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Old 02-14-2014, 01:38 PM   #1
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I started reviewing this forum a couple of months ago when my wife and I first got serious about taking the plunge into an RV. We've been boaters for the last decade and have spent the majority of our summer weekends living aboard our cabin cruiser on Lake Michigan. Having added a now three year old daughter to the equation has had us rethinking our leisure time and we are now looking at purchasing a mid-30 foot 5th wheeler (current front runner is a Prime Time Crusader 335BHS) this summer. I remember starting out in boating and this type of forum was incredibly helpful in learning the ropes. My trailering experience is limited and includes utility trailers and a couple of pop-ups under 20 and I realize Im jumping in at the larger end of the trailer spectrum, but if past experience is any indication, Id rather learn to maneuver a large vessel than to wish I had gone just a little bit bigger. In boating they call it three-foot itis, and it is an expensive condition to treat. I just replaced my F-150 with a 3500HD single rear wheel Duramax Chevy in anticipation of the purchase, and am trying to sell the boat to start the next chapter in our life adventure. Thanks in advance for the helpful advice and information. Im sure Ill need it.

PS, does anyone know someone looking for a 38 Sea Ray? Im ready to deal
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:51 PM   #2
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Welcome CamperDan, Boaters make a easy transition over to Camping. They already know how to (Bullship & Drink)! Youroo!!
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Welcome, CamperDan. We had a 40 ft Carver that we sold prior to buying our first RV, and we haven't looked back for a minute. Loved the boat, love this lifestyle even more. Unfortunately, we put ours on the market about the time the economy went to hell, and it took us almost 3 years to sell her. But things have somewhat turned around now, so you shouldn't have that much of a problem. And a good fresh water boat should move pretty quickly, IF and WHEN it ever gets WARM again. Good luck, and, again,
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Hello,

I started reviewing this forum a couple of months ago when my wife and I first got serious about taking the plunge into an RV. We've been boaters for the last decade and have spent the majority of our summer weekends living aboard our cabin cruiser on Lake Michigan. Having added a now three year old daughter to the equation has had us rethinking our leisure time and we are now looking at purchasing a mid-30 foot 5th wheeler (current front runner is a Prime Time Crusader 335BHS) this summer. I remember starting out in boating and this type of forum was incredibly helpful in learning the ropes. My trailering experience is limited and includes utility trailers and a couple of pop-ups under 20 and I realize Im jumping in at the larger end of the trailer spectrum, but if past experience is any indication, Id rather learn to maneuver a large vessel than to wish I had gone just a little bit bigger. In boating they call it three-foot itis, and it is an expensive condition to treat. I just replaced my F-150 with a 3500HD single rear wheel Duramax Chevy in anticipation of the purchase, and am trying to sell the boat to start the next chapter in our life adventure. Thanks in advance for the helpful advice and information. Im sure Ill need it.

PS, does anyone know someone looking for a 38 Sea Ray? Im ready to deal

Good luck with your purchase. We just bought our crusader in December and love it. Sounds like your good on the truck pulling it too. Go big as most people always start small and upgrade every few years. Happy camping
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:46 PM   #6
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Welcome from a fellow Wisconsinite. My sister and BIL did the opposite, they had a 28' TT and went to a 34' Carver they keep on the Mississippi (they live in Daverport, IA).
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Welcome to the forum from North Georgia. We went from a 31' TT to a 2014 Crusader 330 MKS and have not regretted it at all. You have plenty of pulling power. We have a 2011 RAM 2500 and it pulls and stops 5ver with no problems. We actually camped this past summer at Mackinaw City. Loved it!
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