Sun-Lite Test Run

Put it to the test

Our Sun-Lite was put to the test under the scrutiny of a 40-year RV engineer.

In the mid 1970s, Bill Hostetler as the AVP of Coachmen, developed the Cadet line of economically priced travel trailers which turned into the company’s largest selling travel trailer after the oil embargo drove gas prices sky high. From ’78 to ’93 Hostetler oversaw all product design activities for the 14 RV divisions at Skyline Corporation, reporting directly to the company’s dynamic leader, Art Decio.

He then served as Damon Corporation’s VP of Engineering over towables, motorized and R&D. Before retiring, he returned back to Skyline, where he was responsible for RV design, overseeing all activities related to design, development and safety, including production prints and specifications, and problem solving.

In the fall of 2016, Bill and his wife, Peggy, tested a Sun-Lite Travel Trailer. Traveling from Mishawaka, Ind. to Casper, Wyo., Bryce Canyon, Utah, and Grand Junction, Colo., Hostetler reviewed this RV.

Bill and Peggy are most happy with the biggest differences between the Sun-Lite  and other similar models such as Puma, Keystone RV Premier Ultra Lite, Gulf Breeze Ultra Lite or the Jayco Hummingbird: a 54-inch dinette slide out which makes room for 4 people at the table with extra room, and the large fridge which provides enough room to keep food for four!

Directly from Bill

“My wife and I had planned to drive our car but a marketing company approached me with the idea of taking an RV to test and critique. Having spent 40+ years in Engineering management for Coachmen, Damon Corp. and Skyline Corp. I was interested, but a little concerned about it being a 19′ single axle TT. I’m used to larger units and have never been a fan of single axle units.

“When I got the unit I was completely surprised. It is a Sun-Lite made by Sunset RV and it is no bare bones unit. It has stabilizer jacks, power tongue jack, power awning, slide out room, roof A/C, TV antenna, microwave, 7 c.f. double door refrigerator, DSI water heater, forced air furnace, stereo, etc., etc.

“We started out Thursday at 6 p.m. and spent 6 hours on the road. Today we stopped just short of the Colorado state line. I have to say, in spite of it being a single axle unit, much of the time I forget it was even back there. It doesn’t affect the handling of our truck at all. Even passing big rigs, can’t feel any affect.

“Both evenings we have spent in rest stops. Tomorrow is our first planned night in a camp ground. We will be posting pictures and more highlights of this little unit. I have to say my first impression is much higher than I expected!”


“Seriously, there is a very short list of ‘corrections’ I would make with this unit. But it’s been great: larger fridge and larger slide out than comparable RVs.

“I’ve met Merle (owner of Sunset Park RV) and think he’s a great guy and talented builder. And he builds a quality product. Two thumbs up. Test results: A.”