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    Questions about 390RK-R

    Hello. I am not a Solitude owner yet.... I joined this forum to get a few answers and feedback. I appreciate your help / guidance in advance. My wife and I are experienced RVers and have been doing this for nearly 20 years (we started young...). We are on our 3rd RV - a Heartland Big Country 3650RL (40 foot).

    We are considering trading our Heartland 5er for a Grand Design Solitude 390RK-R. We have not been to visit one in person yet for a myriad of reason but I wanted to get some feedback from current owners of that model before we go to the dealership.

    Can someone post a photo of the inside of the coach -> looking from the door back to the kitchen with the slides IN? I can't see to find a photo of that anywhere.

    Are you able to control the slides individually? Since the refrigerator and kitchen are all the way in the back (which we think we like), it kinda makes it a little more difficult to stop by the side of the road for quick lunch if you have to run out all the slides.

    We are not full timers (weekenders trending towards anytimers) so our unit has to sit in a covered storage facility for a few months at a time. Due to size/width restrictions at my storage facility, I have to store my RV with slides IN. On my current 5er, we are able to leave the refrigerator doors open to help with ventilation, mold, sell, etc. while the coach is not being used and is not powered up. Is this even possible with the 390RK?

    Last question - tell me things you don't like about your 390RK.

    Much appreciated Grand Design Community! :-)

    Thank you.
    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgaskins View Post
    Hello. I am not a Solitude owner yet.... I joined this forum to get a few answers and feedback. I appreciate your help / guidance in advance. My wife and I are experienced RVers and have been doing this for nearly 20 years (we started young...). We are on our 3rd RV - a Heartland Big Country 3650RL (40 foot).

    We are considering trading our Heartland 5er for a Grand Design Solitude 390RK-R. We have not been to visit one in person yet for a myriad of reason but I wanted to get some feedback from current owners of that model before we go to the dealership.

    Can someone post a photo of the inside of the coach -> looking from the door back to the kitchen with the slides IN? I can't see to find a photo of that anywhere.

    Are you able to control the slides individually? Since the refrigerator and kitchen are all the way in the back (which we think we like), it kinda makes it a little more difficult to stop by the side of the road for quick lunch if you have to run out all the slides.

    We are not full timers (weekenders trending towards anytimers) so our unit has to sit in a covered storage facility for a few months at a time. Due to size/width restrictions at my storage facility, I have to store my RV with slides IN. On my current 5er, we are able to leave the refrigerator doors open to help with ventilation, mold, sell, etc. while the coach is not being used and is not powered up. Is this even possible with the 390RK?

    Last question - tell me things you don't like about your 390RK.

    Much appreciated Grand Design Community! :-)

    Thank you.
    Chris
    Hello and welcome to the forums from another Chris. I can only answer one of you questions. The slides can be operated individually on the Solitudes. The Schwintek slides have separate buttons on the convivence center (not sure about the One Control app as we do not have that). The hydraulic slides only have a single control button, but there are hydraulic lock out valves in the curb side propane compartment that can be use to lock out (in or out) the individual slides. Sounds harder than it is, really pretty easy. Have the dealer show you where they are (black knobs in the back of a black, unlit compartment can be hard to see at first. On your unit (when you get it) make sure the valves turn easily. They are a needle valve and do NOT require a lot of force to close (or open).

    Hope this helps.

    Chris
    Chris & Karen
    Fort Collins, CO
    2017 F-350 SRW 6.7 Lariat Value CC LB 4x4
    2018 Solitude 310GK

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgaskins View Post
    Hello. I am not a Solitude owner yet.... I joined this forum to get a few answers and feedback. I appreciate your help / guidance in advance. My wife and I are experienced RVers and have been doing this for nearly 20 years (we started young...). We are on our 3rd RV - a Heartland Big Country 3650RL (40 foot).

    We are considering trading our Heartland 5er for a Grand Design Solitude 390RK-R. We have not been to visit one in person yet for a myriad of reason but I wanted to get some feedback from current owners of that model before we go to the dealership.

    Can someone post a photo of the inside of the coach -> looking from the door back to the kitchen with the slides IN? I can't see to find a photo of that anywhere.

    Are you able to control the slides individually? Since the refrigerator and kitchen are all the way in the back (which we think we like), it kinda makes it a little more difficult to stop by the side of the road for quick lunch if you have to run out all the slides.

    We are not full timers (weekenders trending towards anytimers) so our unit has to sit in a covered storage facility for a few months at a time. Due to size/width restrictions at my storage facility, I have to store my RV with slides IN. On my current 5er, we are able to leave the refrigerator doors open to help with ventilation, mold, sell, etc. while the coach is not being used and is not powered up. Is this even possible with the 390RK?

    Last question - tell me things you don't like about your 390RK.

    Much appreciated Grand Design Community! :-)

    Thank you.
    Chris
    We have the 390rk.
    You cannot access the refrigerator without opening the lr slides(operate in tandem, unless you screw with the valve controls, which is a PITA) and you have to open the door side kitchen slide. I do both with my phone and the one touch app as I approach the trailer if I need access. Pretty quick process. So far, not a big deal.
    When stored, the right side refrigerator doors stay in the open position for ventilation, etc. No problem.
    We LOVE ours, and have no regrets. The rear kitchen is a bit bouncy going down the road, so the things in cabinets and the fridge get tossed about a bit, but nothing serious. I think it's cool to find the egg carton upside down, but intact on each trip. Makes me respect the engineering of egg cartons.
    2021 GD Solitude 390rk
    2017 Ford F350 super duty srw
    2015 Wildcat max 310rl
    2005 Newmar Dutch Star 39ft

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