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Old 11-26-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Crusader 295rst on a 08 f250 diesel??

Hi all, new to the forum here, but not new to rving. Just signed papers on a crusader 295rst and will be towing with my 08 Ford f250 CC short bed 4x4 diesel pickup. My question is anyone running this setup or similar and if so are you running airbags or not. I know the pin weight is listed about 1300 but will change a little when we load it. I currently tow a TT bumper pull with 800lb tongue and it doesn't squat much and I've have it loaded before with 2500 lbs of stone for a few miles and it was ridiculously low so I need a comparison somewhere in between. Thanks for the help!!
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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I have a 2014 295RST on my F-150HD. (Before everyone starts to flip out about a F-150 pulling a 5'r, yes it has been scaled, yes it is within ratings...). My rig was stickered from the factory at 8601, which is very close to posted dry weights. Of course the dry weights mean little.

On the scales when normally loaded it weighed in right around 9600lb. The payload on my truck is 2177 which is likely lower than your F250. In my case I run 100% stock gear, with a 16K Reese manual slider. It does squat and ends up just about dead bang level once I drop the rig on it. I will be getting supersprings in the new year just to help even out the bounce a little.

Personally I think you'll be more than fine without airbags or any helpers, but if you wanted to add them, they won't hurt.

Good luck with your Prime Time product, I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy ours.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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Hi all, new to the forum here, but not new to rving. Just signed papers on a crusader 295rst and will be towing with my 08 Ford f250 CC short bed 4x4 diesel pickup. My question is anyone running this setup or similar and if so are you running airbags or not. I know the pin weight is listed about 1300 but will change a little when we load it. I currently tow a TT bumper pull with 800lb tongue and it doesn't squat much and I've have it loaded before with 2500 lbs of stone for a few miles and it was ridiculously low so I need a comparison somewhere in between. Thanks for the help!!
Have a 295RST and pull it with a 2012 GMC 2500 Duramax and NO bags etc. Rides and pulls fine. Better than my 24 ft. Wildcat did. You should have no problems.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:37 AM   #4
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295 crusader 295 rst

I tow the crusader with a ram 2500 diesel. rearend sag is barely noticeable. tows great. I keep it around 60mph and average 11 to 13 mpg according to the computer. short bed on the pu and can make sharp turns when backing. I have a slider hitch but have never needed to deployed it .
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:55 AM   #5
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Late response but I tow my 295rst te with a gmc2500 hd 09 diesel and it is a pleasure to pull. I am always running huge grades and have no trouble with the load. I do have firestone air bags usually with 20psi. I had them before buying the trailer so can't say if there is a big difference. Suspect not but I do think there is a cushion effect at the hitch that makes it easier on the pin than if I didn't have the bags.
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Air bags are almost always a good idea! They offer sooo much flexibility in ride control/comfort. It is the first mod I do to any of my trucks to be honest! My next mod for my truck will be an on board air compressor and reservoir tank. Off of this I will put a quick connect for an air hose at the front and rear of the truck to connect an air hose to fill tires, air bags or toys and to run air tools if needed..
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Hi all, new to the forum here, but not new to rving. Just signed papers on a crusader 295rst and will be towing with my 08 Ford f250 CC short bed 4x4 diesel pickup. My question is anyone running this setup or similar and if so are you running airbags or not. I know the pin weight is listed about 1300 but will change a little when we load it. I currently tow a TT bumper pull with 800lb tongue and it doesn't squat much and I've have it loaded before with 2500 lbs of stone for a few miles and it was ridiculously low so I need a comparison somewhere in between. Thanks for the help!!

You shouldn't have any problems with that pin weight. 3/4 ton pin weight limits are usually well over 2000 lbs depending on configuration (ie; 2wd vs 4wd, LB vs SB, reg. cab vs extended or crew etc.). I too installed air bags for the flexibility but, with the Crusader, you shouldn't need them.
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I see this was asked awhile back but I pull my 295RST with a 2012 F250 gas. I use Timbrens and they have been great.
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I see this was asked awhile back but I pull my 295RST with a 2012 F250 gas. I use Timbrens and they have been great.

Yeah a little late but who cares right? The dealer actually had a slightly bigger model but same layout 315rst come in ad we took delivery of that instead. Heavier pin but the truck handles and pulls great. Love the crusader
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