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Old 06-11-2015, 12:34 PM   #1
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Hello All,

My wife and I just purchased a Rockwood Miti-Lite 2306. We are first-time RV’ers and are looking forward to having many family memories in the years to come. I have always been a backcountry camper, preferring to 4x4 or backpack into remote locations. My wife is a bit more cautious and prefers campgrounds. We now have a 1-year old daughter so the wife actually brought up the idea of getting a travel trailer. I'm in support of anything that gets us outside, so I started doing research and we started looking at options.

My current truck is a 2010 Toyota Tacoma long bed. It says it is rated to tow 6400 but I know that is very optimistic. I wanted to get something we could tow with the Taco but still have it be big enough where we wouldn't be wanting to upgrade in the near future. We are planning on another kid in the next couple years. The 2306 seemed to be the best compromise of large size and light weight.

To prepare for towing I got a Tekonsha P2 brake controller and an Equal-i-zer WD hitch. I also got some fold out towing mirrors. A couple other things that I think will help are removing my camper shell when we tow (250lbs) and using my smaller (31" instead of 33", both E-rated) set of wheels.

We bought the trailer from a dealer in Prescott AZ which is about 1.5 hours north. We went up the following weekend to do the orientation/walk-through and take delivery. I was pretty nervous as I have not towed anything so large before, but was pleasantly surprised at how well it went. It was pretty windy but we did not have any problems with sway. I kept the speed at 60 on I-17 and chugged along. I could feel the weight on hills but it did not drag us down too much and I never had the pedal to the floor winding it out to keep the speed up. I am going to look into getting a bluetooth OBD and app that will monitor trans temp as that seems to be the weak link when towing with Tacos.

We have a bunch of trips planned for this summer to campground on the Rim. For those that don't know Arizona, the Mogollon Rim is an escarpment that rises to 8,000’ (Phoenix is at 1,100’). We will see how bad it is pulling it up the grades to the Rim. I know the Tacoma is not an ideal TV, but it was just paid off last month. If it is an absolute nightmare, the wife's lease on her Camry is up in Feb 2016 and we were planning on getting her a SUV. If it becomes the new TV we will look at Sequoias and Tahoes.

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69 and 17 from lil trailers phx all down hill...87 bush hwy to payson and 60 to rim country pull it down to third and don't be in a hurry.... new 2306 a wonderful rig...luv my 2309.
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Welcome from out in Gold Canyon. Don't be afraid of 4K RPM's and you will do fine. It is 4 lane all the way to Payson. I have driven the Salt River Canyon in my truck but not towing the trailer. It is a little further to Show Low for me going via Payson, but I like 4 lane highways vs 2 lane steep twisty roads. Many people don't realize that going north or east from Phoenix you are over 7000 feet in about 100 miles. That is about the same elevation change as going from Denver to the Eisenhower tunnel.


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Just purchased a 2015 used class A George town Gas Motor home. I'm new to this RV camping. Have some questions that I'm hoping I will be able to get answered. All ready found one answer so thanks. I don't know where my Dc fuse box is located. I don't have any manuals.
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