We just took our trip with this camper, this time using the water tanks (surprise! I thought we'd reserved a full hookup site)(thankfully we had very nice neighbors with long hoses) and settled in a bit more. Both times we've camped we've been able to bypass the no-external-outlet problem by plugging the camper into the 30amp outlet and the awning lights into the 20amp outlet in the site hookup post. I don't know if it's standard to have both (I'd imagine it is) but it's only a temporary solution. I do want to install an external outlet but haven't decided where, nor have I convinced myself to bore a hole into my BRAND NEW CAMPER. If I mess that up it'll tick me off for years!
The lack of external light, while not a show stopper, is a little irritating; I mean, how much could it have added to the cost of the camper? I know this model is definitely the 'base model' but I'd have sprung $50 more bucks to install a $10 light.
Other than that, the camper was great and the air conditioner worked great on 92deg days. Yes, it does have 30+gal black and grey-water tanks and can hook up directly to a sewer line (Forest River provides a 5ft tube which is adequate for a dumping station but we also upgraded to a 25' Rhino tube for full hookup sites).
The gripes I have are minor (could use a front window and one over the sink, no center-roof-vent fan, no external light or outlet, no propane tank covers included, more industrial looking design than more expensive machines) are all easily overlooked when you compare what it DOES have to similarly-priced machines. We never expected to retire in this guy, just to 'get in the door', then possibly upgrade a few years later.
Please feel free to ask more questions. I'm more than happy to share impressions and experiences with this model. I've read this site cover-to-cover and am glad I finally have something to contribute so no worries about being the 'Guinea Pig'!