First Longish Trip in 16XRB
Searching for warm weather, between 2/21 and 3/8 we put 3,000 miles on our new rig travelling from Port Townsend, WA to Joshua Tree National Park, CA and back again, with stops to visit relatives in Santa Monica and the Bay Area. Though we didn't actually find much warm weather until we got back home we had a great shakedown trip and pretty much everything worked as expected.
Both the TV and the trailer were new to us. The Ridgeline was great as a tow vehicle. Comfortable and certainly adequate for the load. I didn't use load levelers, though I do own a set. Mileage towing the trailer varied from 10 - 12.8 mpg.
Mods and gear included:
I added a couple of USB and 12V DC outlets to the panel next to the radio to keep my cell and computers charged and to power my cell signal amplifier - which worked great if signals were week.
I installed much better speakers and connected a blue tooth adapter to the auxiliary port on the radio so that we could have decent sounding videos on the computer.
I used a ratchet strap to hold down the propane tank and weighed it every day or so to see how much gas we were using and I used a multi-meter to keep an eye on battery use.
I used a set of portable solar panels to keep the battery charged in Joshua Tree.
With the weather cooler and wetter than expected (frozen condensation on the tent ends in Joshua tree - maybe 28 degrees that night) we used more propane and spent more time in the trailer than we'd planned to. But as tent trailer graduates the extra amenities and quicker setup were great.
Heading out again soon...