I just checked out some of the new Rage’n Inc. toyhaulers and I must say I really like the direction that they are going. Rage’n is one of those companies that only makes toyhaulers. So they put all their efforts into making and designing the best trailer possible. I looked at Ragen’s a couple of years ago and was impressed with the build quality and now that Mark Warmoth (Weekend Warrior) has bought them they have really stepped it up. With the backing of the #1 toyhauler manufacturer behind them they are able to spend monies into research and development that they weren’t able to do with the old owners. This revitalized energy and excitement is apparent when you check out the new totally redesigned models. The Xtra-Lite units all the way up to the luxury class 5th wheels have changed in a way that I think the next toyhauler buyers will be eager to check out.
Rage’n offers four Xtra-Lite models ranging in sizes from 19 to 25 feet in length. These trailers are designed to be pulled by half ton trucks and SUVs. The smallest trailer is 19 feet with a GVWR of 7450lbs with the biggest one being 25 feet long with a GVWR rating of only 7680lbs. These trailers hold 75 gallons of fresh water and have two 40 gallon tanks for the black and grey waste. Remember these weights will vary a little bit by what options you add on. Always check your owner’s manual to see what your truck is able to tow.
The six pull trailers that are available start with a 21 foot front bathroom all the way up to a 31 foot front sleeper. These units come with aluminum siding with a fiberglass option. One of the things that Rage’n does on their trailer is use a “Z” rail support that allows the sidewalls to be fastened from the bottom and the sides for extra strength. A lot of the features are standard between the pull trailers and the 5th wheel toyhaulers. All these trailers hold 150 gallons of fresh water and have 58 gallon tanks for the grey and black waste. Rear ramp doors are rated at 2800 pounds with hidden assist springs. The interiors have solid wood cabinet doors and an Atomic clock that comes standard. The couches have arm rests with skirts around the bottom which gives it a nice warm feeling. The toilet room is big enough to sit comfortably with a porcelain toilet that has a wash hose connected. There was a European towel rack in the bathroom that I didn’t really care for but I did like the magazine rack. They do have a new Command Center that is a step above the rest. It is a well marked back-lit panel behind a clear slide that made it very easy to operate devices in the toyhauler.
Rage’n also offers 5th wheel models; the “Falcon” toyhaulers are the smaller 5th wheels with 30 and 34 foot models available without slides. The “Blackhawk” is offered in either a 36 or 40 foot model with bedroom slides and I have heard a rumor that they will be available with a galley slide real soon. These trailers have fiberglass exteriors with vacuum bonded aluminum framed sidewalls. One of the new things that Rage’n has to offer is that they now come with Maxis LT235/85R16 D load rated tires with chrome rims. Two 7.5 gallon propane tanks are located up front with two batteries and the Onan generator. One more thing that I noticed on the 5th wheel was the locking door going to the master bedroom: nice touch.
I have talked to a couple of people who have recently bought Rage’n 5th wheels and they both are very happy and feel like they made the right choice for them. The one thing that both of them said (and that I was also impressed with) is all the storage space that these 5th wheels have, all the cabinet space and the huge storage in the front may be the biggest I’ve seen yet. With all the windows it gives the trailer a wide open feeling even without a slide. New layouts and fixtures are just a few more reasons to check these toyhaulers out.
Tim, who just bought a Blackhawk 3605, asked his dealer to take him and weigh the trailer before he would purchase it. The dealer complied and took Tim to a certified set of scales and came up with these weights:
GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) - 18,000 lbs.
UVWR (unloaded vehicle weight rating) - 12,300 lbs.
Actual weight: (Truck was a newer Chevrolet crew cab dually)
Truck axles only, no trailer connected - 7740 lbs.
Truck axles only with trailer connected - 10940 lbs.
Truck and trailer axles combined - 19,700 lbs
Empty trailer weight - 11,960 lbs; 340 pounds less then the posted UVWR! The pin weight was 3200 lbs. with the bedroom slide.
It was good to see a trailer that weighed what it was supposed to, one more thumbs up for Rage’n. With Rage’n Inc. dedicating all their efforts to just toyhaulers, they are a company you should check out before your next purchase. Rage’n has just moved to its new plant in Riverside, California and can be reached at 800-438-3561 or look on the web at www.rageninc.com for a dealer near you.