One of the finest RV manufacturers in the United States is Heartland RVs.
The company is known for its innovation and for listening and applying suggestions of what the people want in their RV production planning stages.
However, there is still so much information that people don’t know about this motorhome company.
That is why we have compiled this article to give you nine facts we think you should know about Heartland before you decide to invest in one of their models – starting with warranties!
Here Are a Few Facts About Heartland RV Warranties:
Heartland RVs provide industry competitive Warranties. They have a one-year warranty that covers workmanship and materials and a three-year structural warranty. Additionally, they have a 25-year warranty for their floor decking and a 12-year warranty for their alpha systems roofing material.
1. Where Are Heartland RVs Made?
Heartland RVs has their primary manufacturing plant in Elkhart, Indiana, in the USA.
The company does offer factory tours; however, due to the current crisis with the Covid19 pandemic, the company has opted to suspend tours indefinitely.
Once tours are available, you can either choose to phone in advance to book a tour, or you can fill out a tour sheet online on their website.
2. Who Owns The Heartland Company?
The Heartland RV company was founded in 2003 by Brian Brady, the former CEO of Damon Corp.
In 2004 with a group of highly skilled and experienced RV personnel Brady launched the Heartland manufactured and released their first luxury fifth wheel motorhome that came equipped with several industry-first features.
Heartlands continued success allowed them in 2006 to introduce a toy hauler named The Cyclone.
In 2009, the company further expanded into the travel trailer arena and created customer-friendly affordable motorhome models. However, in 2010 the Heartland company changed ownership when Thor Industries purchased Heartland RVs.
As of 2021, Heartland RVs remains a subsidiary of Thor Industries.
3. What Types And Sizes Of RVs Do Heartland Produce?
The company has expanded over the years and thus their model lineup includes predominantly three RV categories.
They manufacture fifth wheels, toy haulers, and travel trailers. However, the company also produce fifth wheel toy haulers and travel trailer toy haulers.
To give you a fairly approximate idea of what to expect should you purchase a Heartland RV, we have included three examples of each category below:
Toy Hauler – Fuel F 260
If you’re in the RV market for a relatively lightweight and compact toy hauler that has a large garage but still looks and feels like a comfortable home, then the Fuel F260 by Heartland might be perfect for you.
This toy hauler has a 14-inch garage, and it has a length of 30 feet and 11 inches.
Additionally, the gross dry weight of the Fuel F260 is 6,700 pounds, and it can also comfortably sleep 5 to 6 people.
Inside the Fuel F260 toy hauler, you will find modern furnishings with light wood cabinetry in the kitchen and white pressed countertops. The kitchen has a three-burner stove with an oven, a microwave, and a fridge freezer combo.
This toy hauler has an open plan lounge and kitchen, which allows the occupants more space to move freely. The lounge has a three-seater sofa, JBL hi-fi entertainment system, and speakers, and there is a 15000 BTU ducted airconditioning unit.
The seating can be folded away or folded down to create a sitting area or a bedroom with a queen-sized bed in the garage. The private bedroom features a king-size bed, and there are charging stations to either side of the bed by the side tables.
Although small, the bathroom has all the required amenities, including a shower, wash hand basin, and toilet.
Moreover, the flooring in this unit is built with a crack-resistant material, there are nightshades on all the windows, and there is cable television with the prep already done for satellite.
Travel Trailer – Trail Runner 252BH
Should you be looking for a travel trailer with superior slide-out technology and quality construction for your next adventure, then the Trail Runner 252BH is worth considering.
This travel trailer model is 28 feet and 7 inches long with a dry weight of 5,970. What’s great about the Trail Runner is that not only is it lightweight, but it can also sleep 7 to 8 people.
The interior of the Trail Runner 252BH is modern yet has an old-world farmhouse charm. Throughout the trailer, the floorplan has been designed to be open plan and provide a space for every item without cutting into walkways.
Inside the kitchen and living room, there are wooden top countertops that contrast beautifully with the white wood cabinetry and wooden flooring. There is a residential-style fridge, a glass top stove, and a microwave.
Throughout the motorhome, you will find lots of cupboards and storage compartments. The dinette area is small yet cozy with padded couches and a small dining room table. Inside the living room is a huge wooden top cabinet, and above it is a large LED television.
The bathroom shower has a tub, and there are a small wash hand basin and a porcelain toilet. There are two comfortable bunk beds and a queen-sized bed with side tables and mirror cabinets on each side.
Additionally, the Trail Runner 252BH also features a 13500 BTU airconditioning unit and a 30000 BTU furnace, so no matter the weather, you can travel in comfort.
Fifth Wheel – Landmark Lafayette
Those who want space and luxury furnishings should look at the Landmark Lafayette fifth wheel model by Heartland.
This RV is 43 feet and 10 inches long and has a dry weight of approximately 15,251 pounds. Moreover, families might prefer this motorhome as it is luxurious and spacious and can sleep 5 to 6 people.
The kitchen is a selling point for many people, and this fifth wheel doesn’t disappoint with its many sparkling white countertops, deep-set stainless steel kitchen sink, a mix of light and dark wood cabinetry, and gleaming center island.
The Lafayette features a gas stove, residential size fridge, and not one but two separate ovens. There is also a washer and dryer feature in the bathroom section that you can choose to add as a convenient optional extra.
Keeping with the luxurious theme, the bedroom features a tilting king-size bed, an LED television, and plenty of wardrobe space for all your clothing and accessories. The living room has plenty of seating with two three-seater sofas and two reclining sofas in front of a large LED TV.
The Landmark Lafayette comes with an incredible 450,000 BTU airconditioning system and an indoor fireplace to tie everything together.
4. Do Heartland Make A Toy Hauler?
The Heartland company does manufacture toy haulers and actually produces many popular toy haulers that are a favorite amongst RVers.
We have listed the toy hauler brands Heartland Manufactures to give you a glimpse into what they currently offer.
Importantly note that the motorhome company manufactures both fifth wheel toy haulers and travel trailer toy haulers:
- Road Warrior
5. What Are The Smallest RVs From Heartland?
Although the Heartland company motorhome range isn’t as extensive as some of the other leading RV manufacturers, they do have quite a few smaller models for RV enthusiasts to choose from.
We will have a look at the smallest motorhome on offer in each category so that if you’re looking for an RV on the smaller side, you will know what to expect:
- Toy Hauler: Lithium 2414 – The Lithium 2414 is one of the smaller toy haulers that Heartland manufacture, with an overall length of 29 feet and 2 inches. This toy hauler can sleep 3 to 4 and has a dry weight of 6360 pounds.
- Travel Trailer: Sundance Ultra-Lite 189MB – This is one of the smallest travel trailers that the brand manufacture, with a total length of 22 feet, a dry weight of 4394 pounds, and a sleeping capacity 3 to 4 people.
- Fifth Wheel: Bighorn 32RS – One of the smallest fifth wheels the company manufactures that also happens to be a favorite amongst RVers is the Bighorn 32RS. This fifth wheel is 36 feet and 2 inches long, has a dry weight of 11043 pounds and can sleep 3 to 4 people comfortably.
6. What Are The Biggest RVs From Heartland?
Although the company predominantly only manufactures fifth wheels, toy haulers, and travel trailers, they do have many brands in each category.
If you’re looking for an RV that is large enough to house you and the family, or if you want a motorhome capable of entertaining guests, then look at the largest RVs the Heartland has on offer below:
- Toy Hauler: Road Warrior 4275 – This toy hauler is one of the largest offered by Heartland, with a length of 45 feet and 8 inches. It can sleep 5 to 6 people and has a dry weight of around 15729 pounds.
- Travel Trailer: Prowler 330BH – The Prowler 330BH measures 37 feet and 3 inches with a dry weight of 8984 pounds and a sleeping accommodation capability of 7 to 8 people.
- Fifth Wheel: Landmark Newport – This spacious fifth wheel has a length of 43 feet and 6 inches with a dry weight of 14843 pounds and a sleeping capacity o 3 to 4 people.
7. How Are Heartland RVs Made?
As with most RV companies, Heartland has variable construction processes depending on the specific motorhome model.
However, there are some general construction processes that we can look at. Heartland takes pride in its innovation, with highly skilled artisans working on various manufacturing stages.
The company’s engineers strive to create a final product that is not only quality but also easy to service should you require anything to be fixed in the years ahead:
– Carpet free floors:
All the Heartland motorhome models no longer have carpeted flooring.
Instead, the company has opted to use hypoallergenic wood flooring, which is easy to clean and maintain.
– Specialized Aluminum Structure:
Heartland builds lightweight motorhomes with a low center of gravity because of their aluminum superstructure.
The company manufactures each RV with a five-sided aluminum construction meaning every part, including sidewall studs and roof rafters, is made from durable aluminum.
– Slide Technology:
Slideouts can cause hours of frustration for RV owners, which is why Heartland utilizes their own triple seal slide-out system technology.
With this technology, all slides are secured whether you have them opened or closed.
Ultimately this technology protects your slides from water damage, rust, and wind.
– Fiberglass Cap:
The fiberglass cap that the company uses on many of its models is molded in a climate-controlled environment with heat setting adhesives.
Once molded, a clear coat is added to protect it from UV damage.
– Innovative I-Beam Frame Structure:
All the Heartland motorhomes are built on an innovative I-Beam frame structure.
This structure is powder-coated, and the company uses up to 3 times as many cross members for additional support.
This allows for a much more solid floor foundation for building the rest of the RV on top.
– Interior Walls Using Azdel construction:
Have you ever wondered how the Heartland company manages to achieve lightweight, weather-resistant, temperature resistant, and odorless interior walling?
The answer is simple.
The company utilizes the patented Azdel material, a blend of polypropylene and fiberglass for interior walling, on many of their models.
– TPO RV roofing:
Mos will want a roof that is guaranteed to last against different conditions over time.
That’s why the company uses TPO roofing construction to provide customers with roofing durable and hardy against many dangers like tearing and punctures.
8. What Are The Most Popular RVs by Heartland?
With over 17 years of experience in the motorhome industry, Heartland RVs has many popular brands that customers continue to buy.
With their extensive range of brands making up for their small variety of RVs, there is bound to be a motorhome that suits your budget and your requirements within their range of fifth wheels, toy haulers, and travel trailers.
If you’re looking for a towable motorhome and wonder what the most popular motorhomes are in the Heartland catalog, look below:
- Toy Hauler: Pioneer RG28
- Fifth Wheel: Bighorn Traveler 32RS
- Travel Trailer: Sundance Ultra-Lite 221RB
9. Are Heartland RVs For All Four Seasons?
The challenge with selecting an RV is if it will hold up well in many weather conditions.
Most people will find many models that fare well in warm weather, but fewer motorhomes truly function exceptionally well in cold climates. The Heartland Bighorn fifth wheel is one of the best four-season motorhomes on the market.
Below we will look at some of the specs this fifth wheel possesses that make it truly capable of four-season travel.
Bighorn 3120RK Weather Specs:
- 15000 BTU airconditioning unit.
- Formaldehyde-free R11 wall insulation.
- The upper deck has R14 insulation.
- The RV roof has R38 insulation.
- Insulated Slam latch baggage doors.
- Heated and enclosed underbelly.
- 300-watt solar panel with 2000 watt inverter and 30 amp controller (optional extra)
- 12-gallon gas and electric water heater.
- Insulated and heated gate valves and holding tanks.
- Yeti cold weather package (optional extra).
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