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.
Cougar rep, Kevin Horoky pays a visit to Pete’s RV to meet up with RV Lifestyle Consultant, Chad Shepard to walk through the popular features found in Cougar XLite Travel Trailers (using a 30RLI for the demo) including:
- Stainless Steel Appliances
- 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
- Power Stabilizer Jacks
- Standard 8 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator
Some additional features that make Cougar Xlite travel trailers unbeatable:
- Polar Package for Year Round Camping
- Fiberglass Front Cap w/ LED Lighting
- MP3 player hookup on stereo with Bluetooth
- Deep oversized kitchen basin with sink cover
- LED Electric Awning
- Slam Baggage Doors
- Correct Track Suspension Alignment System
- Power Tongue Jack
Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Cougar Xlite travel trailer floorplans at PetesRV.com!
Video Transcript for “2016 Keystone Cougar Xlite Travel Trailer Features (Part 1 of 2)”
Chad Shepard: Welcome to Pete’s RV TV today. I’m Chad Shepard. We got some exciting stuff going on here today. We have the Cougar product. The number one selling brand in the marketplace and it has been for over fourteen years. So we’re going to see why … We have Kevin Horoky from the manufacturer Keystone’s number one Cougar rep is going to take us through this Cougar product and show us why more people choose this brand than any other brand out there.
Kevin Horoky directly from Keystone here to show us and tell us why the Cougar retains its value better than everybody else and why it’s been the best seller for the last fourteen years.
Kevin Horoky: Hey, thanks Chad appreciate having me at your dealership.
Chad Shepard: You got it. Kevin, we are in the newest floor plan you have out there. This is … Can’t see it from the video, a front bed slide in this we’re going to show in a few minutes but plenty of room here. This is a non-bunk. Which model are we in now?
Kevin Horoky: Yeah we’re in the Cougar X-Lite Travel Trailer 30LRI.
Chad Shepard: Beautiful in here.
Kevin Horoky: It’s a rear living with an island kitchen.
Chad Shepard: Okay, tell us construction on a Cougar a little bit here. We’ve got the arched interior ceiling.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah. What you have is you have a vaulted ceiling. It’s a stamp steel roof so it’s going to create our head room which we have in here. So a taller gentleman like myself I still can have the headroom. So a typical trailer right now is still a flat roof. So this will give you that natural runoff and it’s a stamp steel construction.
Chad Shepard: Look at all the extra room we got here. We got bigger, taller cabinets cause that’s not … Guys just so you know it is hotter than a firecracker on the Fourth of July in here in this video. So I look like I’m baking in here it’s because I am. But we’re going to talk about this a little bit more. Beautiful ceiling in here, central air conditioning, which obviously we don’t have on, a central air conditioner … Tell us a little bit more … What’s the furniture that we have in here Kevin.
Kevin Horoky: Here the furniture it’s a residential furniture. It’s Ashley brand furniture. It’s going to give you a tri-fold sleeper sofa in this and then your tri-fold sleeper sofa is a orthopedic sleep system. So it’s going to be cushiony, it’s going to give you a residential feel.
Chad Shepard: Don’t get tricked into buying a trailer that’s going to jack my sofa guys. This is something that’s been upgraded. It’s really, really nice. Probably one of my favorite features is these push back recliners. This is just like what I have in my home.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, sure it’s, it’s residential then you notice too Chad if you get up and pull the chair forward, where you’re sitting at [00:02:00] you’ll notice that we do put a outlet in the slide for you.
Chad Shepard: Can you catch that in the video there Josh? So we got outlets in the slide you know you have to run the extension.
Kevin Horoky: You’re not running the extension cord from the kitchen, you know? We thought of everything when we built this for our customers.
Chad Shepard: Yeah, frameless windows. We don’t have it here in the video but you can kind of see them on the back. We got them here on the side. Frameless windows. Little extra tint in here keeps some of the sun light out. And plus we get the jalousie look on them.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, the jalousie window and then the other thing that you have too Chad which are nightshades throughout. What you have is when those shades are open, I don’t know if we can catch that in the video or not, but you do have cross ventilation through your slide. Which is nice so it’s going to create that flow for you. And then another thing that we have is we insulated our slides.
Chad Shepard: You got it. Maybe you can catch this in the video. Josh, can you scoot down here a little bit? Guys, it’s hard to see it. We can see that silver foil down there. Kevin, what is that?
Kevin Horoky: That’s called Astro Foil Insulation. It’s going, it’s going to increase your R factor. So here, perfect example like today, we’re burning up in here but if we had the air conditioner running at 72 degrees we want our slide room to be at 72 degrees. We want control of the hot, cold exchange and not have that be at 82 degrees.
Chad Shepard: You know they got some brands out there … Guys, they insulate the slide boxes on these. Would you know the difference if I didn’t tell you? Be careful when you’re buying your next RV. Look for things like that.
Kevin Horoky: Next thing we have Chad is our entertainment package. This gives you a 32 inch LED TV. It gives you a Bluetooth stereo so you can control everything from your phone when you’re outside on the camp ground and you have your exterior speakers. And then we also added, the 5000 BTU electric fireplace.
Chad Shepard: Yeah, I see you guys use Greystone. One of the leading brands in the RV industry. Puts out a little heat on those hot or cold days, unlike today, but you don’t have to use your propane all the time. It’s really a nice, nice feature. Bigger fridge in here I’ve noticed too.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah we, we upgraded from the six cubic foot to now a eight cubic foot refer. With your freezer, which is nice, you can store more stuff. How you can tell if you ever want to know the difference, on a six cubic foot you only get three on our eight cubic foot it gives you four.
Chad Shepard: Good point so we got four door caddies and four shelving on the inside. It gives us that extra storage. A nice, nice upgrade. I really [00:04:00] like this.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, solid surface counter tops so it gives you the residential look. You have an under mount stainless steel sink with the high rise faucet. And then you also have a stainless steel package within your oven and your microwave.
Chad Shepard: High point microwave too I like that feature.
Kevin Horoky: Chad, if you would, open up one of the many bank of drawers that you have there.
Chad Shepard: You got it.
Kevin Horoky: But they’re all full extension ball bearing drawer guide. Did you notice the handle that you have on there?
Chad Shepard: Yeah.
Kevin Horoky: That’s a five inch residential pole versus competition uses a knob or maybe three inch.
Chad Shepard: Yeah, that’s the same one I have in my house. Very, very similar style to what I have in my house. Tell me, really quickly what do we have here for lighting Kevin?
Kevin Horoky: Yeah. We have LED lights throughout. The nice thing about our LED lights instead of being recessed you can actually control Chad, left, right or off.
Chad Shepard: Yup.
Kevin Horoky: So, which will help that. And then you have your feature wall over on this side. Which is nice too if Josh can get the video of it. You have the charging station that’s something that …
Chad Shepard: Charging station down here. It’s hard to catch in the video but we got a Cougar remote too. Tell me a little bit about this Kevin.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, the Cougar remote’s real nice. It’s real handy to set up your camper. Type in your code, you can control all of your slide outs, you can control your awning, you can control your scare light, and then the nice thing that you can control is your power front, rear stabilizer jacks.
Chad Shepard: You can do it right from one stop.
Kevin Horoky: Exactly.
Chad Shepard: It makes it really, really handy [crosstalk 00:05:13].
Kevin Horoky: You’re not running back and forth into the camper.
Chad Shepard: Okay. I’ve noticed this has a lot of vinyl flooring, bow flooring to be exact.
Kevin Horoky: Bow floor, Leno, you know it’s a great brand. Keystone uses it throughout. So it gives you two years against cold cracking. And then if you look at the residential of it it looks awesome.
Chad Shepard: Yeah, I agree. The Cougar obviously has gone through some changes here in the last twelve months. You guys have done a lot of things right. Registers that are just like what I have in my home.
Kevin Horoky: Yeah, residential heat ducts versus a plastic heat duct.
Chad Shepard: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Speakers in the ceiling, surround sound effects, a lot of great things. Hardwood kitchen tables, true dinette so you can go … Obviously the Keystone has a couple different options. We can go with a booth dinette that makes into a bed.
Kevin Horoky: You can go with the booth dinette. This one here on this package the 30RLI and this floor plan we did put in the free standing table and four chairs. But the four chairs too you do have storage under there. We keep [00:06:00] talking about that letter S as far as storage, well here we like to think we’re best in class in storage.
Chad Shepard: I don’t doubt that at all and you can tell guys in non-bunkhouse coaches the free standing dinette it think has been most popular.
Kevin Horoky: Absolutely, yeah.
Chad Shepard: We’ve got a great bedroom in this. This is their brand new floor plan we talked about so we’re going to cut right here real quick. We’re going to take a quick walk up in that bedroom and show you why this is probably the nicest half ton towable travel trailer I’ve ever seen.
I love the front bedroom on this 30RLI Kevin. You guys have done a wonderful job with it. Tell me some of the features and why people are starting to choose this floor plan.
Kevin Horoky: Well this nice thing is we talk about Cougar and the Ex-Lite series being half-ton tow-able.
Chad Shepard: Yup.
Kevin Horoky: Now, we integrated for couples a bedroom slide. So it’s easier for them to get around and then you know we added you know the nice mattress in here. It’s a Cougar platinum series which is a orthopedic sleep system so we’re not changing that. You have a ton of storage up here and a, and a, and a bed slide coach. I mean look at the storage that you have here in your wardrobe. You can look at your dresser and it’s a sixty inch dresser. You have full extension ball bearing drawer guides. I mean you have four drawers that pull out. You have another storage drawer there and then look at the overhead cabinets that you have in here.
Chad Shepard: It’s really, really nice. And those are … Guys those are solid door wood. That’s not paneling that’s built into there like some of the, some of the off brands are using in it. We look up here at the front bedroom. We’ve got windows on both sides that open up so we can let ventilation cross [inaudible 00:07:23]. We got a window over here on the other side.
Kevin Horoky: [00:07:25] cabinets.
Chad Shepard: Oh yeah you’re right.
Kevin Horoky: Over that and then you also … We left for our couples we left the LCD for you can mount your bracket TV here or you can just plug it in and set it right here on this big sixty inch dresser.
Chad Shepard: That’s really, really nice. Guys arched ceiling in here it makes it feel huge in here. I mean this is a half ton towable travel trailer with a ton of space on here. Kevin I want to go talk about some of the great features on the outside of this. Let’s take a walk outside, we’ll show why people … They love the outside as Coach. Let’s show them why.
The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at: https://youtu.be/sbjVzB_P_JQ
Video Transcript for “2016 Keystone Cougar Xlite Travel Trailer Features (Part 2 of 2)”
Chad: Kevin, the inside of this trailer is wonderful, the outside is even better. I know you guys have done a lot of changes to this, taken a lot of time to make this the best looking travel trailer on the market.
Kevin: Yeah, we’ve redesigned our front cap, Chad, and then again, just like our regular Cougar fifth-wheels, we actually paint our front cap and then we clear coat it, so it will eliminate any of the chalking or fading. It’s one piece, it’s seamless, you can see how it comes over so there’s no seams in here. No penetration for water or anything to get into.
Chad: That’s a feature I really, really like.
Kevin: It’s a huge selling feature, and then we took our cap one step further, and added fore running LED lights in the front.
Chad: Yeah. So just so you guys know, you look at products like Tracer, you look at products a primetime product especially, they’re running just a real thin ABS, almost like a shower surround front cap, and it only goes up to here, and then they seam the rest of it with some diamond plate, but there’s this has no seams on the front of this trailer, where the other brands are still seaming it across the middle. It’s just a spot for the trailer to leak.
Kevin: Sure. Then what we did too Chad, the last thing you want to do is when you unhook from your camper, is you don’t want to crank it down anymore. So what we did is we added the electric front jack, and it also is equipped with an LED light.
Chad: That’s nice. Makes it really easy, especially for people putting on weight distribution hitches, guys, saves you a ton of money. We talk about Cougars being loaded with great features, great standard features, great options. This is a really nice thing to have.
Chad: Twin propane tanks in here, thirty pounders.
Kevin: Thirty pound bottles versus competition, which will trick you and do twenty pound bottles.
Chad: They do, they put a thirty pound propane tank cover on it though, so.
Kevin: Exactly. And we like to call that cloak and dagger.
Chad: You got it. We’ve got eight inch I beam on this, we talk about good quality built frames. These are Lippert frames I believe that you guys are using.
Kevin: It’s a Lippert frame, it’s powder coated so it’s always going to be treated. Nice thing about it too is all of our frames on the Xlite product were designed for half ton tow building.
Kevin: That’s the biggest thing, and that’s hitting the meat at the market right there.
Chad: We’ve got, we’ve got room for two batteries up here, we’ve got one on just for the video but there’s actually room at least for two. Maybe even a bigger second battery for those dry campers. [00:02:00]
Kevin: Yeah, you want to walk around the side of the coach Chad?
Chad: Yeah, tell me a little bit about the coach on the outside here.
Kevin: Here again it’s an aluminum frame construction.
Chad: Okay, and when we say that guys what we’re talking about is we’ve got aluminum structure through here, through the sidewalls, bracing. It’s welded not screwed, so we’ve got welded aluminum. Keeps the weight of the trailer down. This is a twenty six RB on the exterior right here, it’s a great looking unit on the outside, and we keep the weight down by using better quality construction.
Kevin: Yeah, another, another selling feature we use Chad is a slam latch baggage door. You notice the clip is removed here.
Chad: Yeah, I like that.
Kevin: So you know one of the number one warranty claims, a clip coming off, now it’s a magnetic …
Kevin: Catch up there, and then it’s an insulated slam latch baggage door.
Chad: Yep. Check this out guys, just the little stuff, you see this? This is metal, it’s not plastic. So look long term durability for your coach, much much nicer.
Kevin: The other thing we talk about Chad, is it’s a lighted passive storage, and then it’s on bow floor linoleum so you know, instead of using carpet, you know you throw something wet in there that can mildew and start to stink or.
Kevin: You know, deteriorate your coach, here it’s on bow floor, that way you can wipe your stuff down if needed. And we also have a laundry chute that’s built right in the master bedroom.
Kevin: Where you can drop your laundry in, take that with you.
Chad: So you can catch a little bit too from the video, can you guys see the aluminum studding that’s in there? Instead of the wood studding. Some brands out there that you can’t see, where you’re not looking that’s where they’re cutting costs. What, tell us what’s special about the bow flooring and why this is such an innovation in the market?
Kevin: Here the bow floor lino, it’s a product that comes out of Belgium. The nice thing about it, Chad, it’s, it’s easily replaced if you happen to cut it or damage it, but the nice thing is it gives you two years against cold cracking.
Chad: Yep and we see that happen in 07, 08, the floors are made out of vinyl and this is a hybrid material. It’s made to withstand cold temperatures.
Kevin: Yeah, exactly. And it has a fiberglass backing in it, with the material.
Chad: You got electric awning on this cabin?
Kevin: Yeah it’s a power electric awning that you can use your Cougar remote with.
Kevin: And then it’s lighted. The nice thing about our lighted LED awning is we don’t put it out on the arm.
Kevin: We put it right there on the wall, so like today, where the awning’s in [00:04:00] the in position, you still have a back-lit.
Chad: Yep. At Pete’s RV center guys, we are stocked full of units, over a thousand units in stock, and probably I would say about a third of them are Cougars. We, we love the product, windows on this. I mean are, let’s just, are all Cougars travel trailers this color? I mean you guys got a beautiful
Chad: Color on the outside.
Kevin: Everything’s the color [00:04:18], which gives you that nice look getting away from the white, so gives you the better appearance. And then this twenty six RBI is actually equipped, you guys brought in with the executive package.
Kevin: Which is going to give you that clean looking exterior with the frame-less windows, and then on the inside it gives you solid surface counter tops.
Chad: What is the executive package Kevin? We order, at Pete’s RV Center with the discounts we get, with the inventory we carry, we stock em with usually the loaded, we call loaded. Tell us, the executive package, is it an option?
Kevin: It is an option. we charge a guest for that, but it’s going to give you the frameless windows.
Kevin: On the outside and solid surface Corian counter tops on the inside.
Chad: It’s just a beautiful look. Takes your trailer up to the next level.
Kevin: Absolutely. Couple other things here Chad that we can talk about real quick.
Kevin: Is we talked about that it is a backlit LED awning.
Kevin: You also have your scare light, you have your patio light, two exterior speakers. You have a light at the entry step so you can find your way back into the camper, and then we also put on the large folding assist grab handle, versus competition just uses a little chincy …
Chad: I’ve seen them.
Kevin: Grab handle, fair enough?
Chad: We’ve sell a lot of these in the store to people who buy …
Chad: But you know, off brand trailers, stuff like that. We’ve got, we sell a ton of those in the store. Tell me Kevin, what’s, fully heated enclosed underbelly on this?
Kevin: Yeah, you have a heat enclosed underbelly, what we do at the factory is we set all of your tanks, your fresh grey and black tank, in between the frame rails, so if you are traveling with water, it’ll always be below floor so that gives you a better towing, right?
Kevin: But then we roll it with a roll house type insulation.
Chad: Okay, nice. Guys, three steps, not a big deal right now, but you go in your camper for ninety days, you’re going to love it. And not only that, but they’ve got the newer steps that have the holes in it so that dirt falls right through. You don’t have to sweep them out all the time.
Kevin: You also have some traction right here on your steps as well so it’s going to [00:06:00] prevent you slipping.
Chad: Okay. Kevin, lastly before we, before we wrap this up. Tell us about the slide systems you guys are using.
Chad: On the Cougar Xlite Travel Trailers.
Kevin: So no coil slide system, what it is is a cable driven slide, so your motor is actually on the inside of the coach behind the, behind the fascia, but the nice thing about it is it’s going to give you a complete seal all the way around, because it’s a motor that’s chain drive.
Chad: Mm-hmm (affirmative)
Kevin: So it’s going to give you a seal all the way out and then when it comes in, the same thing. You’re going to have your inner seal, your outer seal, and then your bulb seal.
Kevin: But all four corners will press against that bulb seal and give you the tight seal.
Chad: I mean the other alternative guys is the old rack & pinion slide, which only seals on the bottom, this is a much lighter system, and plus it’s a better quality build.
Kevin: Yeah, it’s a lighter system, which hits our halfway, our half ton tow-able trailer.
Chad: Yep. Some stuff we haven’t seen in the video, aluminum rims
Kevin: Fifteen inch tires.
Kevin: They’re radial tires.
Chad: What do we have for a roof on this?
Kevin: You have a TPO roof, so it’s a one piece seamless roof.
Kevin: TPO, the nice thing about our roof, we talked about that we want the color sidewall, we also want the color roof.
Chad: Can you catch that in the video up there Josh? A little bit, I know the sun’s shining brightly here, but you’ve actually even rolled the roof over the edge.
Kevin: Exactly, we take that, we rolled over the edge, and then we tuck it underneath before we ever put the rail on.
Kevin: So in a sense, water would have to defy gravity to get inside your roof.
Chad: Any war, what’s the warranty on this Kevin? On the roof on this. This comes with a warranty from the manufacturer?
Kevin: Yeah, it’s a, it’s a, you have a, your warranty one year front to back, but your roof is twelve year warranty.
Chad: And that’s, I mean guys, Cougar, you’re going to own this for a long time and they go the extra mile and give you the upgraded parts. A ton more you can learn about the Cougar, please contact me, I’m Chad Shepard, with Kevin Horoky, the factory direct, love to give you more information, maybe make one of these yours and show you why this could be the right unit for your family. Kevin, thanks for your time today.
Kevin: Yeah, hey thank you Chad.
Chad: And for those of you out there, Pete’s RV Center would love to earn your business. Give us a call, and we’d love to help you out and find the right unit for you and your family.
The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at: https://youtu.be/diMR4J3QzXo