Who Makes Shadow Cruiser RV? 6 Facts You Need To Know (Explained)

Who Makes Shadow Cruiser RV

The Shadow Cruiser RV is, easily, one of the most popular travel trailers on the market. As a result, we figured that it may be worth discussing a little bit about who makes this RV.

We are also going to talk about what the Shadow Cruiser RV is all about. Hopefully, by the end of this page, you will start to get a feel for whether this RV is going to be the right choice for you.

You will also have a solid understanding of the team that produces this top-of-the-line travel trailer.

So, who makes Shadow Cruiser RV? The Shadow Cruiser RV is manufactured by Cruiser RV in Howe, Indiana. The Shadow Cruiser RV is built by a small team of staff. It is easily one of the company’s more popular products.

The History of Cruiser RV

Because Cruiser is now owned by Heartland Recreational Vehicles, not a lot is known about the actual history of Cruiser RV.

In fact, because Crusier RV was a fairly small company before Heartland Recreational Vehicles took them over, we doubt that they really recorded their business history, because they certainly didn’t record it online.

What we can tell you is that Cruiser RV was started in 1988. They specialize in the production of affordable, lightweight travel trailers.

While the Shadow Cruiser RV is going to be a major part of their range of products, they also offer toy haulers, fifth wheels, and a whole host of other travel trailer products.

Who Owns Cruiser RV?

Cruiser RV has been part of Heartland Recreational Vehicles since the early 2000s.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles is owned by one of the largest RV manufacturers in the world, Thor Industries.

We suppose that if you want to get technical, you could claim that the Shadow Cruiser RV is made by Thor Industries. However, to be honest with you, Cruiser RV is such a small part of the company that they do not really have a massive impact on the Shadow Cruiser production.

In fact, we doubt that the top brass at Thor Industries really know that Cruiser RV is working on the Shadow Cruiser.

At a push, you could say that Heartland Recreational Vehicles make the Shadow Cruiser RV. However, even then, this is going to be quite a push. From what we can tell, the majority of Cruiser RV is run independently.

They just had the profits that they make over to Thor Industries. Cruiser itself runs the travel trailer and TV development side of things for anything under its brand. 

All About Thor Industries 

While Thor Industries likely didn’t have that much of a hand in the development of the Shadow Cruiser RV, we do think that we should talk about them. After all, discussing Thor Industries will probably give you an idea as to why the Shadow Cruiser RV is as good as it is.

If you haven’t heard of Thor Industries, then you should probably know that they are the largest RV company in the United States.

At the last count, one in every four RVs or travel trailers on the roads will have been produced by Thor Industries. In fact, some of your favorite RV manufacturers may be owned by Thor Industries, you just don’t know it!

Thor Industries got started in the RV business when they purchased Airstream. Ever since then, the company has been picking up RV manufacturer after RV manufacturer. When they purchased Heartland Recreational Vehicles, they ended up owning Cruiser RV.

Because Thor Industries is such a major player in the RV industry, they have access to:

  • The best manufacturing centers
  • The best vehicle designers
  • The best prices on RV components
  • Access to the best possible materials.
  • The best marketing teams
  • A large network of dealers.

Basically, Thor Industries has a lot of experience in the company. Cruiser RV has been able to lean upon some of this knowledge to help them to design a far better travel trailer. In fact, some would say that being owned by Thor Industries is a good thing for Cruiser RV.

They are in competition with a lot of other RV manufacturers that Thor Industries owns. As a result, Cruiser RV is always trying to outdo the other businesses to prove that they deserve to exist.

Access to better components and manufacturing facilities has managed to help Cruiser RV produces some of the best travel trailers that they have ever produced. Of course, the Shadow Cruiser RV is one of them. 

Read also: Who Owns Thor industries – 6 Facts You Should Know (Explained)

All About the Shadow Cruiser RV

As we said before, the Shadow Cruiser is the most popular product in the Cruiser RV range. This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise if you have done any sort of research into the Shadow Cruiser RV. There is about a dozen different models of the Shadow Cruiser RV available. 

The Basics of the Shadow Cruiser RV

No matter which model of the Shadow Cruiser RV you end up with, you will be purchasing one of the most lightweight modern RVs on the market. 

The aluminum construction of the Shadow Cruiser RV makes towing one of these an absolute breeze. In fact, many of the products in the Shadow Cruiser RV range are so light that you probably would be able to tow them in many states without actually requiring a special trailer license or even electric brakes. Although, you will need to do your own independent research here.

The Shadow Cruiser RV has been designed for families that want comfort on the road while, at the same time, not breaking the bank.

There are a variety of features loaded into the Shadow Cruiser RV as standard. Although, of course, if you do opt to purchase one of these vehicles, you will retain a decent amount of control over the sort of features that you want in it. 

How Many People Can the Shadow Cruiser RV?

This is dependent on the model that you purchase. Some of the products in the Shadow Cruiser RV range can sleep as few as two people, while others can sleep as many as 6 or 8, depending on how you lay out everybody inside of them.

How Do You Choose the Shadow Cruiser RV That is Right For You?

Our suggestion is to head to the Cruiser RV website and look at the floorplans for each of the Shadow Cruiser models. We assume that you will already have a rough idea about the number of people that you want to sleep inside of the Shadow Cruiser RV. If you do, then this will instantly eliminate about 50% of the models. 

As we said before, each of the Shadow Cruiser models will have the same sort of features built into them. You don’t need to focus on that part too much. Most of the difference will be on bed sizes, chair placement, and overall feature placement in the travel trailer.

As you go through the floorplans, you will get a feel for which layout is right for you. All of the models will have pictures that you can look at. If you head to your local Cruiser RV dealer, then they may even have a demo unit of the travel trailer that you can look at.

Obviously, since a Shadow Cruiser RV is going to set you back a rather sizeable sum of cash, you will want to ensure that you have done all of your research. After all, you do need to be happy with your purchase.

Where Can You Buy a Shadow Cruiser RV?

The Shadow Cruiser RV can be purchased from any dealer that works with Thor Industries. They are located all over the United States and Canada. This means that it shouldn’t be difficult to track a dealer down.

It is important to note that these vehicles can be a bit tougher to find outside of North America, particularly in Europe. This is because the RV scene is not quite so big over there. As a result, Thor Industries doesn’t really export that many travel trailers and vehicles.

If you are in Europe, you could always ask a Thor Industries dealership whether they are able to source a Shadow Cruiser RV for you. However, we can offer absolutely no guarantees that they will be able to do this.

No matter where you head for your Shadow Cruiser RV, you do need to remember that it is unlikely that they will be holding the travel trailer in stock. They may have a demonstration model. However, unless you are looking to buy the RV used, it will need to be ordered in for you. 

There are a couple of reasons why it will need to be ordered in. Firstly, because there will be about a dozen models for you to choose from, each with its own customization options, chances are that the units that the company has in stock probably won’t be fit for your needs anyway.

In addition to this, Cruiser RV is a fairly small company. They have under 100 staff working on all of their projects. As a result, they tend to get booked up rather quickly.

Remember, your Shadow Cruiser RV is going to be built to your specifications. It will be built by hand. Building an RV by hand is, of course, always going to take a slightly longer amount of time.

That being said, if you stick to one of the base models of the Shadow Cruiser RV, there is a strong chance that it may be in stock with the manufacturer. If it is, then you will be able to get your hands on it far quicker.

Can You Buy the Shadow Cruiser RV Used?

Yes. However, they can be tough to find.

While the Shadow Cruiser RV is a popular model, it is nowhere near being one of the most popular RV models in the United States. There are only a few thousand of them on the road.

Most people, once they buy a travel trailer of this quality, will often keep their hands on it for a long time. After all, it is a bit of kit that has been designed to last decades.

If you do find one used, then you are very lucky.

That being said, Cruiser RV does have used models on occasion. These tend to be customer returns that have been repaired and sold at a ‘bargain’ price. 


The Shadow Cruiser RV is produced by Cruiser RV. This company is part of Thor Industries, one of the largest RV manufacturers in the world. 




Mike Gilmour

Hi, I'm Mike, co-founder, and editor of RV and Playa. My passion is traveling (with my RV) and enjoying the day at the beach (Playa)! Well, I originally created this blog as a way to share what I've learned by experimenting with the RV lifestyle, and I want to help others develop in life through new skills and opportunities.

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