By Tony Barthel
Let’s say you really want to go RVing but you also really, really love Texas. What can you do?
One option is to do what most people in the same boat do and enjoy all the incredible recreational activities of Texas in an RV, possibly with a big Texas flag flying overhead. I have friends who do just this.
Or you could go one step further and get an RV badged as a Texan…
CrossRoads Texan 33DB
Recently, I watched Big Truck Big RV do a video walk-through of the CrossRoads Texan 33DB travel trailer. At first glance, it looked very similar to a CrossRoads Volante 33DB. I had to look twice to be sure. Unlike the more “every state” Volante, the Texan featured big stars on the cabinet, Lone Star flag pillows and bedspread, and a big star up front under the word “Texan” in big capital letters.
This is a fairly large bunk model travel trailer similar to the Cherokee 294 in the floorplan but features laminated fiberglass walls instead of the wood framing and corrugated aluminum walls of the Cherokee 294.
The model I viewed had nice features such as aluminum framing throughout, including the bed frame. (Many RV manufacturers who use aluminum in the side walls use less expensive wood framing for beds and dinettes.)
There’s a fairly large outdoor kitchen with a two-burner range and a fairly large 110vac refrigerator and sink. Though, being a Texan, I was surprised this isn’t a barbecue instead of a stovetop. Could this be a Texan in name only?
Inside there’s a big U-shaped dinette and a couch in the slide opposite the nicely designed kitchen.
That kitchen is both wedge-shaped but also “L” shaped with a double-bowl stainless steel sink and a 12-volt DC compressor-based refrigerator. Like so many RVs designed for larger groups, this one suffers from the small 17” oven. Shouldn’t it be Texas-sized? You’ve got to feed the whole posse and you’re not getting nearly enough grub in that little oven to feed just one of the hands.
You might not be surprised by the larger bunk room that has its own slide. I can easily see taking the couch out of this and turning it into an office. This would be a great space to work-from-home (er, RV).
Of course, it’ll also sleep other folks so you could have your young ‘uns back there too. And, bonus, they’re going to get their own half bath. There is actually a second bathroom that can only be accessed by the back room that features a toilet and sink. A two-bedroom, two-bath travel trailer.
This is as big as Texas.
And speaking of big as Texas, this model features a king-sized bed in the front bedroom. On the bed of the Texan model is a bed runner with an outline of the state of Texas and stars on either side. The pillows here are Lone Stars as well.
Did I mention all the cabinet and drawer pulls are stars too? And cabinets and drawers are plentiful in this model with pantry space and drawer space in the main living area that befits a trailer that could literally sleep nine people.
Whether yours is the Volante or Texan brand, there were a few things on this model that really caught my eye in addition to that whole second room and bathroom.
There’s an awning on the camp-side slide room rather than on the body of the trailer itself. That means that all of your awning is usable. But that awning doesn’t cover the outdoor kitchen, which has a huge flip-up door that will protect you from the sun. There’s a second awning over the front camp-side of this trailer – so CrossRoads really thought out the awning and coverage for this trailer.
Even though I know that this is a niche model made only for one state, the attention to detail that CrossRoads spent on this was nice. I liked the red, white and blue Lone Star touches here and there throughout the interior. I think they really do add some style.
While the obvious use case for this trailer is as a bunk model, that back bedroom really would come in handy as an office or craft room if you didn’t have a bunch of people that traveled with you. While not warranted for this, I could see this trailer easily being used by full-timers with hobbies or jobs as a pretty ideal situation.
If you appreciate the Texas-specific decor, you’re going to have to visit the Lone Star state to get one of these. But considering all there is to do in Texas, that’s a pretty good idea anyhow. When you’re down there pop the top on a Shiner Bock for me, if you would. Heck, get the Shiner Brewery Tour six-pack if you’re feeling adventurous.
You can thank me later, y’hear?
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