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2001 Royals International 3741
We started fulltiming with a 36' Newmar Kountry Star - 34BKWB, with 2
slides. This unit, after we loaded it, was maxed out at its GVWR of
16,250 lbs. We were glad to have the F550 pulling it - and it did a
competent job. But after fulltiming for a few years we realized that our
next "dream" trailer would be in the heavyweight class, and have at
least 3 slides. That caused us to consider trading the F550 for our
tractor - which we did in the summer of 2003. We really had no intention
of changing trailers any time soon, but as often happens, fate
intervened and we ended up acquiring another trailer in February of
we aquired a 2001 38' Royals International (by Carriage)
3741 Emissary, with 3 slides. It was truly a "heavyweight", weighing
18,840 lbs empty, and 21,440 lbs loaded with our "stuff". We were very glad
to have the Volvo to pull this with.
Our pin weight with the Royals is 5020 lbs., but you don't even
notice this with the Volvo - it just makes the ride a little better. In
fact, I barely notice the 5000 lb. overall difference between the
Kountry Star and the Royals. With the Kountry Star we got in the 10.1 to
10.7-ish mpg area when towing; we now get in the 9.8-10.1 area without
pulling the Jeep, and about 9.1-9.5 mpg when double towing (this is with
the new ultra low sulfur diesel fuel). Pulling "Grapevine" on I-5 north
of the LA area, we ran up it at 65 mph going north with the Kountry
Star, and about 55 mph going south with the Royals. It is not quite a
fair comparison, since the road is obviously different, depending on the
direction, plus we were in traffic heading south with the Royals. But
the extra weight does show up when pulling long and steep hills.
Otherwise, we don't notice it.
The new trailer has some goodies on it that we really like. It has
Bigfoot automatic levelers, by Quadra (http://www.bigfootleveler.com/).
These are hydraulic both extending and retracting, and are very
heavy duty. Push a button and walk away. The unit levels itself. A
wonderful invention, which also enables you to change a tire by jacking
the unit up. The trailer also has an automatic satellite dish -
something we never had before - that is so convenient that you quickly
become spoiled. It also came with a great Bose stereo/DVD. Sherry
(the original owner) switched all the furniture to Lazy Boy, which we love.
The exterior has painted graphics, and the entire unit is
clear-coated. The roof is half inch plywood with fiberglass on top -
very solid when you walk on it. The wall framing is aluminum welded on
all 4 sides for strength, and the entire unit has astrofoil as well as
standard insulation. The double pane windows make it quieter inside,
less drafty, much warmer and we have no condensation on the
windows, like we did with our Kountry Star (which only had single pane
We have 4 - 120 watt Kyocera solar panels (28+ amps), 4 - Sam's Club
6-volt batteries to store the power, and a Heart Freedom 2000 watt
inverter/charger to help us use the power. Three of the panels were on
the unit when we got it, and I took one off our old unit (Jerry got the
other three panels from the Kountry Star). There is no more space on the
roof for much of anything, once we added the racks for our windsurfer's.
If we run out of sun we have a propane-powered 6500 watt Onan generator
in the nose. The electrical system is protected by a Progressive power
All these are things we love, but many of them we probably would not
have added ourselves. THANKS, Jerry and Sherry!!
More pictures of the Royals can be seen
Kitchen not in slide - usable with slides in
Dining area - table expands
Desk and Entertainment Center
Lazy Boy recliners
In October of 2009 we ordered a 2010 42' New Horizons Majestic.
Details of that trailer are on the New
Horizons page of this website.