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Old 07-24-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Brought home the new 23B

Hey gang, Well we now have a new grandson, he's 2 weeks old today! And now that the new baby is here, my wife and I were able to get our new 23B TT that we bought last month. The dealer is in Cincinatti, which is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from where we live in Southern Indiana.

We decided to stop and stay a couple of nights at a state park that was on our way home. Everything went well in spite of the brutal heat (triple digits)! I may have to look in to those solar blankets from PUGS that I see folks talk about here. Any way here are a few pics:

At the RV dealership all hitched and ready to go with the wife and grandson #1:



And here it is at the campsite:


And here is what it's all about, with my 2 boys!!
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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Great news glsimms - both on the TT and the 2nd grandson! That has to be a record for youngest to go camping! How did the TT tow with the Explorer? Looks like you had a nice site for your first run too. We had the same kind of heat for our first trip this summer but the AC worked like a charm. I had read-up on the PUGS too. I am a little concerned with strapping the covers on the actual tent ends even though the reviews have been pretty great. I think I am leaning towards the material in the windows between the screen and the outside to start - the heat hasn't been unbareable - I just direct one of the vents right over to the bed and we get a nice breeze. Thanks for sharing the pics and enjoy your 23B - we love ours!
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:15 PM   #3
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Congratulations on the grandson and the trailer. The PUGS are a very good product.

Campin' Muds what are your concerns about attaching the PUGS to the bunkends? Using reflextix or PUG's bunkend liners (you can use them on the outside of the bunkeds too) will help reduce heat on the sides of the trailer. The Solar Covers do much more to keep the bunkends cooler. Most of the heat enters through the "roof" of the bunkend, not the sides. I have used the Solar Bunkend covers for many years and have not had any damage to my campers (1999 Coleman/Fleetwood Nevada and my 2010 Jayco 17Z). I close the bunkend with the covers on and only remove the covers to clean them.
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Nights Camping 132 - Nights Camping in My Z 102
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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Great news glsimms - both on the TT and the 2nd grandson! That has to be a record for youngest to go camping! How did the TT tow with the Explorer? Looks like you had a nice site for your first run too. We had the same kind of heat for our first trip this summer but the AC worked like a charm. I had read-up on the PUGS too. I am a little concerned with strapping the covers on the actual tent ends even though the reviews have been pretty great. I think I am leaning towards the material in the windows between the screen and the outside to start - the heat hasn't been unbareable - I just direct one of the vents right over to the bed and we get a nice breeze. Thanks for sharing the pics and enjoy your 23B - we love ours!
Thanks for the comments!

Let me say first that this is our first TT as we moved up from a pop-up that we bought brand new in '82! We still have it and everything on it still works. At my age, gettin' down on the knees to let the stabilizers down got to be a chore!

Now as far as towing with the Explorer went, I'd say it did pretty well. My wife and I will go camping pretty close to where we live and our terrain here is pretty flat. We had 5 passengers, luggage, and a full tank of gas. On the interstate, I knew I was going to have to change my driving habits and I kept it at 60-63 mph with the a/c going full blast and the temp gauge never budged. The Equalizer WDH with sway control was worth every cent I paid for it. I did a lot of reading on this site and a lot of folks highly recommended it.
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Very nice rig! Great pics! Congratulations.
When you pull the rig with your Explorer, are you running in overdrive, or in a lower gear?
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Enjoy! We love our 23B....all the comforts of a conventional travel trailer with the "feel" of the outdoors like a popup. Lots of mods you can do to make it better. My biggies are the bladder tank on the water system, the fridge condenser fans, and exploitation of unutilized storage areas.
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Nice looking trailer. We really enjoy our 23B. Is that a 2013 model? Your decals on the outside are very different than ours.
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Very nice rig! Great pics! Congratulations.
When you pull the rig with your Explorer, are you running in overdrive, or in a lower gear?
Yes, we were able to run it in overdrive.


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Enjoy! We love our 23B....all the comforts of a conventional travel trailer with the "feel" of the outdoors like a popup. Lots of mods you can do to make it better. My biggies are the bladder tank on the water system, the fridge condenser fans, and exploitation of unutilized storage areas.
You will have to provide me with some info on the bladder tank and the other mods.

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Nice looking trailer. We really enjoy our 23B. Is that a 2013 model? Your decals on the outside are very different than ours.

Yes it is a 2013 model. The front and back of the trailer is a light gray with the black trim and looks nice with the black color of the Explorer. The sides are white. We also went with the Amarreto color combo for the interior.
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Congratulations on the trailer but most of all on that Grandson....
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Congratulations on the trailer but most of all on that Grandson....
Thanks, they are both really special!

I don't want to wish my new grandsons' life away, but...... I can't wait 'til he gets older so I can play with him, LOL!!! And the 5 year old is goin' on 15!!

Funny story..... The 5 year olds favorite movie is, are you ready for this???

RV!!

So after we took everything down, he wants to help Papaw clean the poop tank! He starts humming the part where Robin Williams gets the poop shower! I thought I was goin' to cry I was laughing so hard! Here is a pic of us getting read to clean it!

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