Brand Profile: Forest River

1_862_1914015_41477593.jpg;maxwidth=1024;maxheight=1024;mode=cropWhether it’s weekend getaways with the family in an expandable trailer, cross-country exploring in a cozy trailer, hauling toys for an off-road adventure, “Glamping” in a luxurious fifth wheel, or settling in for the season in home-like comfort, Forest River has an RV model that’s a perfect fit. Continue reading

Model Spotlight: Cedar Creek Luxury From the Inside Out

From the True Gelcoat Exterior to rich, durable interiors, Cedar Creek Travel and Destination trailers are your perfect choice for affordable luxury.

2016 Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel

2016 Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel

As we’ve discussed before, when you walk into a Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel, you’re walking into residential luxury on wheels, but it’s the quality appointments you don’t see that truly distinguish a Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel.

With unique construction and design, Cedar Creek has earned its place as one of the top fifth wheels in customer satisfaction as ranked by “RV Mechanics.”

Constructed in Cedar Creek’s purpose-built facility in Indiana, each unit is individually handcrafted from start to finish by a team of construction specialists over a period of three full days.

Suspension and Frame

Quality is built from the ground up starting with the suspension and axles, the soul of safety in RV construction. Cedar Creek uses the Dexter Advantage Safety and Performance Package, a manufacturer with a commitment to quality and safety since 1960. The package includes Nev-R Adjust Brakes, E-Z Flex Rubber Equalization System and E-Z Lube Bearing Lubrication System.

Sitting atop the suspension is Cedar Creek’s industry-leading Z-frame construction, which creates a flat design and more than 100 cubic-feet of storage space. Anchored into each frame is Cedar Creek’s one-of-a-kind impact resistant waterproof underbelly. The panels are inserted in the frame, anchored on wood backers, then covered with an R-38 thermal foil shield topped by two layers of residential glass wool insulation.

Finally, black, grey and freshwater tanks are installed with 12-volt large surface heating pads so campers can enjoy four-season camping in their Cedar Creek.

The Cedar Creek solid floor construction begins with a handmade aluminum superstructure of 2-inch by 3-inch aluminum substrate built on 16-inch centers. Heat ducts and waterlines are protected in the frame and insulation, safely away from exterior walls. Craftsmen bond and screw down 5/8inch tongue and groove plywood floors directly to every stud of the superstructure. The completed floor is hoisted on the steel frame and bolted in place with carriage bolts.

Sidewalls

“Just like home” is Cedar Creek’s approach to the walls of your travel trailer. While other manufacturers depend on pre-fabricated, welded aluminum walls with studding every 24-to-36 inches. Cedar Creek hand manufactures its walls with 2 inch-by-2 inch aluminum on 16-inch center – or less frames – just like residential construction.

Competitors’ walls are designed for structure, not strength as welded frames depend on lamination to create a one-piece wall. Cedar Creek’s walls are assembled with custom-made L-brackets and super adhesives to withstand road stress, heat and cold. R-7 residential-quality glass wool insulation is installed in the frame. Finally, Cedar Creek is an industry leader, using only Cedar formaldehyde-free paneling in it’s travel trailers.

Wrapping the residential quality construction of a Cedar Creek is a True High Gloss Noble Classic Gelcoat fiberclass shell. Savvy RV owners know this top-of-the-line fiberglass siding retains its color and beauty as it ages.

From the Top Down

Aluminum 5-inch truss rafters allows Cedar Creek to install an 8-inch wide race track duct system – a full-3-inches wider than most competitors – that helps keep campers in comfort no matter the season.

Next, a triple layer of roof insulation is covered by radiant thermal foil with an R-value of 38. A full-length 3/8-inch wood decking is screwed into place for a full walk-on roof. The roof is finished with a two-play rubber membrane with a built-in fire retardant and 12-year warranty.

A top-of-the-line Dometic climate-control air condition system combined with circular ducting insures uniform cooling in your Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel or Cottage Destination Trailer. The high-performance, whisper-quiet unit has a larger compressor and circulates 30 percent more air than standard units, cooling with quiet efficiency, just like a residential cooling system.

Quality Assurance

Before it comes to you, each Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel and Cottage is inspected at the factory in a variety of ways throughout the construction process.

Midway through the process, 100 pound-air pressure tests are conducted on all the gas and water lines to assure the utility lines are properly installed. Also, all slide rooms and hydraulic jacks are tested right on the production line. Sinks and showers are filled with water to test water pressure and air is pumped into the finished unit to check seals on windows and doors.

No Cedar Creek leaves the factory without a signature by the line inspector, who conducts extensive testing of the unit inside and out.

But Cedar Creek isn’t done yet. All units go through Forest River’s state-of-the art pre-delivery inspection facility for a final measure of quality assurance.

With top-notch attention to detail and materials that far exceed industry standards, it’s easy to see that Cedar Creek is the right choice for RV enthusiasts looking for luxury from the inside out.

You can experience the axle to rooftop luxury of Cedar Creek at Crossroads Trailer Sales, where brand experts will guide you through a full-line of new and used Cedar Creek Fifth Wheels and Cedar Creek Cottages.

Is a Fifth Wheel Trailer Right for You?

When it comes to deciding if a fifth wheel trailer is right for you, consider lifestyle just as carefully as trailer style.

For RVers who like to ramble by day in a sturdy, steady vehicle and settle down at night in spacious comfort, a fifth wheel may just be the right fit for you. Fifth wheels are an enticing mix of comfort and practicality, size and stability and the right choice for many RVers.

Start with the journey steady journey. If you crave the comfort and security of traveling in a heavy-duty long-bed truck and have concerns about sway and handling with bumper-tow travel trailer, consider a fifth wheel.

If negotiating tight curves and backing into snug campsites is in your travel plans, the tighter turning radius of a fifth wheel may make it the right choice for you.

Unlike a bumper-towed trailer, the fifth wheel’s weight rests between the rear axle of the truck and the cab, spreading the load and creating additional stability in towing. Because of the fifth wheel’s construction, with the front portion of the trailer over the bed of the truck, the ultimate tow length is shorter than the same length bumper-towed trailer. The hitch position in the bed of the truck also allows for turns of up to 90 degrees.

A fifth wheel provides the size and luxury of many motorized RVs, without the necessity of towing an additional vehicle to use once you reach your destination. While most fifth wheels require a beefy long bed truck for towing, that same truck is your ticket to freedom once you unhitch and settle down in your campsite. Ready to explore? Leave your fifth wheel behind and head out for daily adventure in your truck.

Consider your physical needs and abilities as you decide if a fifth wheel is the right choice for you. Both bumper-towed and motorized RVs offer living on a single level. Fifth wheels feature sleeping quarters above the truck bed, which means climbing a few stairs.

While the unhitching and set up of a fifth wheel is easy to master, it won’t match the park and plug simplicity of a motorized RV. Your fifth wheel will require simple, light physical activity to unhitch, level and set up. Before you decide if a fifth wheel is right for you, determine if you’re able to safely complete these tasks. Great family dealers like Crossroads Trailer Sales will make sure the RV you choose is right for you and will instruct new owners on safe set up and operation methods.

The fifth wheel design that makes for lofted sleeping quarters also adds more headroom in the main living quarters than you will find in a standard travel trailer. If you’re tall or don’t rest easy in more confined spaces, you’ll relish the added headroom of a fifth wheel.

With lengths ranging from 20 feet to more than 40 feet, a fifth wheel is the right choice for weekend jaunts or long stays. Its ease of towing and set up makes it right for short vacations. Its layout and amenities make it ideal for year ‘rounders.

A fifth wheel is a good choice if you plan to entertain guests for just one evening or for an extended stay. Your sleeping quarters are tucked away above the truck’s bed, creating an open entertaining and living space for you and your guests. When the night’s entertaining is done, you and your guests can enjoy a rest in privacy as you retreat to your private hideaway and they settle down in their sleep area. Let the experienced professionals at Crossroads Trailer Sales show you the many options for accommodating large families and guests in a fifth wheel.

Whether you’re stowing a year’s worth of supplies, or sporting goods for a family weekend, a fifth wheel’s bountiful storage makes it a good choice. Beyond the interior cabinetry, additional storage is tucked under the bathroom that can be accessed from inside or outside the trailer.

Whether an RV is your second home or a weekend escape, a fifth wheel with its ease of towing, roominess and flexibility may be your best choice.