Review - Wildwood 281BHXL
This review was posted on Jan. 3, 2013
On December 28th, 2012, I took delivery of my new 2013 Wildwood 281 BHXL. Delivery arrived about a week later than expected, but understandable due to the holiday season. For the most part, the trailer arrived with the requested options. They did forget to install the cable for the satellite but have promised to add that when I bring it in for service (yes, i got it in writing). I also found that the remote control for the slide-out was not operable but I was able to use the main switch to open and close it without any problem.
After our first weekend, we have only noted some minor problems with the trailer; all of which should be relatively easy repairs at the dealer. The dealership tried to sell me their extended warrantee at about $1500 and never mentioned the extra one-year warrantee through Forest River. I called this week and got the second year added for $150.00.
On our second night of camping (New Years Eve), the heater suddenly quit coming on. The temps had lowered to about 31* and the trailer was getting pretty cold. I finally turned off the breakers to reset the entire system. This worked and the RV heated back up quite rapidly. The problem hasn't repeated itself so I'll keep an eye on it.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with the Wildwood product, Forest River and even my dealership, which was McMahon's RV in Colton, CA. It wasn't all smooth sailing but it never is with a new RV. This trailer is priced very well and it seems to be built much better than the price would indicate. The cabinets, floor and doors all appear very solid. The slide-out worked flawlessly, as did the electric tongue jack and the electric stabilizer jacks. Of course, I've already ordered a new memory foam bed for it. I also managed to install a 32" LED television in the swivel center cabinet. There was way more storage than I expected in it. My prior rig was a diesel pusher so I anticipated not having any room. I was pleasantly surprised. Would I recommend it..... Yes. So far, I am very, very, pleased.
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2013 Forest River Wildwood 281BHXL