We had a good first outing last weekend in Breckenridge at Tiger Run RV Resort. It was our first time a an "RV Resort" and private campground but all went well and smooth as far as the campground is concerned.
As you can see in the hitched picture above I think I solved the squat problem. I really wrenched down on the Andersen hitch tension screws, for lack of a better term. It road\drove well on the ~110 mile trek up I-70 hitting a max elevation of 11,158' above sea level. The F150 Ecoboost managed the load and kept to freeway speeds nicely yet, it was very thirsty in doing so.
However, we are going to have some significant warranty work done. We opened up the camper to find more sawdust and debris. The culprit? The speakers are falling from the roof!
Connections made and this mess cleaned up, we headed into town for dinner only to come back and find the faucet leaking and flooding the camper-
And that "solid surface" counter top that won't swell isn't all that... more like paper covered MDF that is swelling and puffed all over now due to that damn leaking faucet-
It's hard to tell in that picture but you can see the right side of the counter is now higher due to swelling, than the sink cover.
The water that leaked fell to the floor and we noticed the base of the cabinet, also made of MDF has swollen too causing the under sink cabinet door from closing. We have an appointment tomorrow morning to get the warranty work started on these repairs in addition to a few others.
Anyway, we did wake Saturday morning to 18-degree temperatures and the city water hose frozen solid but no other signs of anything frozen, yet. Frozen water on the exterior and frozen condensation on the inside of the windows.
We managed however to stay comfy and warm with the furnace only kicking on a few times set at 60F in conjunction with our space heater and it felt too warm while sleeping. What a difference over our drafty popup where the furnace would run almost constantly.
New Aeropress coffee maker and Camp Casual dishes made it feel just like home.
When it was time to pack up and head home after our short 2-night trip, I found our black tank frozen and unable to dump. With the temps hovering around 34F at 11 AM, our only option was to head to lower and warmer ground but not before going up and over the Continental Divide on Loveland Pass at nearly 12,000' (11,991') instead of cheating and going through the Eisenhower tunnel.
Once back in Denver, we used the My Pilot app to locate the nearest Pilot truck stop with RV dump station. By this time, things had defrosted and we were able to dump but not before paying $10 for the pleasure.
All in all, a good trip. We're obviously bummed about the water damage and falling speakers and feel like it's going to be a fight to get repaired under warranty. Also I could have done better to prevent the black tank from freezing but it was only a minor inconvenience.