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Old 02-15-2016, 01:15 PM   #1
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First driveway camp in our 2016 Apex 288BHS

Traded in our Rockwood Roo 21SS Hybrid last weekend on an Apex 288BHS. The kids were dying to sleep in the new camper, so Saturday was the day. Not the ideal camping weather with a little bit of snow and the temp at zero degrees. Armed with full propane tanks and two thermostatically controlled space heaters, we went driveway camping. It was awesome. Plenty warm and cozy and a great first time. My one daughter slept till almost 10AM she was so comfortable. Our old camper would rock anytime somebody moved, the Apex was steady and very quiet inside. So far we really like the set up.
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:43 PM   #2
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Sounds like it could be a success. With exception to an extra 10 feet in tow the weight increase appears minor. Always liked how the spare is up front in the frame out of the way.
With kids that extra entrance with easy bath access will have to be a plus.
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:25 PM   #3
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We tow with a 2014 Expedition EL with the heavy duty tow and payload package. It also has 3.73 gears. It towed home better then the Roo. Granted it was empty and I was the only in the SUV. The second door will be key

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Old 02-15-2016, 04:39 PM   #4
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I just got the same camper as you, can't wait to try it out. We never had a camper before so it will be a new experience for us.
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Old 02-15-2016, 04:47 PM   #5
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It's easy to add extra weight as I'm sure you have already experianced. You have good margins at 8700 tow cap. And 7K gvwr trailer. That 50 gal. Fresh water I believe is more than you had so don't haul it full just to drag 400 extra pounds. You should do well with this and be able to get your kids out to the woods.
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If you camped in it this past weekend and were comfortable, you did good! Looks like good times ahead for you and your family.
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Sounds like a great way to break in your new camper!
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Old 02-15-2016, 05:36 PM   #8
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LOVE the extra door on my camper . . .
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First driveway camp in our 2016 Apex 288BHS

How about some pics? Any updates/changes from the 2105? Our 288BHS tows better than our previous, much smaller and lighter Rockwood 2306.
There's a thread on here that contains many mods to the 2015 model. I assume most would apply to the 2016 as well.
Here's that thread... Potential new Apex owner/Apex 288BH info


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We never dry camped in our previous campers, so have never carried the extra weight. I always thought we packed light until we unloaded our old camper prior to trade in. It adds up fast. The switch from the hybrid camper was over due. Like many people, we started with a used pop up, then a used hybrid and then a new hybrid. They all served their purpose at th the time, but everyone is right, buy the camper you think you will want 5 years down the road. This works for us as we will always be limited by what a big SUV can tow. The Apex is one of the few options in this length and sleeping capacity that is this light

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