2016 Starcraft Solstice 334CKRS Review
A fifth wheel ready for adventure
The Solstice comes in five floorplans — our personal favorite is the 334CKRS. It has an uploaded vehicle weight of 10,665 lbs, dry hitch weight of 2,277 lbs, gross vehicle weight rating of 14,995 lbs, and cargo carrying capacity of 4,330 lbs. For measurements, the Solstice has an exterior length of 39’2”, exterior width of 102”, exterior height with A/C of 153” and interior bathroom height of 76”. For liquids, the Solice 334CKRS has a fresh water capacity of 68 gallons, gray waste water capacity of 87 gallons, and toilet water capacity of 50 gallons. It sleeps three to four people.
Designed to deliver excellent performance, the Solstice comes with an industry-leading two-year warranty. What makes it so durable? Firstly, the Magnum Roof System is 50% stronger than its competition. Secondly, its walls feature TuffShell vacuum-bonded lamination; they combine welded aluminum framing, fiberglass sidewalls and metal backers. Thirdly, the Customer Convenience Arctic Package provides you with an insulated, heated and enclosed underbelly, protecting you against harsh temperatures.
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When you walk inside, you’ll feel right at home — the hardwood cabinetry makes the space feel like a cottage in the woods. Cabinetry is predrilled, screwed and honey glazed. Slideouts are equipped with deep overhead cabinets and the panoramic windows are so large that you’ll feel outside even when you’re cuddled up on the couch. Speaking of couches, the Solstice 334CKRS is equipped with theater seating and glide recliners with footrests. The hide-a-bed sofa has a tri-fold memory foam mattress. Seating is located across from the entertainment center, which features a large LED television, DVD/Surround System and 12V FM/AM/CD/USB stereo Bluetooth and speakers. If you prefer more traditional entertainment, you can request a fireplace.
Starcraft knows that great adventures can only happen on a full stomach. The Solstice 334CKRS is equipped with a fully furnished kitchen, including a residential French-door refrigerator, 22” stainless steel oven, three-burner range with glass top, 30” Samsung microwave, oversized Pots’n Pans drawers, and a deep, double-bowl sink with a high-rise faucet. Hardware and fixtures are made of polished nickel, and the full extension ball bearing drawer glides have a 50-pound capacity. To create a modern touch, Starcraft installed LG solid surface countertops. You can store perishables in the spacious pantry, or serve them at the-free standing dinette, equipped with four chairs. The dinette sits beside a large window, perfect for eating breakfast during sunrise or having drinks during sunset.
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When you want to get ready for bed, walk past the kitchen, down the steps and into the bathroom. Equipped with the essentials, the bathroom is the perfect place to wash up. The oversized shower with glass doors gives you more than enough room to scrub, while the porcelain toilet is very stable and easy to clean. Above the sink is the medicine cabinet, which provides ample storage for your toiletries. You can store cline towels in the linen closet.
When you’re finally ready to recharge, open the door to your beautiful master bedroom. The queen-sized bed with a Denver pillow-top memory foam mattress is as comfortable as it is beautiful. Nightstands are located on each side of the bed, allowing you to store your books, phone and whatever else you want by your side while you sleep. You’ll never run out of space because across from the bed is a large chest. At the very end of the room is a large walk-in closet, where you can hang your clothes, keep your shoes, and store outdoor essentials. Before bed, you can turn on your reading light above and read a couple chapters of your book. You can also turn on the radio since your room is equipped with quality speakers. A television in the bedroom is available as an upgrade.
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If you like to travel fancy, then there are many options you can request. For an extra price, your Solstice can have a ceiling beam feature with crown molding. Other available options include upgraded backsplash and sound system, frameless thermal pane windows, secret storage safe, washer/dryer, and stainless steel undermounted kitchen sink. If you value a hot shower, but want to go tank-free, then request a tankless water heater. If you like to sprawl out when you sleep, then request a king-sized Denver mattress.
The Starcraft Solstice 334CKRS sells for around $60,000. For more information visit: http://starcraftrv.com/.
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