New to the FR Forum, but I've been reading posts for some time and like the friendly, helpful attitude here.
My wife and I are just getting back into camping as we "semi-retire". I'm thinking seriously about buying the new (not the previous) GMC Canyon, DDOHC direct-injected VVT V6, trailering package, 305 HP, 269 lb-ft, 128" WB, crew cab short bed (since I need it to fit into our garage) - I don't want a fullsize truck or a large SUV - this will also be my "car"
Will probably then buy an rPod 179, after renting one this Spring to see how it feels. Might instead buy the new 14' box T21 hardside. Either would be in the 3000-3600 lb range loaded, I expect. That's about half the Canyon's towing capacity so seems right, especially using the trailer brakes.
If anyone here is towing yet with the new Canyon (or the very similar Colorado), or just driving one until camping season gets rolling, it would be fun to learn about your experience, and what you think about the above combinations.
Also - I see Eastern/Western website selections for Forest River campers, with Colorado showing as Eastern(?), but haven't yet divined what's different about them that matters.
And, I'd like to learn more about winter camping (we live in Colorado) - will an rPod or hardside, water system on, survive a cold night (zero degrees F) without added freeze-protection heaters here and there, skirting, etc.? Just running the furnace on battery, standalone (no hose connection)?
Thanks in advance for your input on any or all of the above - it's nice to be here.