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Old 10-01-2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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Greetings,
New to the forum and new to the Forest River brand. We had an Arctic Fox TT for years and just traded it in for a 2013 Cruise Lite 281QBXL. Our family is growing and so must the trailer.
We just took it out this last weekend on its maiden voyage and we had a blast! found SOOOOO many things we need to tweak but that is totally normal.
Any one else out their pulling a 281QBXL with a 2004 F-150?
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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Greetings,
New to the forum and new to the Forest River brand. We had an Arctic Fox TT for years and just traded it in for a 2013 Cruise Lite 281QBXL. Our family is growing and so must the trailer.
We just took it out this last weekend on its maiden voyage and we had a blast! found SOOOOO many things we need to tweak but that is totally normal.
Any one else out their pulling a 281QBXL with a 2004 F-150?
Hello and welcome to the forum !
Congrats on the new unit !

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Old 10-01-2012, 01:50 PM   #3
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Thank you! It's been fun adjusting to an additional 10ft!
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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Welcome!! Got a pic of your rig? We have similar trucks, but mine isn't 4x4.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:50 PM   #5
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Welcome!! Got a pic of your rig? We have similar trucks, but mine isn't 4x4.
Yup, posted some older pictures (I have since changed tires) but here is Tonka.
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to the Forest River Family! And congrats on your new Cruise Lite trailer too. There are other new owners of a Cruise Lite trailer here on the forum too.

So when is the next trip? Pictures are always welcome.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:32 PM   #7
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to the Forest River Family! And congrats on your new Cruise Lite trailer too. There are other new owners of a Cruise Lite trailer here on the forum too.

So when is the next trip? Pictures are always welcome.

We are going out again in two weeks! Going to try and upgrade all my lights to LED's and insulate the back bunk with some light weight insulating foam and seal up the power with a sealed power inlet.
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Insulate the back bunk with some light weight insulating foam

I take it you have a hybrid? Is the bed cold?

and seal up the power with a sealed power inlet.

What's the purpose?
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Insulate the back bunk with some light weight insulating foam

I take it you have a hybrid? Is the bed cold?

and seal up the power with a sealed power inlet.

What's the purpose?
Sorry...didn't give alot of detail did I?
The back bunk rests on a single sheet of plywood. Under this piece of plywood is the water heater, inverter, outdoor shower, and the box where the power cord lives.
To answer your question yes the back bunk gets cold because the bottom is open to the outside world through the power cord hole and outdoor shower. I am going to cut out a piece of insulating foam to fit underneath the plywood board to add a layer of insulation to the bottom bunk. Also I am going to seal up the power cord hole with a sealed power intake so that all I have to do is plug a cord into the power plug instead of pulling out the cable from the hole. (hope that makes more sense)
I am not sure what you mean by hybrid...but the 281QBXL has three bunks in the back if you have the outdoor kitchen (Four bunks if you do not have the outdoor kitchen)
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Ok, that makes more sence.
Hybrid= not a pop-up, not a reg. TT. They have the fold out beds. Typically, have the plywood bottom. I couldn't tell from the pic.
I have a reg. TT. We had to put a the egg-foam piece, then a very thick pad/cover over the plywood master bed. SO much more comfy.
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