RV Review: Open Range 385 RLS fifth wheel rvs
RV Review: Open Range 385 RLS fifth wheel rvs
Open Range 385 RLS fifth wheel. Click image to enlarge

But it’s the rear living room space that makes this unit ideal for the couple who intended to spend the winter away. The entertainment centre and fireplace are a focal point, but the opposing slides open up a large living space in between, while still having the pair of reclining chairs and centre table in the rear with the picture window: an ideal setting for having visitors. The fold-out couch in this slide is of the metal frame variety. This is something I’d hope the manufacturer would change soon, as there are several excellent inflatable beds on the market now that avoid the “bar-in-the-back” pain that comes with these old style fold-outs. On the other hand, guests rarely linger when that’s their only sleeping choice.

Also of note is the amount of glass in the unit. Double pane tinted windows are part of the four-season living package, which also includes a 31,000 BTU furnace, vented attic, heated holding tanks, enclosed underbelly, heated storage and an R-28 roof, R-21 floor, R-9 sidewalls.

The bedroom in this trailer is dominated by a king-size bed and a forward wardrobe that’s deep enough to allow the use of real hangers. The head of the bed fits into the fourth slideout, which has windows on each side that open for cross-ventilation. While there is no space for night tables, there is a small shelf on either side for books, glasses or what ever else you might knock over in the night. Under the bed, there is storage and twin gas-pressurized supports that make it easy to lift.

RV Review: Open Range 385 RLS fifth wheel rvs
Open Range 385 RLS fifth wheel. Click image to enlarge

There is a nice open feeling to this space thanks to the sliding French doors (which have large glass panes, but also have shades) that, when open, remove the bathroom divider. This way, the large corner shower, sink and vanity become one with standard bedroom wardrobe, provided that the sliding door at the stairs is closed. The open-piece shower has a skylight above and a moulded shower seat. The toilet (plastic) is separated by a hard door and has its own fan.

Outside, Open Range has offered up a few surprises as well. First there is a standard King-Pin stabilizer jack, an item many RVers buy aftermarket. The best thing, though, is that it’s attached to the unit and swings up to store – out of the way. There is also a Carefree power awning in the package; just be aware it does not have a wind/rain sensor, so close it at night yourself. The rear automotive-style bumper has some give – enough to perhaps forgive the odd mistake here and there.

RV Review: Open Range 385 RLS fifth wheel rvs
RV Review: Open Range 385 RLS fifth wheel rvs
Open Range 385 RLS fifth wheel. Click image to enlarge

Pass-thru storage is ample and I liked the fact that the wiring, mechanicals and plumbing were separated by a sliding partition – behind which things were pretty neatly arranged. This is where you would also find the additional outlet to the central vacuum and also a fitting and outlets that let you bring the TV outside.

A feature that struck me as smart was the slide-out propane racks on either side. The key to this, though, is that the system uses typical 20-lb tanks which are easily exchangeable in thousands of locations – no waiting for fill-ups, just swap out the tanks.

There are some price concessions on the Open Range, but they are small ones (like leaving the purchase of a second AC unit- if needed – to the buyer) easily offset by slick innovations. And, fit and finish on the unit is good, showing a particular dedication to quality, which I hope they keep up.

Specifications: 2009 Open Range 385RLS
  • Options:
  • 16-inch wheels and tires: $413.00
  • Prewiring for 2nd AC unit: $413.00
  • Dual LP w/slide trays: $273.00
  • Dual Pane Windows: $1,113.00
  • Rear Ladder: $140.00
  • Power Rear Stabilizer Jack: $308.00
  • Central Vac: $413.00
  • Price as tested: $56,383.50
  • Ext. Length: 37’6” (1143 cm)
  • Ext. Height: 153” (389 cm)
  • Ext. Width: 100” (254 cm)
  • GVWR: 13,940 lb (6,323 kg)
  • Dry Weight: 10,560 lb (4,790 kg)
  • Water Heater: 10 US gal (37.9 litres)
  • Fresh Water: 85 US gal (321.9 litres)
  • Grey Water: 90 US gal (340.7 litres)
  • Black Water: 45 US gal (170.3 litres)
  • LP Gas: 80 lb (37.9 litres)
  • Furnace: 40,000 BTU
  • Tire Size: 16-inch