Trip report - newbies
We had been tent campers for several years, and it worked very well for us, except for the “Bear bait in a canvas wrapper” concept and the thought that as we get up in years we may no longer enjoy crawling into a tent. Hence we bought a new Rockwood Mini-Lite 2109s in June. After a few weekend trips within Indiana, we just finished a 2-week, 4800-mile trip to southern Utah and nearby areas, and we are thoroughly pleased.
This trip cost less than our tent trips to the same area despite the fuel mileage drop from 21 to 10 miles per gallon. And we can’t complain about 10 MPG because our current tow vehicle has a 4.2L 6-cylinder engine! We used a ScanGauge2 to monitor transmission fluid temperature and the tv survived the trip. We slept in a few rest areas along interstate highways, spent 3 nights in campgrounds, and about a week dry camping courtesy the Bureau of Land Management.
For those considering trailer life: we found it surprisingly comfortable to have our own (walk-around) comfy bed, a bathroom, large (to us) tanks, a full kitchen, and room to sit and read. The 2109s has a slide-out sofa, and we can easily leave it “in,” especially handy when using a rest area overnight. Unlike tent camping, the first rays of morning sunlight no longer wake us, and sleeping in is quite beneficial to those of us who hike all day then stargaze all night!
The only problem we encountered was an inverter (connected to the tow vehicle battery) that had properly powered the microwave before leaving but didn’t seem to want to work in the desert, possible proof that devices fail when they know they can cause the most discomfort.
The photo is from Paria Canyon – Vermilion cliffs Wilderness Area, one of our favorite places.
Thanks to all who contribute their opinions and experiences here for our benefit!
Steve & Debbie Russell