Cardinal Red Fifth Wheels

Let's get back to camping!

The Cardinal RED series is here to turn the fifth wheel marketing upside down! We have re-focused on what is important to you, so you can focus more on camping affordably!Care Camps, fighting cancer and making memories

For years, we've loved our Cardinal. The quality and workmanship seems to far exceed other manufacturers. It's so nice to just hook and go. - Gary C.



Fifth Wheels


Floorplan: 28BH : Fifth Wheels 29RL : Fifth Wheels 31RL : Fifth Wheels 36MB : Fifth Wheels
Hitch Weight:1,430 lb.1,625 lb.1,675 lb.2,335 lb.
GVWR:11,630 lb.11,825 lb.11,875 lb.14,335 lb.
UVW:8,388 lb.8,823 lb.9,318 lb.11,538 lb.
CCC:3,242 lb.3,002 lb.2,557 lb.2,797 lb.
Exterior Length:35' 8"34' 7"35' 9"42' 7"
Exterior Height:12' 6"12' 11"12' 8"12' 8"
Exterior Width:96"96"96"96"
Fresh Water:60.00 gal.60.00 gal.60.00 gal.60.00 gal.
Gray Water:76.00 gal.45.00 gal.38.00 gal.45.00 gal.
Black Water:38.00 gal.45.00 gal.38.00 gal.45.00 gal.
Awning Size:20'13'13'19'

GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) – is the maximum permissible weight of the unit when fully loaded. It includes all weights, inclusive of all fluids, cargo, optional equipment and accessories. For safety and product performance do NOT exceed the GVWR.

GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) – is the maximum permissible weight, including cargo, fluids, optional equipment and accessories that can be safely supported by a combination of all axles.

UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight)*- is the typical weight of the unit as manufactured at the factory. It includes all weight at the unit’s axle(s) and tongue or pin and LP Gas. The UVW does not include cargo, fresh potable water, additional optional equipment or dealer installed accessories.
*Estimated Average based on standard build optional equipment.

CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity)** - is the amount of weight available for fresh potable water, cargo, additional optional equipment and accessories. CCC is equal to GVWR minus UVW. Available CCC should accommodate fresh potable water (8.3 lbs per gallon). Before filling the fresh water tank, empty the black and gray tanks to provide for more cargo capacity.
**Estimated Average based on standard build optional equipment.

Each Forest River RV is weighed at the manufacturing facility prior to shipping. A label identifying the unloaded vehicle weight of the actual unit and the cargo carrying capacity is applied to every Forest River RV prior to leaving our facilities.

The load capacity of your unit is designated by weight, not by volume, so you cannot necessarily use all available space when loading your unit.

Features & Options

  • Sidewalls: 2" Vacuum Bonded, aluminum framed with high density block foam insulation
  • Roof: 5” Arched roof rafters 14" on center with two layers of batten insulation
  • Dual roof vents for breathable attic
  • PVC roof membrane with lifetime warranty
  • Main floors: 5/8” tongue & groove plywood with batten insulation
  • Upper deck floors: Welded aluminum frame with 5/8" tongue & groove plywood floors
  • Slide Box: 2" Laminated aluminum framed sidewalls & roof with 1" wood flooring
  • 2" Laminated aluminum framed front wall anchors sidewalls for added strength
  • EGS backing strips in sidewalls to anchor interior cabinets
  • Seamless roto-cast holding tanks
  • One Piece molded fiberglass front cap with batten insulation
  • EasyTec convenience center panel w/ bluetooth controls
  • 17" 2-in-1 oven range
  • .9 cu ft OTR microwave
  • 60 gal. or more fresh water capacity
  • 10.7 cu ft 12V refrigerator
  • Huge pantry (most models)
  • Huge lift-up booth dinette storage
  • Stow & go corn hole boards
  • King bed
  • Massive pass-thru storage
  • Easy Clean" floors (no floor vents)
  • Solid step at main entry
  • Flush floor, linoleum galley slide-out
  • Pull out step stool
  • 32" entry door w/ friction hinge
  • Battery disconnect switch
  • Tinted windows
  • “On the Go” rear ladder prep
  • Vacuum bonded, welded aluminum structure
  • Best in class size, high efficiency 35,000 BTU furnace
  • 13,500 BTU ducted A/C system w/ 2nd & 3rd A/C prep
  • On demand tankless hot water heater
  • Exterior ventilated attic vents for breathable roof
  • Electric fireplace w/ thermostat control and remote
  • Tufflex PVC roof membrane
  • Underbelly armor ABS underbelly panels
  • 50 AMP electric
  • Dual 20 lb. LP Tanks
  • Sidewalls: 2" high density block foam insulation
  • Roof: residential fiberglass insulation
  • Floor: Residential fiberglass insulation w/ 5/8" tongue and groove plywood
  • 3rd 13.5K A/C
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Tank Heaters
  • Free-Standing Dinette w/ 4 Chairs (IPO Booth Dinette)

Virtual Tours

  • 28BH
    28BH Main Room
  • 29RL
    29RL Main Room
  • 31RL
    31RL Main Room
  • 36MB
    36MB Main Room


Some videos may show features or options not available on all products. Contact our service representatives or your local dealer if you have questions about how your specific RV operates.