We picked up our 2014 Crusader 325res Touring Edition Saturday morning stopped by the house grabbed enough stuff to get us through a few days and took it out for a shakedown trip. Our Dealer General RV in Orange Park, Fl was great to work with. We went looking two weekends ago and had no intention of buying anything. We looked at different dealers and a lot of different 5vers. We had bought our 2006 Rockwood 8280SS from General RV back in 2012 so that was the last place we hit. The Wife fell in love with the 325res and they gave us a deal we couldn't refuse so we signed the papers. Last Wednesday my salesman calls me and says that when they started prepping it the found some cosmetic damage on one of the slides and had to order the part but, we could still pick it up on Saturday and when the part came in I could just bring it in and they would fix it and any other punch list items. I live about a hour and 45 minutes from Jacksonville and said "We can just wait because that is a long haul for me" he said let me call you back. He called back and said when the part came in they would come to my house pick it up, fix the panel and anything else and bring it back. I was surprised they would do this but said "works for me".
So we pick it up and head out for 3 days to a campground near our house. Everything worked great found a few little cosmetic things but all in all very happy with the fit and finish. I really liked the Auto Leveling feature, the way the jack pads are easier to drop, black tank flush, the coil outside hose (verses the shower head type), nice big basement with electrical outlet and TV hookup and the outside gas grill. Inside The Sofa and Recliners feel really comfortable (not sure if real leather but feels like it), ottoman with storage, double door refrig with push button digital temp control 1-5 and can access with slides closed, lots and lots of storage throughout the entire rig, electric fireplace, good flooring, lots of electrical outlets, soundbar for the TV and a nice big shower.
Just a few negatives they placed the audio receiver in the side of the chest of drawers so, anytime you want to listen to or change music you have to go into the bedroom to do it. Also no CD or USB port (they put a DVD player in the cabinet next to the TV). The light switches for the kitchen are in the same place as all other controls behind a little cabinet door. If you are not paying attention and it is dark you can accidentally push one of the slide buttons by mistake
. The faucet in the center island sink could use a pullout sprayer. Also the slide button in the bedroom is just under the light switch (see above
I live in the country and my property in very heavily wooded I have a 36x30 pole barn I keep my camper in and it is always fun backing it in. I wasn't sure if I would have to drop a few more trees to be able to park the new rig in the pole barn it is about 5 feet longer than the Rockwood. I was impressed it seemed easier to get it in compared to the Rockwood and the Wife is not pissed at me for losing my temper as she helped back it in like I did with the Rockwood
I had PM'ed Pirogue asking him about the bed dimensions as we had just recently bought a RV size memory foam mattress for the Rookwood and the dealer said they would change it for us. It was too small length wise only 76" and the pedestal is 78" so we just put a 3" foam pad on top of it for now.
My 2003 F-250 diesel seemed to pull it just fine, I only have a 3.55 gear in it so it takes it longer to get rolling but, once at speed it just purrs like a kitten and fuel economy dropped only about a 1/2 mile a gallon. I did have to add a little more voltage to the brake controller as it wanted to push more then the Rockwood.
All in all I am very happy with the purchase and look forward to many great trips in it