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Old 01-30-2013, 01:40 PM   #31
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Great link DnD, I recommend as well.

Here's another good one. First let me say, ZS, take your truck to a Cat scale and weigh it buy it self then weigh it fully loaded for camping... gear, dog , DW, kids etc. then weigh it combined with the 325 hooked to the truck Loaded and empty . If my guess is correct you'll be surprised. I think you you'll be able to manage your weight with these base lines.

http://catscale.com/cat-scale-locator
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:22 PM   #32
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Great responses, much appreciated.
My wife and I have been camping for 30 years using 3 different Jayco fold down campers so we know what packing frugal is all about. The last one is a tandem axle 14' box (24' open) Jayco that we bought new in '93 - love this trailer!


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Are you going to be hauling that trailer empty? Probably not. Dry weight is a useless number when figuring out what you can safely tow. This is a mistake alot of folks make when looking at trailers (myself included) so you are not alone.

The 325 tops out at 12k and that's with only 1600 lbs of cargo capacity. Which sounds like a lot...it really isn't. It has a 60 gal fresh water tank. If you need to fill and haul water from home that's 480 lbs right there which leaves only 1,100 lbs of cargo. Odds are you will run at least 11.5k and more likely at 12k.

To know for sure we will need the additional numbers I mentioned in my previous post.
I understand the dry weight concept and fully know that our gear would add to that.
I still plan to remain diligent about weight concerns with this BIG STEP UP to a 5r. We have no need to haul heavy water around. Given this, I would expoect us to be just north of 11k# total weight for the 325.


The door sticker on the 2500HD states:
GVWR 9200#
GAWR front 4800#
GAWR rear 6084#

I can't comment on the GCWR.

Thanks again for all the great feedback.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:33 PM   #33
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MY 320 RLT weighed more than the sticker by 300lbs. The suggestion about weighing your rig combined an dry gives you a baseline so you can manage you weight Not just for capacity, but for balancing the load between the TV and coach for better handling.
JUST MY OPINION. NO OFFENSE.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:25 PM   #34
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Great responses, much appreciated.
My wife and I have been camping for 30 years using 3 different Jayco fold down campers so we know what packing frugal is all about. The last one is a tandem axle 14' box (24' open) Jayco that we bought new in '93 - love this trailer!

I understand the dry weight concept and fully know that our gear would add to that.
I still plan to remain diligent about weight concerns with this BIG STEP UP to a 5r. We have no need to haul heavy water around. Given this, I would expoect us to be just north of 11k# total weight for the 325.


The door sticker on the 2500HD states:
GVWR 9200#
GAWR front 4800#
GAWR rear 6084#

I can't comment on the GCWR.

Thanks again for all the great feedback.
In re-reading my note I realized that the humor didn't come through and it seems a little snotty. The trouble with responding to threads at work. I appologize.

In order to determine what you can tow you will need to know the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) for the TV. It should be on the door sticker.

You then need to get the truck weighed with all your family, gear and a full tank of fuel. Add approx 100lbs for the hitch if not already installed. Subtract that number from the GCWR and you will know exactly what your weight limit is for the trailer...or what gear you may need to leave behind.

You will also need to pay attention to the GVWR and RAWR. The problem alot of the time with towables is that while there may be room for the total combined weight you still end up overloading the rear axle or the vehicle's max weight when a trailer gets hitched.

Your pin weight should come in at approx 20% of the trailer's total weight (if loaded properly). So in this case 11k * 20% = 2,200 lbs.. Take that and again add all your family, gear and fuel...you are probably going to be very close and possibly over both GVWR and RAWR.

Again I am sorry about my previous note I didn't mean for it to be snarky
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:08 AM   #35
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We have owned a 325RES since February 2012... We love it!
I too have read some horror stories on this forum concerning Primetime and a few specific to the 325. I am truly sorry for those people who have had trouble but we have had pretty much no issues past a few minor growing pains. We had never owened a camper so we had to learn some things on the fly. The worst problem for us so far is the refrigerator struggles during the dog days of southern Louisiana summer. I plan to bring into the dealer to let them work on it but we have been to busy using it. As far as other complaints, I wish the bathroom door opened in the oppisite direction. If the bedroom is closed you have to back down the stairs a bit to get the bath door opened to go inside. The sofabed is pretty much useless. It is short and doesnt lay level. We bought a queen size blowup and it fits perfect on the living area floor. The TV should raise up a little higher. You have to hold the remote over your head to get the TV to respond. The receptor is at the bottom of the screen and the cabinet blocks the beam. I consider all these issues very minor. I have studied lots of units and truly believe there is no perfect camper.
The good news is so far we havent had any show stopping problems. No leaks, no electrical problems, everything works when it is supposed to. Nothing has come loose or fallen off yet. I guess we will have to wait and see how durable she is.
So if your not looking to sleep more than you and your partner and maybe a few grandkids at one time, I believe you would be happy with this model.
I would be happy to answer any questions you or anyone might have about it.

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any other issues so far ??
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:14 AM   #36
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We purchased our 325 RES in April of this year. We've been living in it with 2 dogs and a 2yr old. We LOVE it!! Few minor problems. The DVD player doesn't like to open, I have to open the door and hold the tray down. One of the lights above the sink had the screws loosen up and they had to be re-tightened. I'm very disappointed in the E-stone counter tops. They scratch VERY easily. I was told that the new models don't have the same material. The landing gear switch did go bad and we had to have that replaced. We also have the 4 door fridge. It also has issues holding temps during warmer days. The air conditioning doesn't seem to keep up on really hot days too. We're thinking about adding a second air conditioner and maybe slide covers to help. I'm very interested on how to handle the fridge problems. Keep us posted!! We've spent the summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I can't imagine how warm the fridge would get if we were in the south somewhere!!!
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:11 PM   #37
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any other issues so far ??
We are one year old this month and trouble free!

I finally brought it in for the few minor warranty issues we had and the dealer fixed them. We actually may not know if the refrigerator issue is completely resolved until the temp gets real high as it does here in southern Louisiana. As mentioned in my original post the fridge works fine until the ambient temps get real high. However they said they found a problem and it should be fine now. We shall see come June.
So far we are just "pickled tink" with our camper and look forward to years of enjoyment.

On a side note; I just purchased a TST tire monitor system and am glad to have the extra peace of mind while towing. I also was hoping to buy a Franks voltage booster but Mr. Frank strongly suggest I go with the 50/100 amp unit vs the 50/70. But at 1K bucks I have to wait a bit longer to get it than I had hoped. I realize the risk but I am diligent in checking the power pedestal before plugging in and hopefully I wont end up regretting waiting.

I hope you are not having any issues and are enjoying your camper.

We are headed to Natchez State Park tomorrow to "rough it" for the long weekend. I will be the guy with the big o smile on his face and a cup of Community Dark Roast in his hand.

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We are one year old this month and trouble free!

I finally brought it in for the few minor warranty issues we had and the dealer fixed them. We actually may not know if the refrigerator issue is completely resolved until the temp gets real high as it does here in southern Louisiana. As mentioned in my original post the fridge works fine until the ambient temps get real high. However they said they found a problem and it should be fine now. We shall see come June.
So far we are just "pickled tink" with our camper and look forward to years of enjoyment.

On a side note; I just purchased a TST tire monitor system and am glad to have the extra peace of mind while towing. I also was hoping to buy a Franks voltage booster but Mr. Frank strongly suggest I go with the 50/100 amp unit vs the 50/70. But at 1K bucks I have to wait a bit longer to get it than I had hoped. I realize the risk but I am diligent in checking the power pedestal before plugging in and hopefully I wont end up regretting waiting.

I hope you are not having any issues and are enjoying your camper.

We are headed to Natchez State Park tomorrow to "rough it" for the long weekend. I will be the guy with the big o smile on his face and a cup of Community Dark Roast in his hand.

Happy Easter.
Thanks Happy Easter to you too... We have not bought a crusader 325 yet maybe in 3 weeks...i have one on hold
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:21 AM   #39
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I just joined the forum today because I was considering purchasing the Crusader 325RES. After reading the entire thread my mind has been made up to go ahead with the purchase. Thanks to all of you for the valuable info. My wife and I have been shopping for a new camper for some time now and the decision of what to purchase was not easy. Thanks again.
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My wife and I are on our 2nd outing with our 2014 325RES Touring/Champagne Edition, we are having some problems with our single door refrigerator it's either to warm or too cold and we can't seem to regulate it for the right temps for both the freezer and the refrigerator. Other then that we love this 5ver!
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