A good start
We picked up our new Rockwood A127TH from Wilmington RV in Wilmington, NC yesterday. Thanks to Matt and Kevin for a smooth and well-prepared transaction.
The tow back home was 150 miles of flat, smooth I-40. We ran 66-69 mph on cruise control with the A/C on. The old Superduty rattled along at <2000 rpm and showed 13.8 mpg on the gauge. Ten years of experience shows the gauge reads .25 to .50 mpg less than actual, so we should be on the good side of 14 mpg in the final analysis. She usually does 1.5 to 2.0 mpg better w/out A/C, and I have a ton of tools and equipment in the truck which won't be present on a camping trip, so maybe we'll sometimes see > 15 mpg if I keep the speed limited. For testing purposes only, we ran 70-75 mph for a few minutes, and everything remained stable and true. I don't care to run that hard, though, due to general safety concerns and exponentially decreasing fuel mileage with increasing travel speed. There's just so much that + 40' of tow vehicle + camper w/GVCW of around 12,000 lbs can do in the fuel economy category.
The rig towed like a dream. Well balanced, tracked straight and true, heavy enough to "know it's back there" but not enough to feel like a load. I always chuckle when folks say "towed great--I didn't even know it was back there". Don't think I want to ride with those guys.
Will be setting up in the driveway to familiarize and prepare for the inaugural trip to the Blue Ridge and Smokies. Can't wait!
Newbie to modern-era small RV camping, but grew up in the 1960s with a Cox tent camper w/ parents and 3 sisters. Yes, a little tight in there.