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Old 05-08-2013, 09:51 AM   #31
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Well HD, let's see. Ok, right off the bat (kinda embarrassed to say this) but here goes. When we backed onto our concrete site, it was immediately obvious that the left side was a little lower than the right, and when I inspected it, I observed that the pad had cracked and had made the site a little uneven. It didn't look too bad so I unhooked the truck, followed the directions on the automatic leveling system, and hit the button. The left side jacks started extending...and extended...and extended...I thought hmmm. I knelt down and watched the left side tires. To my horror, I started seeing daylight under the tires and immediately ran to the leveling system and did the manual overide and manually brought the wheels back down to earth and muttered some stuff to myself I probably shouldn't say on here. Long story short, after some maneuvering around and blocking up the left side, the automatic leveling system did finally work like a charm and after a short delay, we were back in business. Moral of the story: when the dealer tells you that your days of running one side wheels up on 2x4's are over? Smile, say "ok" and then do it the right way when you get to your potentially uneven site.

Other than that, the hot water heater didn't seem to heat the water as hot as I'd like it (it was bearable but could have been a bit hotter it seemed). I researched that model for an adjustable thermostat, but honestly, I think it's factory set. Calling the dealership about that one.

So, with the exception of some possible "operator error" and a needed thermostat adjustment, our weekend was awesome and the whole family enjoyed the heck out of the camper.

By the way, sorry to hear about the shade. I'm vertically challenged so I don't have to worry about that much. haha.

As far as the netting in the pantry? I'd rather get those extendable bars that press against the outside walls. I think that netting would be cumbersome and get in the way. Just my 2 cents.
hmm strange...our hot water is very hot, actually hotter than the tt we traded
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:54 AM   #32
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Ok. I am planning to by my first crusader. I am buying the buying the 335. I have a 2009 f150 supercrew 4x4 with the 5.4 motor and the max trailer tow package. It is rated for 11300 pounds. How do you feel I will do pulling this trailer. I currently pull a mountaineer rated at 11120 travel trailer loaded up pretty easily. Really looking forward to buying and owning this fithwheel.
not enough truck in my opinion. loaded pin weight is going to squash that like a bug.
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The pin weight is only 1600 pounds for the 335. Do you really think that would sink it that much?
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:38 AM   #34
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1600 unloaded...no propane, nothing in basement

f150 is a 1/2 ton
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If it does, what do you think about a set of airbags for it?
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:07 AM   #36
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still have 1/2 ton axles, brakes etc etc...not to mention the motor
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:17 AM   #37
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Gotta agree with EXGMTech, way too much camper for a 1/2 ton. You'll be at least 11,000 pounds loaded to travel, which will put the pin weight at probably a minimum of 2,000 lbs. Check the sticker in your door for your max cargo capacity. I used to have a 2010 F150 FX4 supercrew, probably similar to yours - payload per sticker was 1200 pounds. Subtract from that the weight of your passengers, your hitch, and anything else in the truck - that's what you have left for pin weight. It's not what it can pull, but what it can carry. IMO, not nearly enough truck.....

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:28 AM   #38
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The pin weight is only 1600 pounds for the 335. Do you really think that would sink it that much?
As mentioned - that 1,600 pounds is the advertised dry weight which is frightfully and wholly unrealistic.

I went through a weighing exercise recently for my camper (different camper, but same concept). It has an advertised pin weight of 1,800 pounds. My actual pin weight was about 2,300 pounds.

The camper had an advertised dry weight of 11,800 pounds and an actual weighed weight (with our stuff) of 13,800 pounds (plus more because my propane was empty and it was our first trip of the season).

My other HUGE surprise was how much my family, carseats, our stuff and truck add-ons (hitch, roll top cover, minor mods to the truck) weighed - it was a good 1,200 pounds.With a 1/2 truck, we'd be close to capacity before hitching up!

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Whoa. Personally I wouldn't touch a unit the size of the 335 with an F150.
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Whoa. Personally I wouldn't touch a unit the size of the 335 with an F150.
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