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Old 12-25-2007, 06:27 AM   #1
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I'm a semi-retired newbie to RVing who has been a camper since childhood. I'm looking at travel trailers and enjoy the experiences of other forum participants. I have already modified my TT search criteria to look for lighter weight TTs based upon a better understanding of maximum TV tow capabilities. Do any of you have any experience with a Crossroads Sunset Trail TT? I like the aluminum framing, super insulation, light-weight and 2 year warranty, but would prefer to hear from owners that they are happy with the TT and/or manufacturer.

Thanks to all who contribute here. I have learned a lot from experienced RV owners and appreciate you sharing your expertise.

I drive a 2006 Chevy Silverado 4WD, 5.3L V8, with factory tow package, 4.10 rear, extended cab w/ long bed, max towing capacity 8400 lbs. I started out looking at TT with dry weights of 6500 to 7100 lbs, but have now limited my choices to TT with dry weights under 6,000. I was all set to purchase a Hensley hitch when I read that Jim Hensley has just released a new improved design that is being marketed by a company called Pro Pride Inc. So now the one thing I was sure of is also in flux. Oh well! Happy Holidays and safe RVing to all.

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I'm a semi-retired newbie to RVing who has been a camper since childhood. I'm looking at travel trailers and enjoy the experiences of other forum participants. I have already modified my TT search criteria to look for lighter weight TTs based upon a better understanding of maximum TV tow capabilities. Do any of you have any experience with a Crossroads Sunset Trail TT? I like the aluminum framing, super insulation, light-weight and 2 year warranty, but would prefer to hear from owners that they are happy with the TT and/or manufacturer.

Thanks to all who contribute here. I have learned a lot from experienced RV owners and appreciate you sharing your expertise.

I drive a 2006 Chevy Silverado 4WD, 5.3L V8, with factory tow package, 4.10 rear, extended cab w/ long bed, max towing capacity 8400 lbs. I started out looking at TT with dry weights of 6500 to 7100 lbs, but have now limited my choices to TT with dry weights under 6,000. I was all set to purchase a Hensley hitch when I read that Jim Hensley has just released a new improved design that is being marketed by a company called Pro Pride Inc. So now the one thing I was sure of is also in flux. Oh well! Happy Holidays and safe RVing to all.

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Old 12-25-2007, 06:54 AM   #3
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Bill, Welcome to the IRV2 website, it's been a long time since I've had a travel trailer, so I can't help you with information that your looking for, I'm sure others will respond to your question, have a great day. Ed.S
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:01 AM   #4
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Leftygolfer, welcome to iRV2.

I have linked your post to the TT section, where you will get more replies.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:37 AM   #5
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Lefty golfer...
First of all Merry Christmas...and what a great Christmas present you have given yourself by signing up as a member of iRV2!
You may a slower response today than usual...but you should definitely get more replies with Route66 linking you to the TT section...

Good luck finding that perfect TT for you!

Again...welcome to iRV2...I am sure you will enjoy it immensely!
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Old 12-25-2007, 11:39 AM   #6
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Bill,
Welcome to iRV2! You've come to the right place for answers to your TT question -- expect more responses after the holiday.
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Old 12-25-2007, 05:44 PM   #7
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I have to admit I tell everyone that is serious about towing and towing long distance to upgrade to a diesel . the 5.3 feels like it has power but when it comes to a hill its going to down shift to 2nd gear and labor to make the top of any resonable sized hill with 6000lbs on its back. A duramax truck will pull huge hills in high gear with almost twice the weight and never give you any issues of not being rated to do the job its given. Get the camper you want ,trade up to a bigger 3/4 ton truck with a diesel . The 2500hd rides like a car but hauls huge loads and pulls large travel trailers and 5th wheels very easy. Also the hensley hitch is most likely the best hitch on the market BUT a 6000lb TT on a 3/4 ton doesnt need it. That saves you thousands just in hitch saveing. I pull a 31' 10,000 lb holiday rambler with a duel cam hitch from reese , its very stable even at 75 mph. 1/2 ton trucks need a good hitch and upgrade the tires to load range e to get close to the same stable feeling but you never get bigger brakes or a heavy truck to keep things stable.
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:09 PM   #8
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leftygolfer, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures in your new TT. You will find we are a group of fun loving RVers that like to help each other where we can, so if you have any questions just ask. Good luck and enjoy the website.
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:52 PM   #9
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A friend of ours pulling a light Forest River TT with a 1/2 ton chevy, went through 2 tranmissions at Chevrolet's expense. He was towing at the stated weight limits, but in reality the truck could not do it. Definately a 3/4 ton is best, and of course a diesel is made for pulling. We get 10 mpg when towing, flat land and about 63 mph. Uphill and heavy winds affect mileage of course.

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Old 12-28-2007, 07:41 PM   #10
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Hi Bill, and welcome to iRV2. Glad you found us.

I play golf as well and when they ask me my handicap I just tell them I'm left handed.
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:07 PM   #11
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Hi Bill! Welcome to iRV2.

I'm a Crossroads owner with a 2006 Cruiser 5er. I've also linked your post to the CrossRoads Owners' Forum here on iRV2. You might also check out the CrossRoads Forum on the CrossRoads RV (www.crossroadsrv.com) website. It is a really good resource for current and potential CrossRoads owners.

Check out the Northeast CrossRoads rally coming up in April at Appalachian Campsites here in PA.

Also, consider attending a MidAtlantic Campers rally thru iRV2. There is one coming up in the spring and may be close to you.

Again, welcome to iRV2 and look to the forums here for almost unlimited resources.
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Hi My wife and I are in the market now for a bigger trailer. We now have a 2000 Coachman 252RKS with a dry weight of 4,800 loaded with water, food and all camping gear on a scale it is 6,480.

I tow with a 2005, F150, 5.4lit, 4X2 with 3.73 gears. It can tow a trailer weight of 9,500lb and a fifth wheel weight of 9,300

I towed last summer including up seven mile hill on rt81 in NC. and have had no problem. Yes a 250 or 350 with diesel would be the best thing but I have to do with what I have.

We are looking at a few Lite Weights including Fifth Wheel light weights. I am going to sell our trailer If we find what we like.

Good luck on your search I am also looking. Whatever you do do not get a trailer with a GCVWR that is higher then your towing capacity and think you will load light it won't happen. Most people will in fact over load the trailer.
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Tugboat, welcome to iRV2.

I find the weather much more to my liking here in Juno Beach than I did in Newark.

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Welcome TugBoat to irv2.
Here is a LINK to some 5th's to get you started if to heavy at least you can dream.
Enjoy the forums and do post often.
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