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Old 06-11-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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Freedom Express LTZ 230BH

Took the 2nd trip with our '12 230BH. The first trip was with a Toyota Tacoma that I traded in for a larger tow vehicle. I'd consider the 1st trip a wash since we didn't have a clue what we were doing.

2nd trip was way less stressful since we went to the same facility but with a bit more experience.

We have several longer trips planned including out of state, so these practice runs have been invaluable.

The trailer has been great, minus the water pump that failed on the first voyage. Quick fix and we've been back in business ever since.

Likes:
- Perfect starter trailer since my girls are young and love the bunks
- Tows well with my half-ton and is short enough to not be a challenge maneuvering
- Manual jacks, tongue and awning for less maintenance? (maybe ok now while I'm still young)
- Love the decor
- Small enough to clean quickly
- Feels like a camper - some are more like corporate jets
- Mobile bathroom as the kids will always need to go after we've left home or the campground. Then again there is nothing like using your own bathroom at a Rest Area!

Dislikes:
- I need a step ladder to reach the awning strap (maybe the manual awning isn't so good )
- The standard mattress is horrible, and it's been bear finding an inexpensive topper. May resort to cutting a memory foam King from Wal Mart.

The most important thing is that my wife and kids had a great time. It would have made for a really expensive experiment had they not enjoyed it.

It's tough sitting here on Monday and wanting to get back on the road for another trip.

Cheers,

Peter

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Old 06-11-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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You should have received a metal hook to pull the awning strap. go back to your dealer and ask for it, or look around in the storage areas if you haven't already done so.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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Awning pull cane is the proper name I believe.

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Thanks! I'll go back and ask for one. I'm currently using a pole and a coathook held by carriage bolts.

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Old 06-11-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
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Did you check in all your storage areas. it may just be there. Under the bed storage. basement storage, etc.
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:56 PM   #6
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Congrats on the new TT! We, too, are new TT owners. Mine's a little more nerve racking to pull as it's over 33 feet long! lol Figure go big or go home! lol Seriously though, we got 3 kids and are we are not small people! Anyway, enjoy your new TT and hope the summer goes well for you.
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BTW, I love your truck!!
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:52 PM   #8
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Thank you very much. I really love the heavy-half ton.

I got the Toyota Tacoma before ever thinking that I was going to get into a camper. The 230 was a pretty good match for the Tacoma, but we wanted room to grow. Had we had the F150 to start with, I'm sure that we would have ended up with something larger. Maybe we'll outgrow it in several years.

Growing up my parents would take a week off, pack the family up Clark Griswald-style in the station wagon and go see the country. I want to make sure that my girls have a similar experience.

Even just the Western 1/3 of the US is amazing. I hope I can offer the same to my girls.

I want to leave right now!

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Old 06-11-2012, 07:33 PM   #9
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Hi milw156
to the forum! Great pic of the trailer & truck - nice setup. I agree that you should had received the hook pole for the awning. It also can come in handy for pulling items forward when you can't reach them in the storage bin. Very smart to camp close to home and getting to know your trailer.

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Congrats on your new rig and making it through your first outing. It is a steep learning curve for someone that has never done this before. I am glad your family is enjoying it.
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