This applies both to the Standard models and the Grand Lodge options. The most recent addition to the latter category, the 2023 Grand Lodge 42VIEW, is a proper house on wheels, offering a mix of fancy features with standard ones in a single package that can be anything you want it to be, whether an RV or a permanent home. More than a "house," the 42VIEW is the RV equivalent of a mansion.
Introduced at the end of last year and shipped to dealers in early 2023, the 42VIEW is massive. It's so big that even "massive” feels like an understatement, though it still rides on two axles. With a dry weight of 13,416 lbs (6,085 kg), it's 45 feet (13.7 meters) long and 102 inches (259 cm) wide, not including the two slide-outs that considerably expand available space. If you look at the way in which you can further expand living into the outdoors, under the giant awning or by adding a deck, the 42VIEW becomes the RV equivalent of a palace on wheels.
The 42VIEW also offers a fully-equipped and spacious kitchen, a full bathroom, a laundry station, and all the storage space these eight people might need. Finishes are high quality and create a space that feels luxurious but without losing functionality. The two videos available below paint a better picture of that. The official promo mentions something about 42VIEW integrating no less than "five industry firsts" but stops short at what these might be, but we reckon the existence of a second level inside, the two slide-outs, and the extended sleeping capacity are among them.
Indeed, this park model RV has a ground and second floor. Technically, that second floor is lofted, so it doesn't offer standing height, but it still means you have to go up a flight of stairs to get to it and then down a few steps to reach the master bedroom or the bathroom. This is possible thanks to a 12-inch (30.5-cm) drop in the frame where the lofts area, allowing headroom for the bathroom and the main bedroom, respectively. The result is spaces that don't feel constricted and that retain life-size dimensions.
This is not downsizing as we've grown accustomed to in recent years, but downsizing for the well-heeled. But it's not downsizing for the one-percenters, either, because the 42VIEW remains, despite its size and finishes, a very welcoming and practical space where the entire family can live in comfort for whatever timeframe they have in mind.
Standard features include an on-demand water heater, 40-gallon (151.4-liter) tanks for fresh water, gray and black (each), fully enclosed underbelly, 26-foot (7.9-meter) awning, central vacuum in the first stair of the larger staircase, thick blackout curtains, and Teddy Bear mattresses. The roof is fully walkable throughout and can be rigged with solar panels to cut down reliance on the grid.
What we're saying is that if you're looking to downsize in style, a Wildwood Lodge is a good place to start looking for options.