’t doesn’t miss out on anything. They’re using brand name furniture. Couch is very comfortable. This is Ashley furniture underneath me there’s a tri-fold sofa. Chad, do you want to help me?
Chad: I sure can.
Laura: Open this up.
Chad: Kevin and I think that’s one of the catches that we have in the Keystone, the Cougar line specifically. We talk about that residential feel.
Chad: That residential quality.
Kevin: It’s the most residential unit out there on the marketplace. and we eliminated the customer complaints. We listened to our customers our drives our product. We got rid of all air mattresses or the standard (squeak) pull-out hide-a-bed.
Chad: Check this out I don’t think you can catch it in the video here, but we got storage, complete storage underneath here. You can put your blankets, you can put your stuff, sweatshirts, extra storage in there and these things are very, very comfortable. There’s no, none of them have that hard, that hard bar that goes across over yours.
Kevin: No, that’s why we use a name brand Ashley furniture in this, because it has the upgraded foam and cushion in it for ya.
Chad: Full size, Laura we could easily sleep two adults here and not a problem at all.
Laura: Mmmhm (affirmative) absolutely.
Chad: So, we’ve got a couple’s coach, but yet we have that extended stay, someone wants to come over for a couple nights, even a week.
Chad: Can get around here no problem at all. No problem at all. Tell us a little bit, Kevin, we talked earlier about the roof on these. Tell us, well you said truss roof, tell, go into a little bit, ’cause not everybody’s using the same system you are.
Kevin: Yeah there’s a couple ways to build it, Brand X builds their’s with a wood roof. But, we wanted to lighten up our coach and it’s designed around a 1/2 ton tow-ability, that’s why we used an integrated a stamped steel roof system (metal click). And the nice thing about that is it’s a full walk-able roof and what else we did, Chad, is we incorporated our slides and their full walk-able slides as well.
Chad: So that’s something that seems to be new then, a full walk-able slide. That’s very important when we’re doing our roof maintenance every year, washing the roof, treating it.
Kevin: Absolutely. The way you know you’re not standing on the side of your roof, you know, with the broom. You can walk right on it and maintain it.
Chad: Nice. Nice.
Laura: There’s upgraded cloth lines in here as well.
Chad: You can see ‘em right here.
Laura: Easily pull down. Yep. [00:04:00]
Kevin: Those are your night shades only. They’re upgraded with the wood lambrequin’s up top, with the curtains on the side, so it prevent anybody from looking in your camper.
Chad: Yep, tinted safety glass on this too on the outside. We’ll get a better shot of that once we get to the outside …
Chad: … Where we can point out those frame-less windows on some of this.
Kevin: Frame-less windows and it’s 80% tint, so it only allows 90% or 20% natural light to come in.
Chad: You got it. So, let’s talk a little bit about features. Pete’s RV Center’s a major buyer or Cougars. I like to brag and say we buy a ton of Cougars and we sell a ton of ‘em.
Chad: Tell us, option wise. This unit is equipped right now with a fireplace in it.
Chad: That’s not standard, that’s something that Pete’s RV Center options in.
Kevin: Right, you have the optional fireplace. The standard features, though, is your entertainment package as far as the large 32 inch LED TV, versus just a standard TV and then, also too, (pops) you have a blue tooth stereo for your entertainment center. You’re already hooked up with the outside speakers, so it’ll allow you to link your phone and control the, control your music that you want to enjoy. (Clicks).
Chad: Air conditioning - central AC in this Kevin?
Kevin: Yeah, it’s a central AC. It’s a 15000 BTU air conditioner.
Chad: That’s this vent right here, correct?
Kevin: Ducted all the way throughout through the bedroom.
Chad: OK. So, we get that family over, we want to have that privacy up front, we shut the door. It’s got a wood door that pulls across on the Xlite and yet we still have air conditioning and heat back here.
Chad: Air conditioning and heat in the sleeping area as well, will let it out.
Laura, you were mentioning earlier, the the drawer glides is different on this than what you’ve seen in the past, maybe you can point that out.
Laura: Absolutely. you’ll see on these drawers, not only are they gonna have drawer glides in the kitchen, it’s throughout the entire coach. that’s something that you’re not gonna see in all those brands. You’re gonna see them obviously in the main living area, but Cougar does a great thing and they carry them throughout the entire coach.
Kevin: The nice thing about those, too, is they’re full extension ball bearing drawer guides, so they’re rated and tested or 50 pounds. So, per drawer, versus the competition which uses a single glide drawer.
Laura: Mmhmm (Affirmative). Absolutely. All that all your camping gear, you’re not gonna have to worry if your drawer’s gonna hold it. with Cougar there’s gonna be no issue with that.
Chad: [00:06:00] Tell us a little bit Kevin, brand new counter tops. I really like these.
Kevin: Yeah. The counter tops, this is part of the Executive package, where you get solid surface counter tops and frame-less windows. The best thing about this, though, is the solid surface counter top with your standard sink cover, then you have a high rise faucet with metal stainless steel under mount sink. Along with the stainless steel package as far as your oven and your microwave.
Chad: Those are, those are nice sinks. I mean, they’re not shallow sinks. These are deep sinks for heavy wash.
Kevin: It’s a deep bowl sink, 50/50 on each, so.
Chad: I mean this is just really cool, I look at that. I mean just the doors (slam).
Kevin: Another thing that we do too, Chad, is we offer you the 8 cubic foot refr standard in all Cougars.
Kevin: So, you’re competition’s using the 6 cubic foot refr.
Chad: Laura can you open that up for us. It, what’s the difference between an 8 and a 6, I get this all the time. I had never been to an RV show and not have everybody open the fridge. Everybody opens the fridge every time. We’ve got 4 shelves and 4 door caddies on an 8, right?
Chad: And it’s 25% increase over a 6 cubic foot. I mean, it’s an incredible amount of extra storage. (Double click). Amount of space there.
Kevin, one other thing I want to point out, saw, we have real wood kitchen table on this.
Kevin: We have a real wood kitchen table and it’s a smart slide table, so it’ll slide back and forth to allow customers to get in enjoy their meal, and then also too we talked about storage and the residential feel of it, you also have storage here underneath all your dinette chairs.
Chad: Yeah. Plenty of storage here, and I noticed all the pocket screws. Let’s talk about how we build cabinetry. Keystone does it right, the Cougar does it right. We’ve got all pre-drilled cabinetry instead of staples.
Kevin: Pre-drilled and screwed cabinetry and then when it goes through lamination process, we use EGS backers throughout, so we’re not just trying to guess where we’re screwing into. It’s going to be secured all the way through.
Chad: OK, that’s a great point and a lot of people don’t realize it, why is that trailer … Cougar is not the cheapest trailer in the RV industry, without a doubt. I can tell you that. ‘Cause I buy a ton of ‘em.
Chad: We get a great deal on ‘em from Keystone, but we’re comparing stuff. We look at cabinetry. We look at things like construction, using the better flooring as well.
Kevin: Better flooring, residential duct work, all the way through, residential heat ducts versus plastic. The biggest thing, when we’re talking about the cabinetry [00:08:00] are the 5 inch door pulls. If you look at the cabinetry, it’s cityscape cabinetry, no one is doing that in the marketplace. We give you the residential door pulls versus the 3 1/2″ or just the knob and the we took it one step further and added in the stainless steel package for you guys.
Chad: Perfect. It is really a nice touch.
Laura: Kevin, as soon as you walk in this trailer, you notice how bright it is. LED lights throughout?
Kevin: LED lights throughout, it’s a new feature for us on 2015, but it’s standard. The nice thing about the LED lights too is they’re controllable. You can turn them off or you can just have one come one, versus the traditional pancake lights where it’s just on and off.
Chad: Yep. For a short guy like me, that’s probably maybe even on our remote wall switch as well?
Kevin: Correct. You have your, your central docking station up up front, your command center and you have a light that will control all your ceiling lights for you.
Chad: So, just real quickly, what is the Executive Package, Kevin? You mentioned it earlier.
Chad: Just so that no one’s confused about what this is.
Kevin: The Executive Package gives you the feature of solid surface counter tops and the outside of your coach is frame-less windows.
Chad: And that’s on any camper that any Cougar travel trailer or fifth wheel?
Chad: OK. So the dealer, if you want to know … Otherwise it would come with a laminate counter top?
Kevin: It would come with just a standard laminate counter top and then regular windows, not frame-less.
Chad: OK. And it - I mean it’s, for me it seems like it’s good value for those few extra features.
Kevin: Yeah. The nice thing too is you get a undermount sink versus a top mount sink that’s stainless steel.
Chad: You got it. So just on more thing here, before Laura shows us the bedroom up front. This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in the industry in a long time. It is a Cougar remote. I think you guys invented this feature. What’s nice about it is you can back your truck up to this camper and not have to get out of your truck and you can life the landing gear up and down on the front.
Chad: So, there’s, Kevin tell us what features does this offer?
Kevin: The features this offers is here, basically, the remote will control your electric four point level up system, which is standard on our Cougar Xlite fifth wheels.
Kevin: Will also control your slide mechanisms, all three of them. This is a triple slide unit. It will control your lighted LED, power awning, and will control your scare light. So virtually, you could set up your camper without ever walking into it.
Chad: Check this out. I’ve got this set on slide [00:10:00] number 2 right now and what we can do is we can do something as simple as put the (Click/Creaking). Oh, I’m putting it out. You can (whirring hum) put the slide in by just pushing a button. What the benefit to that? I mean we got outside, we’re not sure how close we are to that campground post. We’ve all been there. You know, campsites … Trailers are getting bigger, campsites are getting smaller, so it gives us that added feature. Plus, we can go up on the roof, clean it off on our last night.
Chad: Run it in and out (Whirring hum). How cool is that? (Click/Creaking). Really nice. Tell me, you’d mentioned earlier in our training today this right here, this molding or what we call special.
Kevin: Yeah. That’s your slide out fascia. What we do is we use a true hardwood slide out fascia, versus just a faux wrap fascia or fabric. So, we want to tie it in, we talked about the word “residential” 10, 15 times through our shoot, but this is the most residential unit on there. That’s why we keep this a true hardwood fascia, so it ties right into your cabinetry.
Chad: Yeah. Looks really nice. Upgraded chairs as well here.
Kevin: Upgraded chairs, those are Ashley brand furniture as well.
Chad: Cool. Well, let’s do this. Laura’s gonna take us … I got a ton of stuff I want to go look at on the outside. Laura’s gonna take us up to the front bedroom. She’s gonna show us all the space, remember guys this is 1/2 ton tow-able with all this room in here. She’s gonna show us, take us through the bathroom, take us through the front bedroom area and we’ve got a slide out in that bedroom area, which we don’t find on a lot of 1/2 ton tow-able stuff. So, Laura, why don’t you take ‘em up there if in a minute and me and Kevin’ll meet you outside.
Laura: Absolutely. Sounds good.
Hey guys, I’m gonna show you the bathroom and the bedroom in this Cougar Xlite. First thing I want to point out, the first thing you’re gonna notice when you walk in the door is the command station right here. Everything that you need is gonna be right on this one panel. Your slide outs in and out and all your light switches are gonna be right here. You’re not gonna find the bedroom slide in the bedroom. It’s all right here. It makes it easy for you. mmmK. I’m gonna take you in the bathroom. Plenty of room in here. You can get two people in here, no problem which I like. I like a lot of room in the in the bathroom when I’m getting ready in the morning. you’re gonna see the oversized sink, which is great. You’re not gonna see that in a lot of trailers, but again [00:12:00] Cougar does things awesome, they make it very residential for you. . Oversized medicine cabinet as well. There’s gonna be a shelf in the middle as well, so you can put all your stuff you can organize it, which is nice something that I like a lot. There’s gonna be an outlet right here, blow-drying your hair, women I I know you need as many outlets as possible. Also, one thing you’re gonna see in the bathroom that Cougar does is they have towel hooks. There’s one right here. There’s one right on the other side of the door. A lot of people have to put that in after the fact, but Cougar does it for you. You’re also gonna have a nice big oversized glass shower. there’s going to be a skylight above the shower as well that’s gonna let in some extra light. You do have the LED lights in here also, but the skylight adds some extra light. also there’s gonna be a power vent fan in here and going along. As I mentioned over and over again, Cougar is very residential. They’re gonna have a upgraded porcelain toilet just like the one you have in your house. Josh if you want to follow me around in the bedroom. Plenty of room in here also. The first thing you’re gonna notice there is a slide out in here. But it is the wardrobe slide, so it’s not gonna take away any of the room on the on the any side of the bed. You can get on either side, which is really nice. You’re gonna get that extra storage in here. there’s a clothes hanger in here, you can hang all your clothes. It’s nice. You’re gonna get also storage over there and then coming up over here. I didn’t lie to you guys when I said before that Cougar carries the ball bearing drawer slides over here as well. It’s not only in the living area, it’s gonna be in the bedroom as well. these are gonna hold up to 50 pounds of weight. You’re gonna get an outlet up here. You can charge everything and my favorite part about this Cougar bedroom is Cougar has their own brand of mattress. It’s the Cougar orthopedic series. It’s very comfortable. You’re not gonna have to drop another $500 on upgrading the mattress in your trailer. it’s very comfortable. You’re [00:14:00] gonna get a great night’s sleep on here. I know I love to sit on it. It’s very comfortable. You’re gonna see there’s a lot of room in this bedroom. you can see why Cougar is the number one selling trailer. Pete’s RV sells tons of them. People come from all over the country to come look at our trailers and we stock a ton of Cougars and we sell a ton of Cougars. Let’s head outside and catch up with Chad and Kevin and we’ll go through the outside of the trailer.
The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at: http://youtu.be/qNRYWjo1MT4
Video Transcript for “2015 Keystone Cougar XLite Fifth Wheel Features (Part 2 of 2)”
Laura: As you can see, the outside is just as pretty as the inside. You’ll see first thing, a big, solid front fiberglass cap. This thing is solid. it’s a full, one piece fiberglass cap. It’s going to wrap around. There are no seams, on this cap whatsoever. It’s also going to come with the Cougar patented in-, Hitch Vision. Is that right, Kevin?
Kevin: That’s right. Yeah. W-, we have a patent on it. And the nice thing about this is you can use your rear-view mirror, [back 00:00:30] right up into your camper, and then you have the LED light backing center here for you.
Chad: So this is where we jump right in with our remote. When we’re backing up our truck, you know, we can look in the mirror, we can raise and lower our hitch height here so we don’t have to get out of our truck and come outside and push buttons anymore.
Chad: Great use of unhooking and hooking up. Makes it very, very easy to use.
Laura: You also notice on the front, you’re going to see this big storage compartment. Again, we talked about it inside, Cougar, wins the DSI award nine years in a row. One of the reasons that they do this is, the seal on this. Is that right?
Kevin: That’s right. What you have here is you have an automotive [bump 00:01:05] seal here. That’s going to protect anything from coming inside your compartment door.
Laura: And nice big storage, compartment up here as well.
Kevin: Laura, as we’re talking about the front cap, would it, I wanted to point out to you guys is that the front cap, it’s one piece and it’s seamless, and it bends around five inches to the side so nothing can get inside of it. In addition to that, we walk right into the colored sidewalls, all right, so colored [inaudible 00:01:28] sidewall. And then we have the exterior windows which are frameless. That’s part of the executive package that we discussed earlier.
Laura: Exactly, yeah. You also noticed the, electric awning right here. That’s going to be something else that’s controlled by the Cougar remote as Chad was demonstrating inside with the [slideout 00:01:43]. the nice thing also is there’s going to be an LED lightstrip right underneath the awning. It’s not actually attached to the awning, so when you slide it out, you’re not going to have to worry about it. It’s going to be on no matter what, even if the awning’s not out.
Kevin: Yeah. The nice thing about it is even in the end position, you can use that as a back lit [00:02:00] …
Kevin: … so when you’re walking up to the camper at night, you have your exterior scare light. You have your lighted LED awning. You have your porch light. And then what we added for the customers is the light at the entry step. And the nice thing about that is when you walk into the coach, and you have the large folding assist grab handle.
Laura: Yeah, absolutely. I know. It’s nice to have, the lighted steps, for sure.
Kevin: One more thing we want to talk about, Laura, is the slam latch baggage doors. You have a magnetic catch up here, so no reason for a clip that can break.
Laura: Right, exactly.
Kevin: And then you can see the large pass-through storage. And we also give you guys an outlet out here with a, with a cable jack.
Laura: Mmhmm. So plug in any outside TV, any string lights, anything that, that you want to put on the outside.
Kevin: Absolutely. We talked again about the automotive [ball 00:02:45] seal …
Kevin: … here. And then when this latches …
Laura: Slam latch.
Kevin: … it’s that easy.
Laura: Beautiful. Love it.
Kevin: Hey, let’s walk around to the other side so we can show you that.
Chad: One thing that separates Cougar from the competition is its upgraded suspension system and the level up system. I think guys, we can agree that … Kevin, go down, show us what that’s all about. Tell us why Cougar’s leading the industry on these items.
Kevin: Yeah. What we added was an electric four point level up system on your X-Lite fifth wheels and your regular Cougar fifth wheels. As you can see back there, it’s going to be a four step process where it’s going to be a automatic leveler, so no more need to crank down the jacks anymore. Talking about towability as well, Chad, is what we have is fifteen inch aluminum wheels. And then we added the Mor/Ryde suspension which is the CRE 3000 which is going to allow you for three inches of vertical travel which will eliminate a lot of the [trucking 00:03:32] that you’re going to have going up and down the road.
Chad: You got aluminum wheels on this as well, so the advantage of the aluminum wheels, lighter, then they keep the bearing and breaks cooler as they’re traveling, and plus they look really nice as well too.
Kevin: Yeah, versus a steel wheel.
Chad: You got it.
Chad: And Cougar does it right. The level up system, the extra suspension, and that’s what set you guys apart from the competition every day.
Chad: So let’s move up here a little bit. There’s a couple of nice features up here Laura can show us in this front storage compartment as well.
Laura: Absolutely. Kevin was talking about, the stabilizer system, [00:04:00] the electric stabilizer system. That, again, can be controlled with your Cougar remote. If you don’t have your remote and you’re outside, the control system for that is right in there on the driver’s side.
Chad: Yeah. And it’s important that it’s on the driver’s side, right Kevin?
Kevin: Absolutely. It saves the convenience for the driver to get out and just come to the side of the coach instead of walking around the whole unit.
Chad: Once again, we have these slam latches with the magnetic holders. They just do it right. We look at other brands out there, and they’re going to be rusted. They’re going to be worn out after a couple of years. Cougars, we talked about that, thirteen, fourteen years of people buying Cougars every year. It’s the name brand in the industry.
Well guys, Kevin, thanks for coming …
Chad: … out to our dealership.
Kevin: Hey, thanks for having me out. Thank you Laura.
Laura: Thanks Kevin.
Chad: And just remember, Pete’s RV Center we want to earn your business. We have a location in Vermont and Indiana. We specialize in the Cougar fifth wheels and travel trailers. We’d love to earn your business today. Come by. If you don’t price us, if you don’t price your unit from us, you’re going to pay too much for your next Cougar.
Laura: Thanks for watching Pete’s RV TV today. We hope to see you in one of our dealerships soon.
The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at: http://youtu.be/TXBTSoLiZ-Y