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Old 05-03-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying a Zinger

Hi my name is Gord. The wife and I spent the whole day looking at tt. We really like the zinger ZT27RL . We also loved the sunset trail. We went to another dealer and we were told the Zingers are cheap bottom of the line tt and we should stay away from them. I would love to hear from some of you experienced tt owner. Thanks
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Old 05-04-2014, 01:40 AM   #2
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Obviously, the negative dealer was not a Crossroads dealer. We love our Zinger and have found that the workmanship is great. The "starter" TT for Crossroads is the Z1 and it is also a very nice unit. We saw both the Zinger and Z1 in production when we were at the rally last year. The biggest difference in all brands/models are the add ons just like when buying a car/truck.

The floorplan of the ZT27RL is very nice. We are considering a trade in a few years to the Sunset Trail ST32RL.

Good luck in your search. And yes, we would buy another CR product.
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Old 05-04-2014, 04:46 AM   #3
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Our Z1 has been great through it's first year. We know it is entry level but it fits us. We looked at the total decision cycle (capital cost..Storage..tow vehicle...annual maintenance...needs vs. Wants) and the Z1 fit us well.

After a year of learning..RV shows..friends with larger trailers..helping others through the procurement process..making payments...still no regrets.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:30 AM   #4
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I have that exact unit. Love it. Headed to the beach in a couple of weeks for the maiden voyage.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:59 PM   #5
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Zinger's are not entry level, but they are not top-line either.

Sunset's are very nice, and a higher line (pricing reflects this, too).

We feel the Zinger is top-notch quality, giving you the most bang for your buck!
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:03 PM   #6
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We bought our Zinger in September of 2013 and we have about 10 trips in it so far and we just love it. We looked at many makes and models before settling on our Zinger and I would not say ours is a cheap bottom line trailer at all. As a matter of fact I would put it probably right in the middle not high end but defiantly not cheap. With our upgrades like solid surface counter tops, fiberglass siding and a front cap I really feel our trailer is one of the nicest bunkhouse in the park where ever we go. This is just my opinion but last summer I was like you and went to the RV shows and lots of dealers and did some homework and I am very happy so far. On this forum it seams like there is a lot less issues with the newer Zingers than some of the higher end Cross Roads line, so I really don't think you can call them cheap

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Old 05-04-2014, 08:20 PM   #7
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We purchase a reserve model two years ago, I can tell you this. I looked at a lot of brands, at all levels. 40+ % of them I would walk in, turn and walk out. Based on quality alone. Zinger was not one of those. Is it top of the line,,,,no. Is it bottom of the line, for sure not.
If you like it, and it fits you and your current budget. Go for it.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:15 PM   #8
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We bought our zinger Jan 2011 and have almost 80 nights camped in it. We have travelled from NC to as far north as PA and as far south as Disney. It has been good to us in all of our travels and in our errors over the years. It really has been quite a sturdy trailer. Crossroads stood behind it and fixed the few minor issues we had under warranty. No major issues to date. We will be selling it soon but only because we are ready for a different floor plan and a bigger trailer. I have no problem recommending the zinger to you.

At one time the zinger was crossroads entry level trailer but somewhere around 2012 they introduced the z1 as entry level and stepped the zinger up in class a bit. Even though ours was part of the entry level line, it has never felt or behaved like it and I felt it was nicer in fit and finish than the other entry level tt out there. Sure there are some minor issues and a few have had big issues but you will find that with any brand and even with high end tt. If this is the floor plan you love then go for it.

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Old 05-05-2014, 04:31 AM   #9
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Most, not all, but most salespeople are just trying to sell whatever trailer they're pushing that day. That's how get to eat.

Talk to owners, check out the forums. Most every brand has one now.

Not sure what entry level even means anymore. With gas prices up over the past 5 years, all the travel trailer manufacturers are trying to cut weight. Cutting weight means lighter parts and less amenities.

Find the layout that works for you and cross-reference the model across the different manufacturers.

Good Luck on your hunt. Make it fun.

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Old 05-05-2014, 02:40 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by gordc View Post
Hi my name is Gord. The wife and I spent the whole day looking at tt. We really like the zinger ZT27RL . We also loved the sunset trail. We went to another dealer and we were told the Zingers are cheap bottom of the line tt and we should stay away from them. I would love to hear from some of you experienced tt owner. Thanks

If you like the Zinger, get the Zinger. The day we picked up our TT, of the 8 scheduled pickups 2 of them were Zingers. Went back to dealer today to buy some things; another Zinger hitched up and ready to pull out in the lot. Seem to be pretty popular for a "cheap bottom of the line" travel trailer.

Good luck and have fun with whatever you end up with.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:24 PM   #11
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We have a Zinger and can't say a bad thing about it.The few issues we have had Crossroads stepped up and fixed them.I personally think my Zinger is one of the sharpest in any campground that we have been too,unless there is another Zinger there.What ever you buy enjoy and have fun.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:30 PM   #12
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It doesn't matter how much you spend, none of them are going to be problem free. Spend a small fortune and have problems, or spend less and have problems. Either way, be prepared to have problems. That is not brand specific, either. If I were you, I would put a lot of effort into making sure you choose a dealership with a great reputation for service after the sale, even if they are a little higher. I've owned different brands, and they all have initial quality issues that you will have to work through.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:06 PM   #13
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I agree. If you like it and it works for you then go for it. Enjoy.

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Old 05-09-2014, 01:54 PM   #14
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So far so good

I'm new to the forums, but not to travel trailers. I have owned several over the years of various brands. Over all I never noticed much difference in the quality or construction. We bought our 2011 Zinger used last year from a very meticulous previous owner. I guess he cured all of the problems because we have been completely satisfied. It pulls great, maybe a little tall and heavy, but most are. We live in a very dusty part of the world, but the Zinger seems to be pretty tightly built. There's less dust inside it than our stick and brick house. We've been through heavy rains, never any leakage so far. I tend to agree with Tim D, "if it works for you then go for it". It might be interesting to look at some of the forums from other brands.
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