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Creature Comforts in a Wildcat

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

 

Based on customer and dealer input requesting lighter and more affordable fifth-wheels, Forest River has given its Wildcat a complete makeover to target the half-ton and three-quarter-ton truck market. The new models have an unloaded vehicle weight ranging from 9,449 to 11,061 pounds, with gross vehicle weight ratings from 11,822 to 13,687 pounds. The popular fifth-wheel brand has been in Forest River’s lineup for 15 years and now sports an ivory high-gloss fiberglass exterior and 3M graphics package on a welded aluminum cage.

ATB-Wildcat-2Currently, five floorplans are available, with four of them having three slides. All models have hardwood fascia and raised-panel cabinet doors and drawers, residential furniture that includes a hide-a-bed sofa sleeper (an L-shaped sofa on 327RE), a fireplace and a 50-inch HDTV on a swingarm. In the kitchen, solid-surface countertops, a high-rise pull-out faucet, a microwave oven and a three-burner range with a glass cover facilitate food prep. Four-season R-52 insulation runs through the lino­leum floor and roof, wrapping into the entire front-cap wall.

When it’s time to catch some shut-eye, lie back on a 60 x 80-inch walk-around bed from Denver Mattress. Bedrooms on the mid-profile models have a wardrobe slide and nightstands. The high-profile units have a bed slide, a nightstand with drawers and a full wall-to-wall closet. The bathroom includes a 32 x 40-inch shower with a triple-sliding door and a built-in mirrored medicine cabinet. Each floorplan has accommodations for a washer and dryer.

Exterior length ranges from 32 feet 9 inches to 37 feet 7 inches, with all models having 60-gallon freshwater tanks. Outside, relax under the Wildcat’s 13- to 16-foot awnings with LED lighting. For outdoor lovers, the 29RKP model features a drop-down-ramp-door Park & Play Patio with a full-coverage awning, a refrigerator and an entertainment center prepped for a 50-inch HDTV with surround-sound speakers. Base MSRPs start at around $35,000.

Forest River | 574-849-8193 | www.forestriverinc.com/wildcat


 

Donya CarlsonFifth-Wheel TrailersRV Lifestyle

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