2016 Palomino Puma Unleashed 359-THKS Review

An affordable toy hauler

By Agata Gutkowska, Jul. 08, 2016, Photography by Palomino RV
The Palomino Puma Unleashed will carry you and your toys in comfort. 

The Puma Unleashed comes in nine floorplans – five fifth wheels and four travel trailers. We’ve decided to explore the family-sized 359-THKS toy hauler. It has a gross vehicle weight rating of 13,947 lbs, hitch weight of 2,367 lbs, unloaded vehicle weight of 9,947 lbs and cargo carrying capacity of 4,000 lbs. For measurements, the Puma Unleashed 359-THKS has an exterior length of 36’8”, exterior height of 13’2” and exterior width of 96”. For liquids, it has a fresh water tank capacity of 100 gallons, gray water tank capacity of 42 gallons and black water tank capacity of 32 gallons. Its awning size is 21 feet. 

As for construction, the Palomino Puma Unleashed features an enclosed underbelly and heated tanks. The heavy duty I-beam frames come with EZ lube axles, the colored front fiberglass cap comes with a diamond plate, and the cargo tie downs come with ¼” by 8” reinforcement plates. For easy loading, the Puma Unleashed is equipped with a beaver tail rear floor. For your family’s comfort, the floors, walls and ceiling feature R-7 insulation. One-piece floor decking comes with a 25-year limited warranty, while the one-piece rubber roof comes with a 12-year warranty.

2016 Palomino Puma Unleashed 359-THKS Garage

With the Palomino Puma Unleashed, convenience begins outside. Puma’s exterior is equipped with features that will add comfort to any road trip. Tinted safety glass windows and luggage doors are equipped with clamp rings and rain gutters have large drop spouts. If your family loves spending time outdoors, they will definitely take advantage of the outside speakers, shower and grill. When they’re ready to go inside, they can just walk through the radius entry doors, equipped with a holding grab handle. 

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2017 Starcraft AR-One Maxx 26HR Toy Hauler

Puma’s kitchen is equipped with the necessities for home cooking. For storage, you can keep all your plates and cups in the 16” deep overhead cabinets, spices in the spice rack and silverware in the divided silverware drawer (knives can be stored in the built-in knife rack). With two pantries, you will have ample room for your condiments and non-perishables. For convenience, the kitchen sink, located at the kitchen island, is equipped with a high-rise teapot handle faucet. For esthetics, the kitchen features a beautiful decorative splashboard, elegant window treatments and brand new LED lights. You can heat dinner in the microwave or on the suburban three-burner high output range.

2016 Palomino Puma Unleashed 359-THKS Kitchen

When dinner’s ready, you can serve it at the table located beside the L-shaped sofa, giving you a great window view of the outdoors. The dining area doubles as the living room. You can kick back on the L-shaped sofa, sip on a cold drink and watch your favorite show on the 32” LCD TV. For an extra price, the entertainment center can feature a 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound System with AM/FM/DVD/Bluetooth player, along with an additional connector for your iPod. If you don’t go with the upgrade, you’ll get AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo with a sound bar.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2016 Cruiser RV Boss 4290

Next, let’s check out the bathroom. Equipped with the necessities for grooming and cleaning, the bathroom has everything you need to make long road trips comfortable and clean. The wood medicine cabinet comes with a mirrored door, and the tub features surround. To bring in natural light, the bathroom also features a skylight.

2016 Palomino Puma Unleashed 359-THKS Dining Area

When you’re ready to call it a night, head to the Master Bedroom. The queen-size bed, equipped with an Evergreen high-density foam mattress, sits across from the entertainment center. There’s a nightstand and shirt closet on both sides of the bed and an overhead cabinet above. Two bedroom windows soak in a lot of natural sunlight. On the opposite end of the trailer, in the cargo area, you can set up a queen bed with electric lift, located right beside a 7’5” ramp door with spring assist.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2016 Forest River Work and Play Catalyst 40BTS

To keep your family safe on long road trips, The Puma Unleashed is equipped with the most modern safety technology. It features a carbon monoxide detector, LP leak detector and smoke detector. In case of fire, there’s a fire extinguisher, and in case of a road mishap, there’s a spare tire.

The Palomino Puma Unleashed 359-THKS sells for around $35,000. Visit PalominoRV.com for more information.


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