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Portland RV Show: Towables

Yesterday I wrote about the Smart cars on display at the Portland Fall RV & Van Show and today I will show you what I found interesting and new in towable RV's while at the show. (Tomorrow I will tell you what I learned in the B-Class, C-Class and motorhome division.)

The following information is only my opinion, and I could be wrong.

The 2011 Brookstone 345SA Fifth wheel took Best of Show. It is nicer than most homes.

The Brookstone is incredibly roomy.

The Brookstone 345SA features a large living area with a pop-up HD television. (There is an electric fireplace in the cabinet under the television!) The U-shaped island kitchen has the most counter space I have ever seen in a fifth wheel and more storage than you could ever need, even if full-timing.

Ceiling fan!

And if you are full-timing, I hope you are full-timing with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar because those cabinets are really tall. There is a nice little desk area just off the kitchen. The bath is large and there is a king-sized bed in the bedroom. Other features are power front and rear jacks (this is the new cool thing for 5th wheels), heated plumbing bay, central vacuum, outside TV and a washer/dryer.

Easy to see how the Coachman Brookstone 345SA won best of show! The show price of the Brookstone was $64,960.

With design centers in Eugene, Boring and Eugene, Oregon, Blaser Trailer sells trailers parts, accessories and will turn an empty steel-framed cargo trailer into your custom dream cargo carrier. The trailer on display was for transporting cars or motorcycles (like your fancy Ferrari, maybe your fancy antique roadster or your hog?) in safety and style. The front of the trailer has a kitchen and bathroom and bunks flip-down from the walls. Bare bones, but incredibly classy and euro-mod in all-aluminum. The shower was huge.

As long as you are going Commando... how about a little off-roading with this cool Evolution Series tent trailer by Coleman? This heavy-duty model features shock absorbers and steel wheel wells. Bring all the bikes and gear too, because there is a cargo deck between the trailer and the hitch. Potty optional.

Need some toys for your toy-hauler? Plenty to choose from at the RV show! Boats too!

Everyone recognizes the iconic silver bullet of the Airstream trailer. Apparently sales have gone through the roof during the recent recession. The trailers are pretty expensive too.

Stepping into the $59,000 Airstream International Signature 23D is like stepping into an IKEA store. (Or so said Kathy. Kathy and Woody were sitting at the dining table of this beautiful trailer when I stepped inside!)

"Just looking", they claimed.

The Airstream Classic 27FB received the "Best of Show" in the trailer division. This glorious hunk-o-metal will set you back $87,000. The rear has a huge table - that also makes into a bed.

The kitchen has a large fridge, stove, oven, double-sink, pantry and this adorable little microwave.

The front of the trailer has a walk-around queen bed and lots of windows! The one-room bath was roomy and attractively furnished in pretty pine. The 27FB weighs 6511 pounds.

One more Fifth Wheel trailer... from Open Range. The 393RLS is 36'6" and has an open floor plan - not very different from the Brookstone on the top of this page.

The Open Range features dual-pane windows, power jacks, tons of storage and carries 80 pounds of propane. That is a lot of propane.

The living area features a fireplace and HD TV, an island kitchen with a bar-height counter - and, yes, I think that is a pot rack hanging from the ceiling. (Um, wouldn't your pots and pans swing like mad while you were driving down the road, bounce off and make a crack in your Corian? I guess you would have to remove the pots and pans every time you moved? Seems weird to me. But what do I know?) The greatest thing about this floorplan is the laundry room. Yes, this RV has a laundry room with a washer and a dryer and they are not stacked! Show price on this baby was $64,700.

That is everything I saw of interest in the towable department. Tomorrow - motorhomes. Until my next update, I remain, your RV correspondent.