First camping trip in the new camper! 154BH
The set up:
2011 Jayco Swift slx 154bh
2004 Chevy Trailblazer, 2wd dr, 4.2l I6
Friction sway control
Prodigy p2 brake controller
We left Ohio and headed out on our 4 hour drive to Michigan with the new rig for Memorial Day weekend and our inaugural trip with our new rv.
Towing: It towed just fine. The towing capacity of the TB far excedes the weight of the rv and cargo, and it has an auxilliary transmission cooler installed to boot. There was no need for power, and I kept the transmission in D for the level parts of the trip. Third gear was needed only occasionally. As a result, I averages 12.8 mpg -- far better than the often reported 10-11 mpg I was expecting!
A major concern, however, is that the brake controller lost signal. After pulling over and reconnecting, signal was established for just moments, then lost again. I was unable to re-establish the connection, but I was almost at the camp ground, so I just drove it in very slowly and carefully.
Set up was easy, considering my previous experience has been limited to pop up campers. My only mistake was trusting the pad to be level, and unhitching the camper too early. Fortunately, all I needed was one levelcourse of Lynx levelers, and my wife and I were able to push the camper onto the level surface by hand. No need to rehitch to the vehilcle.
Hurray for lightweight campers!!!
Sleeping wasn't quite sound, as can be expected for the first night in a new place, but it was comfortable. The boys slept in their bunks without complaint. The dog (Chi Hua Hua named Drama) protested the night in her kennel carrier.
Breakfast was bacon and eggs, and cereal. Much easier to prepare than any meal in the former pop up experiences. We were able to set off the smoke alarm from bacon fumes, but the smell of fresh bacon cancels out any inconvenience!
I have to say that this camper is more enjoyable in many ways than the two pop ups we have owned. The easy set up and storage alone make it worth while to me. Our first pop up was a bit extravagant with 12 foot box, hot water, cassette toilet, shower, and dual king beds, but I'm still happier with the small TT.
That being said, I can see how this rv wouldn't be for everybody. I am 5'7," my wife 5'2" and children ages 10 and 7 are much smaller of course.
Taller and heaftier people would be uncomfotable on the beds and in the shower. In fact, people over my height might avoid this kind of camper based on the size of the shower alone. It's not just the shower height, but the ceiling height of the rv that is the problem. Very tall people would actually have to duck to move around inside. Also, there isn't much space to relax or have recreation inside the camper -- just the dinette.
But my wife and I prefer that the whole familybe outside, enjoying nature and each other when we camp. So we can't count the smallness aof the rv as a drawback in any way.
2011 Swift 154BH
2012 Nissan Frontier