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Old 09-12-2016, 06:22 PM   #1
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Cruise Lite Owners - Like or Not?

After two months of indecision, we have decided that the Cruise Lite 282QB is a perfect fit for our needs, budget and ability to tow. Any Cruise Lite owners out there that are willing to share their thoughts? What do you like? What don't you like?
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:52 PM   #2
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Great value for money but don't expect perfection. Take your time with the pre-delivery inspection and don't sweat the small stuff too much. If you do you'll never find a perfect RV and you'll be miserable instead of having fun.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:55 AM   #3
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We purchased the Cruise Lite 171RBXL at the beginning of the year and we really enjoy it. An easy tower, with many nice amenities for being a smaller TT.

Great looking interior, the quality of the cabinetry is very eye appealing, and seems sturdy. The plank flooring look ( linoleum, I assume ) throughout the unit looks nice. I really like it. Nice open layout, room to move about comfortably. Big walk-a-round bathroom with lots of storage. And external storage is more than we will ever fill, although still nice to have.

We have had ours out half a dozen times and have no complaints with it. No major defects or problems to speak of. When we first got it we had to re-tighten all the water lines after we found a small leak under the bathroom sink. Tightened it and problem solved. Had to replace the bulb over the stove. THAT'S IT! So, yes, we are very happy with our purchase.

We love the extra perks that came with our Cruise Lite. Such as the remote control LED awning lights, the electric awning, outdoor speakers, electric stabilizer jacks, electric tongue jack, wider dinette table & wider bench seats, and of course the bigger bathroom. Do wish they would have installed an exterior LP gas line, but wasn't a deal breaker.

We had a 19' Hybrid before we purchased this one. We loved the Hybrid except for the tiny bathroom, and had to climb over the dinette seat to get into bed. Earlier this year we went to an RV Show and had seen this unit. We were sold on it. For a smaller TT, it suits our needs perfectly, and comfortably. And the price was easy on the wallet too.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:47 AM   #4
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I brought my Cruise Lite 6 years ago but it doesn't seem that long ago. What sold on my unit was the unbelievable price & the fact that it had all I was looking for. (Complete kitchen & bathroom and upright walls) I was originally looking at A-frame trailers in the beginning before deciding that that type was more compromise than I really wanted.

If it wasn't for the price I would had held off on buying it. As a 10 month employee my budget is pretty tight. At first I was torn between two Cruise Lite units that were pretty similar and wasn't sure if I selected the right one. I even inquired if I could switch units and was told yes but since it was already registered at the DMV I would have to pay the taxes and fees again. That was enough for me to stay with my original choice and make plans to take delivery in a few weeks.

After a very detailed & long PDI/Walkthrough I got a slow start out of the gate in getting out & camping. I started off taking weekend trips and on my third time it hit me that I made the right choice. Since that moment I never gave it another thought about the other unit.

Power equipment is pretty common on today's units which I wouldn't mind having. However, I'm still happy with my unit. I could welcome more open space that a slide could provide but I don't want a monthly payment.

The Cruise Lite line can be a great bargain that's easy on the budget.
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Old 09-13-2016, 07:23 AM   #5
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You get what you pay for. Mine is a good, lightweight camper that serves us well. I have looked at other options, but I think we made the best choice for our needs. The price on these units is unbelievable, but don't expect perfection. Just enjoy it and expect to spend a little money from time to time.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:33 AM   #6
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Like Briorick ... we purchased the Cruise Lite 171rbxl a month ago after looking at the Rpod. We found the 171rbxl to be much roomier (especially the bathroom and shower). It is well suited for us and we are happy with our choice.

Like everyone else has already said, don't expect perfection and don't sweat the small stuff. And we agree with Briorick about the features found in this trailer.

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Yes! We bought the 195bh last year, we absolutely love it. Easy to tow, perfect for our family it's small but big enough. We've made some mods here and there, no complaints so far.
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Bought our 261BHXL last Feb. Easy to tow with our Suburban. Did some driveway camping with the grand kids and dogs as a shake down. The heater kept us toasty on 20 degree nights - all appliances worked as they should.The kids had fun cooking and having dinner in the camper.
Next was weekend trip to a local park with the dogs in April - power and water only. Plenty of room for the two of us. Black tank can fill quickly - use Navy shower technique to conserve. Beautiful looking interior. Last trip was WDW Fort Wilderness 200 loop in late June - full hook up no problems at all. The 13500 AC worked perfectly at typical temp of 94+ - kept us dry and cool / cold. Hoping to get in one last trip with the grand kids to Hershey in October - Next spring Mount Rushmore with the grand kids. Enjoy your rig.
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Salem Cruise Lite Owners: Like or Not?

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We purchased the Cruise Lite 171RBXL at the beginning of the year and we really enjoy it. An easy tower, with many nice amenities for being a smaller TT.

Great looking interior, the quality of the cabinetry is very eye appealing, and seems sturdy. The plank flooring look ( linoleum, I assume ) throughout the unit looks nice. I really like it. Nice open layout, room to move about comfortably. Big walk-a-round bathroom with lots of storage. And external storage is more than we will ever fill, although still nice to have.

We have had ours out half a dozen times and have no complaints with it. No major defects or problems to speak of. When we first got it we had to re-tighten all the water lines after we found a small leak under the bathroom sink. Tightened it and problem solved. Had to replace the bulb over the stove. THAT'S IT! So, yes, we are very happy with our purchase.

We love the extra perks that came with our Cruise Lite. Such as the remote control LED awning lights, the electric awning, outdoor speakers, electric stabilizer jacks, electric tongue jack, wider dinette table & wider bench seats, and of course the bigger bathroom. Do wish they would have installed an exterior LP gas line, but wasn't a deal breaker.

We had a 19' Hybrid before we purchased this one. We loved the Hybrid except for the tiny bathroom, and had to climb over the dinette seat to get into bed. Earlier this year we went to an RV Show and had seen this unit. We were sold on it. For a smaller TT, it suits our needs perfectly, and comfortably. And the price was easy on the wallet too.
Thanks for the thoughtful response! We too fell in love with the Cruise Lite on sight. We've looked at many RVs and have come to the conclusion that all RVs under $40k are pretty much equal in quality, with each having their own special pluses and minuses. Besides, we are just occasional campers, we don't intend to live in it. We too have a hybrid - a 2010 Wildwood 17 EXL. Obviously lite in construction, I had no real complaints with the unit and it served us well. The stock tires were garbage and wore out (and unevenly) in short order.
We too are growing weary of climbing up into the bed!
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Bought our 261BHXL last Feb. Easy to tow with our Suburban. Did some driveway camping with the grand kids and dogs as a shake down. The heater kept us toasty on 20 degree nights - all appliances worked as they should.The kids had fun cooking and having dinner in the camper.
Next was weekend trip to a local park with the dogs in April - power and water only. Plenty of room for the two of us. Black tank can fill quickly - use Navy shower technique to conserve. Beautiful looking interior. Last trip was WDW Fort Wilderness 200 loop in late June - full hook up no problems at all. The 13500 AC worked perfectly at typical temp of 94+ - kept us dry and cool / cold. Hoping to get in one last trip with the grand kids to Hershey in October - Next spring Mount Rushmore with the grand kids. Enjoy your rig.
Thanks! Good to hear from a voice of experience!
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