2013 Forest River Lexington 265DS Review

A compact and easy-to-drive Class C

By Agata Gutkowska, Jul. 22, 2013, Photography by Forest River
With its unique features and easy-to-drive design, Forest River's Lexington Class C motorhome is an appealing choice for couples on the road.

The 2013 Lexington is available in four floorplans. We’ll be taking a closer look at the 265DS, which has an efficient layout and spacious kitchen. The 265DS has a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500 lbs and a gross capacity weight rating of 20,000 lbs. Its fuel capacity is 55 gallons, while it has a fresh water capacity of 44 gallons, a gray water capacity of 44 gallons and a black water capacity of 35 gallons. The exterior length is 28’0”, exterior height is 10’7” and exterior width is 94.5”. To protect you from the sun, the Lexington has a 16-foot awning.

2013 Forest River Lexington 265DS Rear

Starting from top to bottom, the Lexington’s multi-layered laminated and crowned fiberglass roof is built on Luan docking. Block foam insulation keeps it well insulated. It is equipped with dual A/C ducts and tubular aluminum framing and finished off with a soft-touch vinyl ceiling. Vacuum-bond laminated sidewalls have a decorative interior wallboard. They are built on tubular aluminum framing and have electro-galvanized metal backers, along with a Luan backer. The floor system is vacuum-bonded and laminated and feature block foam insulation. Forest River outfitted the Lexington with seamless floor decking and Beauflor flooring, which is carpeted in some areas.

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Drivers who need peace while on the road can close the privacy curtains and relax behind the wheel. To attain ultimate serenity, throw on some sea sounds on your 7” touch-screen AM/FM radio with CD/DVD.  It also comes with USB, Aux, Weatherband and Bluetooth. You and your significant other can lean back in your leather driver and passenger chairs and watch the highways roll by. You can also request a swivel driver’s seat and swivel passenger’s seat. An GPS navigation system with iPod dock is available.

2013 Forest River Lexington 265DS Interior Front

The Lexington 265DS makes efficient use of its limited space. Behind the cab curtain is the dining room and kitchen, equipped with the most important amenities. Glazed maple or cherry wood – depending on your personal taste – decorates the Lexington’s interior and features raised panel doors. Residential drawer guides are stylish and create a cozy ambience. If you’re affected by the heat or cold, you’ll probably want the 15K BTU air conditioner, equipped with a heat pump, and Fantastic fan in the living room.

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When you’re ready to prepare a meal, flip over the flip-on-counter and slice up some fruits and veggies after you’ve washed them in the sink.  Stir-fry them over the range, equipped with a cover, or eat them raw at the u-shaped dinette, located next to a large window. Lazy cooks can reheat their frozen dinners in the microwave and leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator. Beside the dinette is a small pantry, where canned goods and condiments might be stored. Those who like to spend time preparing meals in the kitchen might want to request the Corian solid surface galley with sink covers.

2013 Forest River Lexington 265DS Kitchen

Even when living in the wild outdoors, grooming is important. After a day of sweating, hunting, climbing or swimming, escape to the bathroom and take a long shower. Although the bathroom doesn’t scream luxury, it’s equipped with the necessities – a porcelain toilet and power vent.

When you’re ready to escape the day and recharge, walk into your bedroom. Here, you will find a comfortable queen-sized bed sitting among two wardrobes, nightstand, drawer, and 24” flat panel television. If you like taking midday naps then pull down the nightshades and block out all sunlight for a good day’s sleep.  Cedar-lined wardrobes are available for an additional cost. You can also request a Fantastic fan in the bedroom.

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Those who plan on spending lots of time outside might want to invest in a few outdoor options. Get an outside shower to rinse yourself off from mud and dirt before you enter your home. Or, if you’re a fan of outdoor barbeques, choose an exterior grill with quick connect.

2013 Forest River Lexington 265DS Bedroom

The 2013 Forest River Lexington 265DS sells for around $90,000. For more information, visit Forest River’s website.

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