We just looked at a 2012 260BHS and are impressed with the spacious floorplan. We are a family of four (2 kids ages 7,10) so we prefer a bunkhouse and a slide. This trailer is shorter than the other trailers we have seen with the same layout but the slide makes it feel spacious. If you have the trailer please reply with your reviews both good and bad. Thank you.
I am actually looking at the same floor plan. I am thinking of going with either the Keystone Passport 2650BH or Passport 2910BH. The best prices i can find is from Holman Rv in Ohio. They are about $6000-$7000 cheaper then dealer in Connecticut! It is worth the 12hr drive for that amount of savings for me!! They also carry the Shadow Cruiser. Its is a nice trailer but i just prefer the darker wood interior. Good luck with your choice!! Kevin
DS-Tyler 8yrs old
DD-Makayla 5yrs old
2011 FORD F150 SUPERCREW FX4 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Pkg and 157" wheelbase
2006 SHAMROCK 21ss(Sold)
2012 Keystone Outback 292BH(New)
Cruiser RV has been in business on and off starting for 24 years. They are now a division of the (DRV Suites) DoubleTree RV Company...who are noted for their VERY high end luxury 5th wheels.
They're "claim to fame" is the fact that they specialize in light weight travel trailers...period! No 5th wheels, no motorhomes...just value packed, well made trailers.
Shadow Cruiser is one of their oldest lines, and true to Cruisers credo it has all the goodies standard. Only one optional package that contains the Roof A/C, electric awning, spare tire, microwave, DSI Water Heater and a upgraded mattress.
And they are doing well enough that they are expanding! So if you like it, and it meets your needs...go fer it!
"Cruiser RV, LLC announced that it will expand its operations, creating up to 200 new jobs by 2014. The company will invest more than $850,000 to lease a 140,000 square-foot LaGrange manufacturing facility, add machinery for a new production line and make infrastructure improvements. The new space is located near its existing manufacturing facility and headquarters in Howe, Indiana."
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Check this post for some thoughts on our purchase of the Shadow Cruiser S-260 BHS:
As for some observations on the actual trailer we bought, first the weight issue. I chose the trailer for its low weight, 4255 lbs with optional equipment from the factory. I figured I could keep it to 5000 lbs loaded, which is well below my tow rating of 6300 lbs. Last month we received a new label from Cruiser RV, our trailer mysteriously grew to 4910 lbs dry weight. On the website the dry weight is now listed as 4595 lbs, but you need to add 200 lbs for the mandatory option package (A/C, awning, spare, microwave, DSI water heater and upgraded mattress.) That’s still more than 100 lbs less than mine.
Rant out of the way, we have used the trailer 19 nights since we bought it in June. We had it back to the dealer 1 time to repair a broken awning, TV antenna cable (common on Cruiser RV units) and one loose molding. Overall that seems to be very good for a new trailer.
I was impressed by some of the appointments, considering Shadow Cruiser is the lowest rung on the Cruiser RV ladder. The awning is power, the rims are chrome, there is an outdoor shower and outdoor speakers for the sound system. Instead of a permanent cord that tucks into a hole in the side of the trailer they include a Marinco detachable cord. 4 stabilizer jacks are included. There is a quick connect for a gas barbecue, but no hose to use it.
Inside a television mount was included, the sink is stainless steel, the slide mechanism is a Schwintek, the flooring is Beaufloor. Other fittings are typical RV grade plastic, the appliances are basic.
Overall build seems to be fair, with the above noted defects so far. Most of the interior wood is vinyl wrapped particle board, but fit and finish is good. Under the coach are some rough edges, but they are out of site. The upgraded mattress is not that upgraded, we have added a topper and it is greatly improved. The bunk mattresses also leave something to be desired.
Most nights it has been just 2 of us, but we have slept 6 adults with no issues, so your family of 4 should do well. With the large slide there is a lot of floor space. We camp with other people who have motor homes, but our trailer is best for congregating when it cools off outside.
I hope this doesn’t deter you from buying, unless the weight is an issue. Although I have a lot of nits to pick, overall we are happy with the trailer and look forward to many nights in the future in it.
Bruce and Jennie
2012 Shadow Cruiser S260-BHS
2007 Silverado CC 1500 4.8L 3.73