2015 Grand Design Reflection Super-Lite 27RL Review
Awarded with a Quality Circle Award in 2013 and 2014, Grand Design RV has a reputation for its high quality product lines. Among its well-regarded products is the Reflection, a mid-profile fifth wheel that delivers a beautiful interior at an affordable price.
Eight floorplans are available to choose from and we decided to look at the Super-Lite 27RL. We want something that feels like home and is easy to tow and the 27RL delivers. It has a gross vehicle weight rating of 9,995 lbs, dry weight of 7,998 lbs, and hitch weight of 1,516 lbs. For measurements, the Super-Lite 27RL has an exterior height of 12’0” and exterior length of 30’11”. For liquids it has a fresh tank capacity of 60 gallons, grey tank capacity of 75 gallons, black tank capacity of 43 gallons, and water heater capacity of six gallons.
Grand Design’s reputation for quality products starts with its construction. The Reflection Super-Lite 27RL features a gel-coated tan fiberglass exterior and residential 5” truss rafters. The roof has walk-on decking, along with fiberglass and thermfoil insulation. Grand Design stands by its one-piece roof membrane with a 12-year warranty. The Reflection is equipped with easy to access low point drain valves and extra large fresh water drain valves. Sidewalls, end walls, and roof are laminated and aluminum-framed.
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Starting with the exterior, the Reflection Super-Lite is designed to function efficiently and make your road trips as comfortable as possible. The aerodynamic front cap is equipped with a max turn radius. The LED hitch light is marine-grade, while the LED night-lights are located under the bedroom slide floor. As for the exterior, the Reflection Super-Lite features EQUA FLEX rubberized suspension and a Correct Track axle alignment system. Radius safety glass windows have an 80% tint. To fulfill your outdoor needs, the unit is equipped with outside speakers and an outside shower.
When you walk inside you’ll feel at home in the modest, yet beautiful atmosphere. Large panoramic slide room windows have residential-style window treatment and, more importantly, soak in lots of sunlight. Cabinetry features hand-rubbed maple cabinet doors and solid hardwood drawer fronts. As well, cabinetry is predrilled and screwed. Ball bearing full extension drawer glides make it easy and painless to open and close drawers. To add to the residential feel, the living room features ductless flooring.
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Road trips require lots of fuel for your RV and your belly. Instead of picking up food at a drive thru or gas station, prepare your meals at home. The kitchen is equipped with the essentials so you can eat home-cooked meals, even when you’re on the road. Wash vegetables in the deep kitchen sink that features a high-rise faucet with a pullout sprayer. Once they’re washed, chop veggies up on the solid surface LG countertops. When everything is prepped, toss it on the three-burner range and cook. Serve meals at the freestanding dinette and store leftovers in the eight-cubic-foot, double-door refrigerator.
After a big dinner, you and your family will probably need a few hours to relax and digest. The living room is the perfect place to kick back your feet and enjoy some quality family time. You can choose between sitting on one of two theater seats or the hide-a-bed sofa, which converts into a queen-sized bed. Both options feature overhead cabinetry, which provides ample storage space. You can choose between watching your favourite TV shows on the 32” television, listening to music on the AM/FM/CD/DVD Bluetooth stereo system or watching the calming flames of the electric fireplace. With this kind of entertainment, you’ll never be bored!
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Road trips can get messy, especially when they involve outdoor adventures and long drives. That’s where the bathroom comes in. The shower features neo radius doors and a wide view radius skylight. Grand Design also equipped the bathroom with heat duct, AC vents and a power vent fan. The extra large lavatory top comes with an acrylic sink and a large, mirrored medicine cabinet above.
When you’re finally ready to recharge for another day on the road, head to your bedroom. Equipped with spacious wardrobes, overhead compartments and underbed storage, you’ll be able to store your clothes and belongings in a highly organized fashion. Close the blinds on your window and get comfortable on the residential bedspread of your queen-sized bed, equipped with a black label pillowtop mattress. If you’re an entertainment junkie then you’ll be relieved to know that the bedroom comes with TV and cable prep.
The 2015 Grand Design Reflection Super-Lite 27RL sells for around $47,000. For more information visit: http://www.granddesignrv.com/.