We just got back from a long weekend away to Hocking Hills here in Ohio. Things didn't start out to fun given we got to hitch up in the pouring rain. I hope to not do that again. We are slow to hitch up being N00bs not wanting to forget anything and got soaked lol. The whole time the kids were complaining in the back seat. Good times.
Once on the way I was worried about our weight being out of balance. The ride once we hit the freeway seemed very bumpy and bouncy. No sway just lots of bumpy bouncing. Turned out the problem was that particular freeway (I71) SUCKS because the rest was smooth sailing. Even in the rain and high winds we experienced no sway and the Tundra RPMs and transmission gauge didn't even seem to indicate we were towing. Even in the super steep bumpy road up into our campground it had no issue. So I feel a bit better about our truck with this trailer combo. I knew we were pushing our payload but we were still over 2500 below tow capacity.
Set up went well and I'm sure we will get better at it. I'm confused about the hot water heater. The guy at the PDI told me to have the water pump on when using the water heater even when using a city water hookup. He warned me to be super careful that I had water in the water heater or I'd burn it up. I looked over the instruction book a ton before starting it up and saw nothing about the water pump. So is this true? Do you leave the water heater on or just turn it on when you need hot water? Also the plug to drain it is in a crap spot. Is there a tool that is good for getting that in and out without busting open your knuckles?
Kids had a blast the full size bunks are great with older kids like ours. As a woman with 2 daughters I greatly appreciate the spacious bathroom. My husband and son don't seem to appreciate it like we girls do. I think its pretty awesome. Upgrading from a popup I love the bathroom
. It got down to the mid 30's and the camper stayed nice and warm with no issue glad we got the thermal pack. A lot of condensation on the windows and metal around the door. Is there a good way to keep that from happening?
Lesson learned take down the smoke detector before cooking bacon in the kitchen. It gets a little smokey lol. Noticed we have a popped seam on a dinette cushion I'm not sure how they will fix. Upper bunk window won't open its catching on something. Screen won't stay closed and the outside shower leaks pretty badly. Mostly all little issues though all the major stuff worked well.
We were slow packing up making sure we did everything right and we did grease up the E4 and the ball and it was much easier to work with that way so thanks to those who gave that tip. We got everything home and backed into its spot in storage without messing up anything so we were super excited to have our first trip go so smoothly. I can honestly say all the help I have gotten reading here is IMO the reason we had such a successful maiden voyage so thank you
I look forward to many many more camping trips
Our 8 year old son is VERY ADHD so nothing better for him than room to run and mud to fall in while camping and I'm a happy mama with a shower to hose him off in