2012 CrossRoads Zinger ZF29BH Review

Family-friendly fifth wheel with a reasonable price tag

By Amy Tokic, Jan. 27, 2012, Photography by CrossRoads RV
If you’ve got an active family that requires a tough RV to put up with all its demands, the 2012 CrossRoads Zinger Fifth Wheel may just be up to the challenge. Boasting family-friendly design and spacious living areas, the Zinger offers a camping conscious lifestyle at a reasonable price point.

2012 CrossRoads Zinger Exterior

Available in four floorplans, we’ll be focusing our attention on the ZF29BH. This model measures in with a length of 31”, a width of 96” and a height of 147”. The ZF29BH has a dry weight of 6,538 lbs, GVWR of 11,560, a carrying capacity of 5,022 lbs and a hitch weight of 1,450 lbs. In terms of water storage, it comes with a 54-gallon fresh water capacity, a 40-gallon black water capacity and an 80-gallon gray water capacity. The Zinger also comes with a 13,500 ducted air conditioner and a 25,000 BTU floor-ducted furnace.

Built on a steel I-beam frame, the Zinger is constructed with the right stuff, from top to bottom. Up top, the CrossRoads Zinger comes equipped with a one-piece rubber roof with 3" rolled roof wrap, 8" walkable roof decking, and 16" OC truss rafters with 4 1/2" crown, as well as rain gutters along the entire roof line. Underfoot, the moisture barrier wrapped floor features 5/8" tongue and groove plywood floor decking, 16" OC 2 x 3 floor joists, and 1/2" foam rubber carpet pad. Keeping you comfortable inside, this fifth wheel uses R-7 rated fiberglass insulation in the sidewalls, floor and roof.

2012 CrossRoads Zinger

In terms of warranties and other guarantees, the Zinger’s one-piece rubber roof comes with a 12-year manufacturer's warranty, while the fifth wheel itself features a two-year comprehensive warranty. And if you get a flat, there’s a two-year tire manufacturer’s roadside assistance package that comes with the Zinger.

Other exterior features include radius exterior cargo doors, dual 30 lb. LP tanks, diamond plate stone guard, tinted safety glass windows, patio awning, two exterior speakers and stabilizer jacks, an outside shower, exterior white plastic grab handle, surface mounted taillights, double entry step and a main 30" entry with a screen door. If that’s not enough for you, you can choose to upgrade with options such as a bumper mount grill, chrome caps, spare tire, rear ladder, an electric awning and the power jack pack.

2012 CrossRoads Zinger

Inside the Zinger fifth wheel, you’re treated to comfort and beautiful surroundings with seven-foot ceilings and six-foot slide-outs. For decor, choose from Chestnut, Willow and Sandal, complemented by glazed cocoa cherry cabinetry that’s enhanced with decorative glass inserts. Other interior accents that make it feel like home include brush nickel decorative lighting and a wallpaper border.

When you step inside the Zinger fifth wheel, you’re greeted by a spacious living area that’s designed to maximize living space. Its flush-floor slide-out offers a generous living area, complete with solid wood fascia and overhead cabinets for added storage. For your entertainment pleasure, there’s a TV and AM/FM/CD system found in the entertainment center. Take a seat on the jackknife style sofa or in the super-sized dinette. Other living area features include designer privacy shades.

2012 CrossRoads Zinger Bedroom

The kitchen abounds with plenty of storage space, including floor-to-ceiling pantries, deep cabinets and drawers and a built-in spice rack. As for appliances, you’ll find a 6-cu- ft. double-door refrigerator, a microwave and a 16-inch range. For meal prep, there’s a Formica countertop and a kitchen sink.

Sleeping arrangements can be found on either end on the ZF29BH. On one end, there are two 28” x 74” bunks, complete with comfort bunk series mattresses that are perfect for the kids. These bunks come with a self-storing easy-up ladder that tucks away when you’re not using it. And when it’s time for the kids to get some shut eye, a privacy curtain shuts the area away from the rest of the RV. The bunk area also features a cabinet and wardrobe.

2012 CrossRoads Zinger Bathroom

The master bedroom is found on the opposite end of the Zinger. Sleep soundly on a queen-size bed and innerspring 60" x 74" mattress that’s outfitted with a reversible bedspread. For all your personal belongings, the master bedroom features nightstands and overhead cabinets.

We’re finishing off this tour with a stop in the bathroom. You’ll be treated with all the comforts of home, including a large tub/shower combo, a foot-flush toilet and a vanity sink. Other bathroom features include an overhead skylight, a mirrored medicine cabinet and a shower curtain.

If you feel the need to add on, you can upgrade with options such as three-burner range with oven, a TV antenna, bathtub surround, drawers under the dinette, night shades, a 24” or 32" HD LCD, a hide-a-bed sofa, and E-Stone kitchen countertop and dinette top.

The 2012 CrossRoads Zinger ZF29BH starts in price from $27,300. For more information, visit http://www.crossroadsrv.com/.

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