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Old 12-15-2012, 08:05 AM   #15
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We have the 2012 CF27RLX cruizer by crossroads. Love it, floor plan works for three large adults , can get to the fridge/bathroom with the slide in. Dry weight is 7,255 pounds by the " weighed by" sticker in the cabinet door
2012 have the same floor plan as our 2013 no change, we also enjoy the large water, grey and black tank capacity great for dry camping
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:13 AM   #16
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I agree , lots of water storage. We are toying with replacing the interior lights with leds to help with battery usd dry camping. We havrn't had it long, but we are in love with it.
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I agree , lots of water storage. We are toyingI with replacing the interior lights with leds to help with battery usd dry camping. We havrn't had it long, but we are in love with it.
Great idea to change for leds, are your main light on the ceiling leds? Mine came with 7 leds in kitchen, bathroom and bedroor, I also installed a second battery and a 2000 W inverter. My next move will be a small solar panel.
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No, none of our lights are leds. Have a batch coming from ebay, but can't remember of they are for the inside fixtures or the clearance lights, forgot which auction i won and which one i lost. Have an inverter for the tv, but haven't installed it yet. Payday more leds will be ordered.
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Looked at a 290rlt Crusader, liked the price point with all the options. Floor plan, not so much. Anxious to see the 295rst. Looked a Cougar X-Lite, not bad... Finally, we looked an Open Range 297rls and very impressed. Big bathroom and big bedroom for a non bed slide model. The wardrobe is the slide. The front bed slides back and forth about 10" to give a lot of space by the closet. My wife loved the decor and kitchen setup. They're getting a 318 model next week so I'm very excited to look at that. Both the 297 and 318 are under 8000lbs. Open Range has moved to the top of the list.
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Looked at a 290rlt Crusader, liked the price point with all the options. Floor plan, not so much. Anxious to see the 295rst. Looked a Cougar X-Lite, not bad... Finally, we looked an Open Range 297rls and very impressed. Big bathroom and big bedroom for a non bed slide model. The wardrobe is the slide. The front bed slides back and forth about 10" to give a lot of space by the closet. My wife loved the decor and kitchen setup. They're getting a 318 model next week so I'm very excited to look at that. Both the 297 and 318 are under 8000lbs. Open Range has moved to the top of the list.
Does it have the Polartec package ? Sure is nice to have if you plan late fall camping
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Make absolutely sure that you can live with the type trailer you're looking for. We bought one last year with almost the exact parameters you listed. We looked at the units you mentioned, and bought one you listed. In order to get it under weight and price point limits, the quality suffered a lot.

When we travel, we spend between 4-6 months at a time, averaging close to 10k miles. By the time we returned home after the first summer, we traded it for a mh I wished we had bought in the first place. What we didn't like was things you can only learn after using the unit for a while. Very poorly insulated, corners cut in electrical systems and construction materials to save weight and cost were the biggest two problems.

Moral of my story, make sure you can live with the shortcomings of an ultra-lite trailer.
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As one who is going through the same process in choosing a light weight model, I would really appreciate more of your insight into the shortcomings of the ultra light verses a standard weight model.
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Make absolutely sure that you can live with the type trailer you're looking for. We bought one last year with almost the exact parameters you listed. We looked at the units you mentioned, and bought one you listed. In order to get it under weight and price point limits, the quality suffered a lot.

When we travel, we spend between 4-6 months at a time, averaging close to 10k miles. By the time we returned home after the first summer, we traded it for a mh I wished we had bought in the first place. What we didn't like was things you can only learn after using the unit for a while. Very poorly insulated, corners cut in electrical systems and construction materials to save weight and cost were the biggest two problems.

Moral of my story, make sure you can live with the shortcomings of an ultra-lite trailer.
Not sure, we sold our MH last year after many years of plesure, did some fulltime living for a few years but for many reason including the cost and maintenance I would never return to MH, I did not find any difference with insulation, to the contrary I fond my Cruiser more comfortable better living space and warmer then my Winnebago, my opinion !!!
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Yes, it had a 4 Season package.
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As one who is going through the same process in choosing a light weight model, I would really appreciate more of your insight into the shortcomings of the ultra light verses a standard weight model.
Light trailers are made lighter by robbing on the frame tires wheels and quality interior materials.
I would run away from any unit that has light in the description
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As one who is going through the same process in choosing a light weight model, I would really appreciate more of your insight into the shortcomings of the ultra light verses a standard weight model.
Electrical, there were only five ac outlets in the entire living area, all on one circuit, protected with a 15 amp fuse. Any two outlets in use at the same time would frequently trip the circuit breaker. In order to run a seperate space heater, we had to run a second cord in thru the slide seal for it.

Building materials, the counter top was made from 1/4 inch pressboard with a laminate top. It was starting to warp after only about 3 months. Unit was so poorly insulated in addition to large single pane windows, we were burning a 7 gal propane bottle about every five days, with temps around 50 daytime and 35 at night.
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To continue, running gear. The unit had a gvw of 9500 lbs, but the axles were only rated at 4000 each. Fifteen inch Chinese tires with five lug wheels that were rated for 2010 each. In order to upgrade to even a slightly better tire would require changing both wheels and tires, maybe even axles.

Don't get me wrong, for the "parameters" I set at the time, it fit, well. Came in at 32', weighed less than 9K, and cost about $32-34k. Could tow it without having to upgrade the truck we had at the time. If all we wanted to do is camp an occasional weekend, a couple week vacation, and only afew miles annually, it would have been great.

That's what I'm trying to say, make sure you know how you're going to use and what you want before you settle on a "lite or ultra-lite".
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I'm going through a similar exercise too - currently looking to see what trailers I can pull with F150HD. Been doing some research and found this site:

Trailer advisor

I personally like those Open Range Light models, but I'm still not 100% sure if the truck can handle it.
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