Report back from maiden voyage
Took my first trip with my new trailer. Went to a lovely campground near Linville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I think my loaded weight is around 4200lbs, as my Suburban really struggled up 226. It was VERY steep - should have ignored my GPS and went the way I knew to go. The way back was a less hilly route, and much more pleasant.
When I got to camp, they told me there was a better space due to a no-show. Of course I pull in and it's next to giant diesel motorcoaches with their generators clambering away. Course nobody is outside. So I look around and go down near where the tent campers are. What a fun group they were, and of course no generators. I was able to go all weekend on my batteries except for about 30 mins with my Yamaha - gotta have my coffee in the AM! Sadly it's my only device that needs juice - wish there was a better alternative. I may get an inverter - the single serve brewer I have is only 500 watts. Someone has suggested using the Starbucks Via instant coffee - so you just heat a teapot on the stove - I may give that a try.
Trailer checked out great. Nothing broken or malfunctioned. Spent most of the weekend organizing things and putting stuff together. I am concerned about this small shower though - seems hard to keep the water from splashing all over the bathroom floor - may need to get a better curtain or try to find some kind of hard enclosure - but not sure one is made as it's only 24" on each side. Didn't need AC, as it was in the 60's by dark. Didn't even need to run the fantastik fan either since it was so cool. Btw, there was a nice couple there with a T@B. It was really cool and alot of the tent campers were admiring it. They also liked my propane campfire - several stopped by to inquire about it.
I did change out my interior lights for LED. They are pretty bright, about 200 lumens, but no match for the incandescents - left a couple as reading lights and the one over the mirror in the bath. I had bought 4 big plastic bins to use in my outside compartment - they fit just perfectly and there is still room for my canopy, grill, small frp propane bottle, etc. Organized the bins for sewer, electrical, hoses and misc. I also mounted a bolt-on bumper 2" receiver. I have a storage box on order that hopefully I can put lawn chairs and my generator in. I came away from the weekend with a couple projects to do - I need a better grill - the one I have is just sad - and I want to install an inverter.