Ford 220RB RV is an ultra-lite travel trailer; attractive floor-plan, added exterior kitchen, plenty of storage makes it ideal for family of 2 w/kids, while Ford's accents bring appreciation by owners of F-xxx truck.
Ford (especially with its F-xxx series of trucks) is one of the leaders of towing technology.
So it should not be surprising that the company decided that it’s time to provide “more complete” solution for their customers. When Ford’s licensing manager Mark Bentley pointed out that - “Exploring America is already in DNA’s of Ford’s customers” it was obvious that the company is entering the RV business.
To jump-start the process, Ford teamed-up with Living-Lite (one of the leaders of Thor Industries, known for its ultra-lite RV technology). As the result, the first models of Ford’s Slide-in Truck Campers followed by Travel Trailers and Toy Haulers were introduced on the market in the second-half of 2016.
Here we will present the 2017 model of Ford 220RB Travel Trailer. It’s an ultra-lite camper with one slide-out and rear-bath layout.
LivinLite/Ford 220RB Travel Trailer
... and its floor-plan
While the 220RB camper is using well-proven steel I-beam technology for its frame (chassis), that’s about all when it comes to steel. The body including exterior walls, floor and roof makes use of aluminum alloys and fiberglass. Aluminum-framing eliminated the traditional wood from the structure. As the result the structure has much lower weight (qualifying the 220RB camper to the class of “ultra-lite RVs) and much higher durability (no rot, mold, mildew…) and obviously no corrosion (at least in its well-known form).
But the all-aluminum body alone wouldn’t provide required weight reduction. Let’s face it – most 26ft long lightweight travel trailers will have dry weight much higher than mere 5,144 lbs as is the case of Ford 220RB model. And this is because aluminum frames also found their way into cabinetry, replacing heavy, wood-based structures. Well, not entirely, because in order to keep “unscathed” elegance and warm ambiance, cabinets’ doors and drawers’ front panels are still made from the hardwood.
Cabinetry - aluminum frames
Ford 220RB - Interior
Trailer’s external walls are made from Azdel panels (it’s a composite material of about half weight of wood and with about 3-times better thermal insulation compared to the wood).
Well, these are not the only strong points of the combined Ford-Living-Lite RV design. The 220RB floorplan also brings some interesting features as we will see below.
Sleeping Space (Bedroom)
Ford 220RB: Sleeping area with the large panoramic window
The under-bed storage is easily accessible thanks to gas-struts
The sleeping space is not separated from the kitchen and “living quarters”. And this is because the 220RB travel trailer is basically designed to sleep 2 persons (folding dinette can sleep two more, but preferably young kids so the privacy is not in question).
The walk-around queen-size bed seems to be comfortable place for sleeping. Two (curved) wardrobes with bars for hanging cloths as well as two nightstands on both sides of the bed provide enough of space for what you may need on a daily basis. For less often needed stuff you can use the under-bed storage box. Thanks to gas-struts the access is almost effortless and easy.
The reading lights at the touch of hand can switch to blue nightlight(s). Two 120V receptacles will give you chance to feed your iPad, phones or computer if needed.
But the most interesting part of the “bedroom” is the large, tinted, windshield-type window at the bed’s head. It is certainly part of Ford’s design initiative benefiting from company’s huge experience with windshields. Understandably, it is not popular solution seen in travel trailers because the front cap is typically exposed to all kind of “flying” debris when towed on the road.
What the front window offers however is a great morning view on the surrounding nature and possibly starry night sky. If needed, the curtain gives you chance to sleep longer undisturbed by the daylight (the privacy is assured by tinted-design).
Another important fact to note - the Ford 220RB TT is 6 inches wider than most RVs (102" versus typical 96"). And it is clearly visible in the bedroom where the queen-size bed truly deserves the name "Walk-around" compared to typical case of "squeeze-around" beds. Extra 3 inches of space on each side of the bed make big difference!
Dinette booth with Ford's all-leather seating cushions
The beauty of Ford 220RB travel trailer is its functionality. Its interior kitchen is well equipped to prepare even some more elaborated meals. The 3-burner range with oven and hood, 7 cubic feet refrigerator with freezer (2 doors), built-in microwave oven and stainless-steel dual-bowl sink with high-rise faucet should live up to expectations. Also the solid-surface countertop and spacious cabinetry (including pantry) seems to provide enough of working and storage space.
The U-shaped dinette shares the street-side slide-out with large full-height pantry. Dinette’s all-leather seating and logos matching the style seen in F-series trucks is a nice accent that will be especially appreciated by owners of Ford pickup trucks.
Exterior kitchen (missing on this picture is an optional rear-bumper mounted grill)
But as vacations are focused on outdoor activities, to make it easier, Ford 220RB camper includes an external galley on the curbside of the camper (rear-end). It comes with large storage cabinet, sink with hot/cold water, countertop space and relatively large fridge w/freezer that can definitely store much more than just cold beverages. It is not clear what comes as the standard feature and what is optional, but for sure to make this exterior kitchen fully functional you will need an optional rear-bumper mounted grill. And then you are ready for an outdoor party …
The upwards opening door serves as a handy protection “umbrella” in either “burning” sun or rain weather conditions.
View into the bath (the mirror on the back of the dorr reflects the extra storage niche)
All "extra large" - shower cabin and linen cabinets
Bath: vanity with sink and bottom art of the linen cabinets
The walk-in bath has large shower tub and cabin with sliding glass doors, standard porcelain foot-flushed toilet and abundance of storage space. The latter is what really makes a difference compared to other campers of similar class. The vanity with sink has extended solid-surface countertop offering always appreciated area for all kind of toiletries. Above, hanging on the wall is sizable medicine cabinet with mirror. But the real “abundance of the storage space” comes thanks to full-height linen cabinet and extra–large niche in the wall (located above the exterior kitchen).
The medicine cabinet mirror is small and basically god to assist you during shaving or applying some cosmetics. The “real-size” mirror is attached on the back of the bath’s door. It will give you chance to ”scrutinize” yourself before appearing to the “outside world”…..
Pantry (here shown the side-access storage door)
... and another external storage
On the negative note: Yes, we understand that the lightweight design puts some restrictions on everything including the size of water tanks. But their current capacity of just 37, 25 and 25 gallons for correspondingly fresh, grey and black water seems to be too small.
Exterior height with A/C
Fresh water tank
Grey water tank
Black water tank
5,144 lbs (2)
2.456 lbs (2)
2 x 30 lbs
(1) Wide-body trailer (standard width is 8ft = 96”)
(2) Reflects standard features
Fridge in exterior kitchen is quite spacious
Front power jack (behind visible LPG bottles partially hidden behind the front-cap wall)
... and an exterior shower
Once again - Ford 220RB travel trailer in all its beauty
Let's follow the tour of Ford 220RB travel trailer
Summarizing: The 2017 Ford 220RB travel trailer thanks to its ultra-lite weight and innovative layout seems to be a good choice for many customers (mainly family of 2 or 2+ kids). Especially it will be greatly appreciated by current owners of F-xxx series of pickup trucks… Currently (as of January 2017) the new models are offered at low 30k$.
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