For thirteen straight years RV buyers have made Cougar #1 in its class. The reason? Cougar offers you more features, more innovative floorplans and higher quality, all at a popular price. With unique models like the island kitchens, front living room, your choice of several bunk house models and toyhauler options there’s bound to be a Cougar that’s perfect for you.
RV Lifestyle Consultant Chad Shepard and Cougar rep Kevin Horoky meet up to walk you through the awe-some interior features found in Cougar Fifth Wheels (using a 337FLS for the demo) including:
- Brand-Name Appliances & Furniture
- Cougar Platinum Series Orthopedic Sleep System Mattress
- Gas/Electric Water Heater with Quick Recovery
- Hand Glazed Hardwood Cabinetry
- Residential Porcelain Toilet w/ Foot Flush
- LED Lighting Throughout
- Cougar Camp Remote for Wireless Slide and Awning Operation
- Optional Free Standing Dinette
- Standard 8 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator
- Solid Surface Countertops
Some additional features to make you obsess over Cougar fifth wheels:
- Polar Package for Year Round Camping
- Max Turn Fiberglass Front Cap w/ Docking Lights and Backup Mirror
- Heated Underbelly Storage
- Cougar Convenience Center
- Frameless Windows
- Electric LED Awning
- Slam Latch Baggage Doors
- Mor/Ryde Suspension w/ Correct Track
- Electric 4 Point Leveling System
- Aluminum Rims
Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Cougar fifth wheel floorplans at PetesRV.com!
Video Transcript for “2016 Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel Features (Part 1 of 2) (CC)”
Chad Shepard: Welcome to Pete’s RV TV today. I’m Chad Shepard. We’ve got a great event going on here today. As you can see, I’m in front of this beautiful Cougar fifth wheel. Best yet, we have Kevin Horoky, the number one volume sales rep for the Cougar product in the whole country, is gonna show us why, for the last 14 years, more people have bought Cougars than any other brand in the world. As you can see, this thing is beautiful on the inside. This is a 337, Cougar Front Living Room, and we’ve got Kevin Horoky here, direct from the factory. But tell is why people buy more Cougars than any other brand. Welcome, Kevin.
Kevin Horoky: Hey, welcome. (shake hands)
Chad Shepard: So, Kevin, the inside is this beautiful. You’ve guys gone to a new look this year, wood-to-wood, upgraded furniture. Tell us a little bit why, 14 years in a row, more people buy Cougars than any other brand.
Kevin Horoky: Here, is being the leader in the manufacturer, and being the #1-selling fifth wheel in the country, we’ve been pretty fortunate, but we gotta keep that innovation going. So what we did is we changed our wood color, we went to ashwood with a villa stain; we changed our entertainment package, we have her in a 50″-inch LED TV, a 5,000 BTU fireplace. We added in there, it’s called the charging station, with a USB charging cable, and then we added the, Bluetooth stereo, so now you can control your music from outside your camper
Chad Shepard: Okay. The first thing I do notice in here is the head-height, and you’ve got LED lighting, the 2 on top it. So let’s talk about it. We’ve got that, the fireplace in here, extra heating on those cooler mornings, so we don’t overuse our propane; let’s use the electricity from the campground. Big TV and it’s got a lounge style, up here in this 337. You guys, what kind of furniture are you using in this kind of-
Kevin Horoky: Yeah. You know, we like to keep the residential look within our campers, and what we went to this year was Ashley Brand Furniture-
Chad Shepard: Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Kevin Horoky: -so it’s a name brand furniture, and it’s residential; and then what we added, Chad, in the tri-fold sofa, is we had a orthopedic sleep system up here-
Chad Shepard: Yeah.
Kevin Horoky: -so what comes out is a comfortable, comfortable area for your customers.
Chad Shepard: Looks great. Wall-mount switches here. This one has the opposing slides in it. You guys have done a wonderful job. This is the bed that makes into a, the additional sleeping, too, if needed.
Kevin Horoky: Correct.
Chad Shepard: Yeah. Guys, just so we know, this TV right here, one thing that’s really nice about it [00:02:00], you can sit on this side over here, you can see it from down below in the kitchen. They do a great job in it. Central air conditioning, it is about a hundred in here right now, I can tell you that. (chuckles)
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, it’s warm today.
Chad Shepard: But central air conditioning as well. One thing, too, guys, I wanna tell you about Cougar is the cabinetry. It’s hard to see it from down below, but we’re using our real hardwood doors, and you can see a residential-looking, handles on these. You guys did a nice look this year. (shuts door) And these are gonna hold up over time. They’re tongue and groove on all these cabinet doors here, so they’re gonna hold up over and over time again. Kevin, why don’t you tell us a little bit about this bigger fridge?
Kevin Horoky: Here, it’s a 12-cubic-foot reefer which is nice, versus just your standard 8-cubic-foot reefer, which we implemented right here on the sly, which gives you that nice walk-through area on this floor plan. So a double-door reefer, your slide mechanism, Chad, when you’re talking about that. This is a quad-slide coach, but we wanted to keep the residential look throughout, so even our slide fascia, is a true hardwood slide out fascia; versus the competition just uses a fascia wrap.
Chad Shepard: Yup.
Kevin Horoky: So it adds to the appearance.
Chad Shepard: So this is a gas-electric fridge.
Kevin Horoky: Gas-electric fridge, and 12-cubic-foot is the size.
Chad Shepard: You got it. Step down here. We’ve got a bunch of vinyl flooring too. This is the new vinyl flooring you guys have gone with. Very, very nice look to it.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, we went with, with that within, Actually Keystone across the board. We partnered up with a company called, Beauflor Linoleum-
Chad Shepard: Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Kevin Horoky: It’s a product out of Belgium. The nice thing about it, is it’s residential, it has a fiberglass backing, but it prevent- … it gives you two years against cold-cracking.
Chad Shepard: So, nothing too … Let’s quickly talk about construction. The aluminum, tell me how this coach is built as far as construction.
Kevin Horoky: There’s 2-inch sidewalls. It’s aluminum-framed construction all the way around. The biggest thing, though, about our aluminum frame construction, Chad, versus the competition, is we weld all of our aluminum.
Chad Shepard: Okay. Good point. Good point.
Kevin Horoky: And then we put it through our, lamination, which is a [pinteral 00:03:40] laminate, and then it gives you a 100% glue coverage so we’re gonna test all the walls before they ever make it to our facility through our system.
Chad Shepard: Yup. Kevin, over here, we look at the counter-tops and this, this is a nice look for this, and this is something that you guys have gone to to a little bit of an upgrade?
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, it’s an upgrade. We went to a solid-surface corian counter-top, and then what we did is we added the stainless steel package. [00:04:00] So now you have a stainless steel sink, with a high-rise faucet, which is a pullout. We give you the larger, oven which is a 22-inch oven-
Chad Shepard: Yup.
Kevin Horoky: -that’s stainless steel versus the competition’s the 18-inch oven. And then we went with a stainless steel microwave as well. The great thing about those floor plans, Chad, where you’re standing-
Chad Shepard: Yes.
Kevin Horoky: we were able to add the pantry here for ya, with adjustable shelves, so that will help ya. And then the biggest thing we did to keep the residential look, is we give you a residential back-splash here in this area. Both on over the stove and your feature wall over the wine rack, versus the competition just lays a paper wrap.
Chad Shepard: You got it. I agree to that. Check out how deep these sinks are. I mean, you can wash pots and pans. They got the faucet that pulls out. I mean, there’s a lot of places that cut corners in building RVs. We see it on brand X, brand Y-
Kevin Horoky: Sure.
Chad Shepard: Everyone’s chasing Cougar, right?
Kevin Horoky: Yeah.
Chad Shepard: And I think we both agree to that. And, you guys have done a lot of things right with this, that’s for sure.
Kevin Horoky: The other thing, too, that you have, Chad, right underneath your sink is you’re gonna have dedicated trash can storage. Isn’t that real frustrating? You go into a camper and you don’t know where to put your trash?
Chad Shepard: Yes.
Kevin Horoky: Here, we implement that in all of our floor plans along with the residential ball bearing drawer guides.
Chad Shepard: Yeah, we’ll take a quick look on the outside, too, guys. We’ve got wonderful features: we’ve got frameless windows on this one, some other cool stuff, too. I wanna take a quick peek. We’re gonna have to take a break here, ’cause we’re gonna cut behind you guys. We’re gonna look at the back bedroom on this, and go over some of the Cougar slide mechanisms-
Kevin Horoky: Sure.
Chad Shepard: -and those sort of things as well.
(frame cut) As Kevin said earlier, this is a quad slide coach. So we’ve got tons of room in the bedroom as well, with a nice bed slide in here. Obviously, with the camera, it’s even harder to see, but we got a lotta nice things back here. Kevin, tell us a little bit. What did you guys do for a feel back here?
Kevin Horoky: Well, the, the first thing that we did, Chad, is with our doors, we actually frame in our doors and we keep that residential look.
Chad Shepard: Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Kevin Horoky: And then we put a door header on.
Chad Shepard: Okay.
Kevin Horoky: So, that’s gonna ensure the quality of the, the strength of the coach on the inside; not only the outside, which we discussed, but also the inside.
Chad Shepard: Yeah.
Kevin Horoky: And then it’s not just a hanging door where you have that large gap. It’s gonna give you the privacy back here in your bedroom that customers are looking for. With the bed slide, here, we created tremendous room for a full walk-around bed.
Chad Shepard: Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Kevin Horoky: And then what we added is we went to orthopedic sleep system on our bed as well, so Cougar Platinum series- [00:06:00]
Chad Shepard: Yup.
Kevin Horoky: -which is a great feature for us … the most frustrating thing that you would have buying a new camper, is have to upgrade your mattress.
Chad Shepard: Yup, we see it all the time.
Kevin Horoky: Cougar, we wanted that for you guys, so you didn’t have to deal with it.
Chad Shepard: When you look at, you know, lesser quality coaches that are trying to hit a certain price point, the, that’s-
Kevin Horoky: Sure. They’re taking money out of it.
Chad Shepard: Without a doubt. No doubt.
Kevin Horoky: Another thing that we do is, we were talking about the residential of this whole aspect.
Chad Shepard: Yup.
Kevin Horoky: What we do is continue that back here in the bedroom area, too, with all the storage. We have Best in Class storage, on the outside and the inside of our coach, but we give you full extension ball-bearing drawer guides throughout the coach. We’re not cheating you, or cutting the corner putting back a single glide. But if we’re gonna look at all the storage that we have, here you have 2 shirt closets, you have storage here for shoes, a bank of drawers, overhead cabinets, and a TV cable outlet.
Chad Shepard: Yeah. There is a ton of room back here. My favorite feature of this bedroom is, for me, when I go camping, is privacy to the bathroom. If we’re with another family at night or something like that.
Kevin Horoky: Absolutely. The nice thing, too, Chad, by framing in our doors, it gives us that radius wall, so it gives it that nice interior look. And then we give you a simple thing like this: (clicks light off) just a light switch (clicks light on) to turn on and off your bedroom light so you’re not searching around.
Chad Shepard: Yup. I agree. This is the bathroom on this coach, guys. Obviously, we have a hallway, entrance as well, but this is just an additional entrance that you can scoot through the master bedroom right into the bathroom.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, and the nice thing about our bathroom, we talked about Best in Class storage, you have a ton of storage here for your towels or your linen with shelving systems; you got a true glass shower door, and it’s a surround with a sky-light over the bath. You have a porcelain (clinks the flusher) foot-flush toilet-
Chad Shepard: Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Kevin Horoky: and then you have a oversize sink with a oversize medicine cabinet that also incorporate the LED lights.
Chad Shepard: Very nice. Without a doubt, I think we can all see that Cougar … the quality they build into this. padded carpeting, I mean we’ve got a lotta, a lot of good features as well.
Kevin Horoky: Residential heat ducts.
Chad Shepard: Residential heat ducts. I mean, everybody else is using a dryer hose. Same thing through the ceiling here. We’ve got true ducted air conditioning as well.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, you, you, you’re running on 50-amp service, and there’s wire and a frame for your second AC if you need to add that for your customer back here in the bedroom.
Chad Shepard: We could use that today.
Kevin Horoky: Exactly (both laugh).
Chad Shepard: You got it. So we’ll take a quick look on the outside [00:08:00] ’cause Cougar has probably the prettiest coach in the industry. We saw a little bit of it earlier. I do want to show you the construction that the, the high gloss, and some of the frame-less window features and a little outside storage as well. Let’s take a skin outside and, check it out.
The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at: https://youtu.be/eXlaRqcDfxA
Video Transcript for “2016 Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel Features (Part 2 of 2) (CC)”
Chad: I’m at our dealership at Pete’s RV Center. We stock a thousand units and we have them packed in here. It’s very tight in this spot, so you guys will have to bear with us a little bit. Josh is free-handing the camera, but we want to show you the Cougar hook-up site.
Kevin, tell us a little bit about the concept behind this.
Kevin: Yeah, well this is our docking station, so which is really nice here. It’s really frustrating if you have a, just a regular exterior shower with the 3 foot hose, right?
Chad: Yes, I agree.
Kevin: So, what we added was a hot and cold exterior shower with a quick-connect, and now you get a 15 foot blue coil hose which is going to create great pressure for you.
Chad: So yeah, hot cold water … It looks like we can put a fitting on her for our garden hose so if you want to hose the dog, the kids off, even your feet … Yeah, perfect.
Kevin: Exactly. The nice thing about it is it’s just a quick connect that goes in there.
Kevin: You also have in here your black tank flush, which is on every Cougar that comes standard.
Kevin: You’re going to have your city water connection, and then we added a satellite prep in case someone doesn’t want cable. We can add the satellite for them …
Kevin: and, then you have your battery disconnect which comes in handy for storage.
Chad: Yeah, I know when sometimes we get done with our camping trip, you don’t want to pull the batteries out. It’s just as simple as just hitting that button. It’s just a power down.
Kevin: Exactly, and the nice thing is, is all of your, all of your hoses and what-have-you …
Kevin: They’ll come underneath and then your slant latch baggage door will conceal it all.
Chad: Yep. Probably won’t be able to catch a slam-latch in this video just because of space-wise, but Josh, can you move a little bit around here? I want to have, I wanted you to take a look at the leveling system.
So, Lippert has designed a leveling system for Cougar to make it more convenient to camp.
Kevin: Yeah, so ground control 3.0 system, which is 4 point electric level up, so it’s 1 touch self-leveling … So no more cranking the jacks down or anything else. It’s going to level your coach out. It’s a great selling feature. If I was an owner of one, I’d have to have it.
Chad: Yep. While we’re in here too Josh, can you see all the welded aluminum up there in that top … So it’s not screwed. You can see why this trailer … It probably only weighs about 10,000 pounds. Are we close on that?
Kevin: Yeah, it’s a 4-slide coach, which we talked about.
Chad: Yep …
Kevin: A 337 FLS that weighs 9800 lbs. dry weight.
Chad: And that’s how they do it. It’s not by, it’s not [00:02:00] by building shorter slides or building it with inferior features. They use better construction, and that’s why the Cougar for so long has been number 1 in the industry.
I want to point out the slide mechanism on this too Josh. Can you kind of scoot over towards me a little bit here? Cable driven …
Kevin: Cable driven slide.
Chad: Cable driven slides on this, so you’ll notice here we’ve got the cable driven on the bottom part. This is made by Lippert.
Chad: Merkel, okay? This is made by Merkel, and if we look up top we have another spot as well way up top there. You can see the cable driven, so Kevin, tell us the advantage of the cable driven slide.
Kevin: The advantage, one of the advantages of the cable driven slide will be A, will be weight.
Kevin: It’s going to take out a lot of weight versus a rack and pinion slide, but the nice thing about the Merkel slide system … It’s a true 4 point seal all the way around, because your motor will drive it in and then it will drive it out to ensure that tension right there, which gives you a complete seal around your coach.
Chad: Yep, we don’t have those big bars hanging like we used to down below using, they used to just use pressure to hold the top and a lot of leaks developed from that.
Kevin: Yeah, so and then in your slide system you have a 3 point system as far as seals. You have your inner seal, it’s there. This is your wipe seal, and then this will be your bulb seal right here … So when the slide comes in it’s going to come up right to that area and it’s going to give it a complete seal.
Chad: And, we have that also additional pulling at the top and the bottom to make it a great seal on this.
Kevin: The last thing on our slides, which is really important to the customer, is they’re full walk able slides, so not only do you have a full walk able roof with our construction … But our slides are full walk able as well.
Chad: One thing we probably missed on the inside is guys, there are a lot of ways to buy the wrong product. I can tell you, people don’t realize, 90% of the RV’s out there don’t insulate slide floors, don’t insulate slide ceilings. You can’t see it unless the sales guy points it out to you. You guys do Astro Foil?
Kevin: Yeah, we do Astro Foil insulation to the main body of your coach, which gives you a rating of zero degrees.
Kevin: We’re rated and tested for zero degrees. We’ve got that through Dometic, and then we also insulate our slide rooms as well [00:04:00] so it can control the hot-cold exchange.
Chad: Yep, beautiful setup, guys, and that’s where you go … You see products out there like, you know, The Wild Cross … Just to throw names out there, not to pick anybody out, but there is industry stuff out there that is not even close to the quality but yet is only $1000 less. With our discounts that we’re giving you can get to a nicer coach at a better price of better quality,
Let’s take a look on the other side. I want to show you some pass-through storage stuff and I also want to look a little bit more closely at the, about the leveling system on it …
Chad: so we’ll cut to the other side.
Alright, so we’re back at the front of the coach. There’s some really high tech stuff that not a lot of people notice at first, but once you take a closer look … Another great reason why to buy a Cougar.
Kevin, front cap. There’s 100 different ones on the market. Why have you guys designed this one here?
Kevin: Here, our front cap … A couple of things. A lot of people just walk by and look at it and don’t talk about it. It’s a great selling feature for us. The first thing that we did, Chad, is we bought a paint facility.
Kevin: And we actually paint our front caps and then clear coat it, versus the companies out there, the other companies competition, so-called competition …
Kevin: They still purchase from the supplier a dyed-front cap, which will eventually down the road chalk or fade …
Chad: We’ve seen that happen here in the industry.
Kevin: So you’ve got a painted front cap that’s clear-coated. You have running LED lights, then you have patented hitch vision.
Kevin: Hitch vision’s great. How many times do you backup your truck into your camper and then have to continue to get out to look to see if you match up? Now you just use your rear view mirror, match it up with your patented hitch vision and slide right in.
Chad: Pretty cool here. This is called the Cougar remote. You’re the first guys in the industry I’ve ever seen have this, so from inside my truck I can raise and lower the landing gear so I look into my rear hitch vision. I look at my hitch. I can lower and raise, or lower and raise the landing gear in the front, so I don’t have to get out of my truck to hook up.
Kevin: It also controls all your slides.
Chad: Nice. Awning?
Kevin: Awning as well.
Chad: Good deal, so this is called a Cougar Remote. It comes with every Cougar 5th wheel.
Chad: Nice, nice, so tell me a little bit … We talk about max-turn technology. What is max-turn technology, Kevin?
Kevin: Max-turn technology. Instead of just taking our front cap and rounding it, what we did is we cut into our front cap and gave it that [00:06:00] 78 degree turning radius, which will allow a customer, if he has a short bed truck and not have a slider hitch and he won’t be able to pop out his back window.
Chad: Yeah, I mean we still suggest slider hitches for those small trucks …
Chad: … But it definitely helps increase turning radius.
Kevin: It’s going to increase your turning radius, especially some of the tight campgrounds that you get into. It will help you wheel around that.
Chad: Josh, you catch this from the video? Look how we’ve wrapped that cap around here, so this wall actually extends out to here. We’ve got additional, no seams on the front of this camper at all, so what we’ve done is we’ve wrapped that sidewall over a true cap. It’s not a half cap like we’ve seen on some of the prime time stuff. This is a true cap on the front of your 5th wheel.
I call this wet storage. As you guys can see here, I’ve got a battery hooked up to it so it’s kind of a mess at the moment, but that’s what we call wet storage. You got stuff in there. You want to put your rug, anything. Your hoses, those sort of things. Great spot for it.
Kevin: Sure. Yeah. Can we walk over and show you the pass-through storage?
Chad: Yeah, you got it.
Kevin: So, the nice thing … We talked about it. You couldn’t catch it in the last shot, but what we did add is a slam-latch baggage door. It’s an insulated door, slam-latch. The next thing that we added is we talked about the pass-through storage and what we’re going to give your customer. We’ve got a great couple selling features.
First of all, it’s lighted pass-through storage so you can see what you need at night. We also added a 110 outlet with a cable outlet, so you can hook up a TV to the outside and watch the race.
The next thing that we did Chad, for our customers, is we added the bulkhead divider. That’s going to prevent anything that you have stored in here to creep into the wet storage. We want to keep that stuff separate, so we’ll give you the bulkhead divider, and then being innovative we came up with pass-through storage plus. That’s going to help you with some secure storage, maybe some tools or something that you don’t want running into your patio furniture or what-have-you. It’s going to be pass-through storage plus, secure storage.
Chad: I do know in the front living rooms it’s really hard to get storage up front. You guys have done a great job with it, but as we look at some of your other best sellers like the [00:08:00] 327, you guys even have bigger storage up here.
Kevin: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Chad: It’s really a nice fit, and this is a heated … This spot has heat in it as well, so guys when we talk about being insulated, it’s so important that this coach is rated to zero. It’s one of the few out there that’s actually been tested. A lot of them just put on a sticker, say they’re rated to zero.
Kevin: They come up with their own R value.
Kevin: We actually got tested and rated by Dometic.
Chad: Yeah, so as we move over here let’s talk about the windows a little bit, so …
Kevin: The windows, a nice feature that we added here is we give you a frame less window. You’re bringing those in on all of your coaches. It just gives it a sleeker look that ties in to your high gloss Medina sidewall.
Chad: Yep. At Pete’s RV Center here, we option with the discount packages we get and the pricing that Cougar has set forth, we price, we option almost 99% of our trailers fully loaded … Frameless windows, solid surface counter tops.
On the outside here, take a quick look at this. It’s hard to see from the video but there’s a big difference in the finish of this than on other brands out there.
Kevin: Yeah, instead of just regular colored Filon fiberglass sidewall, we use a high gloss medallion to just keep it cleaner and it has that nice rich look.
Chad: Yeah, so Kevin we’ve kind of gone over our limit here, but I appreciate your time on this.
Chad: Guys, if you’re looking for a mid-profile 5th wheel or even a full-profile 5th wheel, Cougar can fit your bill. You guys have a ton of great floor plans and an industry leader for a long, long time
Chad: Thank you for your time today, Kevin.
Kevin: Thanks for having me, Chad.
Chad: Next time for your RV, think Pete’s RV Center. We’ve got a lot of RV’s in stock. We’d love to make one of them yours.