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Old 03-12-2011, 11:03 PM   #1
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Crusader improvements

As I have gone through my new Crusader for the last couple of days I have been pleased with what I found. There have been some areas that I felt needed some attention. Some may feel that i am being a bit picky, but the things I have done were done to try to improve long term durability and prevent problems down the road. Here are the things I have done.

1. The wood surrounding the saddle bag areas of the pass through is OSB and was unprotected on the bottom side. I was concerned about water damage so I applied under coating to the area. Also filled the area around the cutout for the saddle bags (on the underside) with expanding foam since the cut edge of the OSB will very susceptible to water damage.
2. In the forward storage compartment I ran a bead of silicone along the aft edge where the metal floor is welded to the L angle. Didn't want any moisture to collect at the point where they meet and have potential rust formation . Put some rubber mat down to keep the toolbox and other metal objects from scratching the paint of the metal floor. Again, trying to prevent rust.
3. While driving home from the dealer I noticed the plastic wheel fender on the slide out side of the trailer was really flapping around. ( the part in the middle between the wheels). On my last trailer I had several of the attach points crack and break around the screw heads. To avoid that problem with this trailer I attached one leg of an L bracket to the slide out structure and bonded the other leg of the bracket to the inside of the fender using silicone. The fender on the non slide out side is attached in this area with a bracket and screw.
4. Don't know if other Crusader owners have this issue, but our entry steps seem very unstable with lots of lateral movement when you first step onto them. The step assembly is bolted to thin metal brackets that are welded to the trailer frame and bolted to the outrigger that supports the floor. I am concerned that over time those brackets may start to crack from the repeated flexing. I bought some sheet metal to bend to an L angle that I then plan to attach to the frame on one leg and to the step assembly on the other leg. There are existing brackets with holes in them on the step assembly on both the forward and aft ends and I plan to use those points.
5. I made a cut out on the battery cover for the battery cables to pass through so the battery cover could be attached to the battery box base and provide a sealed container for the battery.

I don't want this list to sound like Prime Time makes a poor quality trailer, because they don't. I am probably going overboard with my concerns and fixes, but with with my previous experience with our last trailer...I'm not taking any chances.
On another note, Prime Time has been busy making their own improvements. The tail lights are a different shape (much nicer looking I think), they have added a backsplash in the kitchen area, and they went to a bat wing antenna instead of the flying saucer antenna. I think people were complaining about weak reception. Also the current wheels look different then what I had seen on trailers in the lots.
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:03 AM   #2
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Dang it! The post above is mine. My wife was logged on last so when I posted it went on as hers. I would like to add that I like wheels.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:09 AM   #3
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Dan, I knew Trish was a go-getter when we met, but I was surprised she was doing all of these modifications

This is good feedback for our Product Development team to consider as we continue to improve Crusader.

Thanks for sharing!

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I second the floppy fender skirting but it's easy to fix, a caveman could do it . On the 320 take a look at the table to island clearance. Mine was just barely touching...enough to mark the island with the slide in, fixed with a felt stick on pad.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:06 AM   #6
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I second the floppy fender skirting but it's easy to fix, a caveman could do it . On the 320 take a look at the table to island clearance. Mine was just barely touching...enough to mark the island with the slide in, fixed with a felt stick on pad.
The skirt issue seems to be common on more FR products as the bedroom slide on our V-Lite has the same issue.
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Actually I believe it's become an "industry standard" ....like I said though, easy fix.Mine weren't horribly loose, just not as stiff as I would like them. They were really bad on our Keystone, guys on the Keystone forum have had thiers rip off because they were so floppy.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:46 PM   #9
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So.... I've been trying to decide between the 260 RLD and the 270 RET.
I'm kind of at the point where I may have to see them side by side... which seems to be a bit impossible with current Texas inventories.

What items made you pick the 260 RLD??



PS The only wish I would have would be if the stereo system was located in the living room or kitchen instead of the bedroom. Frequently we make a quick dash inside to turn on the stereo outside.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:30 PM   #10
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Hi texas-RVer
we love our 260. We also were concerned and wanted to see them side by side. We went to the Kansas City RV show and saw the 290 and the 270 (they didn't have a 260). For us, the 270 had the frig on the opposite side of the kitchen and the 290 has it set back within the slide, not a big deal but it seemed different to me, both had 2 slide outs in the back and the hallway to the bedroom went straight back. We chose the 260 because it had one less slide out (when we camp there are sometimes trees etc in the way and we were worried about being able to use both slides) and we liked the way the hallway curves around to allow for more privacy. Also you get a longer awning on the 260 since there is only a slide on opposite side. One thing that we would change about the 260 is to have it be just 1-2 ft longer so the two chairs in the back would sit back more. It doesn't bother me, but my husband would like it to be a little longer. We were able to go to the manufacturing facility for a tour and saw them being built and we were very impressed with Prime Time and their products. Which ever you choose, you will be extremely happy with the quality, customer service and personalized service from Prime Time. Good luck with your decision
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