2014 DRV Mobile Suites Estates 38 RSB3 Review

Lavish living in this well-appointed fifth wheel

By Agata Gutkowska, Oct. 11, 2013, Photography by DRV Suites
If you walked into the DRV Estate with your eyes closed, you’d open them and guess that you were in a modern cottage. With residential appliances and contemporary deco, the DRV puts a fashionable spin on its traditional mobile homes. Couples seeking lavish living on the road should consider the 2014 DRV Mobile Suite Estate.

With 10 floorplans to choose from, it was difficult to choose one. After comparing and contrasting, we decided to explore the 38 RSB3. This layout utilizes space most efficiently and leaves ample room for spreading out and relaxing. It has a 15” triple box tube frame and a 101” wide body frame. The 38 RSB3 has 8,000lb axles and 17.5” Goodyear H-Rated tires. It comes with automotive disc brakes and 3 ¾” thick walls, equipped with foam core. For water, there’s a fresh water tank capacity of 100 gallons, gray water tank capacity of 75 gallons and black water tank capacity of 50 gallons.

2014 DRV Mobile Suites Estates 38 RSB3 Interior

With the same structure and foundation as its older DRV siblings, the Estate doesn’t cut many corners. It features a 3” floor with 14” O.C. aluminum floor joists. The floors are also equipped with Four Season perimeter heat ducting and feature 5/8” tongue and groove plywood. The 38 RSB3’s joist construction is screwed and glued. The walls are constructed with screwed and glued aluminum studs, featuring 16” O.C. stud spacing. To eliminate condensation, the walls are made with a Monsanto Fome-Core Vapor Barrier. They also have 1/4” thick high gloss gel coat fiberglass, equipped with wood backers. The wool insulation is formaldehyde-free. The Estate’s fully molded fiberglass roof features 16” O.C. rafter spacing and ½” plywood roof overlayment.

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When you walk into the 2014 DRV Mobile Suites Estates 38 RSB3, you are instantly greeted by warm tones, successfully achieved through the woodwork of DRV’s carpenters. Hardwood cabinetry throughout comes in New England Cherry, Chestnut Maple and Urban Glaze. Slide outs are accented with Hardwood Fascia trim and the hardwood cabinet stiles are pocket drilled and screwed. Panel cabinetry is full-face raised and features concealed cabinet door hinges. Below your feet, plush residential high durability carpet sits on a rebond carpet pad, which sits on hand-laid vinyl wood plank flooring. Crown molding can be seen throughout the model. LED lighting, controlled by dimmer switches, changes the ambience with a quick tap of a switch. To add to the humble romance of the room, there’s a decorative wall clock hanging in the kitchen.

2014 DRV Mobile Suites Estates 38 RSB3 Study

The living room is designed for lazy Sundays and slow evenings. You can relax on the bonded leather recliners and sofa while watching a movie on your 46” Samsung LED HDTV. Those who prefer the simple pleasures of life can read a book by the built-in fireplace. On hot summer nights, cool off under the ceiling fan. Coats, jackets and hats can be stored in the utility closet, which also features a centralized control station. The custom hardwood dinette comes with extra storage and a pullout table. Two hardwood dinette chairs come with fabric accents. For late-night suppers, turn on the decorative dinette light and you’ll feel right at home.

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Gourmet chefs will love the gourmet kitchen. With high-quality appliances and ample countertop space, you can hone your cooking skills without compromising your sanity. All appliances are stainless steel, including the residential dishwasher, GE Profile Microwave, and the 25 cubic-foot residential-French-door refrigerator. Those serious about cooking can request a three-burner range, equipped with an oven. Chop veggies on the residential quartz countertops and throw garbage into the disposal. The double deep bowl stainless steel sink features a residential gooseneck faucet with a pullout sprayer. With a custom made ceramic backsplash, the stylish kitchen might even motivate lazy cooks to whip up a fancy meal.

2014 DRV Mobile Suites Estates 38 RSB3 Kitchen

Follow the hallway into the best-designed room in the house – the bathroom. Equipped with heat and A/C ducting, the bathroom has everything you need for a comfortable morning routine. The beautiful wall tiles compliment the light cabinetry. Coupled with the 48” one-piece fiberglass shower, the space looks modern and luxurious. A skylight is installed over the shower so you can sit in the molded shower seat, while soaking in the sun. There’s washer and dryer prep, along with a porcelain toilet, equipped with a water saver sprayer.

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2014 DRV Mobile Suites Estates 38 RSB3 Bathroom

Last but not least, the bedroom. After a long day on the road or on the trails, retreat to your private lair. There is no absence of shortage space thanks to a walk-in front closet with a built-in dresser and a cedar-lined front closet equipped with custom hardwood wardrobe doors and full storage under the bed. The wardrobe comes with two full-length mirrors. The king bed, which has an innerspring mattress gives you and your partner plenty of room to toss and turn. Watch TV before bed or if you’re a bookworm, utilize the over-the-bed reading lights.

2014 DRV Mobile Suites Estates 38 RSB3 Bedroom

The 2014 DRV Mobile Suites Estates 38 RSB3 sells for around $140,000. For more information visit: http://www.drvsuites.com/.

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