Not real sure how to write these reviews as I could regurgitate the entire brochure with my impressions of each feature. However, if you are anything like myself your ADD will kick in and you’ll drift off into some fantasy. So, I’ll imitate other blogs who basically knock out their reviews in a short 5 min read. Reminder: this is just our initial review focused mainly on the Man’s perspective. It took us quite a while to satisfy my wife’s RV Requirement List, but we finally succeeded and found the perfect one! If you have any questions on features I didn’t cover please let me know. Alright let’s do this…
- Good: The manufacturers dry weight says 7720lbs, which after dragging it across the scales with propane tanks and a little bit of fresh water, we are closer to 7900lbs. Fully loaded, the trailer weighs in at 10500lbs, which means a realistic cargo carrying capacity for us is about 2,600lbs. However, a full blown boondocking trip that requires full water, generator, and fuel leaves us with about 1100lbs of real weight to carry.
- Bad: If we boondock, we will have to leave some of Mom’s shoes at home. :O
Toy Hauler Section:
- Good: Okay, I know this is a pseudo toy hauler, but yes it will hold a golf cart. Sort of…the ramp is 56″ wide, which will accommodate all golf carts (48″ average width), but the length is only 93″. Therefore, only golf carts with the rear facing seats removed will fit. The good news is motorcycles, dirt bikes, kayaks (at an angle), and bicycles are no problem.
- Bad: I won’t ever be able to hold a UTV or Side-by-Side. Oh well. Also the ramp door is short, which means the ramp angle can be quite steep on certain terrains. I can avoid this by dropping the front of the trailer to decrease slope, but rumor is Keystone makes a ramp extension to help eliminate these steep slopes, however, I have yet to find one (i.e. hasn’t been a big enough problem…so I haven’t been looking.)
- Good: There are USB charging stations everywhere for all our modern technology. While not ground breaking, the Bluetooth and radio ‘app’ are a nice touch as well. The master bed’s ability to tilt up helps us wind down at night with a good a book (mostly staring at our cell phones). It is also great for making extra space to walk around the bedroom. TV works well as a work station for mirroring my laptops imaging and working at the kitchen table.
- Bad: If you tilt the bed and your taller than 5’8 your feet will be hanging over free space. Also don’t go thinking the 40″ LED TV is a top of the line Sony. The entertainment control panel (iRV) and the TV communication is on a primitive scale. It has all the right ports to make you think you can get into the iRV system and work magic, but I’ve found the system to be relatively limited at both the TV and the iRV control panel. Therefore, this means no USB for movies. However, we haven’t spent much time messing with anything other than the audio.
- Good: One of the big pushes for this trailer was reports from other Outback owners that they can camp easily in 3 of the 4 seasons. Being in the southern half of Ahhhmerica, I’m hoping we can make that all 4 seasons, but we haven’t been able to really put that to the test yet.
- Bad: Keystone uses an “Arctic Package”, which pretty much means nothing. While the undercarriage is enclosed and gaps are filled with some expanding foam, I have yet to find anything unique to this package that would more adequately prepare this camper for chilly nights. So, I’ll just rely on leaky heating ducts to keep the pipes and holding tanks from freezing…at least until we get real serious about winter camping.
And that is my quick down and dirty of our initial impressions on the 324CG. I’ll be going into greater depth after we get some more camping trips under our belt.
Here is a link to the Keystone/Outback website and their brochure.