2007 Shadow Cruiser Fun
This is a review and description the features and functions as
well as some modifications of our 2007 Shadow Cruiser Fun Finder X139.
14' travel trailer.
No doubt about it the X139 model is small. We have a small family 2
adults and one child. And both my wife and I
are short in stature. < 5'4" . We can sit at the dinette
table with the bunk down. If you are not very much taller then us
you would always
have to raise the bunk. You will be surprised at the comfort and
features you get in this small travel trailer. This is about the
smallest trailer you could get and still have a fixed toilet and
Go to Modifications Page
2001 Nissan Quest (Minivan) 3.3L V6
Rated tow capacity 3500 lbs w/10% on hitch
A sticker in cabinet above the sink says 2342 1bs (dry). We had the
dealer remove the fan and install the AC unit so it may be a bit
heavier. The TT owners manual
says the AC weights 104 lbs.
Note: Features and options and included items can vary from dealer to
dealer and from year to year.
Even a trailer 1 year older/newer my be significantly different.
Not sure what are options anymore most of these seem to come with
everything. The AC unit was the only thing we paid extra for. Most
Everything else was factory installed.
- Outside hot/cold water hose 'Shower'
- Water Filter (City water connection)
- Stainless Steel Sink.
- Toilet Shower combo with curtain.
- 6 Gallon DSI gas/electric water heater plumbed with bypass valves
- 25 Gallon Fresh Water Tank
- 13 Gallon Black Water Tank
- 13 Gallon Gray Water Tank
- Heater (propane)
- 2 way refrigerator propane/120V
electric.Make: Dometic Model RM2351
- Microwave 900 Watt 1.0 cf; Make:
High Pointe Model: EM925BSS
- Stove - 2 burner. Make: Wedgwood
Vision Model: ? Manual light with match.
- Range hood with outside venting and light. (Fan and light are 12V)
- AC 11000btu. BriskAir by Dometic Model:
Eating - Sleeping:
- (1) Queen size bed.
- (1) Upper fold-up bunk. ~36" wide 205 lb limit
- Table with folding legs. Table top becomes part of Queen bed when
- 45 Amp 3 stage battery charger and power converter. WFCO Model
WF-8945AN Input 120V 30Amp: Output 12 Volt DC 45Amp
- There are (5) 120V General use outlets. One outside and 4 inside
at these locations.
sink, vanity, Side of refrigerator cabinet. Under the table water
tank side. 4
of these outlets are on the GFCI at
the sink. The vanity outlet was not on GFCI not sure why. The
refrigerator, and microwave are not on GFCI (and should not be). In
addition to the 5 outlets above, there are 2 dedicated outlets One for
the microwave in the cabinet
above the sink and one for the refrigerator located in the outside
access compartment. The water heater element is hardwired in.
is only one 12V cigarette lighter type outlet which is part of the TV
system. The cover plate for the outlet says 7.5A Max (90 Watts)
so probably only a portable TV or cell phone charger or
something light. NOT a 12V to 120V inverter unless you keep it under
75-80 Watts on the 120V output side. (The wiring for the TV outlet in
the converter panel has a 15Amp fuse but the actual plate says 7.5A).
- 12V Electric vent fan in bathroom. Vent is manual open/close
- Window Shades. (Cordless lift type)
- Front window with hinged 'rock cover'
- Vanity - Recessed with mirror and lights. (no cabinet)
- CO2, smoke and gas alarms, Fire extinguisher
- Mounted stabilizer jacks on all 4 corners.
- Awning Domentic model ?
- Clock by Howard Miller (whoever that is) Atomic radio (WWVB). Has
- TV antenna with amplifier. Mounted on roof with hand crank lift
and manual aiming. Cable TV hookup on outside.
- AM\FM\DVD\CD\MP3 with remote, alarm, 4 speakers 2 inside and 2
outside. External FM antenna mounted on roof. Operates on 12VDC
- Dexter axle with leaf spring type suspension
- Tires: Kerria Load Star ST205/75R14 (Radial)
- Spare tire Load Star K550 205/75D14 (Bias Ply)
- Spare tire cover
Added Items and Installation
- Battery - Interstate RV/Marine SRM-24 550CCA 690CA ~80AH.
Mounted in plastic battery box on tongue.
- 10' Sewer hose
- Fresh water
RV hose 25' 1/2"
- Water pressure reducer 45psi
- RV Electric hookup
cable 30' 30 Amp 120V
- Plug adapter (30A to 15A)
- Brake controller installed in tow vehicle.
- Wiring and trailer connector (Round 7 pin) installed
- Single friction type anti sway bar installed.
- (1) 20lb propane tank filled.
We did not get the 13" TV (120VAC only).
Had to buy a new hitch insert as mine was not high enough.
Details and Notes:
Also see: Modifications Page
There is a fair amount of storage space inside. There is NO
storage or access to storage from the outside on the X139. Other larger
FF do have outside access storage. There are no locks on
any of the access panel doors as was on older models.
Would like to add something to
put tire chocks, blocks, electric cable, hoses etc which may be
much room on the tongue for any 3rd party boxes that I have seen. I put
my stuff in a Rubber Made tote.
Under dinette seat storage The most forward panel was screwed down. I
the screws so that both panels can open to give better access.
this one is screwed down and the panel on the other side over the
water tank is not? very little space around the water tank.
No brand name on unit or manual -
made in China
AM\FM\DVD\CD\MP3 with remote, alarm, 4 speakers 2 inside and 2 outside.
External FM antenna mounted on roof.
Radio had RCA audio INs & OUTs on the back. Our unit had a
video/audio cable connected to the outputs. If you also need to input
with RCA type connections to the unit then you can attach an audio
cable (red/white) to the IN's and drop that though the mouse hole. We
did not get the 13" TV but instead bought an under cabinet mount LCD
TV/DVD. Will have to move one of the stock speakers in
order to mount it.
Radio has 2 speakers on inside and 2 outside controlled by
switches on the front panel.
The 2 inside speakers are 'tinny' sounding. No bass. The outdoor
speakers are OK.
If you are shorter than about 6'4
then you will need a step stool to stand on to see the analog tuning
dial. Was a bit dissapointed that the unit did not have digital tuning
w/presets or at least a scan function.
The FF is well lit. There are 4 dual bulb fixtures, 2 on the main
ceiling and 2 under cabinets left and right sides. There are also 2
'sconce' lights in bed/dinette area and a 3 bulb vanity style fixture.
single bulb fixture in the bathroom. A single bulb light in the range
hood vent. 1 Outdoor porch 'bug' light amber in color.
4 dual bulb fixtures have 2 position switches ON and OFF. I
think they should have had the 3 position switches where you have OFF,
1 ON, Both ON. I will try to find replacement 3 position switches
if I can find ones that can be swapped into the existing
are not many lights that a child could reach to turn on/off. Not even
in the bathroom. Only lights a child could reach is the 2 sconce
on the front wall. The outdoor light and maybe the vanity light switch.
Of course you may like it like that as the kids won't leave
lights on and drain the battery.
System consists of a 'batwing' antenna with signal amplifier built in. A cable TV input is also provided on the outside.
There is an
on/off button for the amplifier on the connection plate. A red LED
shows aplifieer power on or off. The amplifier seem to work pretty well
however when the amplifier is turned off then you get NO signal at all
through the antenna connection. I verified this by bypassing the
amp and connecting directly to the antenna. (Normally you would want to have the amp on for
weak stations and off for strong nearby stations)
When using the CATV (outside) connection then you must turn the
is also a 12V cigarette lighter style outlet on the connection/ switch
plate. Rated at 7.5 Amps or 90 Watts However it is really fused at 15A
in the converter panel.
The antenna is extended by turning a crank. Then you aim it by pulling
down and then turning the large wheel.
you want to retract the antenna you must first line up the arrows on
the aiming wheel. If you don't aim it properly before retracting then
the antenna may be damaged.
I marked the wheel to give an indication of which way the antenna is pointed while inside the trailer.
Outdoor Shower Hose.
Our unit came equipped with the outdoor 'shower' hose. Has cold and
hot faucets. Why it is called a shower hose I don't know as taking a
shower with that hose is the least likely thing I would do with it. The
hose connects to the trailer via a quick connect fitting much like a
compressed air hose fitting. The other end has a standard (male) hose
with a garden sprayer attached. The supplied hose will reach the front
and back of the trailer but not the right or main door/awning side.
Maybe it would reach if
you passed it under the trailer? haven't tried that. If you need
length, such as to spray bird dropping off of the awning, then
just remove the sprayer and attach a standard garden hose directly on
the coil hose.
There is a water filter
at the city water connection only. This
means that the 12V electric pump never pushes water through the filter
which is good as that could restrict the flow too much. This also
means that any water you put into the water tank will not be filtered.
BUT if you
want filtered water in the fresh water tank there is a way. Use the
'shower hose' to fill the water tank. The shower hose works very well.
The sprayer nozzle (the one I got from dealer) will fit and be held
on the inlet port. Just lock the sprayer on. Tank fill time 15-20 min.
Fresh Water Tank
The tank indicator is low resolution system. Just 3 sensors located on
of the tank at Full, 2/3 and 1/3. Look at the side of the tank and you
can see the water level and the 3 sensor wires. The 4th wire (white) is
the common wire. The FULL indicator will
only light just briefly
or maybe not at all if the trailer is not level. In other words the
indicator will show 2/3 after using just a little water. In fact on my
unit the indicator only shows full when I am filling the tank and water
is spilling out of the fill and overflow. When the overflow has stopped
draining my indicator reads 2/3.
The gray and black tank indicators seem to be set up in a similar
fashion. They all use the same control panel indicator.
How to read/interpret the indications:
Full = Water level is at or above the Full sensor wire. The
fill tube and overflow outlets are at about this same level
2/3 = Water level is more than 2/3 but less than full.
1/3 = Water level is more than 1/3 but less than 2/3
Empty = Water level is below 1/3
Like I said before if you really want to know then open the access
panel and look at the tank.
Gray Water Tank
The gray tank gets filled fast. More than once I have had to bucket gray water to keep from overflowing the shower.
Black Water Tank
No problem with black water tank filling up even after several days.
DSI water heater (gas & 120V electric) DSI = Direct Spark
Ignition. or automatic electronic ignition.
6 gallon tank.
To use on propane turn the wall switch on. The red light will
briefly come on the go out when the fire is lit. If the light
does not go out then check your propane to see if it is turned on.
The unit I have also has a 120V electric heater element. To turn
have to flip a switch located in the outside access for the water
heater. Note that the gas and electric are completely independent
systems. Operating the water heater switch (gas) up on the wall
has no effect on the electric heating element.
This means that if both switches are on then both the gas and the electric element
will operate together until the water is hot. Both heat sources will provide a
faster recovery such as may be needed when taking showers. Don't
forget to turn off the electric when not needed.
Make sure the water heater tank is full before turning on the gas
and/or electric. When the tank is drained for winter storage as a
precaution I also turn off the water heater breaker in the main control
If you run the hot water tank low, then you will need to hook up to
city water and/or
refill the fresh water tank. Then run the hot water faucet until all
the air is out. This can take quite some time. You will fill the gray
water tank about the time all the air is purged. So better check and do
this before your trip.
Bypass. There are a set of 3 valves you can turn to bypass the water
heater. The setup is just like what you would find installed for
your water softener in your home. Turn the valves to bypass the
water heater tank before winter prep so you don't put/waste RV anti
freeze solution in the water heater tank.
My pump was cycling too rapidly dut dut dut. about 2 times a second. It
was also surging even at full on. The water temperature in the
shower was pulsating hot and
cold very annoying.
The pump manufacture says it should not cycle more than every 2
seconds. Read the manual and found that there is an adjustment
for the pressure switch. However the pump was mounted so close to the
water heater tank that I couldn't turn the screw even with a
stubby. I had to unscrew the pump from the floor in order to tilt it up
enough to get at the adjustment screw. I never could get an adjustment
where the pump would cycle at 2 seconds during low volume conditions,
but I did get it to stay on continuous at
full valve open eliminating the hot/cold surges in the shower.
Pretty nice to have the awning. Since the x139 is so small the awning
almost completely shades the entire side of the trailer.
Extending and stowing the awning is a several step process, but not
hard. Was warned by dealer to not let water puddle on the awning. One
way to prevent this is to lower one side so that the water runs off.
Hard to find a place to store the awning rod. Fits in the wardrobe
closet if you don't have any cloths to hang in there that is. This
leaves putting it on the floor of the trailer or in the bathroom.
The lower ends of the awning arms
can be detached from the mounts and
then the arms (one or both) can be swung out and staked down with tent
Instructions for 1 person operation:
- Release the holding clips on each side. Squeeze them inward.
- Loosen the wheel locks a couple of turns
- Using the rod pull the direction switch down toward you. Top
right side of awning.
- Hook the end of the rod in the strap loop.
- Pull the awning all the way out.
- slide the upper support arms in the main support arms until they
snap into place.
- Tighten the wheels.
- On one side Release the hand grip lever and slide out to extend
the main arm about 1/2 way and lock it down.
- Go to the other side and extend the main support arm all the way
to the last notch hole.
- Now go back to the first side and extend the main awning arm all
the way out and lock down the handle.
- To keep from losing the strap, Move the strap all the way to the
forward side (right side of awning when facing the trailer) and wrap or
tie around the main awning arm. If you
don't do this, the wind will likely blow the strap along the slot
channel and it will fall out on the ground.
- Note: If you move the strap all the way to the rear, it will come
of the slot. You may want to do this so you can store the strap
inside so it won't get lost or be a chocking hazard for small
Roof Leak around AC
When we bought our trailer it had a Fantastic Fan. We opted to get the
AC unit installed.
The roof leaked around the AC unit 1st rain storm. Not just a drip a
lot of water came in.
Called dealer and they came out to the house and tightened things
A week or so later I decided to make sure. I got out the garden hose
and sprayed water on the roof. and it leaks just the same.
I found that water does puddle on the roof around the AC unit.
I removed the bottom cover to have a look. I then removed the
metal bottom plate. 4 bolts and electrical connections.
I found that there were screw holes drilled in the plywood
where the original Fantastic Fan was installed.
One side (toward rear of trailer), the AC gasket was on the inside
of where the old holes were drilled allowing water to leak in.. On the
3 other sides the gasket was
either on top or outside of the old Fantastic Fan holes and did not
I propped up the AC unit just a bit by wedging a couple of 1x3 boards
under the AC from the roof. I could see daylight through one of
the original Fantastic Fan holes plus the gasket was not sealed down on
I pulled the trailer back to the dealer 3 or 4 miles. They worked on it
4 or 5 hours. Put on a new gasket caulked everything.
I took it home.
Next day it rained. Water everywhere on the floor.
Took the cover off and can see that the new gasket moved and 'snaked'
in 2 places that I could see. At one place the entire diameter of
gasket and about 4" length had slide into the AC cavity. Probably where
most of the water came through this time. Probably they torqued down
the AC unit before the sealant had set.
Called the dealer and they came and got it.
After about 2 days dealer delivered the trailer to our house. We were
not home at the time. No explanation.
The inside plastic cover was not put on and the AC did not come on.
Found the internal AC connector was loose I fixed that. Dealer
installed a new
This one is white in color, the others were black. It rained and
now it does not seem to leak anymore.
Got up on roof again and hosed it down. I did not detect any more
As a precaution I store the trailer front raised so that rain water
runs off the back and does not puddle on the roof.
Spare Tire cover
The cover is damaged in a week or 2 of hot days. The rubber in the tire
outgasses and discolors/damages the cover. I can read the tire raised
lettering that has been transferred to the cover. One
suggestion is to cover the tire with Aluminum foil to prevent this.