2016 Fleetwood Tioga Ranger 31D Review
The Fleetwood Tioga Ranger is the perfect RV for big families and long road trips.
There are four floorplans to choose from, but our personal favorite is the 31D. With extra sleeping accommodation and space efficient design, the 31D provides ample living space for all your family members. The 31D has a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500 lbs, front gross axle weight rating of 5,000 lbs and rear gross axle weight rating of 9,500 lbs. Its gross combined weight rating is 19,500 lbs. The Tioga Ranger 31D has a hitch rating weight of 5,000 lbs and tongue weight of 350 lbs. For measurements, the 31D has an overall length of 31’8.5”, overall height of 11’6”, overall width of 102”, interior height of 82” and interior width of 96”. For tank capacities, the 31D has a fresh water holding tank capacity of 60 gallons, grey water holding tank capacity of 35 gallons, black water holding tank capacity of 35 gallons and water heater tank capacity of 6 gallons.
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Built with 21st century advanced motorhome construction, the Fleetwood Tioga is a work of art. The raised space frame foundation is engineered to be strong and durable, while expanding basement storage. The Tuff-Roof low-maintenance roof system will outlast all weather conditions, and the metallic A/C ducting that runs the length of the coach provides cool comfort to the entire space. The arched aluminum frame roof and flat ceiling design work together to provide maximum cabin insulation, while the solid bead-foam insulation ensures that air gaps don’t form. Dryseal edge coating is applied to the walls and window openings, sealing out moisture and preventing mould from forming. The Fleetwood Tioga Ranger is finished off with Premium full body paint that provides UV protection.
Designed to provide the driver with safety and comfort, the cabin makes long road trips feel like short drives. Driver and passenger plush seating features three-point seat belts, airbags and cup holders. Other features include tilt wheel, cruise control, dome light, cup holders and map pocket. For entertainment, there is an in-dash AM/FM radio with a CD player and four speakers.
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When you walk inside the Tioga Ranger 31D, you’re greeted by a beautiful, modern décor. Fleetwood provides you with two décor options and three cabinetry options – all are beautiful in color and style. To top it off, all the furniture in the space is designed by Flexsteel, known for its beautiful design. Ceiling lights come with wall switches, and the sofa bed is equipped with swivel reading lights on the overhead compartment. Large windows soak in lots of natural light, but if you want to keep it dark, you can roll down the pleated nightshades. The living room is the perfect place to unwind after a long day on the road. You can kick back on the sofa bed or sit at the dinette. If you like a nice entertainment system, you can request a Cabover Entertainment System, featuring a 32” LED TV with a home theater.
Located beside the living room, the kitchen warms the entire space with its hardwood cabinetry, which comes with hardwood raised panel doors and hidden hinges. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need to cook for the family. The Dometic six-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer features wood raised panel refrigerator inserts. The microwave is equipped with an electronic touch pad, and the laminate countertops come with Bull Nose t-moulding edge. The high output range is equipped with a Piezo igniter, oven and range hood. You can rinse dishes in the residential size double bowl sink and keep the air fresh with a power roof Fan-Tastic vent.
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Next, let’s explore the residential bathroom. It has everything you need for a comfortable shower. To ensure you have privacy, the bathroom door comes with a residential passage lock. The moulded ABS shower is equipped with a showerhead that has flexible hose extension. To bring in natural light, there’s skylight above. The large sink has a residential style faucet and a mirrored medicine cabinet made of wood. The bathroom’s residential feel will make you forget that you’re in an RV.
When you’re ready to get your beauty sleep, head to the bedroom. The queen bed comes with an innerspring mattress, bedspread and reverse pillow shams. There’s wall space for a TV, so if you like to catch up on the news before bedtime, you can request a 19” LED TV. If you prefer reading before bed, then you can get comfortable under your blankets and turn on the decorative reading lights. For storage, the bedroom is equipped with a nightstand, overhead compartment and a wardrobe with a lower dresser.
If you’re travelling with the whole family, they can sleep on one of two bunk beds, the sofa bed, or in the cab-over bed.
The 2016 Fleetwood Tioga Ranger 31D sells for around $85,000. For more information visit http://www.fleetwoodrv.com/.