By request, today we’re reviewing the 2022 Grand Design Reflection 341RDS fifth wheel. This is one a few of you inquired about. It is part of a trend that I’m seeing with more and more unusual and flexible dining options.
While lots of fifth wheels come in the same basic layout, I’m also really intrigued when I see someone do something different. This has to be one of the more unusual and better fifth wheel floor plans, to my estimation, especially given that it’s not tremendously long.
What really sets this floor plan apart, to me, is the dining space. Essentially there’s a bar-height counter below which the dining table is mounted on a rail. The dining table can be pushed in such that it’s a table for two facing one another, or can be pulled out to seat four.
Like many Grand Design Reflection models, this one comes with two free-standing dining chairs and then an ottoman-type of seat. The ottoman is not attached so it can be left in place for dining or used in the living room, which we’ll get to in a moment. But do know that the two-person ottoman can also be used for storage.
Back to the dining table. That table’s being on a rail means it can be pushed up against the wall. Then, with that bar-height counter, now you have one of the better desks I’ve seen in any RV. It’s really impressive how one little thing can make such a huge difference—but it does.
The table slides on a rail, and it can slide up against the window. There’s a bench that can also serve as a storage trunk. The table also extends. This could also be a work camping desk station. I love seeing innovations like this—which makes the whole trailer so much more usable in multiple situations.
Entertaining in the Reflection
That unusual dining table arrangement can also fit right into a bigger picture of this trailer being well-suited for entertaining.
The living room is at the rear and features a tri-fold sofa on either side of the rig, and then theater seats facing the rear wall. On the rear wall itself is a 50” smart TV along with an electric fireplace.
Combined with that unique dining arrangement, you can use that to set up a buffet station. Then you can have up to six campers sitting around catching up on all the things they read about this week right here at RV Travel. This lower deck seating arrangement reminds me of the front living room fifth wheels, except it’s all the way at the back of the fifth wheel instead.
What’s eating you?
On the subject of buffets, the kitchen is really well-suited to getting things ready for your fellow campers to come have a great meal. Food stays chilled courtesy of a 16-cubic-foot side-by-side refrigerator. It is one of the larger 12-volt DC compressor fridges I’ve seen.
I really prefer the 12-volt compressor fridges, as they are safer to operate when towing. I know a ton of you are going to argue that you’ve been towing your gas-electric fridges since Nixon was in office. But I’ve been driving well past the speed limit since I got my license. The fact that it hasn’t caught up with me yet is just luck. Sort of like towing with an open flame in the fridge.
The oven in this trailer is truly residential in size. Plus, there’s a very high-quality three-burner stovetop with a larger center burner. The microwave, too, is truly residential in size. A pantry is part of the storage picture. But drawers surround that large oven and there are more at the kitchen sink, which is on the wall against the front of the rig.
Upstairs isn’t anything unusual—just a well-designed upper bedroom and bathroom. The closet in the nose of the trailer has a provision for a washer on one side, dryer on the other.
Boondocking and Travel Access in the Reflection
One of the many advantages of a fifth wheel in the boondocking arena is the sheer size of the holding tanks. In this case you have 74 gallons of fresh water, 87 of gray and 47 of black. This could keep me off the grid easily for a week.
I was really surprised to see that you can fully access the fridge with the slide room in. That’s another feather in the cap of this unusual dining area. Since you can also access the upper deck, this means that this is almost completely travel-accessible—which is almost unheard of in a fifth wheel.
Grand Design does include a single 165-watt solar panel on the roof with roof-mounted plugs to accommodate additional panels if one chooses to. For anyone who wishes to spend more time off the grid and power that 12-volt fridge, for example, I would think more panels would be a good idea.
More details on the Grand Design Reflection
Grand Design is now including Goodyear Endurance tires and filling them with nitrogen—a plus. The suspension on here is also a CRE 3000 system. Perhaps they’re reading these reviews?
Actually, I know that they are.
Of course, there are plenty of options including a second AC unit, king-sized bed, dual-pane windows and a few others.
Overall, this is now one of my favorite combinations of interior functionality and overall size in a fifth wheel. While it seems everybody’s making the same floor plans, this one truly is different and that, right there, is a Grand Design.
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Tony comes to RVtravel.com having worked at an RV dealership and been a lifelong RV enthusiast. He also has written the syndicated Curbside column about cars. You can find his writing here and at StressLessCamping where he also has a podcast about the RV life with his wife.
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