2016 Forest River Wildwood Lodge 394FKDS Review
Instead of paying big bucks for a weekend at a lodge, hitch up your Forest River Wildwood Lodge and go wherever the road takes you.
The Wildwood Lodge comes in seven floorplans – all have residential layouts and comfortable decor. We particularly like the 394 FKDS because the spacious living area is great for hosting guests. This model has a gross vehicle weight rating of 11,715 lbs, hitch weight of 1,555 lbs, unloaded vehicle weight of 10,075 lbs, and cargo carrying capacity of 1,640 lbs. For measurements, the Wildwood Lodge has an exterior length of 40’10”, exterior height of 12’8”, and exterior width of 102”. For liquids, the Wildwood Lodge has a fresh water capacity of 39 gallons, gray water capacity of 80 gallons, and black water capacity of 30 gallons. Its awning size is 21 ft.
Built on a 12” forged I-beam frame, the Forest River Wildwood Lodge has a cambered chassis, seamless holding tanks, and color-coded water lines. It also features 5/8” five-ply tongue and groove plywood floor decking and #” walk-on roof decking, the latter of which comes with a 12-month warranty. R-7 insulation is found throughout the entire interior, including floors, walls, ceilings, and slide-outs. A Ducted Dometic 15,000 BRP central air conditioner keeps interior temperatures comfortable and the space is also wired and braced for a second air conditioner.
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On the exterior, 30-pound double LP tanks are equipped with automatic changeover. The vinyl awning is resistant to cracks and mildew. Radius baggage doors come in smooth fiberglass, and some owners pay extra to have a gelcoat fiberglass exterior. Other features include two exterior speakers, detachable hitch, and a swing-out assist handle.
When you walk through the glass-sliding patio door, you’ll find yourself in a beautifully designed kitchen with a linoleum floor. Equipped with residential appliances and spacious countertops, the space is designed to make life on the road as easy as possible. Full extension ball bearing drawer guides make it easy to fish for forks and spoons; the pullout sprayer faucet makes it easy to wash dishes and rinse veggies; and the large pantry makes it easy to store perishables. Residential appliances include a 16-cubiv-foot refrigerator, microwave with a carousel, and range hood. If your family is serious about cooking, you can request a four-burner, apartment-sized range. When dinner’s ready, serve it at the freestanding dinette, which sits beside a deluxe window. The dinette comes with four chairs – each has a hidden storage compartment beneath its cushions.
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After a big meal, your guests might want to relax in the living room. They won’t have to fight over a comfortable seat because they can choose between a swivel rocker chair and a Lazy-Boy hide-a-bed sofa. Two overhead compartments in the living room provide ample storage space for your electronics, board games and knick-knacks. The entrainment center features a DVD/CD/FM stereo, surround sound TV hook-up, and cable and satellite door-side hook-up. If you prefer to relax to a good book, simply turn on the electric fireplace, above which sits another storage compartment.
Before you retire to the bedroom for your beauty sleep, take a nice, hot shower in the bathroom. It features linoleum flooring, linen closet, and a built-in wood medicine cabinet with a mirror. The ABS shower comes with a glass door and one-piece surround. Other features include a foot flush toilet, Fantastic bath fan, and a ceiling light with a light switch.
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When you’re finally ready to change into your pyjamas and recharge, head to the bedroom. Equipped with a King-sized bed, you and your significant other will have enough space to spread out and get comfortable on the Serta Dreamscape mattress with bedspread and headboard. You can store valuables in the under-bed storage compartment. The ceiling fan has a night switch and the Shaw stain-resistant carpet has padding. Entertainment is available, thanks to a cable TV hookup. You won’t run out of places to store your clothes because there is a wardrobe, dresser, two overhead compartments and two nightstands. The Wildwood Lodge 394FKDS comes with the option of getting a washer/dryer installed in the bedroom.
The Forest River Wildwood Lodge 394FKDS sells for around $40,000. Visit http://www.forestriverinc.com/ for more information.