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Photo of Fun Finder trailer

Photo of Apache tent trailer

Photo of Coleman popup

Photo of Eco "Egg" trailer

Photo of Coachmen popup

Photo of Holiday travel trailer

Photo of Sport King travel trailer

Photo of happy camper

My Fun Finder X160WB Prototype
My Fun Finder X160WB Modifications
My Shadow Cruiser Fun Finder T-160 Information Pages 
My Shadow Cruiser Fun Finder T-160 Modification Pages with Photos
My Campsite Photo Galleries  Updated 03.13.12

I was very, very lucky to have grown up with parents who loved camping. They started out with a tent when I was just a few years old and quickly moved up to an Apache tent camper, then a Coleman popup, then an Eco "Egg" trailer, and back to a Coachmen popup before I moved away from home. I camped with them just once in their next RV, a Holiday travel trailer. What is really interesting is that their very next trailer, a Sport King, was the same size as the current Fun Finder travel trailer we now have (coincidence?).

Over my childhood and teenage years, we made many, many happy memories and family bonding experiences both traveling across the U.S. camping, sightseeing, and visiting relatives, as well as doing numerous weekend camping trips to the Ozark lakes that were only an hour away from where we lived. I always knew that I wanted to provide the same experiences for my own family.

In April, 2000, we purchased our first RV, a Coleman popup. While I figured the kids would love camping (fortunately, they did right off the bat!), once I confirmed my wife was firmly on-board (she didn't grow up camping like I did), we moved up to a small Fun Finder travel trailer and shortly thereafter a 4WD Suburban so we could camp, travel, sightsee, and visit relatives year-round, regardless of weather or destination accommodations. With our new Fun Finder, we were fully self-contained with a toilet, shower, stove, sink, refrigerator, food and utensil storage, supplies and cargo storage, wardrobe closet and clothing/linen storage, roomy family dinette, couch, bunks, and an overlong queen-size master dinette bed.

On May 22, 2008, our beloved Fun Finder was totaled in an EF3 tornado (the largest ever in Colorado) that hit our small town of Windsor. Coincidentally (or not), the Fun Finder X160WB Prototype (from my proposed 160WQB design) had just completed its western region dealer tour and was in Grand Junction, Colorado. Cruiser RV generously offered to sell us the Prototype for what I believe was their cost to build it. We now have our second Fun Finder, a trailer I designed! My favorite proclamation (still) is, "No matter where we go, our motel room is always just 4 feet behind us!"

"You all look like happy campers to me. Happy campers you are, happy campers you have been, and, as far as I am concerned, happy campers you will always be." -- Dan Quayle

Photo of Bronco with Camping Caboose trailer
Photo of Camping Caboose trailer
July 1980
1977 Ford Bronco with 1973 Ford Courier Pickup Bed

My best friend and I, along with help from his dad, built a "Camping Caboose" (as my mom called it) trailer from a salvaged pickup bed for a trip from the Ozarks to Colorado for the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb and other adventures. While we camped for a week in our tent, we spent the night before the Hill Climb on top of Pikes Peak (yes, on top!) in my Bronco with ski suits on, inside sleeping bags, with the engine running and the heater on full blast as we rocked all night long to the fierce wind. That was absolutely the coldest night of my life!
 
Photo of van and Coleman popup with canoe
Photo of Coleman popup
April 2000
1994 Coleman Sequoia Americana

Awning, Add-A-Room, 2-way Fridge, Hot Water Tank,
Outside Shower, Dual Propane (LP) Tanks, Spare Tire
Length Closed 15'0" (coupler to rear bumper), Open 22'8"
Body Width 6'8", Clearance Width (furnace vent to awning bag) 7'0"
UVW 1770 (calculated unloaded weight)
GVW 2100 (calculated fully loaded weight)
GVWR 2250
 
Photo of van with canoe and Fun Finder travel trailer
Photo of Suburban with canoe and Fun Finder travel trailer
September 2001
2002 Shadow Cruiser Fun Finder T-160

Awning, Fantastic Fan, TV Antenna w/booster, Spare Tire
(see below for my T-160 modifications)
Length 17'0" (coupler to rear spare tire)
Body Width 7'0", Clearance Width (gutter to awning roll) 7'6"
UVW 2020 (actual unloaded weight at certified scale)
GVW 3000 (actual fully loaded weight at certified scale)
GVWR 3190 (3500 GVWR actual frame/tongue rating)
 
Photo of two trailersPhoto of two trailers June 2008
After our insurance company determined that the cost to repair the roof, siding, window, and other damage caused by the tennis ball sized hail and flying debris from the May tornado was more than she was worth, a towing company came to take her away to a salvage and auction company in Denver. We said "Goodbye" to our beloved "Shadow" and thanked her for nearly 7 wonderful years of family memories.



Photo of Fun Finder trailer with kids
Photo of Fun Finder trailer
2008 Cruiser RV Fun Finder X160WB Prototype
Awning, A/C, Power Vent, Microwave, 13" TV, Antenna w/booster and cable TV connector, AM/FM Radio/CD/DVD, Gas/Electric Water Heater, Outside Sprayer, Outside BBQ, Aluminum Wheels, Spare Tire
(see below for my X160WB modifications)
Length 17'0" (coupler to rear spare tire)
Body Width 7'0", Clearance Width (gutter to awning roll) 7'6"
UVW 2373 (weight on title) UVW 2660 (weight sticker)
GVWR 3341 (3500 GVWR actual frame/tongue rating)
 

Photo of Fun Finder X160WB Prototype
My Cruiser RV Fun Finder X160WB
My Fun Finder X160WB Prototype

My Cruiser RV Fun Finder X160WB Modifications
My Fun Finder X160WB Modifications

Photo of traveling in the mountains in July

Photo of traveling in snow in April

Photo of traveling in snow in January

Photo of inside rear of 2002 Fun Finder T-160

Photo of 2002 Fun Finder brochure

Photo of Fun Finder models

Photo of Frapper map

Floorplan of my proposed 160WQB
Proposed 160WQB
November 2007


Photo of Fun Finder X160WB Prototype
X160WB Prototype
June 2008

My Shadow Cruiser Fun Finder T-160 Information Pages
Why the Fun Finder T-160 for the Leggett clan? 
How a T-160 can Accommodate 2 Adults, 3 Teenagers, BIG Dog
Conserving Water, Power, and Propane (LP)
Minimizing Grey (Gray) and Black Water
 
Cold Weather Camping (especially without Hookups)
An Option to Traditional Winterizing
Winter Storage, Travel, and Camping (with photos)
Setting the Rear Stabilizing Jacks
Wheel Bearing Maintenance
ALKO Axles info (.pdf) 2.5M
Battery Voltage chart
RPM Suburban Towing
Weight Distribution and Sway Control  
What's Up with Fun Finder Sway?
What's All the Fuss about Knowing GVWR, GCWR, and GAWR?
PDI Checklist

2002 T-160 Floorplan (from Shadow Cruiser website)
2002 T-160 Interior Photo (from Shadow Cruiser website)
2002 T-160 Actual Specs: Measurements and Capacities

2002 Fun Finder Brochure (.jpg) 217K
2002 Fun Finder MSRP
2002 1/2 Fun Finder Brochure (.pdf) 230K
2003 Fun Finder Brochure (.pdf) 356K
2005 Fun Finder Brochure (.pdf) 141K
2005 Fun Finder MSRP (.jpg) 965K
2006 Fun Finder Brochure (.pdf) 1.4M
2006 Fun Finder MSRP
2006 Fun Finder X MSRP
2007 Fun Finder X Brochure (.pdf) 1.5M
2008 Fun Finder X MSRP (.jpg) 430K

Yahoo! Shadow Cruiser Fun Finders Forum (Founder and Moderator)
Frappr Shadow Cruiser Fun Finders Map Locator
A Recent History of Shadow Cruiser, Cruiser RV, and Cikira RV
News-2000-Jan-Trailer_Life - Defunct Shadow Cruiser brand resurrected
News-2000-Nov-RV_Business - Cruiser RV Corp Emerging from the Shadows
News-2001-Dec-RV_Business - SunnyBrook (David Fought)
News-2002-Mar-RV_Business - DoubleTree LLC (David Fought)
News-2003-Feb-Trailer_Life - Shadow Cruiser brand name returns
News-2003-Jul-Lightweight_RV_News - Shadow Cruiser RV 

My Proposed T-189 DD November, 2002 (.doc) 36K
My Proposed T-195 Dual Dinette Fun Finder July, 2004 (.doc) 55K
My Proposed T-209 Tandem Axle Fun Finder March, 2005 (.doc) 116K
My Proposed T-199 PICK-YOUR-PLAN Fun Finder March, 2005 (.doc) 289K
My Proposed T-199 PICK-YOUR-PLAN Sample Floorplans March, 2005 (.doc) 319K
My Proposed T-199 Final Floorplan April, 2005 (.doc) 107K
My Proposed T-199 Final Floorplan April, 2005 (.pdf) 247K
My Proposed T-139 on Steroids (T-189 RDFD) June, 2005 (.doc) 102K
My Proposed T-139 on Steroids (T-189 RDFD) June, 2005 (.pdf) 254K 
My Proposed T-189 DD November, 2005 (.doc) 144K 
My Proposed T-189 DD November, 2005 (.pdf) 265K
My Proposed 160WQB Walk-around Queen Bed November, 2007 (.pdf) 92K

 

Photo of dual batteries

Photo of sink faucet
 
My Shadow Cruiser Fun Finder T-160 Modification Pages with Photos
Sep 2001 - Skid Bars
Sep 2001 - Dual Batteries
Sep 2001 - Fresh Water Fill
May 2002 - 14 Inch Rims and Tires
Jun 2003 - Sink Faucet
Sep 2003 - 30 lb Propane (LP) Tank
Dec 2003 - Digital Battery Meter
Mar 2005 - 12v TV Booster
 
 


Photo of Wal-Mart overnight stop
 

My Campsite Photo Galleries (see Monthly Galleries on family page for more CG photos)
Campsites 2000-2002
Campsites 2003-2005
Campsites 2006-2008 Updated 03.13.12
Campsites 2010-2011 NEW! 03.13.12

Wal-Mart Overnight Stops 2001-2005  

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