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Old 08-02-2013, 02:53 AM   #1
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I'm new to the forums - my husband and I are looking to buy our first TT (we have been tent camping), and we've narrowed our selection down to:

Crossroads Sunset Trail 240BH
Crossroads Zinger 28BH
Keystone Summerland 2820BHGS

All three are within our price range at local dealers and we can't decide between them. We're leaning more toward the Crossroads, so I was hoping to get some feedback from people who've had experience with them

I really love the Sunset Trail, but storage looks to be an issue. We'll be camping with our two boys (2 year old and 5 year old) and we want to use this trailer for many years to come.

Sunset Trail pros:

- sturdy aluminum frame
- we love the exterior and interior finish
- larger refrigerator (8 cu. ft.)
- the model we are looking at comes with the exterior kitchen and barbecue, which we LOVE
- Queen bed is 80" long rather than 74", perfect for my tall husband
- the size is right at 27' 7" long, will fit in our driveway just fine and hopefully fit more easily in campground sites
- more aerodynamic and lighter than the other options at about 5100lbs (fuel economy is a big concern)
- porcelain foot flush toilet (how important is this?)
- we love the fiberglass finish (and know we have to be vigilant about inspecting and resealing seams)

Sunset Trail cons:
- less storage
- no kitchen drawers
- no sofa - how to watch TV as a family on rainy days?
- small gray water tank (26 gal vs 40 and 64 in the other models)


Zinger pros:

- sofa (thought the curved wall beside it seems like it would block the TV?)
- much more storage

Zinger cons:

- 1100 lbs heavier than ST, looks less aerodynamic
- wood frame, I feel this could be less solid in the long-term
- Queen bed is shorter (74" vs 80")
- no exterior kitchen
- it's long at 31' 10". We may have to move part of our backyard fence and a mature lilac tree to be able to park it in our driveway (doable but very inconvenient).



Any thoughts? I'm pulling for the Sunset Trail, but worry I'll regret the lack of storage and sofa when the kids are 7 and 10. I'd also love to hear about any experiences you may have had with Keystone.

We have a 2013 F150 Ecoboost 4x4 with Max Tow package to pull with.

Thanks so much
Amy
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:30 AM   #2
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http://www.crossroadsrv.com/sunset-t...s/item/st270bh



Why not get the 270BH that way you get the couch and still doesn't weigh as much as the Zinger? Either way Sunset is a nicer rig.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:21 AM   #3
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Would be nice, but we've already stretched our budget, and now this one is about $2k more. Perhaps worth it in the long run, but I don't know if we can swing it.

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Old 08-02-2013, 04:25 AM   #4
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Call Randy here he will give you a smoking deal.

http://www.wagnersrv.com/newinventor...&item=3316
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:31 AM   #5
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I am partial to the Sunset Trail as well, so many extras included in the standard package. Also if you like the 240 and the 270, check out the reserve line 24 and 27. even more goodies like a fireplace
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:08 AM   #6
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Call Randy here he will give you a smoking deal.

http://www.wagnersrv.com/newinventor...&item=3316

Thanks but I'm in Canada, hoping to find something closer to home
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:35 AM   #7
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Yes, but you can use it as leverage or easily get it transported as I did. Saved $4K buying out of state. Good luck!
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:41 AM   #8
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I'm partial to the zinger. I have the zinger 26BL and love it. It has been great for our family of 3. It didn't tow so well with our Armada but the F250 has no clue it's back there. the ecoboost should be ok with it (we run at 7000 lbs loaded weight per cat scales).when it comes down to it, go sit in each trailer, close the door and act out activities. ie mom cooking, boys playing (think about toy trucks, floor puzzles etc), have dad watch TV, walk to bathroom etc). next think about where you will put things. ie mom's cloths in that cabinet, dishes in this cabinet, Boys toys in that drawer, chair under bed etc.....). this will help narrow it down for you.by the way the advantage to buying local is establishing a rapport with your dealer for service on the tt. many local dealerships will put a tt not bought fom them to the back of a very long list waiting for repairs. happy hunting.
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We have the st25RB, but it comes with the bunks I believe, the dinette is huge and we just took the grandkids and they had lots of room.

I think ours is 28.2 feet long from back to hitch.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:53 AM   #10
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. We went back to the dealer we like and revisted the ST270BH and a Zinger - we're in love with the Sunset Trail, and after inspecting and measuring all the storage areas, we're quite satisfied it will work for us. We really love the outdoor kitchen too. Fingers crossed we don't encounter any of the axle issues I keep reading about, oy. At least I know what to watch for thanks to these and other forums

Now we're just going to wait a bit before buying, we need to widen the driveway first. Might go for an end-of-season deal or else wait for the RV show next spring. It's so hard to wait though!
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