January '18

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30 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com Forest River Impression 34MID Since debuting at Elkhart Open House Week, Forest River's new Impression fifth wheel lineup has made quite a … well, impression, upon those dealers who have seen it, according to Jeff Rank, group general manager for Impression, Wildcat and Prime Time Manufacturing. As Rank sees it, the reason for that is that simple: Impression packs a lot into a half-ton towable fiver at price point that's below what other coaches with similar features retail for. At the 2017 RVIA Show, Forest River was showcasing the Impression 34MID, a 38-foot, 3-inch coach. The unloaded vehicle weight is 10,281 pounds. Yet, Impression's designers did not want to compromise despite the relatively smaller size. "This was designed to be 38-feet long and a little more than 10,000 pounds," says Rank. "But we kept many high-end features in it." He says the creative use of the trailer's four slides helped conserve space in the 34MID. A wardrobe slide in the for- ward-placed master bedroom allows for more floor space. The 6-foot, 5-inch height inside the bedroom provides plenty of head room. "We were able to save some room with a wardrobe slide," Rank says. "A king-sized bed is standard, and there are no steps around the bed to trip on." The second slide is slightly larger than the width of the hide-a-bed sofa that is in the mid-bunk bedroom. The third and fourth slides are in the rear of the trailer. On the driver's side, the slide contains kitchen amenities including an 8-cubic-foot double-door refrigerator, a micro- wave and a range. Also, an extra-large entertainment center is in this slide. On the passenger side, the slide contains a free-standing dinette table with four chairs and a two-seat, 65-inch-wide theater seat. The rear of the trailer houses a hide-a-bed sofa, which allows this model to easily sleep eight people. "It's roomy; it feels very open, and that's really the theme across the board. It has a contemporary, modern style," Rank says of the coach S H O W C O V E R A G E S H O W C O V E R A G E A n ove r s i ze d i s l a n d w i t h a s i n k b a s i n m a x i m i ze s kitchen space. The spacious bathroom, located between the master and mid-bunk bedrooms, has a 40-inch shower along with a toilet, sink and linen closet. "We believe Impression offers many higher-end features at a mid-profile price," Rank says. "Comparable floorplans frequently will retail for more than $50,000. The MSRP on this is $43,000. So, it can be as much as $10,000 less than similar models," he adds. On its exterior, there is 70 cubic feet of unobstructed storage – more than enough storage to carry cargo for long trips. The cargo carrying capacity is 3,253 pounds. Rank adds, "16-inch tires are standard on Impression models, too." Other amenities include a 15,000-BTU air conditioner, a 35,000-BTU gas furnace and a 6-gallon gas and electric DSI water heater. The options include a wall-mounted dinette table with four chairs, four-point automatic electronic leveling, a queen-size bed for the master bedroom and a second 13,500-BTU bed- room air conditioner. The MSRP on the Impression 34MID is $44,943. What impressed RV PRO: For a somewhat smaller, lighter, mid-profile fifth wheel, Impression doesn't skimp on amenities. Thanks to its four slide-outs and overall design, the coach has a very open and roomy feel to it. The Impression 34MID packs a lot into a half- ton towable fifth wheel, including a king-size bed, an 8-cubic-foot double-door refrigerator, a freestanding dinette table and four chairs and an oversized island with sink in the kitchen.

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