I have been dormant for a while on the board because of work and travel, but wanted to share the ups and downs of the past year.
As you can tell by the title we don't stay still much...
We upgraded to the Greyhawk 31FS from a 08 Winnebago View 24P(their bunk model) with the main goal of getting some of the features things that we were missing in the smaller rig, like a room for mommy and daddy, a table to eat at while rolling, and levelers. Other things we got with this was a switch to a coach with a generator that ran on the same fuel as the vehicle. The View had a propane generator, which was awesome, but finding propane in unfamiliar areas because that was the only way to power the TV and run the AC to keep things cooler, proved to be problematic. A used Seneca is on my dream list...
What we have done with it:
- Shakedown trip to NC for a family reunion
- Monster anniversary trip - FL to Iowa for wedding, Iowa to Alaska, Alaska to FL(about 30days)
- FL to VA for Funeral/celebration of life
- A few other trips that I can't recall right now...
Things we have added to the rig:
- Acquired Rim and spare tire.
- Hitch mounted spare tire carrier
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System with flow through sensors TST-507RV
- Viair 400P RV kit for filling tires
- 12Ton Bottle Jack
- Rubber roof repair tape and can of cleaner
- Torque wrench
- Electric impact wrench
- Toolkit (wrenches, screwdrivers, tape, glues, etc)
- Added camco grab handle to the screen door
- Garmin 760RV
- Installed/cut cup holders into the main table
- Cell Phone signal booster
- Sewer hose holder (that thing that keeps a slope to the drain)
Things that have broken or needed adjusting:
- RTFM on the Hot Water heater & adjust for incoming H20 temps
- Shower floor was soft (fixed)
- House battery wouldn't hold a charge and had to be replaced (discovered in middle of trip through Canada) (replaced)
- Kitchen/sofa slide is misaligned and ripped the flooring. Dealer fix flooring and then trimmed the molding that ripped it, but did nothing to address the 3/4" droop on the side of the slide where this happened. (have an appointment)
- Factory alignment required parts from Ford to correct. (fixed)
- Generator cuts out from time to time (better, but still happens)
- Bluetooth microphone was not installed. (Fixed)
- Head unit's ability to play zone 2 properly. (been in twice and halfway fixed, but levels low and get motor noise now)
- Bedroom door strap pulled out (fixed)
- Refrigerator door hinge broke - lots of load and bad roads. (fixed)
- Tank heater pads became delaminated (fixed)
- Stairs would not retract with door closing, intermittently (fixed - dealer caimed it was a fuse)
- Stairs not retracting properly and making grinding sound (have an Appointment)
Things we have learned along the way:
- We don't care for the mattress
- The On demand water heater is horrible for boondocking with 6 people in the rig due to water consumption needed.
- The propane lasts a LONG LONG time.
- The inverter and the bedroom fan really drain the single house battery much more than it should, IMHO.
- Uturns are a thing of the past now...
- Using Acetone on the "wallpaper" is a bad idea (we were trying to clean the wall for some 3m hooks)
- If you go above 65Mph, don't expect anything above ~7mpg. (anecdotally, when you are in BFE northern Canada in the middle of the night, driving 40mph or less, the MPG figures are amazing)
There is more for sure, but I wanted to share some of my follies and adventures. One of the cooler, life events from the Alaska trip was our overnight stay in the Arctic Circle, followed by being in the tunnel to Whittier at the exact time that Anchorage was hit with a 6.5 earthquake. We didn't see too many bears, but we did see lots of Bison/Buffalo and Moose(including the two we nearly hit at 2am in the morning).
For those planning a trip to Alaska, you need to be prepared for as many possible situations that could arise, because there are great expanses of road with zero cell phone coverage, despite having a signal booster. If you are at half a tank and you see a gas station that is open, Fill up. Gas stations North of Edmonton often close around 7pm, so don't be foolish and drive by a gas station at 6;30pm when you have a decent night of driving ahead of you.
Remember that mistakes become what is called experience, breathe deep and just handle the things that come up.
Have we had some aggravation with the dealership and the quality of the unit, yes, but from my reading here we are in good company there. Am I happy with it, at the end of the day, absolutely!
What are we going to improve or replace:
- The MATTRESS
- Get slide toppers
- Improve the house battery situation (single 12V is just ridiculous IMHO)
- Look into the vehicle to house charging situation and loads when running the inverter.
- Window tint options to help retain cooler air versus having to replace windows with double pane glass.
- Replace the blind annoying pleated blinds with something like the MCD system
- Possible frame reinforcements to allow better safety margins for towing and weight capacities.
- Solar panels and charging system.
- Refrigerator replacement options (not a fan of the issues with ammonia based systems due to the fire risks)