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 2011 Heartland North Trail ultralite travel trailer
See reader's comments and experiences at bottom of page

"The ultimate in ultra lightweight luxury and value! All-aluminum, laminated construction provides unmatched strength and support - providing your family with years of carefree use. The interiors are open and spacious with numerous multiple slideout floorplan arrangements."

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Important dimensions:
The Heartland lineup of North Trail lightweight towables includes travel trailers, king slides, tent ends, FK 7.5' wide and fifth wheels. This review features only the travel trailers.
 
 9 floorplans are available - we show these below.
Exterior length 26'4" - 33'5"
Exterior height 9'10",  Exterior width 8'0"
Interior height 6'6",  GVWR 6,900lbs
Dry weight 4,361 - 5,434 lbs,  Hitch weight 374 - 690 lbs

Tanks - fresh / black / grey - 36 / 37 / 37 gals
Starting MSRP  see dealer for pricing
  

 
 
Heartland says: "Choose the NORTH TRAIL for the ultimate in ultra lightweight luxury and value! All-aluminum, laminated construction provides unmatched strength and support - providing your family with years of carefree use. The interiors are open and spacious with numerous multiple slideout floorplan arrangements. It’s models like this one that make it hard for us to convince customers this really is an ultra light weight unit!"
 
Just some of the standard construction features and benefits of the Heartland North Trail
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Roaming Times thinks the Heartland North Trail is a terrific travel trailer and with a wide variety of lengths and floorplans to choose from, there is something for most families.  We show typical interior pictures below. 
  
  

 

The picture above shows looking from front to rear and the picture below is from rear to front.:

 
  
"Wide open, spacious floorplans are the norm in the NORTH TRAIL line of ultra light weight towables. While large kitchen slide-outs like this are typically reserved for coaches costing thousands more, this NORTH TRAIL model provides a truly wide-open feel, as well as large base cabinet and overhead storage, over-sized windows and a sofa and dinette that both convert into beds for additional sleeping capacity."
   

 

"This bedroom is typical of most NORTH TRAIL units, featuring a large queen bed, an abundance of overhead cabinets, matching shirt closets, nightstands, and two windows for great ventilation.":

 

"NORTH TRAIL ultra lightweight towables are designed with young families in mind! Just take a look at this model with a convenient dinette built right in the bunkhouse area, as well as an entertainment center, large base cabinet storage for clothes and games and more. The dinette makes into a bed for added sleeping space.":

 

Just some of the standard interior features of the Heartland North Trail: Radius Counter Tops, Monitor Panel in Bathroom, Cable TV Prep, Dual Ducted 13.5 A/C, 12V, AM/FM CD Player,
Raised Panel Overhead Cabinets Doors, Steel Ball-Bearing Drawer Guides - Full Extension, Hi-Rise Kitchen Faucet, Half-Time Convection Oven with Microwave, 9,000 BTU 3-Burner Cooktop, Residential Quality Linoleum Flooring, Power Range Hood w/Light, Double Door Refer, Acrylic Sink, Tub Surround with Built-in Shelves, Hardwood Medicine Cabinet, Foot Flush Toilet, 74" Queen Bed

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FLOORPLANS

We show the floorplans below - click for a bigger picture:

 



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"The ultimate in ultra lightweight luxury and value! All-aluminum, laminated construction provides unmatched strength and support. The interiors are open and spacious with numerous multiple slideout floorplan arrangements."

This video is the 32QBSS king slide model
see king slide floorplans here

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(Today's video is from RVwholesalers.com - many thanks) 

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LoriWe have a 2008 heartland north trail 28 ft travel trailer. I've been reading about all the problems and know now I'm not alone. We also have major delaminating with the whole front. We have had leaking for several years. No place could find the leak. After several thousand spent we found the leak on roof also found slide out cable off. The front is now spongy. Feels like you can put your hand through it. Radio cd player stopped working several years ago. We also can't sell it and still owe money on it. What a POS it is. Where do we go from here?
Steve D.We have a 2013 21FBS. We love it. It tows easily, well insulated, and everything works well so far. Can't wait to go camping again!
Sorry I bought a heartlandSalesman sold me on a heartland. Purchased a 2009 28BHS because of the "Quality" he fooled me in to. After 2 years I have the front Delaminating, replaced the stereo unit twice, outside spearkers don't work and now this winter the lenolium floor cracked in two places. They want $1600 to replace the floating linolium floor at the dealer. Think it would have cracked if it was "Floating". RV dealers are crooks. Makes me never want to camp again. And yeah, another 1600 to repair the delam that is a manufacturing or design flaw in my book. Wonder why they have diamond plate on the bottom now rather than fiberglass? These dealers pray on the rich and retired, charging $120/hr for labor. Give me a break.
32 Foot QBSNEVER BUY A NORTHTRAIL!! We bought a 2010 new in 2009. Since this time, every beem shows terribly down both sides. And oh yes, they have a disclaimer in their manual that that is normal. It looks like a piece of junk! Not to mention the siding is delaminating! Which the dealer said that they know is a problem and has since changed the glue, but they looked at a couple of email pics and wrote it off as water damage. So we requested a field rep and they never got back to us. They don't care about you once you write the check! The dealer we bought it from also NEVER took us through the trailer so we havd to learn as we go. But oh yes, there is a disclaimer about this as well. If the dealer doesn't tell you the basics and you don't do something recomemded in their manual, your screwed. We had allot of little things wrong with it, but most my husband fixed in our driveway. But this, I can't even sell it to anyone. Plus I still owe $14,000 on it. Its just sickining. I hate to see the sides just pealing off. Don't buy one, they won't help you! Their customer service SUCKS!!
Don LeachI purchased a new 2012 North Land by Heart Land 5th wheel. Worst purchase I ever made. Plumbing leaks, Electrical problems seat cushion holes, finish trim falls off, leaking slide, and the warrantee is worthless as both dealers we ahve tried are not help. They just brush it all aside and put us off.
Jd2008 31qbs Biggest POS ever. Entire front delaminated. Dellamination outside of fridge (entire slide recaulked by dealer). Spongy floor by fridge. Outside faucet replaced twice (leak caused swollen slide floor). Doors won't stay on. Oven Replaced once. CD player won't work, one speaker blown, etc. never buying a heartland again.
Rlpx2I bought a new 2009 31 red in March 2010. Unit is great had some minor electrical with lights and air conditioner. Dealer used new connectors and fixed it. Camper is great size and pulls excellent 5.0 F150. The bedroom area could be about bigger. We added a full queen sealy mattress. I really only can complain about toilet tank sensors says we are full when in reality we are about 1/2. Spray nozzle clean out is great. Have had no problem with spongy floor as of this being 4th season camping. I did replace tires this year as the old ones weather checked Evan after covering them. The TV antenna gets no good reception we do better with Rabbitt ears, Ithink its the digital channels. All and all iI llove the unit. May get a bigger unit in a few years before retirement. Thanks Heartland for a super trailer
BigalI bought a 2009, worst purchase ever! Slides leak, rotten floor throughout the back half! Debating burning it down!!! Don't buy one!!
JammieWe are having all kinds of water leakage. The bumper, windows when it rains hard and the slide. Not sure what to do? Not sure if insurance will fix it either. We bought it brand new, and have taken excellent care of it.
John G.Just purchased a 2010 - 21FBS and found it very inconvenient when draining both the grey and black water tanks. You have to reach under too far in order to open the valves (or knives). Because the trailer is so low in clearance I almost had to crawl underneath. Hence I have rectified this by adding an extension to the valve openers with a plate positioned near the end of the sewer outlet. Now all I have to do is reach down to pull both valves open. Other than this minor inconvenience, we think the trailer is a gem.
bradI own the 31 red it was 2 years old when i bought it. It had spongie floors in kitchen and now in the living room. Under the trailor the wood pannel under the black weather shield is roton and wet it must be repaired or mold will start
Jim KWe have a 28RLS that we purchased not quite 3 years ago. We had to have the slide fixed as the cable pulleys pulled loose and we are now having the Apollo half-time oven replaced because the microwave part doesn't work. A common problem that Heartland will not help with. Now I think the front has delaminated as I have fixed a leak where the front meets the roof twice and it is leaking again. It looks like I will have to fix it every time I tow it.
DebMarkwere looking to purchase a new trailer, and we loved the look and lay out of the NT 2012 30 RED, but have they addressed the spongy floors and did the manufacturer come good with the ones that had defects.
unhappy with heartland2008 Heartland 280Bh floor went incredibly spongy within a year.no satisfactory support from factory who wants to pretend they have no problem or responsability, even though they advertise as having one of the strongest , least flexing floors in the industry. it is an embarrasment when friends step onto the floor, they think they are going to fall through.
CraigWe are really considering purchasing the 2012 32BUDS. After touring one amongst several dozen others, we concluded that we absolutley love the features and amenities of this one. Has ayone had aany experience with this or a similar model? Mid-late February 2012 is target for purchse. any advice greatly appreciated. Happy Trails
David DWe have a 2008 North Trail 31BHD and also have the problem with the spongy floor. It is most noticable down the center from the front couch to the start of the back bedroom. The dealer is taking no responsability and the factory CSR listened to us and had us send pictures but then they talked to the dealer and decided it was sold as a new unit but as is with no warrenty because it was a bank siezed unit from a bankrupt dealer. Pretty disappointed in the heartland product. There were several small issues that we just fixed but this one is more then I can handle on my own.
Ron CastanagaI purchased a model 26rls trailer camper around May 2011. Everything looked great but it trips a lot few minutes after you turn on the A/C, water heater and ref. Heartland should recheck the size of wiring circuits with allowable tolerances. I returned my camper 3x for repair. Heartland please make this model as reliable as KZs. Headaches and stress can kill at 108 degrees temp in okj.
jerryWe have a 31qbs it is a 2009 pickit up in 2008 we love the bunkhouse for the kids.
Deborah S.We purchased the 21FBS 2011 model and have loved every thing about it except the radio/DVD player. We cannot get good reception from the radio anywhere. The dealer replaced it once already and said it is doing all it can do. We camp in some wooded areas but normally without many trees over our camper. I figure you should get as good reception as you would in a car. Actually I have a clock radio in the camper and it picks up just fine. I'm wondering if we put a different antenna on the camper if that would help? Other than that We LOVE our North Trail!!
Ben MassingillWe noticed a posting about a 2008 North Trail 28BH with delaminated front and spongy floor near sink area. We too have experienced these exact situations. Just wondered if others had too? Otherwise we have no complaints and have loved the unit. Just hoping front and floor hold up!
28 yr Master Certified RV TechAs a career RV tech, I am somewhat impressed with the North Trail coaches, and I am hard to impress!! I get to fix all the things you never see upon delivery. My only BIG gripe, which could become a killer, is some Wide Trax suspensions can (and have) gouged the steel LP pipe between the front and rear axle. I know, because I have repaired 3 in the last year or so. Do yourself a favor and slide under your coach and check for this. Most dealers don't. It could save you and your family's lives. I am currently trying to get a recall started on this. If you find this on your coach call the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 Thanks and safe, happy camping to you all.
28 yr Master Certified RV TechHave you checked your steel LP line near the Wide Trax link between front and rear axle ? The rocker link can hit lp line-I know-I have fixed several before customer's taking posession. This is damage just from the factory to our dealership.
CindyHWe just drove our first TT back from Elkhart. 26LRSS. AWESOME AWESOME. We were concerned about the towing with a 1/2 ton RAM. This trailer handled like a dream. We saw other TT's on the road and they were flopping and swaying. We were solid. Not sure if it was because we got the equalizer anti sway or the wide-trax system for the NT but we were NOT disappointed. We can't wait to head out the door
DaveI just purchased a 21FBS. Nice trailer but a few things would make life a little simpler. Why put the interior lite switch up on an over head cabinet. You have to get in to turn the outside lite on. Put it just inside the door down low on the side of the counter cabinet where it can be turned on from outside after opening the door. There is no battery cut off switch. $5 item. Cost cutting? Only lite trailer with a raised wheel well in the dinette foot area. Inconvenient and in the way. Necessary to remove the dining table to close the slide. Inconvenient. Make cut outs for the two legs and leave the table in place. Cheap stereo/dvd/speakers. After all these litte things this is a great towing trailer, its quiet inside, lots of floor space, great bathroom, looks great!
RODi am getting ready to purchse the 29BHSS. Can anyone tell me about the quality of this trailer
Don & ErickaI would like to purchase a North Trail but the 280BH is just too long. Does anyone know if the 21FBS is available with the ramp door and fold up bed. I would buy it today if it were available. If you have any info I would appreciate an e-mail at ericka@amassoc.net
freerI just towed home our new 28 ft North Trail with a baic 1/2 ton and could not believe it. It towed better than our 2006 2200LB Bantam flier.Awsome trailer!
USAWe can't wait for our new TT to arrive from the factory- I can not believe all the benefits to owning a North Trail- upscale RVing with low scale pricing! Thank you North Trail
archbarbWe purchased the 2009 26rks for all of the great storage and private bedroom. We looked at many other brands, but the storage, 2" walls, enclosed underbelly, and not having to trade up to 3/4 ton truck sold us. Great product!!!!!
bbWe are the proud new owners of a Heartland 21fbs. We believe you won't find a higher quality ultralite on the market.
djWe looked at the 28RLS at a show last month. We were very impressed with the quality and the fact that it is an ultralite means we can move into a quality 28' without changing tow vehicles.
Ros KI think this is a great RV. I like the ultralite aspect and I particularly like the ramp door access with the 280BH. After reading this I went to a dealer in Durango, CO and looked at what they had. We currently have a Keystone but need something with more facilities for our needs. We need to look at more but the North Trail looks real good.

 
 
    
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