The Georgetown is available in three paint options. Our test coach was equipped with the Prestige Package, which includes colored Gel Coat fiberglass with partial paint and enhanced graphics. Optional full-body paint schemes are also available. The roof is one-piece seamless fiberglass that wraps over the sides to meet the vacuum-laminated fiberglass sidewalls. Front and rear caps are one-piece molded fiberglass, making for a smooth transition all around.
Frameless deep tinted windows allowed near-zero wind noise and better aerodynamics when driving. The nice, large recreational vehicle panes opened to allow plenty of natural ventilation when camping. A large one-piece windshield provides a large, unencumbered view while driving or enjoying your campsite.
The 17-foot long power awning covers the patio area and offers protection when entertaining or enjoying the outdoors. A 27-inch LCD TV is located in an exterior enclosure, which also houses an AM-FM radio and a set of external speakers. The access cover over the TV keeps it weatherproof when closed and acts as a sunshade when open.
Our Georgetown's living area was equipped with the Latte interior decor package and optional wood-look linoleum flooring. The 80-inch ceiling height provides plenty of headroom for tall people. Its cockpit is appointed with the standard Ford instrument panel and usual array of accessory switches. The switches and control panel for the automatic leveling jacks are neatly arranged within reach for easy access. The center console area includes a color display monitor that provides views from the rear camera and automatically switches to the side cameras whenever the turn signals are activated.
The Soft Touch six-way power captain's chairs were extremely comfortable and easily rotated to face the living area to provide additional seating when parked. One unique feature of the Georgetown is the windshield A-pillar trim pieces are molded with a groove so the windshield shade slides in. This results in a light-tight privacy seal, perfect when you wish to close the motorhome up for the night and prevent stray light entering the coach.
The Soft Touch Hide-a-Bed located in the driver-side slide out comes equipped with seatbelts and folds out to provide additional sleeping for two people. Immediately next to the Hide-a-Bed is the dinette with the Dream Dinette design, which allows you to easily drop the table down with one hand. It's simple to convert the area to a bed. The comfortable booth seating is equipped with hinged cushions that lifted up to access to the storage space beneath each bench seat. Sleeping capacity, as well as seat belts, in this particular RV model totals six people. A 40-inch LCD TV in the hutch area is easy to view across the main living area. As is common to all motorhomes with this TV location, the TV is hidden from view when the slide outs are retracted. It can't be seen while traveling, parked at a rest area or any other location where you are unable to extend your slide outs. Forest River mounts this TV on a sliding rail design, which allows you to slide the TV to the left, into the aisle, and allow viewing when the slide out is retracted.
The galley is well designed for a 34-foot class motorhome. The solid-surface countertop is equipped with a three-burner gas cooktop and oven, attractively finished in stainless steel. A stainless-steel backsplash protects the walls from grease splatters when using the cooktop. A 30-inch wide stainless-steel convection microwave oven is set in the overhead cabinetry. The stainless-steel dual-basin sink recessed into the countertop is equipped with a tall gooseneck faucet capable of filling large pots or pitchers. To complete the attractive stainless-steel look in the galley, the 22.5-cubic-foot residential refrigerator with an in-door ice and water dispenser is trimmed in stainless steel and provides plenty of room for food storage. Immediately adjacent to the refrigerator is a large pantry with slide-out wooden storage bins. With this galley arrangement, the family certainly won't go hungry.
The bath area is appointed with a foot pedal toilet, a laminate-topped vanity with flush-mounted stainless-steel sink and an overhead medicine cabinet. It also has wood-look vinyl flooring for easy cleaning. A one-piece molded fiberglass shower stall is fitted with a circular surround that allows the doors to slide in tracks rather than swinging out into the bath area. A large skylight and vanity lighting provides plenty of illumination.
The bedroom features a queen bed, which has a gas strut-lift mechanism to allow access to a large storage area underneath. Additional storage comes from over-the-bed storage cabinets and a wardrobe at the opposite end with a solid-surfaced dresser fitted with drawers. A 32-inch LCD TV is mounted in this cabinetry, too, and is connected to the cable TV and antenna systems and equipped with auxiliary input ports.
Basement Area and Utilities
The basement area provides a good amount of storage space. The Slam Latch cargo doors provide access to the various basement storage compartments. At the rear of the motorhome, a large pass-through storage compartment is accessible from either side of the RV. Electrical needs are met by three 12-volt deep-cycle batteries, a 50-amp electrical-service hook-up, and an Onan 5,500-watt generator with automatic transfer switch.
A pair of 20,000-BTU propane furnaces provides heat, while a 6-gallon gas-electric direct-spark-ignition water heater meets domestic hot-water needs. Two 13,500-BTU low-profile rooftop air conditioners cools the air via the duct system and are also equipped with heat strips to provide heated warm air in moderately cool climates.
The 208-inch wheelbase Ford chassis performed well on the highway, and tracked nice and straight with no undesirable attributes. Maneuverability was also good for a 34-foot motorhome, and it appears this chassis is a good fit for this RV. Mirror location and good side and rear view camera positioning eliminated any major blind spots. Overall, the Georgetown was a joy to drive. Many motorhomes are equipped with 5,000-pound hitches, but quite a few don't have enough spread between the GVWR and GCWR to accommodate a 5,000-pound tow without reducing the cargo or exceeding the RV's GCWR. Fortunately, the Georgetown is rated with a 26,000-pound GCWR, which gives it a 5,500-pound spread between the GCWR and its 20,500-pound GVWR, so towing is not a problem. With a 3,000-pound cargo-carrying capacity (CCC), the Georgetown allows you to load it up with cargo and still have plenty of room left over to pull a towed vehicle.
Forest River did a great job with the Georgetown. This entry-level Class A motorhome is packed with a ton of features and well-designed floor plans that make it a desirable RV at an attractive price. Judging by the popularity of this unit, it's obvious that a larger number of RV buyers have figured that out.
2014 Forest River Georgetown 38TS
Base Price $110,998.50 (MSRP)
Price as Tested $124,888.60 (MSRP)
Gross Vehicle Weight: 20,500 lbs.
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