Observations on Maiden Voyage
Good morning, all. Shirley and I just returned from our maiden voyage (not counting weekend pickup at RVW) and made these observations now that we've had the opportunity for an extensive test of the systems and quirks in our Rockwood Mini-Lite 2306:
1) the tt is generally comfortable and well designed, but we did notice that a small amount of rain water had apparently seeped into the passthrough on the driver's side and came through beside the bed. I noticed water dripping from the bottom of the pt door after yet another heavy rain the other day and assume that is where the water is coming from but am not sure how it's entering the interior. This is not an issue on the passenger side pt door.
2) the microwave door doesn't open easily with the push button unless you wedge a finger nail or two at the top of the door and pull. Sounds like I need to contact FR warranty.
3) the dreaded concertone dvd/radio/tv setup that seems to be the bane of every RVer worked perfectly and, yes, I am busily knocking on wood as I type with the other hand.
4) I'm estimating that we pulled about 4500 lbs, including cargo (and us), with our Toyota Tacoma up several steep grades in the Poconos and had no difficulty maintaining speeds of 45-55 mph with rpms ranging between 2000 and 2500. Gas mileage averaged 12 mpg. I am very relieved that we apparently made a good decision in matching the correct tt with our truck.
5) I hate pulling the tt over two lane country roads, especially ones as poorly maintained as we have in PA. I hated the rocking motion that resulted from these roads. I realize, though, that is the price you pay to visit remote, mountainous areas such as Jim Thorpe, PA, where we spent the weekend. This experience will cause me to route-plan better for future trips.
6) the learning curve for this first time RVer is steep, but I am gaining confidence in driving the rig and, just as importantly, backing it up. However, I will continue to avoid high traffic urban and suburban areas whenever possible.
7) I really, really like the RV experience and, more importantly, Shirley likes it even more than I do. I would enjoy it even more if gas prices weren't so unbearable. We, like so many others, will be staying closer to home this summer as a result.
Looking forward to our next excursion;
Greg and Shirley Confer