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Old 04-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, my name is Mark. My wife, 2 boys and the dog (for the last year) have been tent, then popup campers for the last 12 years.
We upgraded to a Coachmen Apex 151RBX this February. We're eager to take our first trip in it. I've been waiting for a decent weekend to driveway camp. I guess I should just bite the bullet and test out the heater.

I've been reading through the wonderful information and advice and look forward to contributing to the community.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:54 PM   #2
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, Glad to have you. Hope you get to enjoy your new camper soon. As for the heater/furnace, don't know if they told you when you bought it or not, will probably set the smoke alarm off the first time or two you run it. It is normal, as it burns in. I ran mine with the doors and windows open the first few times, and was not staying in it. Just something to think about.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum, Mark.

I have a question for you. Is your new trailer a hybrid? I had to look it up because I hadn't heard of it and the brochure lists it under expandables. Just curious really.

Have a great trip to camp driveway. One of my favorite destinations
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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yea, the 151RBX is a hybrid.
this brand has only been around for a year so haven't seen many Apex hybrid owners.
please post your impressions in the Expandable/Hybrid section here. us hybrid owners like hearing about new brands and their different features.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:37 AM   #7
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As mentioned the Apex is a hybrid. It's a nice setup. We don't do dry camping. Mainly staying with the state parks.
The interior is a little small, but we don't spend time inside the camper unless we're sleeping or the weather is really poor.

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My TV is currently a 1999 Chevy Blazer LS with a Blue Ox Sway Pro using the 750# spring bars.

I'm currently verifying my vehicle RPO (regular production option) codes so I know for sure what my axle ratio is. Also ordering a B&M Trans cooler and deep Trans pan to help keep things healthy.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:51 AM   #8
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Good looking trailer
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:20 AM   #10
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Whew, I should be ok towing it with my Blazer. The max loaded weight of the trailer (according to the factory brochure) is 3890#.

The 1999 Blazer 4x4 with a 3.42 axle ratio is 5000#. Subtracting the family, dog and fuel, i'm under the limit.

However, not by much. I'm looking for a truck to take over the hauling duties. I'd feel much more comfortable if I had more towing breathing room.
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