By Tony Barthel
There’s a new trailer in town and its name is Alta. Sounds like an old Western, doesn’t it? But Alta means “higher” in Spanish and the company’s goal is to provide a higher-level experience. Alta is a product of Forest River, who began building laminated trailers in 2019. The company has done some things that stand out in travel trailers, so I chose the award-winning 2021 East To West Alta 2810KIK model to look at.
If you just look at the checklist of features and components, the Alta trailers live up to the lofty name. For example, there are king-sized beds with an innovative storage solution underneath that features two drawers and a compartment of sorts that could easily accommodate a tote or a pet kennel. It’s a normally ignored space that East To West made particularly useful.
On either side of the bed are nightstands with drawers. There is also a wardrobe. Behind that is a triangular storage spot where you could pop those noisy little devices we are ever becoming more accustomed to. To keep them charged there are both 120vac and USB plugs.
In addition to the storage beside the bed, there is additional storage above the bed and even a large closet opposite the foot of the bed. This is a good start.
Main living area
But where you’ll really like spending time is in the main body of the East To West Alta coach, which features opposing slides.
On the road side, you can either get a jackknife sofa or theater seating. There’s also a choice of either a dinette or a table and chairs, all in a road-side slide with lots of windows with MCD-style shades.
What I really liked is the desk at the back wall of the trailer. It was pointed out to me that, this close to the kitchen, this would also be a great place to put crock pots, instant pots, pressure cookers and that sort of thing. Whether it’s a computer or a cooker, there are plugs to keep it running as well as USB plugs to boot. I like this desk arrangement a lot.
Along the back wall are cabinets and drawers aplenty, including one on the bottom with two pet bowls. There’s a 12-volt DC refrigerator as well.
Interior arrangement in the East To West Alta feels huge
On the camp-side slide are your stove, oven and microwave. Adjacent to that is an electric fireplace and, above that, a huge counter space. In fact, counter space is not in short supply by any stretch of the imagination.
But push a button and a large Furrion TV comes rising up from the counter space above the fireplace which is directly opposite that optional theater seating. Above the TV is a Furrion soundbar to make things sound great.
I like this interior arrangement – it feels huge and is well-configured for work or entertaining. Part of that is also the center island with a huge stainless steel sink that has a cover. So if you want a nice spread of hors d’oeuvres you can put them here, or on that counter in the camp-side slide where the TV comes out.
According to the manufacturer, all floor plans of the East To West Alta come standard with a Norco automotive deposition coated frame, an enclosed and heated underbelly, 35,000 BTU furnace, 15,000 BTU air conditioner, king-size mattress, flush floor slide outs, eight-cubic-foot refrigerator or larger, 81″ ceiling height, ample counter space, and comfortable seating and sleeping areas.
The side walls are all 2”-thick block foam based with aluminum studs placed 16” on center. This is true of the back, side and even slide room walls and ceilings. The materials list includes an Azdel substrate below both the exterior and interior walls. The main ceiling is also laminated using a 5” thick foam material. The roof is fully walkable.
Great for outdoor entertaining
If entertaining is your thing but you don’t want folks inside, there’s an outdoor kitchen with a small bar-sized refrigerator and a Capital grill.
Speaking of the outside, there are slam latches all around on the baggage doors. Those slam latches conceal a large storage bay in the front compartment thanks to a drop frame. On the camp side of this rig is a water station inside the heated baggage compartment as well as the charge controller for the 50-watt solar panel on the roof
Let’s be honest, 50 watts on the roof isn’t going to compensate for that 12-volt fridge no matter what it says in the brochure. But if you’re going boondocking you can also add a portable solar panel and that should solve the problem.
This coach is wired for 50-amp power with provision for a second air conditioner in the bedroom.
Other things I noticed were the lack of floor vents for the heat (all vents in cabinets) and a small storage box beneath the MORryde steps. That would be good for things like wheel chocks and that sort of thing.
I have to say, it’s nice to come across a rig that comes from people who seem to actually use their trailers. I understand why this trailer has already received awards. In fact, I even like the treatment of the graphics on the outside.
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