Go Big and Get Home
In November we bought our first RV, a 2012 X17Z. We just returned from our first trip which covered 9798 miles. Our TV is a 2009 Ram 1500 w/ 5.7 Hemi engine. Here are some of the places we went and some reflections.
Left Emerald Isle, NC on 4/30/214
San Marcos, TX
Carlsbad, NM (Carlsbad Caverns)
Holbrook AZ (Winslow, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert)
Gouldings UT (Monument Valley, Natural Bridges, Canyon DeChelly, Hovenweep NM, Navaho NM)
Page, AZ ( Rafting Colorado River, Glen Canyon Dam)
Jacob Lake, AZ (Grand Canyon North Rim)
Tusayan, AZ (Grand Canyon South Rim)
Sedona, AZ (Jeep Tour)
Boulder City, NV (Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon 8500 ft Zip Line, Hoover Dam)
Furnace Creek Ranch (Death Valley, Badwater, Scotty’s Castle, 113 degrees!!!)
Weldon, CA (Lake Isabella)
Three Rivers, CA (Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP)
Lee Vining, CA (Yosemite NP, Bodie Ghost Town, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes/Devils Post Pile)
Great Basin NP
Littleton , CO
Home to NY on 6/19 (3 days driving)
Trailer Tires don’t last but it was easy to get replacements on the road (D rated @$69 each installed). Tire pressure is critical and 12 volt compressors don’t make the grade. Bought a 1 gallon pancake unit. Much Better.
The LP furnace uses a lot of LP. Bought a 750/1500W electric heater. Excellent , as were the goose down queen sized sleeping bag in keeping us warm on some 35 degree nights.
Equalizer WDH/Anti Sway…Don’t leave home without it!!
30 MPH Head winds = 7MPG. Otherwise we averaged 11MPG. Better MPG using my right foot as opposed to CC.
If it’s really HOT turn on AC and wait to open tent ends.
Screws get loose. stuff breaks….so what, fix it and move on.
RV camping is the way to go. We had a great trip. What we spent in gas we saved in not eating in restaurants and paying an average of $35 per night for full hook up sites. We met so many great people from our own country and many other countries, including couple from Holland and a young man bicycling across America who willingly accepted my wife’s invitation to dinner.
The X17Z is a wonderful camper. Certainly big enough for the two of us. We slept in it, showered in it and cooked and ate in it every night of the trip except the last night on the road home. Our only complaint…. the tent ends tend to wake you up early either by early morning sun light or campground/road noise.
We’re planning two more trips. Northern National Parks/Vancouver next year and Canada/Alaska in 2016. We’ll decide if we’re going to keep the 17z for these two trips only on account of being in grizzly country.
America the Beautiful….No truer words were ever said!! Enjoy.