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Old 09-26-2012, 11:11 PM   #1
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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
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:38 PM   #2
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to the forums! Good write up on your first trip. Great picture of your trailer. I laugh when I read the line about being bear bait.

Please do continue to share with us.


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Old 09-27-2012, 01:08 AM   #3
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Sounds like you had a great time! Welcome to the forums!
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:30 PM   #4
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I hope our first trip goes as well. We've taken our Sunseeker (class C) back and forth to the in-laws farm a few times so far, and this weekend is a semi-trip to the Mall of America. Next summer will be our first big camp trip like yours!

Congrats - sounds great.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:40 PM   #5
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Beautiful picture. Sounds like you had a great trip!
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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We just returned from our first weekend trip with the new 2013 Avenger 261lt Bunkhouse. First night temp dropped to 28degrees! Last year in the Hybrid we would have been very miserable, this year with just a small electric space heater running, the furnace never even kicked on. The temp never went below 76 in the camper. The DW was very pleased with the new camper, therefore I am very pleased! We can't wait for spring, we have already started booking trips for next year!!!
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:27 PM   #7
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Thanks for all of your comments. Keith & Casie, we started planning our next trip about the same time as we got home!

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