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Old 02-17-2015, 09:31 PM   #1
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2014 Wildwood Xlite 281QBXL

Getting ready to pull the trigger on this RV. Its a 281QBXL XLite. Anyone have one? Whats good, whats bad? I liked it inside and out, but would LOVE to hear some feedback from owners. I am new here so go easy on me!!

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Old 03-06-2015, 12:11 AM   #2
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I'm retiring my current TT to deer camp duty only. Therefore, I've been looking at a similar camper but without the bunks since I go solo. So have you taken the plunge, and if so how do you like it so far? And, out of curiosity is there a weight limit on those bunks?
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:08 AM   #3
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We did buy it.

We have not used it yet

We really want to get out on the road with it!!!

Our first trip is scheduled for the second weekend in May. From now till then we are using time to put aside things that we think we will need (Sheets, blankets, pillows, kitchen gear, etc) so that we can be as close to loading up as possible. I think I finally settled in on a truck to pull the trailer and am getting ready to pull the trigger on that.

This is our first camper so I have nothing to judge on from an ownership standpoint, but from what I saw at the RV shows I have gone to, and from what various friends own it feels like it is a good amount of trailer for the dollar. Granted we bought a model year leftover so there was a bit of a deep discount to it, even at list it still would seem like a lot of trailer for the dollar. The whole thing won't feel real to me until I drop it onto a hitch and start driving.

What are you looking at?
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:10 AM   #4
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I want to say weight limit on the bunks is 250 but don't quote me on that. Also, I believe that the bunks are either 6 foot or 6 foot 6 inch in length.
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:30 PM   #5
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I want to say weight limit on the bunks is 250 but don't quote me on that. Also, I believe that the bunks are either 6 foot or 6 foot 6 inch in length.
First of all.. congrats on your new camper! I know that you must be really excited about taking that first trip!

I've been looking at the WW X-Lite 241QBXL and the 253RLXL. Just not decided on the need for a slide and I've read several posts concerning issues with a slide. But, I suspect that those who've had issues are the ones we hear from the most and those that have not had problems are in the majority. I live and travel alone so I don't really need the bunks, but I also like a little extra room which is why I'm considering the slide. Most of my camping time is spent fishing, but on those rainy days when I can't be out I do like to be comfortable.

Once again, congratulations and I hope you and yours make many wonderful memories. Perhaps after your first outing you can let us know how you like it. All best wishes, and happy camping!
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:46 PM   #6
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Just Bill - thanks for the kind words. We are really excited.

Over the course of a year I talked to about 50 people with a slide in their camper and of them about 5 reported ever having a serious issue with it. One of them was due to leveling. 10% isn't horrible so it falls in line with your suspicions. We went with a slide because it made a little more sense to have the extra room as we are traveling with a dog. I looked at both the models you mentioned. Awesome floor plans on both of them.....tough choice.

Granted the XLite slides don't go out as much as heavier campers, it is just enough to make the space feel larger.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:22 AM   #7
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We purchased one this winter and will be taking it out next Monday for the first time. Super excited to finally get out in it.

@Just_Bill: I have heard the same, my father warned me against getting a push out but it adds some room to the trailer and finding a trailer with the bunks, weight and layout without isn't easy as well. From what I understand the 281QBXL has the Schwintek which is a better system than the models below that. Also, from what I was reading and what people have told me is that the technology for these things has come a looooong way, so a trailer even 8 years ago is a very different trailer than now. Who knows but that too was a concern for our family and I found out that it's really not a huge concern.

The only issue I've seen that could be an issue with the 281QBXL is hoses getting caught up and pinched when the push out is going in, otherwise it seems like a very nice trailer.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:13 PM   #8
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theck - Thank you my friend. I truly appreciate the feedback
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:58 AM   #9
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theck - Thank you my friend. I truly appreciate the feedback
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:07 PM   #10
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We purchased the 231RBXL it's just the wife and I no bunks needed but we believe the slide was needed!
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Old 04-08-2015, 03:11 PM   #11
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Just got back from our first trip... kids were off for spring break, the weather wasn't the best just rained for 3 days but we had a blast. The camper is PERFECT for 2 adults with 2 kids, there's plenty of room for everyone and enough space for your preteen to separate from us a bit too. Awesome camper so happy I went with it instead of the 2 bunk one.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:33 PM   #12
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Wow....came across the thread that I started before pulling the trigger on our camper. Closing out our fifth season with our Wildwood x-lite. We've definitely put this trailer through its paces. We are based out of NJ, just east of Philadelphia and have had this trailer on the road an average of 2000 miles a season. Been as far north as Niagara Falls, as far south as Southern Virginia, and as far west as Central Ohio. We had our first real problem this season when the slide motor controller went. It was a warranty repair and I found a mobile tech in South Jersey that was flat out amazing.

5 seasons in, zero regrets. I'd buy another Wildwood (although probably not an x-lite) without hesitation. While we have been good to this camper, it has been great to us. Given that it is siting out in front of my house packed and ready to go for the weekend I felt little nostalgic and when I found this post I decided to add a reply and give a little update.
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