Originally Posted by knownasjim
OK, I lied. I won't actually have my new trailer until next Saturday. I have some questions about it that the brochure, things I found online, and videos I've seen don't answer for me. I hope those of you who have this model won't mind my bothering you with the questions. I fully realize I could wait to ask the dealer next Saturday, but I'm too excited about the new camper to think of anything else right now.
1. Does this model have an enclosed under belly?
2. Does this model come with a butcher block cover for the stove?
3. Does this model have a winterizing fill port or do you simply use the freshwater fill to add the anti-freeze?
4. If I'm staying one night while on the road, do I have to put the slide out? Can you sit on the sofa with the slide in?
I know some of these might sound like incredibly stupid questions to some of you, but they're burning in my mind.
Thanks for the answers you might have.
Actually great questions - especially given that you are investing not a small amount of money in the rig, so you should know everything you can about it and feel good about how to use it. We have owned a 2016 model 192 RBS since August, 2015. We have towed it around 4700 miles and have been delighted with the rig. Our trips have been as short as two nights out and as long as three weeks - during all four seasons. My thoughts:
"1. Does this model have an enclosed under belly?"
No, but the under side of our trailer is well made and all of the potentially vulnerable points of intrusion are well sealed. Plus, a non-enclosed under belly offers you the opportunity to perform maintenance or mods easily.
"2. Does this model come with a butcher block cover for the stove?"
Our model year did not, though I read somewhere that the 2017 model did. Maybe not so with yours? It is a part that you can order from Coachmen for something over $100.00. Or, find yourself a handyman woodworker who could make one for you!
"3. Does this model have a winterizing fill port or do you simply use the freshwater fill to add the anti-freeze?"
In SE Texas we do occasionally experience freezing weather but not to the degree that we have ever had to winterize. Plus, we camp in cold weather and enjoy keeping our rig ready to go on short notice.
"4. If I'm staying one night while on the road, do I have to put the slide out? Can you sit on the sofa with the slide in?"
Absolutely yes! One of the great advantages of the 192 RBS is that it is a full 8' wide on the exterior, and the interior reflects that width. So we often enjoy sitting on the sofa without the slide extended, and we make use of a collapsible ottoman that we prop our feet up on while watching TV. (We stow the ottoman in the under bed storage area when not in use.)
We tow our 192 RBS with our 2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL, and the configuration is solid as a rock. Loaded for a typical two or three week trip we arrive at a CAT Scale weight of usually 4600-4700 lbs with a tongue weight of 480-520 lbs. So the trailer pulls well and should be a happy experience for you. We have loved ours over the first 14+ months of ownership. In fact we are, as we speak, concluding a wonderful 5 day outing in the Texas Hill Country. Even our dog enjoys our camper! I'm sure you will, as well.