Two-year-old Prime Time Manufacturing, Wakarusa, Ind., a fast-growing division of Forest River Inc., has introduced the 2011 Crusader, its first fifth-wheel.
”For a little fifth-wheel, there is a lot of storage and a very residential feel,” said Jeff Rank, Prime Time president and co-founder.
Available in six 29- to 36-foot floorplans, 34-foot 298BHD floorplan features a fully equipped exterior kitchen with a stone facade. ”Clearly outdoor kitchens are the trend,” Rank said. ”Everyone has one on travel trailers, but it’s just starting to filter its way into fifth-wheels.”
The Crusader features an aerodynamic front cap that affords an 88-degree turning radius which allows towing by short-bed pickup trucks without having the need for a slider hitch.
Standard features on the fiberglass-and-aluminum Crusader, which joins the Tracer ultra-lite and LaCrosse laminated trailer in Prime Time’s lineup, include soldid surface countertops, large pantries, cherry-glazed cabinets, crown molding and wardrobe slideout. MSRPs range from $27,000 to $45,000.
On Prime Time’s agenda for 2011 is the Sanibel full-profile fifth-wheel, along with a stick-and-tin entry level trailer in late summer and then a sport utility RV (SURV) by the Louisville Show.
”At that point we will be in every major segment and then we will stop introducing new brands and and try to make all of them better,” Rank said.