November 1, 2002
Filed under Trailer Reviews
Walking into the Timberlodge 26RLS seemed very familiar, and the reason quickly became apparent: This conventional travel trailer shares features with fifth-wheel trailers, such as forward bedrooms and baths, mid-coach curbside kitchens, and large curbside slideouts housing a dinette and sofa/bed. The floorplan used in the Timberlodge is interesting and functional, and is typical of what the manufacturer, Timberland RV Company, has been producing as a relative newcomer to the RV industry.
The company has grown rapidly by offering a a variety of floorplans with full-livability features in conventional and fifth-wheel trailers, including bunk models. Set against the backdrop of Valley of Fire State Park, north of Las Vegas, Nevada, our Timberlodge test trailer was a comfortable home away from home for a few days, in combination with a Lincoln Blackwood.
Slideouts have transformed most RVs during the past few years, and the Timberlodge is a good example — it’s made very spacious by a slideout that was nearly half the length of the trailer. Large rear windows, popular in fifth-wheel trailers, enhance the effect.
The Blackwood has been discontinued by Lincoln, although a number of the luxurious SUVs may still be on dealers’ lots. It features a $53,780 window sticker, is based on the Ford F-150 SuperCab truck chassis, and it performed summer-heat towing tasks like a seasoned pro. Tweaked and tuned suspension components give the Blackwood the ride and handling a luxury-car driver would expect, but it’s still a pickup at heart. The combination is smooth and very quiet running solo, yet it’s firmly fixed to the road and keeps the operator in touch with the drive.
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Timberland RV Company, (765) 475-9500