2015 DRV Elite Suites 38 RSSA Review
Designed to meet the highest of standards, the DRV Elite Suites have a level of fit and finish you don’t expect form a fifth wheel.
With 23 floorplans to choose from, we decided to explore the 38 RSSA. Its spacious layout, modern design and residential furniture make it the ultimate home on the road. It has a length of 38’11” and features a 15-inch custom triple box tube frame and 101-inch wide body frame to go along with 8,000-pound axles, automotive disc brakes, and 3 ¼-inch thick walls with foam core. For liquids, the Elite Suites 38 RSSA has a fresh water tank capacity of 100 gallons, gray water tank capacity of 75 gallons, and black water tank capacity of 50 gallons.
Built for the toughest road conditions, the 38 RSSA three-inch floor has screwed and glued joint construction. It features four-season perimeter heat ducting and 5/8-inch tongue and groove plywood. It also has 14-inch O.C. floor aluminum joists. Walls and slides have screwed and glued aluminum stud construction and 16-inch O.C. stud spacing. The ¼-inch thick high gloss fiberglass has a wood backer, while the ¼-inch Monsanto Fome-Cor vapour barrier eliminates condensation. For the roof, the Elite Suites 38 RSSA has 16-inch O.C. rafter spacing and ½-inch plywood roof overlayment. The roof is made of fully molded one-piece fiberglass. Inside, the ceilings are soft-touch vinyl.
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On the outside, the DRV Elite Suites 38 RSSA exudes luxury. It features a fully body painted exterior with custom window silks. The safety glass windows are frameless and tinted. You’ll find high gloss oyster-colored gel coat fiberglass all over the exterior, including its molded caps and fender skirts. Pinless, industrial hydraulic front landing jacks have a five-degree outboard angle and the slide outs come with push button controls. Storm door panels are removable and the extra thick compartment doors come with gas struts. To keep you safe, there are four exterior security lights and Coach-Net emergency roadside assistance. When you’re done admiring the exterior, walk in through the 78-inch keyless entry door and take a look inside.
You’ll be taken back by the beautiful interior. The living room is the perfect place to relax after a day of driving. Both the vinyl floor and vinyl wood plank flooring are hand laid, topped with a plush residential high durability nylon carpet. Hardwood Solid Cherry cabinetry warms the space and all cabinet door hinges are concealed. Slideouts are equipped with LED lights and have hardwood Solid Cherry Fascia trim. To add an air of romance, LED interior lighting comes with dimmer switches and there’s a personalized hardwood wall clock. The utility closet comes with coat storage and a centralized control station. To keep your place clean, the space is equipped with a Dyson hand-held vacuum and air mover.
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If you need a break from the wild outdoors, take advantage of the DRV Elite Suites entertainment center. HD wiring is found throughout the space and the power TV lift has an extra window. Relax on the Comfort Series full width sofa with a hide-a-bed. You can also kick back on one of two individual recliners. If you like reading by the fire, then request a fireplace.
To keep you energized, cook regular meals in the luxurious kitchen. Store food in the residential stainless steel French door refrigerator and heat it up in the residential microwave. If you prefer a gourmet meal, prepare it on the residential quartz countertops and fry it on the electric two-burner induction cooktop. Soft-close full extension metal drawer guides are easy to open and close. The custom appliance garbage comes with a pullout tray. To add to the luxury, the custom island has a wood/glass accent light. When dinner’s ready, serve it at the custom hardwood dinette buffet. It comes with storage and two hardwood dinette chairs with fabric accent. When dinner’s eaten, throw dirty dishes in the stainless steel residential dishwasher while you relax.
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When you need to wash up, head to the master bathroom. It features a granite, one-piece fiberglass shower with a molded seat. The skylight over the shower comes with an LED pot light, while the macerator toilet has push button control.
Step into the Master Bedroom to see a space designed to give you a perfect night’s sleep. Hang your clothes in the custom walk-in front closet with a built-in dresser. It is lined with real cedar and features custom hardwood wardrobe doors. Collapse on your queen-sized bed, which features under-bed storage. If like reading before dozing off, then turn on the reading light.
The 2015 DRV Elite Suites 38 RSSA sells for around $110,000. For more information visit: http://www.drvsuites.com/.