2012 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 36PFT Review

by RVGuide.com

There’s nothing like taking a camping trip in complete comfort. That’s just one of the beauties of a Class A RV – you get everything you’d expect in a 5-star hotel (except room service), but you can drive it anywhere you want. The 2012 Holiday Rambler Endeavor strives to offer the exclusive experience, and we got to see it close up.

There are four floorplans available, but we got up close and personal in the 36PFT, which is the smallest plan in the line. It measures in with an overall length of 37’4”, an overall height of 12’7”, an interior height of 7’ and an exterior width of 8’4”. In terms of weight, it has a GVWR of 36,000 lbs, a GCWR of 46,000 lbs, a front GAWR of 13,000 lbs and a rear GAWR of 23,000 lbs, and if you’re looking to bring some bigger toys along for the trip, it has a 10,000-pound tow hitch. In the way of water, the 36PFT has a gray tank capacity of 62 gallons, a black tank capacity of 40 gallons and a fresh tank capacity of 100 gallons. Keeping things comfortable inside, the Endeavor comes equipped with dual roof air conditioners with ducted air, heat pumps and digital thermostat control.

Built on a Roadmaster Raised Rail RR8R-Series Chassis, the Endeavor is powered by a MaxxForce 10-405HP EPA 2010 engine with an Allison 3000 MH 6-speed world transmission and an electronic shifter. The MaxxForce 10 brings increased 9.3-liter displacement and gives you the performance you would expect from larger heavy duty engine, even though it comes in a weight-saving medium-duty package.

If you look beyond its deluxe full-body paint exterior, you’ll find a host of quality construction features. Its peaked one-piece fiberglass roof is made with luaun backing and filled with thick, tapered bead foam insulation. Its aluminum double I-beam superstructure is also filled with fiberglass insulation, which means less heat will escape through the roof. The sidewalls are made with 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” square tubular aluminum frame, high performance thermal insulation and gel coat fiberglass composite. On the floor, there’s Structurwood and high-performance thermal insulation foam.

The Endeavor we got a chance to look at was laid out with the Fiji interior decor and was complemented by Glazed Italian Sienna cabinetry. The other decor options available are Manhattan Bronze and Central Park. And with finishing touches such as wallpaper, borders and a fancy ceiling treatment in the living area, the style of this Class A motorhome came together in a fashionable touches.

The first thing we noticed about the Endeavor was its roomy, well-appointed cab. Above the front seats, there’s a 42” LCD Sharp Aquos TV. You won’t be able to watch it while driving, but your passengers can enjoy their favorite programs on the ride to your destination. But if you’re driving, you’ve still got it good – the Endeavor features ultraleather six-way power pilot seat and a co-pilot seat with a powered footrest. There’s a lot going on with the automotive dash. Everything you need is right in front of you – this includes an in-dash message center and an in-dash 7” LCD touch screen AM/FM/CD stereo radio with Sirius ready compatibility, auxiliary in connectivity, SD card slot, USB port and weather band; back-up camera monitor system with DVD player; iPod connection and Bluetooth hands-free.

The cab opens into the open-concept living area that comes with a large ultraleather L-shaped sofa and love seat, which means there is plenty of room for putting your feet up and relaxing. As well as a booth dinette, a pullout kitchen table is a great place for a quick meal or a card game.

What we liked about the kitchen was the residential touches that made it feel like it had a modern makeover. A sleek backsplash and countertop extension helped this room stand out and distinguish it from other RVs. It also comes will all the usual accruements – a stainless steel residential refrigerator, a two-burner cooktop and a microwave oven – along with a few unexpected amenities, such as a linen closet and washer/dryer combo.

The master bedroom in the 36PFT Endeavor is truly a sweet retreat. One of our favorite features is the step up to the closet, which is huge for an RV. This bedroom comes equipped with a queen-sized bed, overhead cabinets, nightstands, a wardrobe and a 26” LCD TV. And for a little privacy, you can close the sliding doors to separate you from the rest of the motorhome.

Finally, we ended our tour with the spacious bathroom. Nothing is left out – it comes with a one-piece round shower, a porcelain toilet, a vanity sink and a linen closet.

There are a few options you can choose to upgrade with. These include non-polished porcelain tile, a pull-out trash can, an electric fireplace, a Premier Select Comfort air mattress, a Norcold 12-cu.-ft., two-way four-door refrigerator with ice maker, a central vacuum with toe kick inlet and a Blu-Ray disc home theater system.

The 2012 Holiday Rambler Endeavor Class A Motorhome starts in price from $333,660. For more information, visit http://www.holidayrambler.com/.

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