Think Of It As A Toy Hauler With An Attitude
It's the graphics that grab your attention first. Large black Dodge lettering crowned with the familiar Ram logo in bright red, punctuated by snappy red, black, and gray swoops and slashes. There's no ignoring this trailer, that's for sure. In many ways, it resembles a high-dollar racing-team trailer.
The reality, though, is that this is the new Dodge D291, and it's one of three officially licensed Dodge "toy haulers" built by R-Vision and sold through its nationwide dealer network. The R-Vision folks are the innovators of lightweight towables, and they've been in business for more than a decade. The D291 is the smallest of the three toy haulers, yet it's no small fry at 30 feet 4 inches in length. Its base price of $19,211 means that it's easy on the wallet, unlike those aforementioned racing-team trailers. The other two Dodge toy haulers consist of the 32-foot 6-inch D300 with dinette slideout, and the 37-foot 1-inch D3360 fifth-wheel with dinette and sofa slideout. Oh, and for those who don't need a toy hauler, Dodge also offers six Dodge-branded travel trailers-and there are more in development.
We recently spent a couple of weeks with the D291. Ours came loaded with every available option, which resulted in an MSRP of $24,729-not too bad for a versatile, self-contained toy hauler. During our early spring test, we loaded it with mountain bikes and towed it to the beautiful, yet virtually deserted Starved Rock State Park near Utica, Illinois, where we had our choice of the most secluded, scenic campsites. So what did the D291 have to offer and what did we think? Read on.