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Old 07-16-2015, 06:34 PM   #1
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Bed, refrigerator, and tinted windows in 2015 Crusader 294

Just completed our shakedown cruise in our new Crusader 294. Overall we were pleased. We did discover that the queen size mattress rests on a frame and plywood board for a double bed. Why on earth would PT do this? We are thinking of cutting a plywood board to fit queen dimensions and putting it over existing board to keep bed from sagging. Has anyone done this or another fix for the problem? My only other complaint is the Norcold refrigerator (all our other campers had Dometic ones which were problem free.). The temperature varied wildly depending on outside conditions and we were constantly adjusting control on fin. Also the door shelves seem to fall off for no good reason. We didn't have a shelf in the freezer and have tried unsuccessfully to get one from our dealer. There is no parts list in the manual so haven't been able to order one from Amazon either. The only other issue was the window tinting. Our previous fiver had darker tinted windows that did not allow heat to penetrate. There is a marked difference in these and lots of heat. Has anyone added extra tinting? Granted it was very hot while we were out and we are usually cooler weather campers. We are going to add the second AC or a fan as one AC couldn't handle near 100 degree conditions ( which we do experience in transit from Arkansas to Colorado in August!

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Old 07-17-2015, 08:25 AM   #2
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1. Yes, add the 2nd AC. I am in southern Texas and love that 2nd AC!!
2. The Norcold fridge sucks. I hate ours.
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:59 AM   #3
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I agree with others about the Norcold fridge. You know the nickname for a Norcold is "Nevercold". This company has history, and not good.
My freezer also didn't have a shelf when I took delivery. I told the dealer to get me one or I wouldn't take the unit. The salesman was shocked that it didn't come with a shelf. I now have a shelf, so talk to your dealer, I'm sure he can get you a shelf.

In the bedroom, I'm thinking of installing a fan instead of a second AC unit. For our needs this would work, as we don't use the unit in heat of 100 degrees, and I don't want the extra weight of a second AC unit.

Only complaint I have is that it would of been nice to have a "trap door" to the basement. My friend has one in his 5th. wheel and they use it to drop the dirty laundry to a basket in the basement. Someday if I get the nerve I might do that to my 5th. wheel.
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Trap door to the basement compartment, cool that's a good idea. Thanks
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We had the laundry drop in our previous fiver and did like it. I am using large drawer under wardrobe for dirty clothes and that is working for us.
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We have the trap door and blocked it off. Putting the dirty laundry in the basement was a multiple PITA. 1, it's hard to open the door in the vanity and stuff sheets, etc, in the small opening. 2. It takes room in the basement for the basket. 3. It requires going to the basement to retrieve the clothes to laundry them. 4. It allows cold air to infiltrate the bathroom. We use a small hamper and a collapsible bag in the bathroom. Besides all that, TOWTA hated it!
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Just completed our shakedown cruise in our new Crusader 294. Overall we were pleased. We did discover that the queen size mattress rests on a frame and plywood board for a double bed. Why on earth would PT do this? We are thinking of cutting a plywood board to fit queen dimensions and putting it over existing board to keep bed from sagging. Has anyone done this or another fix for the problem? My only other complaint is the Norcold refrigerator (all our other campers had Dometic ones which were problem free.). The temperature varied wildly depending on outside conditions and we were constantly adjusting control on fin. Also the door shelves seem to fall off for no good reason. We didn't have a shelf in the freezer and have tried unsuccessfully to get one from our dealer. There is no parts list in the manual so haven't been able to order one from Amazon either. The only other issue was the window tinting. Our previous fiver had darker tinted windows that did not allow heat to penetrate. There is a marked difference in these and lots of heat. Has anyone added extra tinting? Granted it was very hot while we were out and we are usually cooler weather campers. We are going to add the second AC or a fan as one AC couldn't handle near 100 degree conditions ( which we do experience in transit from Arkansas to Colorado in August!

Thanks all! Do love everything else.
I just measured the plywood for the bed -- 54.5". (never thought to measure) combine this with the cheap -- no support mattress that came with the Crusader and you have one bad nights sleep. We bought a firmer , more expensive mattress and thus far it hd been good sleeping at night. I instaled a Maxxair fan in the kitchen area and in the bedroom. We miss the paddle fan and thermopane windows our last rig had. We downsized both in size and quality. I am not complaining, just facts, and thus far we very happy with our Crusader. We stay in it an average of 60 -70 nights a year.
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:38 PM   #8
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Hubby busy now putting in plywood to give mattress full support, so future nights should be more comfortable. Camper World installing second AC next week, and have ordered freezer shelf from Amazon after trying for over a month to get one from dealer. Will pack as little as possible in fridge for the two hot days crossing Texas before we get to Colorado. Once we are settled, hoping NoCold�� will perform a little better.
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Hubby busy now putting in plywood to give mattress full support, so future nights should be more comfortable. Camper World installing second AC next week, and have ordered freezer shelf from Amazon after trying for over a month to get one from dealer. Will pack as little as possible in fridge for the two hot days crossing Texas before we get to Colorado. Once we are settled, hoping NoCold�� will perform a little better.
Our Rockwood 2306 we had was made the same way... Problem was the bed was left to right not front to back... So the person on the one side of the bed would basically roll off since they had not support under them.. We had a queen bed and they had an option of a king.. That would have been even more interesting...
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camperdave825--Hi have the same motor etc and RV290rlt--its brand new the truck--rv 3 years---CAN YOU TELL ME AT WHAT NUMBER YOU HAVE YOUR BRAKE CONTROLLER AT, THANKS
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