I thought I would share our first experience with our new 325RES for those interested.
I've learned so much from this forum and thank all those who have helped out with information. This community has made our experience a much richer one and we could not be happier with our purchase.
The first trip was an extended Memorial Day weekend (wednesday-monday) which started out very wet when we arrived on Wednesday afternoon at Cran Hill Ranch near Big Rapids, MI.
One of my major anxieties was how my TV would do with the Crusader, and I could not be happier. I found that the comfortable speed for my 6.0L Silverado 2500HD was ~65mph and I was able to run in overdrive at 2,000rpm on flat ground, including some minor grades which I was very pleased with. Some of the larger Michigan hills on US131 required dropping down to 3rd gear at 2500rpm. My tranny temp never got above 160, and I got 8.5 mpg round trip (~190 miles). Overall I'm stoked.
Arriving at a wet campground
The weekend went real well and all of the 5er systems worked as they should.
We were right next to the lake and with all of the windows in our Crusader we were able to enjoy the view - another reason we picked this layout.
The furniture was comfortable, the bed was great with the addition of a 3" memory foam pad, and we LOVE our kitchen!
My LED strip install worked great. I'm happy with putting them on the awning roller as the lighting is very effective this way.
hooked up ready to go home
We are looking forward to at least 4 more trips this summer with family and friends.
Thanks again, everybody!