By Chuck Woodbury, editor
A week ago I wrote about how it wouldn’t be long until a two-story RV debuted. I mean, it had to happen. Well, I have since learned that looking into my crystal ball toward the future was wrong: I should have looked back.
In 2009, a two-story trailer did, in fact, roll off the production line. It was a toy hauler built by Keystone, called the Outback Loft.
I don’t think it went over well because I can’t find any reference to a 2010 model. As you can see from the photos, it featured a two-story pop up at the back of the RV, sort of like a tent trailer, except the pop up goes up, not sideways.
You could say this was an innovative product, but if it didn’t stick around for another model year or two, then I suppose that innovation was wasted. RV makers are always trying to come up with something new. This was likely not one of their brightest ideas.
As you can see from the photo, the second story is no good for looking out the windows, which appear to be plastic. It would be worthless at a NASCAR race, for example. The upstairs is pretty much just a couch that wraps along two sides, and would double as twin beds. Kids would probably like sleeping up there.
Anyway, I was glad to learn that my idea for an RV of the future, was in fact an RV of the past. But I am pretty sure we’re not done with this idea. The next time, the windows need to be better and I think hard sides would be good, too.