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Old 03-05-2012, 03:24 AM   #1
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We are looking at purchasing a Zinger 23FB. This is our first RV purchase and we are nervous as heck about it! My dad has a fifth wheel but we wanted something smaller; I feel like this floorplan fits our needs pretty well. It will just be me, my husband, and our (currently 3.5 years old) daughter. We live in Texas and hope to roadtrip during the summer to see the US and then weekend camping around Texas.



My husband is tall so we liked the extra headroom and I don't want to deal with slides, so like this layout. The outdoor kitchen seems like something we would use a lot, and my husband doesn't want something much longer than this one. Does anyone have this trailer and have and feedback/advice on it?



Also, the dealership is trying to sell us the 5-year service plan. I kind of feel like it's a waste of money, but would like feedback on whether people would recommend it.

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The zinger is a wonderful trailer, but I think with having a small child you will want to have a bunk to put her down for naps and things without having to lose your sofa. Also making a bed everyday can get really old. We have a 4 1/2 yr old (was 3 1/2 when we bought the TT). She loves to play in the bunk. having that separate area has been a blessing. Our zinger has been perfect for our family. Crossroads has really good customer service and the 2 yr warranty is really nice. Here is a zinger Z1 (ZT 251BH) that is similar length and weight to what you were looking at but has bunks. The bunks will also come in handy for when your child is a little older and wants to bring friends along. http://www.crossroadsrv.com/z-1/floo...BH&type=tt



Happy hunting and i hope you find the perfect trailer for you. Camping has been a wonderful experience for our young family.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:46 AM   #3
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Prior to this 5th wheel, I has a tt with tribble bunks stacked up(another brand and much older). The kids loved it and again, as mentioned above, they came in handy when the "friends" came along. Actually, one of the funniest sights and best memories was watching one of my 250 lb buddies try to get out of the middlebunk the morning aftera night at the World of Beer Expo in Frankenmuth MI. Priceless!
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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FWIW my last trailer was a 25'4 Winds bumper pull. It was a nice trailer for just the DW and myself. Almost the same layout without the outdoor kitchen, there was a wardrobe there. It did not have a slide as I didn't want the hassle and problems with slides and I was cheap. A trailer with a slide would have a cost more. Biggest mistake I made lately.



You're cooking something on the stove and hubby is on the couch watching TV. He decides he needs to go the water closet and has to make an appointment to get by you at the stove. The little one has no place to go without being in the way. And then my daughter and her husband went with us one weekend. All I can say is it's a good thing the weather was nice. 4 adults just flat didn't fit. It was a place to sleep and that was it.



The picture is what that trailer morphed into and we love it. Lots of room. More cabinets than DW can fill up, yet. Our daughter and 2 Gkids went with us and no problems. They had room to play and everybody was happy.



Personally I would never have another without a slide. It was almost like going from a 800 sq ft apartment to a 2500 sq ft house.
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avvidclif speaks wisely about room. Go sit in the trailer with the whole family. let your 3 1/2 yr old run around and have mom pretend to cook. Dad can pretend to watch the game, get up and go to the bathroom etc. If you have a pet to bring along think about tripping over them too. Think about where you will put everything (ie mom's clothes in that cabinet, dishes in this cabinet and DD's toys in that drawer etc) This led us to our 30ft super slide zinger.For many no slide or a minimal slide is plenty. We wanted space for DD to run around when trapped on a rainy day and we have a 70 lb dog to tripover as well. We haven't regretted the extra space. The only thing is the slide will make the TT heavier so what you are towing with comes into play. What are you towing with?
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:58 AM   #6
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2007 nissan Titan king cab Texas edition.





thanks for all the feedback so far....its been really helpful and definitely giving us a lot to consider.





I like all the storage in this unit and think it will be sufficient (at least for our first one!) we anticipate mainly cooking outside - in Texas you don't want to heat up the inside!
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The most regrets I hear from people with kid(s) is they didn't go with a bunkhouse the first time around. We had triple bunks in the last unit we just sold. Our new unit is a bunkhouse as well. ST22BH. The last unit we had was longer with a sofa such as shown in the floorplan you are looking at. The sofa became a dumping ground for us and was not used as intended. But the bunks are the kids favorite area. When we told them we were getting a new RV, all they cared about was if it had bunks. It is nice to be able to give them their own space to get away into. And you don't have to make up bed every night and take it down every morning. On occasion the bunk also was needed to "send" the kids into for some "time away" ie TIME OUT!.
So as you can tell we are big fans of bunkhouses. The unit you show seems set for perhaps someone on the other side of the kid rearing period of life. We also opted for the grill attachment on the rear bumper, combined with a campstove on a table we will set up an outdoor cooking area.
I recommend looking at the Sunset Trail, 22 BH. The floorplan is wrong on the web page, http://www.crossroadsrv.com/sunsettr...BH&type=tt
but the 360 video is correct. The unit has a mini slide and the weight/length may be attractive to you..
We will all be interested in what you decide.

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You can probably tow these trailers but remember to double check all of your weights including, total tow capacity, tongue weight (TW) rating, and payload. Remember that the listed available payload on the drivers door sticker only includes a 150 lb driver. A good idea is to load your titan up as you would for camping w/ people, pets and gear and a full tank of gas and go weigh it. Subtract the weighed # from the trucks GVW to get your available payload. Most 1/2 tons will run out of payload before they run out of tow capacity. Double checking this will prevent you from needing to upgrade your truck in the first year. I say this having towed my TT w/ an armada that was overloaded. THe armada had a 9100 tow capacity but I later learned about tongue weights and payload and found I was over on both. The armada only had about 800 lbs of available payload. Not adequate for a TT that has a 7700 lb GVW (6700 lbs loaded ready to camp). You can figure a more realistic tongue weight by using 13-15% of the trailers GVWR. Also remember (and it looks like you paid attention to this) that the empty or shipping or UVW weight is a useless number, utilize the GVWR so you don't overload your truck. Sorry if you already knew all of this, a lot of first time buyers know some but not all of this. Just trying to help prevent others from making the mistakes I did.
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After looking at the GVW (thanks for that advice!) it looks like this one may be too heavy. We'd be okay locally, but one of our goals is to visit the USA some with it, and we think it will end up being too much for the transmission. Looks like we need something that is about 4,000 or so dry . . . so back to the drawing board!



It's a shame - we really liked this one and the price was really good at just under $15,000 with lots of upgrades.



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After looking at the GVW (thanks for that advice!) it looks like this one may be too heavy. We'd be okay locally, but one of our goals is to visit the USA some with it, and we think it will end up being too much for the transmission. Looks like we need something that is about 4,000 or so dry . . . so back to the drawing board!



It's a shame - we really liked this one and the price was really good at just under $15,000 with lots of upgrades.



http://www.exploreusa.com/inventory/...er-ZT23FB.aspx

If my 1-cent is worth anything, I would think your Titan would handle the 23FB without worry. Check the numbers and allow for your gear. We did, and while we eventually plan to upgrade, we tow our ZT27BHSE with a 6-cyl. Trailblazer (5300# rating as we areequipped). Fully loaded, trailer is at the limit around 5K. She handles well if speed is kept down.

I agree, a bunkhouse model is good with kids. I wanted a shorter unit, but the 27BHSE was a steal at $11K (show price - new) and the TB handles it well. The Sunset Trails are also very nice.
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