2012 Gulf Stream Kingsport 288RLS Review

Camp like a king in this attractive travel trailer

By Amy Tokic, Aug. 23, 2012, Photography by Gulf Stream
Available in 15 different floorplans, the 2012 Gulf Stream Kingsport Travel Trailer should fit the camping needs of just about anybody. We’ll be taking a closer look at the 288RLS, a model that falls in the middle of series, size wise.

2012 Gulf Stream Kingsport Living Area

The Kingsport 288RLS has an overall length of 32’3”, an overall width of 8’, an exterior height of 10’9” and an interior height of 82”. As well, it has a dry weight of 6,930 lbs, a hitch weight of 930 lbs and a net carrying capacity of 4,400 lbs. In the way of water, the Kingsport has a black water tank capacity of 37 gallons, a gray water tank capacity of 37 gallons, a fresh water tank capacity of 54 gallons and a 6-gallon water heater. Keeping things comfortable all year long, this Gulf Stream travel trailer has a 30,000 BTU furnace to heat things up and a 13,500 BTU air conditioner to cool things down.

The chassis on the Kingsport is built on a 100 percent powder-coated steel frame that’s cambered for structural support and stability. It features 2x3 floor construction, 4 1/4" one-piece seamless TPO roof and a one-piece Darco breathable protective wrap. The Kingsport is designed with an aerodynamic front profile to cut through wind and its fiberglass insulation makes sure you are kept comfortable inside no matter what the temperature is outside. As well, it comes with a heated and enclosed fresh water tank, bumper storage for the sewer hose and fully welded outriggers.

2012 Gulf Stream Kingsport Kitchen and Dining Area

If you need to bring along extra supplies and equipment, the Kingsport is equipped with oversized pass-through storage that features insulated lockable radius baggage doors. A large insulated radius entry door (with a screen) and an easy-fold entry step give you easy accessibility to the trailer, while extra-large dinette windows provide a lovely view at dinner time.

Other exterior features include four wheel electric brakes, awning, radial tires, hitch light, LP cover with top access hatch, 30 Amp power cord, black framed radius windows, rain gutter with three inch downspouts, lighted main entrance step, outside cable TV hookup, exterior power outlet, molded fender skirts, tinted safety glass windows, breakaway switch, and dual battery tray.

2012 Gulf Stream Kingsport Bedroom

The Kingsport travel trailer is more than just a “pretty face” – but hey, being pretty sure doesn’t hurt. With looks to spare, the Kingsport boasts hardwood cabinet doors, glass panel inserts, brushed nickel hardware and hand-rubbed glazes. Adding to its homey feel are residential doors, mini blinds and upgraded window treatments.

The Gulf Stream Kingsport’s kitchen keeps you well fed, thanks to its three-burner range, a microwave and large refrigerator. A double sink makes it easy to clean up, while a sink cover gives you extra space to prep your meals. Your kitchen comes with three drawers, including a generous drawer for pots and pans. All the drawers offer full-extension ball bearing drawer guides. And once meals are ready, sit down with family and friends in the U-shaped dinette. For a little extra pizazz, you can always choose to upgrade with the solid-surface countertop option, which looks striking against the hardwood cabinet doors. The kitchen also comes with an oversized pantry, range hood with a light and exhaust fan, high-rise faucet, and decorative backsplash.

2012 Gulf Stream Kingsport Bathroom

The living area is spacious and welcoming, making it the ideal place to relax and enjoy yourself. There are plenty of places to sit – the Kingsport has a sofa and two swivel rockers. And you can crank out your favorite tunes on the 12 Volt AM/FM/CD/DVD player, complete with speakers. The living area also comes with an end table and overhead cabinetry.

The bedroom is your own personal retreat. Get a good night’s sleep on the queen-sized bed. You’ll appreciate reading lights, oversized wardrobes and closets and overhead cabinetry, making it feel just like home.

The bathroom comes with everything you’ll need while you’re on the road. It comes with a shower, toilet, and vanity sink.

The Kingsport also comes with a few extras you may want to add on. These include bathroom skylight, tub surround, spare tire with cover, four stabilizer jacks, outside hot/cold shower, two outside speakers, diamond plate front, flip-up bike rack, electric awning, aluminum rims, electric stabilizer jack, and fiberglass front.

The Gulf Stream Kingsport 288RLS Travel Trailer sells for about $24,952. For more information, visit gulfstreamrvtrailers.com.

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