pRV Info Blog Editor’s Note: Keystone RV Company passed along this excerpted article on their Facebook page. RV Lifestyle magazine sheds a positive light on a Cougar Xlite 21RBS after their evaluation of the popular lightweight travel trailer floorplan. Great for families and touring couples alike, you can read RV Lifestyle’s complete article on Xlite in Keystone’s media center.
We were very impressed with the amount of living space available inside the Cougar XLite 21RBS. This spacious floor plan is achieved by utilizing a ‘Smart Slide‘ that is deeper than you would expect to see in a vehicle of this size. By placing the pop-up U-shaped dinette into the slide-out, Keystone engineers have maximized the footprint available for the ‘Executive Chef‘ L-shaped galley, and they have included a countertop flip-up extension that had to have been suggested by an experienced camper. You can select an optional free-standing dinette to add even more flexibility to your Cougar, or a multi-function sleeper sofa (and use a portable table or individual tray tables for dining).
We have often applauded RV designs that bear the obvious stamp of a design and engineering team that actually camps in their products, and this unit is one of the best examples of a compact and lightweight trailer ideal for a family of four.
Considering the amount of space available in a 21-foot travel trailer, the Cougar earns top marks in all three major areas. The master bedroom is a clever design, with folding doors for privacy, and dual wardrobes that provide a reasonable amount of closet space with relatively easy access to make the bed. The under-bed storage is accessible with very little effort thanks to the lift assist mechanism — you don’t even have to disturb the pillows and throw cushions on the bed.
When it comes to comfort and convenience, the engineers have added several clever touches. There is a laundry chute incorporated into the bedroom wardrobe design, so you can collect your laundry from the exterior pass-through storage compartment. We really like the way the Keystone engineers address the placement of the LCD TV — it is wall mounted where you can see it from the galley, the dinette, or the bedroom.
The living room area of the trailer is spacious, bright, and full-featured. Entertain friends and family with a true home CD/DVD system with speakers and separate zones (12 Volt compatible), and use your MP3 player hookup on stereo. You can also take the party outside thanks to the all-weather exterior speakers.
The rear bathroom is an excellent design, with a neo-angle shower stall fitted with a residential shower surround, and a porcelain residential style toilet with foot pedal flush. The gas/electric water heater is a quick recovery model that we have encountered on some of our long-term test vehicles — it really makes a difference when four people want to take showers in the space of an hour. You can also enjoy the convenience of an exterior shower — ideal for rinsing off the beach sand, and perfect for washing the dog.
The XLite achieves this impressively functional floor plan thanks to the use of a rear door configuration. As you might expect, the entrance features an XL Folding grab handle, a step light, and the patio lighting is excel-lent. Touch a switch to extend the electric awning and you have a home away from home that will turn heads in any campground.