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Old 01-10-2017, 05:07 PM   #1
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New Member - looking for some information

Hello to the group. I recently signed up to this forum. My wife and I have been away from camping for a few years while getting the kids through college and now it is time to jump back into the camping scene.

Our plans for many years has been to purchase a nice used 5th wheel (we had travel trailers previously) for our next RV. We have found a 2012 Cruiser Patriot Provincial 335SS online and plan to go look at it this weekend. I've spoken with the owners and they inform me there are only a few cosmetic issues that need taken care of. They also state no mechanical problems with any of the systems. I plan to do a very full inspection of all systems.

I have researched this forum and also online and found there was an issue with the bedroom slides (roller placement), leaks, and how the bed attaches to the slide wall. I will investigate those issue when I see the RV.

This RV only has one AC unit. We live in the South East and I do have a concern if one AC will keep the RV cool in the summer months? This RV has the full body paint option (darker colors) so I'm assuming that will only help to increase the RV temperatures on sunny days.

What is an accurate hitch pin weight for this trailer? I've seen numbers ranging from 1940 lbs. up to 2200 lbs., I know this will depend on how much camping gear is loaded in the unit. I'm looking for the dry hitch pin weight. I can then figure in propane (60 lbs.) and estimate our gear. Does anyone have actual scaled weight?

My truck is a 96 F250 crew cab, 7.3L, manual 5 speed, 4:11 gears. Towing capacity of 12,500 lbs. I've scaled the truck with full tanks and have the axle weights, available hitch pin weight is approximately 2500 lbs. after doing the math.

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Old 01-10-2017, 05:34 PM   #2
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Here's a link to the brochure for that year. http://www.uvsconsole.com/manager/ad...1999971996.pdf
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:03 AM   #3
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This trailer is a bit like ours. We only have one a/c unit. We find it does a fine job on the living area but not the bedroom. Kind of like the furnace in reverse - great job in the bathroom and bedroom but not so much in the living area.

How we deal with that issue is we put a fan in the window of the bedroom (on top of the dresser). This blows the cool air in. We winter in Florida so we do this a lot of the nights. At home we do have some hot, humid days in the summer, but probably not like what you would get. Not sure how this would work for your summer weather.

One thing that bugs me about a lot of the newer trailers is that they no longer have the dresser in front of the window. Instead, the window is larger and has no place for a fan (or in our case, a cat).
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the information. The original brochure information is great and also the true picture about the HVAC functionality. I suspected that about the AC system.

Are these trailers wired for a second AC unit in the bedroom?

Mark5W - How does the F150 do pulling this trailer? I'm pretty stuck on my diesel and like the torque it has for towing in mountains we have around here.

Also, do you have auto-leveling on your unit? Looks like I see rear leveling jacks just behind the trailer tires in your photo. If so, I would be interested in learning more about what system you have on your trailer.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:06 PM   #5
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I've traveled all along the east coast down to SC. Plus, traveled over and thru some of the Blue Ridge Mountains. No problems whatsoever. I added the Roadmaster rear suspension and aftermarket slotted and drilled rotors and pads made for heavy towing. What you see in the picture is the pole of the basketball goal. I don't have a self leveling setup.
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Old 01-12-2017, 03:59 AM   #6
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Welcome from NC. Let us know how it goes with the purchase.
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Old 01-15-2017, 07:38 PM   #8
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We went and looked at the trailer Saturday and spent almost 2 1/2 hours checking it out. We came to the determination this was the unit for us. We plan to pick-it up next weekend. Elderly couple selling the trailer is dealing with some health issues wanted another week to get all there stuff out the trailer. I will post photos once I have sitting our driveway.

I have a Pull-rite superglide hitch in my truck. Trying to find out exactly what capture plate to purchase for the Cruiser hitch pin box? Anyone using the superglide? What capture plate do I need for the slider hitch?
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:35 PM   #9
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I figured out the correct capture plate. If anyone is interested.
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Not specific to the model, but my folks do a lot of camping in their unit in the south. They only have 1 AC unit and it seems to be fine. They are on shore power everywhere, their camper is a lighter color, and they may less cubic feet than you, but only having 1 ac hasn't been a problem.
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Old 01-24-2017, 11:49 AM   #11
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We have friends we camp with that have the same model that you are getting ready to buy, and our camper is a 305SKP and is not much smaller than the 335SS...On some the the hottest days of the summer, even though we both have the 15,000 BTU Brisk Air AC units, they would not cool the campers down to the thermostat set temp., and would end up running all day long...As to your question of pre-wire second AC in bedroom, the answer is YES your camper should be pre-wired...In the bedroom you should see a temp sensor on one of the walls, and if you have the Dometic thermostat it should show zones on the display...
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:16 PM   #12
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We are official owners of 2012 Cruiser. Got it home last Saturday. This is our first 5th wheel. I was surprise how easy this pulled, easier then our 28' travel trailer. We are looking forward to many happy camping trips.
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Very nice 5er, congratulations. Welcome to the forum.
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Very nice. Enjoy you trips with it. We do.
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Old 01-24-2017, 09:10 PM   #15
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Love the paint!!!!! Congratulations and enjoy the journeys ahead.

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Nice rig, best of luck with it...Also welcome to the forum...
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