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Old 04-08-2010, 12:54 AM   #1
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After the Mpls. RV Show we were convinced that we would be getting a Kingston KF30SB. Since then we have looked online at the Cruisers and like them too. So here is question #1: we have a 2004 F350 V10 4X4 Crew 8’<?: prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:address><st1:Street>box</st1:Street> 3.73</st1:address> with a factory recommended tow rating of 10200lbs. We want a trailer that will last 10 years and hold up to going South every winter. The <st1:City><st1lace>Kingston</st1lace></st1:City> has a 10? I-beam construction and 16? tires. The Cruiser has 8? I-beam construction and 15? tires. The Cruiser is lighter, but will it hold up as well as the <st1:City><st1lace>Kingston</st1lace></st1:City> for 10 years? Question #2: How close to the 10200 lbs can the dry weight of the trailer be to be sure we don’t go over that weight when we are loaded?

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Old 04-08-2010, 02:28 AM   #2
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Check the trailer life towing guide for your truck. If I am not mistaken you should be able to tow more than 10200 with a fifth wheel. We have a Kingston and really like it. I have not had any problems, a very well built trailer. I found that most of the standard features with the kingston are options on the cruiser. The Kingston is also a full profile which give you more head room in the bedroom.

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Old 04-08-2010, 02:31 AM   #3
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Here is the Trailer Life link



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Old 04-08-2010, 03:04 AM   #4
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Thanks for the trailer life towing guide website address. It varifies what my owners manual says; ie. 10200 is the max weight I can tow.
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:19 AM   #5
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But here is the main question we would like some help with: We want a trailer that will last 10 years and hold up to going South every winter. The <?: PREFIX = ST1 /><ST1:CITY><ST1:PLACE>Kingston</ST1:PLACE></ST1:CITY> has a 10? I-beam construction and 16? tires. The Cruiser has 8? I-beam construction and 15? tires. The Cruiser is lighter, but will it hold up as well as the <ST1:CITY><ST1:PLACE>Kingston</ST1:PLACE></ST1:CITY> for 10 years?
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:16 AM   #6
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We just pulled our 30sb11 home with an 02 GMC 6l gas with no problems. I'M sure your v10 would handle it. This rig tows very nice. You will like the full profile no steps in the bebroom,huge basement storage. The 16" tires and 6000lb axles and 10 frame are all pluses for longevity. We plan on wintering in Az in ours.
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We are on our second cruiser and have had no issues with either. With our '07 30sk we spent three winters in the south, three months each year. We justspent our first three month stay in the south with our new 30sk. We traded because of the many upgrades between the '07 and the '10, especially the Patriot options that give you 16 inch tires, electric rear jacks, electric awing, etc. We prefer the mid profile,but that is a matter of choice. Our truck is a 5.4 gasser with 4.10 rear end and on the trip home we averaged 8.5 mpg comig north thru Alabama, Tenn., Kentucky, and Illinois driving at 65 mph. I think your truck will do just fine.
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:37 AM   #8
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That's a tough one to answer.In my opinion, both would last well for 10 years. (with proper maintenance and care, of course)



I bought my Cruiser with the same mentality. Like you, I decidedto spend my money one time on the camper I could live with for at least 10 years. We're almost half way there and it still looks like new, inside &amp; out.



The Kingston line wasn't in production in 2006 so I didn't have that "one-up" choice soif I was buying today,I wouldbe asking the same questions and looking between the two.



The Patriot Edition Cruiser CF30SK has almost everything the Kingston does except the 10" frame and the extra headroom in the BR. I'm short so the last item wouldn't matter to me. The warranty and the construction standards are the same. Ifyou weren't aware,the Cruiser, Kingston, and Seville are made side-by-side on the same assemblyline by the same crews.



Have you had the chance to actually walk into a Cruiser CF30SK Patriot Edition?That might help make up your mind. That's my opinion, for what's its worth.



What's the best bang for your 10 year buck? Both of em....



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I've already responded to the same question on another forum, but I'll post here just for the picture of our rig in my signature. It is parked at Blomidan Provincal Park, Nova Scotia, overlooking the Bay of Fundy.That was part of a 10,000 mile trip that included several pretty rough roads in NS and also on the only paved east-west road thru central New Brunswick and Mount Carleton Provincial Park, NB where they are happy just to get visitors from elsewhere in Canada.
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If your tow vehicle is going to be the Ford then buy the Cruiser. The Cruiser and Kingston have the same exact wall/floor/roof construction. The frame size is the only difference but the size difference is mostly becuase a 10" frame is needed for a full Z-drop frame to allow the HUGE pass-thru storage up-front. The Cruiser has a 16" option and has the trail-air suspension too.



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