2013 Heartland Trail Runner TR29RK Review

Roomy travel trailer ready for the great outdoors

By Agata Gutkowska, Jun. 13, 2013, Photography by Heartland RV
The Trail Runner is one of Heartland’s newer additions and designed to attain maximum space efficiency. Its large slide out creates the ideal space for entertaining guests and its oversized windows allow you to enjoy Mother Nature, rain or shine. Built for families who love vacationing in the wild outdoors, the Trail Runner is an excellent camping companion.

Heartland Trail Runner Living Area

The Trail Runner comes in a whopping selection of 23 floorplans – we decided to explore the TR29RK. Not the lightest option, but the most relaxing one – you can alternate between napping on your bed, couch, swivel rocker and dinette. It has a gross vehicle weight rating is 9,000 lbs, dry weight of 6,793 lbs, hitch weight of 614 lbs and carrying capacity of 2,207 lbs. The Trail Runner’s is 8’0” wide, 11’2” tall and 33’11” tall. For water, the Trail Runner has a fresh tank capacity of 47 gallons, gray tank capacity of 70 gallons and black tank capacity of 35 gallons. The water heater capacity is at 6 gallons gas/DSI.

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Heartland Trail Runner Lounge Chairs

Heartland built the Trailer Runner on a cambered structural steel I-beam frame. Its R-7 fiberglass sidewalls, roof and floors are insulated. Its roof rafters are wood-tapered with 4-1/2” trusses.  There are wall studs on 16” centers and 2” by 3” longitudinal floor joists. The one-piece, seamless rubber roof is safe to walk on. Trail Runner’s unique aerodynamic radius front profile is designed for easy towing.

Camping doesn’t always mean hot dogs for dinner and marshmallows for desert. Chefs will love the Trailer Runner’s kitchen, equipped with all necessary appliances for cooking gourmet dinners and baking delicious deserts. Aside from the three-burner cook top with an HO front burner, the Trailer Runner comes with a microwave and an oven. You don’t have to bake brownies in batches because the large Heartland Trail Runner Kitchenoven gives you sufficient space to bake a large batch at once. The range hood has a light and an exhaust fan to prevent your temporary abode from going up in smoke. The acrylic residential-style sink has a high-rise faucet, making dish washing easier and giving you more space to pile plates. Spacious drawers are built with ball bearing drawer guides, which make them easy to open, store and close. A standard double-door refrigerator is spacious and stylish and has a paneled front that matches the wood cabinetry in the rest of the room.

Enjoy breakfast at the booth dinette, located beside a large panoramic window. You can enjoy a beautiful sunrise while digging into a plate of delicious scrambled eggs. If the sunrise doesn’t do it for you, then close the blinds and turn on your TV instead. After a big meal, take a nap on the full width convertible sofa or kick back on a recliner and watch TV. Family members won’t argue over a spot to relax because there’s plenty of room to spread out and laze around. The entertainment center, equipped with a 26” LCD television, comes with an AM/FM CD/DVD Player.

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Heartland Trail Runner Dining Area Heartland Trail Runner Entertainment Area

After a day of adventuring, send the kids to the bathroom to clean up. Enter and exit the neo angle shower through a glass door. Waste no electricity on lighting because there’s a skylight above. The vinyl flooring is easy to sweep and mop and the porcelain foot flush toilet is easy to scrub. Grooming and washing is made easy on the spacious counter. A medicine cabinet, equipped with a mirror, is excellent for storing toiletries and bathroom essentials.

Heartland Trail Runner Bedroom

At the end of the day, retreat to your bedroom and collapse on the queen-sized bed, equipped with an innerspring mattress. TV hookups are available, so if you like falling asleep to late night TV shows you can request a television for the bedroom. Although small in size, the bedroom gives you ample storage space for clothes, electronics, battery chargers and more. Store blouses and tees in the shirt wardrobe. Store books and chargers in the overhead cabinets and keep cumbersome objects under the bed. Each side of the bed is equipped with a nightstand, so you and your significant other can set your own alarm clocks.

Heartland knows that your family’s safety is key, so the entrance door is equipped with a dead-bolt lock. The multiple egress windows make for quick emergency escapes. The Trail Runner is secured with a propane alarm, a smoke alarm, a carbon monoxide alarm, and a fire extinguisher.

The Heartland Trailer Runner TR29RK sells for around $32,000. For more information visit HeartlandRVs.com.