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Old 07-30-2016, 08:03 PM   #11
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We purchased a 297RSK in March.
We had been looking to trade in our 2011 Keystone Hornet Travel Trailer. Our TT had a bunk room and was a 31 foot box which put it about 36 feet front to back.
Our children are in their early 20's and aren't really interested in coming with us.
We wanted something with a shorter overall length (we like to go to NASCAR Races and most spots are 20 X 40 ish) and a more comfortable living area. We had been using the bunk room as a closet and felt it was wasted space.
The Hornet was our first RV and taught us a whole lot. Some of the items we looked for in the new trailer were.
A shower with a door.
Self leveling (I had hear a lot about 4 point vs. 6 point I found that for almost all manufactures unit length determined how many points and hydraulic vs. electric I hear hydraulic was faster but 3 minutes vs. 6 minutes didn't matter much to me. I also like no hydraulic pump.)
We preferred a free standing table opposed to a booth.
I also wanted to be able to open the slides independently (The Hornet had 2 slides and one button.) We keep the RV in our driveway and the unit is too close to the house to open the large left side slide to full open we have to stop 8 to 10 inches short.
The 297RSK was one of the few units we looked at that had a good size outside kitchen without a bunk room.
The 297RSK has ample storage at least for us.
I was also looking for larger tanks as well.
I also like that our dealer offered a limited life time warranty on quite a few of the major components.

There were one or two floor plans we liked a little better but the outside kitchen was worth the compromise to us.

A few things we weren't thrilled with are
The awing is just over half as long as the one on our Hornet.
Other unit had dedicated pantry cabinets the 297RSK doesn't.
All documentation says that the gray water capacity is 70 gallons but doesn't mention it's really two separate 35 gallon tanks.
I also don't like where the control panel for the self leveler's is mounted. I have to kneel to use it and to read the display. I am contemplating moving it since there is plenty of excess cable.

We did have a couple issues with the unit but our dealer was / is great and took care of all our issues so far.
We had problem with the levelers at first the would show an out of stroke fault. (turned out to be a bad cylinder)
Before going out for the first time I tested the tanks and found that the tank level indicators where showing the wrong tanks.

Our first outing was the the Dover Delaware NASCAR weekend. Sunday was cold and windy and we had lots of guess from home (Dover is just under two hours from home.) we had 9 people and the dog in the RV eating dinner after the race. Although space was tight everyone had enough room.

Although we are still New owners so far we are very happy with our 297RSK and happy with our decision to purchase.
Hope this helps.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:42 PM   #12
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Thanks mrdegold for your review of the Crusader 297RSK. It was very helpful.

Since my past dealer no longer sells PT , we are still just internet looking right now. It could be 2-3 months....maybe longer....before we buy.

I live in rural eastern Oklahoma and have found 3 PT dealers that are 2 - 2 1/2 hours away. One of those I dealt with years ago and will not deal with again. The other two have 2017 297RSK's on their lot and one of them also has a 2017 315RST which we also like. Both dealers also have good sales and service reputations.

The living & kitchen areas are identical between the two. The main differences are the bathroom/bedroom layouts and the outdoor kitchen. I also like the idea of the outside kitchen for many reasons.

The 297RSK has pretty much the same bathroom/bedroom layout as our LaCrosse 303RKS which we have always liked.
The 315RST has the bed slide with the big storage at the cap end which also has the washer & dryer hook ups. The bathroom has the seat in the shower which isn't necessary, but I like due to my bad knees and back. It also has a little more counter space around the bathroom sink. I'm not sure all that is worth the $5K difference in asking price though.

There is one other floorplan we like....334CKT, but I haven't located one close by to look at. I like to at least walk through one and look it over before I buy it.

FYI - My grey water tanks are the same as yours, two 35 gal tanks. They are connected and if one fills before the other, it will drain into the other.


Gary & Trish
"PT Crew Member Since 11/2010"
2017 Prime Time Crusader 315RST TE 6.0 : 2007 Flagstaff 206ST MAC Series
2012 F-250 Lariat : FX4 : CC : SB : 6.7L Diesel : 3/55 Gears

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