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Old 07-22-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Longer trip report in 295RST

This past week we had our first longer trip with our 2014 295RST. Up until this point our longest trip had been 3 nights and on that one only DW, the dog and I went along. This one our entire family, including our 14 yr old DD came.

I am extremely happy to report that by in large the unit performed almost flawlessly.

The trip conisted of 1 night at a Walmart, then 5 in a KOA style campground with full hookup and ended with 2 nights in a more rustic campground with on site water and electricity. The trip cosisted of about 1000 mile towing through some mountainous areas of PA and NY. The truck and trailer combo did very well. Averaged about 10 MPG which is very consistent.

We experienced extreme heat conditions for our region topping out at up to 100F. The KOA style campground offered no shade and in order to maintain consisten inside temperatures we were forced to leave the blinds closed and only open the door when necessary. After the sun went down the A/C did fine. We will be installing a second A/C eventually and this trip confirmed it necessary only during the hottest months.

The fridge kept up without issue. Given that the A/C was running almost non-stop for 6 days I didn't notice the fridge fan, but I had already purchased a better set of fans for that anyway.

The floorplan worked out perfectly for us. We are now convinced more than ever that we made the right choice. The pullout couch was very comfortable for our DDand we left it out for the longer stays and it did not interfere with our ability to use the full trailer.

The power awning was GREAT and it enabled us to deploy it and retract it at a moments notice which helped during T-storms.

No issues with the water system on either city water or pump.

Overall we hope this trip is a predictor of many to come. We simply LOVE our Prime Time product.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:35 AM   #2
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Great report and congrats on the trailer. We are taking our LaCrosse on the first real trip this weekend!
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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This past week we had our first longer trip with our 2014 295RST. Up until this point our longest trip had been 3 nights and on that one only DW, the dog and I went along. This one our entire family, including our 14 yr old DD came.

I am extremely happy to report that by in large the unit performed almost flawlessly.

The trip conisted of 1 night at a Walmart, then 5 in a KOA style campground with full hookup and ended with 2 nights in a more rustic campground with on site water and electricity. The trip cosisted of about 1000 mile towing through some mountainous areas of PA and NY. The truck and trailer combo did very well. Averaged about 10 MPG which is very consistent.

We experienced extreme heat conditions for our region topping out at up to 100F. The KOA style campground offered no shade and in order to maintain consisten inside temperatures we were forced to leave the blinds closed and only open the door when necessary. After the sun went down the A/C did fine. We will be installing a second A/C eventually and this trip confirmed it necessary only during the hottest months.

The fridge kept up without issue. Given that the A/C was running almost non-stop for 6 days I didn't notice the fridge fan, but I had already purchased a better set of fans for that anyway.

The floorplan worked out perfectly for us. We are now convinced more than ever that we made the right choice. The pullout couch was very comfortable for our DDand we left it out for the longer stays and it did not interfere with our ability to use the full trailer.

The power awning was GREAT and it enabled us to deploy it and retract it at a moments notice which helped during T-storms.

No issues with the water system on either city water or pump.

Overall we hope this trip is a predictor of many to come. We simply LOVE our Prime Time product.
Thanks for the info. We leave Thursday morning for 10 days towards The Berkshires then White Mountains and Lake George. Will post when we return.
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I would like to give some quick comments after a 10 day trip with our 295RST. First. Pulling the unit with my 2012 F250 gasser was smooth and easy. I had a set of Timbrens added before we left and they worked very well. Gas mileage sucked but I expected that. We went from NJ to Copake, NY to the White Mountains of NH and back and averaged just under 9 miles to the gallon. The Pullrite hitch worked seamlessly. Hitching and unhitching was a snap and backing in on tight angles was night and day from our previous travel trailer. We have had the 295rst since May on our seasonal site so we would have already come across any bugs in the unit but the only issue I came across was the table scratched the island during the driving. Perhaps I should have put a cushion or towel to protect it but I never gave it any thought. I notice a caulking issue in the drain of the island sink. Seems to be coming loose but I can deal with that myself or I will have it fixed. Finally the 10 days of living in the unit with my DW and dog was extremely comfortable. Just what we were looking for. We even met another camper from Montreal at our Lake George campground with the exact unit also very happy. Looking forward now to our weekends at the seasonal site.
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I would like to give some quick comments after a 10 day trip with our 295RST. First. Pulling the unit with my 2012 F250 gasser was smooth and easy. I had a set of Timbrens added before we left and they worked very well. Gas mileage sucked but I expected that. We went from NJ to Copake, NY to the White Mountains of NH and back and averaged just under 9 miles to the gallon. The Pullrite hitch worked seamlessly. Hitching and unhitching was a snap and backing in on tight angles was night and day from our previous travel trailer. We have had the 295rst since May on our seasonal site so we would have already come across any bugs in the unit but the only issue I came across was the table scratched the island during the driving. Perhaps I should have put a cushion or towel to protect it but I never gave it any thought. I notice a caulking issue in the drain of the island sink. Seems to be coming loose but I can deal with that myself or I will have it fixed. Finally the 10 days of living in the unit with my DW and dog was extremely comfortable. Just what we were looking for. We even met another camper from Montreal at our Lake George campground with the exact unit also very happy. Looking forward now to our weekends at the seasonal site.
Had our kitchen/entertainment slide hit and mar the island and trim, dealer adjusted the island and replaced damaged wood
Very happy with the repair. Look into the island being too close to the left slide.
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Had our kitchen/entertainment slide hit and mar the island and trim, dealer adjusted the island and replaced damaged wood
Very happy with the repair. Look into the island being too close to the left slide.
Thanks. Good point. I will double check that. Right now the only mark is where the dinette table bumped the island.. Great unit.. Love it..
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