2016 Heartland Prowler 30P RLS Review

An affordable, family-friendly travel trailer

By Agata Gutkowska, Jan. 15, 2016, Photography by Heartland RV
If you’re on the prowl for a new travel trailer, this might be the one you’ve been searching for. The affordable Heartland Prowler is designed to make you and your family members feel at home.

The Heartland Prowler comes in 17 floorplans – some of these are perfect for a bachelor, while others are ready for the whole family. We decided to explore the 30P RLS because we think it’s the ideal Prowler for a family of four. The Prowler 30P RLS has a gross vehicle weight rating of 9,400 lbs, dry weight of 7,786 lbs, and hitch weight of 838 lbs. It has a width of 8’0”, height of 11’4” and length of 35’3”. For liquids, the Prowler has a fresh water tank capacity of 42 gallons, gray water tank capacity of 35 gallons, and black water tank capacity of 35 gallons.

2016 Heartland Prowler Exterior

Let’s start with the Prowler’s construction. Built on a steel I-beam frame, the Prowler is strong, reliable and durable. It has a 0.030” aluminum front and rear exterior, along with a 0.024” aluminum metal exterior. It features an R-7 rated fiberglass insulated sidewall, roof and floor, and 5/8” marine grade floor decking. Its wood-tapered roof rafters are equipped with 4-1/2” trusses. An aerodynamic radius front profile adds ease and stability to your road trips, while the finished pass-through storage makes it easy to store large and cumbersome objects. The one-piece seamless rubber roof is easy and safe to walk on, while the electric-powered slides expand the space.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2016 CrossRoads ReZerve 33RL

On the outside, the Heartland Prowler looks like your typical modern trailer home. Its radial tires have steel rims and E-Z lube axels. A rain gutter comes with extra long drip sprouts, protecting your home from water damage, while the diamond plate stone guard protects your trailer from scratches. The patio light comes with an inside switch, making it easy and safe for you to see what’s going on outside your trailer. Radius tinted safety glass windows provide your home with natural light, while also giving you privacy.

2016 Heartland Prowler Kitchen

When you walk inside, you’ll find yourself in a hallway that leads to the kitchen. The microwave oven is equipped with a carousel and all the drawers have ball bearing drawer guides, which make it easy to open and close your drawers. A 50/50 residential-style sink provides you with two separate spaces to wash and rinse your dishes. The three-burner cooktop comes with a range hood, equipped with a light and exhaust fan. Keep your perishables in the double door refrigerator with built in freezer. All cabinetry is equipped with stainless steel knobs and pulls. A spacious island gives you ample room to prepare food, whether you’re cooking by yourself or with an assistant. To top it off, the kitchen also comes with a built-in knife rack, spice rack and pullout trash can. When dinner’s ready, you can serve it at the dinette table, located right across from the stove and fridge.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2016 Airstream International Serenity 30

After a big dinner, you and the family will probably want some relaxation time. You can call dibs on the sleeper sofa, which converts into a bed, or you can sit on one of the comfortable sofa chairs. The extra large skylight in the living room adds warmth and sunlight to the space, and at night, the LED interior lights will keep things bright. An entertainment center sits right across from the sofa and it’s equipped with a TV and cable TV hook-up with RG6 coax cabling. The AM/FM/CD/DVD entertainment system also has Bluetooth capability.

2016 Heartland Prowler Entertainment Center

Moving to the bathroom, you'll find all the essentials, including a porcelain toilet that comes with foot flush. The ABS tub surround comes with a designer shower curtain, while the medicine cabinet has a built-in shelf, allowing you to store your toiletries and bathroom essentials. Last but not least, the Heartland Prowler bathroom also has a towel ring and bathroom power vent, keeping your towels and the air as fresh as possible.

2016 Heartland Prowler Bathroom

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2015 Venture Sonic SN234VBH

When you’re ready to recharge, you can head to the Master bedroom. The queen bed comes with an innerspring mattress, and the finished under-bed storage comes with gas struts. For extra storage, you also get a deep overhead storage cabinet above the bed and a shirt wardrobe. Both sides of the bed come with electric outlets, allowing you to keep your phone charged and alarm clock plugged in. Equipped with a TV hook-up, you can watch your favorite program before getting your beauty sleep.

2016 Heartland Prowler Bedroom

Visit HeartlandRVs.com for more information.


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