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Old 05-18-2014, 04:20 PM   #1
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Cruiser CF315RL - Reliable enough?

Hello all,

I've had a CTX 26RK fifth-wheel for the last four years or so. While we've been pretty happy with the unit, I'm considering retiring later this year or early next. Once I pull the plug, DW & I plan on spending about six months and 8,000-10,000 miles/year on the road, so we're considering getting something a bit more spacious.

Based on a LOT of internet surfing and a bit of time at a nearby dealer looking at (non-Crossroads) fifth-wheels, we're considering the Cruiser CF315RL. It's a bit longer than I planned, but there are a number of things that we like about the layout.

i've been pretty happy with my 2010, other than some hardware ripping out of the cheapish cabinetry. And I assume that the suspension on the '315 would help extend the life some. However, once retired I need to get 10-15 years and at least 100,000 miles out of this trailer. I'm concerned that the quality appears to have gone down and I gather that the two-year warranty that I got in 2010 is now merely one year, which certainly doesn't give me the same confidence in Crossroads. I'd rather not have to get something more expensive like an Excel (both because the Cruiser layout is appealing and I'd rather hold onto the extra $20k), but I also don't want to be dealing with frequent problems due to poor design and build for the next decade.

One last wrinkle -- it appears that there are no dealers anywhere near me that are handling Cruiser fifth-wheels. My (former) dealer is no longer selling Crossroads, and an internet search has so far turned up nothing reachable in a day trip. So personally inspecting any current Cruiser is out for now.

Any thoughts on the suitability of the current Cruisers from those of you with experience with the current Cruiser line?

Many thanks,
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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My 2 cents worth is to search out and buy a unit that uses a Mor/Ryde suspension. I'm not at all impressed with Lippert suspension components, especially as much as you plan on pulling. While the Cruiser uses Lippert's Trail-Air equa-flex suspension, I still prefer Mor/Ryde. Lippert has a horrible reputation for both quality and standing behind their warranty. This is strictly my personal opinion, and should only be considered as such as you do your own research. Good luck, and happy retirement!
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:52 PM   #3
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In my humble opinion, you should buy from a dealer that is close to home - because you will have problems - from minor (definitely) to major (probable). Check out extended warranties - newer trailers appear not to be built as well as the older models. In a rush to get them out the door, manufacturers are not paying attention to detail, or quality standards. In the end, buy what you feel is right for you. Lippert, Dexter, Mor/Ryde etc - pros and cons to all. A good dealer is what makes the difference...
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Old 05-19-2014, 06:43 PM   #4
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Thanks Mike & Darrell. The dealer is part of the problem at the moment. There is a local dealer who handles Sunset Trail travel trailers. Would have to find out if they are allowed to sell Cruiser fifth-wheels or not. No idea if the dealer is any good or not though.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:05 PM   #5
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This is just "my" opinion.
If you need 100,000 mi., plus 10 to 15 years out of your next rig, I think you better start looking at something a little better then the cruiser.
Maybe a four season rig?
Arctic Fox might be a good place to start.
Unless you want to spend more money, then start looking at Mobile Suites,
LifeStyle, as a couple.


Isn't there a CR dealer south of Green Bay, and another in Wisconsin Rapids?
There is one north of Chippewa Falls.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:46 PM   #6
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Thanks Lloyd. I'm starting to lean away from CrossRoads, although have not completely ruled it out yet.

Arctic Fox went to 102" trailers (too wide for me), and their 96" Fox Mountain bedroom layouts are all unappealing, unfortunately. Looking at higher end options like Mobile Suites and Excel.

Sheik's south of Green Bay doesn't carry CR fifth wheels any more. Wisconsin Rapids only has a couple of Aires. There is a 2014 and a couple of 2013s at a dealer in Iowa. Chippewa Falls unfortunately just has a 2012. I'm not making any decisions immediately, so maybe there will be some more inventory in a month or two.

Thanks again.
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Don't know why an extra 6 in. on the width should be a problem?
There are a lot of rigs out there now that are that width.
Good luck in your search.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:47 AM   #8
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We looked at the arctic fox last winter. Very nice solid trailer. We couldn't find a unit that fit our requirements or I think we would have owned one.
The one's we did really like were more trailer than we had truck for. Seeing as we had just bought our truck I wasn't about to trade again.
Secondly, there wasn't anything under 12 ft. in height. Which was another requirement for it to fit in our building.
A lot of these units are still on the road after many many years of use.
I was pretty impressed with what I read from present owners.
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WanderWest, I wouldn't worry about the extra 3 inches of width on either side. Not going to make it more difficult when towing.

Here's another option for extended stay units that are interesting.

http://www.granddesignrv.com/solitude-overview.php

369RL is a nice floor plan in the Solitude assuming you have the truck to pull it.
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Old 06-01-2014, 12:00 PM   #10
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hi there , HAPPY Retirement ! We purchased a 2011 Cruiser 31.5 RE new two years ago and still love the floor plan. We camp about 80 nights a year in the 5th wheel and so far havent had any big issues. Initially we had an electrical short problem with one one the circuits but the dealer fixed that. THe furnace ducting runs from front to back on the 2011's using one common distribution duct. You may want to modify that so you get better air flow, we did and it is fine now. All and all we are happy with the unit. Leaving to drive from Vancouver Island BC to Newfoundland tommorrow and then back across the USA coming home. THat will no doubt be the big test ( 90 days on the road) As an owner of the same model your looking at I can say that I have confidence that we wont have any major issues on our trip. Hope this helps . You mentioned hieght, I think my 31.5 RE is 12 ft 6"

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