The Wildcat 5th Wheel

241RLX Wildcat by Forest River

241RLX Wildcat by Forest River

After enjoying the Northstar truck camper that we acquired in early 2010, we decided that we’d like to spend more time on-the-road, and needed a bit more room.  The truck camper was great, but lacked enough storage for extended trips and provided a challenge for a real work environment.  In the heat of South Texas it became apparent that air conditioning was going to be necessary.  In mid-2012 we traded the ’08 Ford F-150 for a new ’12 model.  With the Ecoboost engine we thought we were ready to tow a heavier RV.

After lots and lots of research we narrowed our choices to about 4 possible 5th wheel units.  For all of the “technical’s” of this selection process, see the “Towing a 5th Wheel” blog post.  In August, 2012 we picked up our Forest River Wildcat 241RLX in Spokane, WA.  We’d purchased a “slighted-used” unit from a private party via Craigslist.  These 241RLX’s are fairly difficult to find.  They are manufactured in Forest River’s Dallas, Oregon facility and not generally available east of the Rockies.

The Wildcat is small by 5th wheel standards, about 26 feet long, just under 7000lbs dry weight and most important to us, less than 1000lbs pin weight.  It has two very comfortable swivel rockers set between dual side windows and a large rear window.  A large dinette slide provides a very open feel and ample seating for at least 4. The kitchen is curb-side, just forward of the entry door and complete with a  dual basin sink, 3 burner stove and oven, microwave and a 6 cubic foot gas/electric refrigerator.  Across from the kitchen is the entertainment center with a CD/DVD player, AM/FM radio and a 32” flat screen TV.  Stepping up into the bedroom area which can be closed with a slider door is the corner shower and free-standing sink.  The porcelain toilet is enclosed in a small area on the curb-side.  The full-sized queen bed is flanked by two closets with shelves and has plenty of storage underneath.  Across from the sink is a corner closet with a TV shelf.  Underneath, the heated and lighted basement storage has ample room for gear, our Honda 2000 generator, chairs, tables, outdoor mat, etc.

For now, towing with an F-150, this seems an ideal upgrade to the truck camper.  More as we hit the road in the new Wildcat.

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