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tankinfrank 06-04-2015 06:29 AM

Palomini 180 FB Maiden Voyage
 
Just completed a 3289 mile trip with three different camping locations through New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. I pulled the Palomini 180 FB with a 2010 Toyota Tundra Crew Cab half ton with the 4.6 V8 and factory tow package upgrade. I used a load leveling anti sway hitch on the trailer and installed a adjustable air bag rear suspension Kit. (because I also hauled a 805 lb atv in the bed of the truck. The Tuck pulled the RV with ease. On a level highway I could cruise at 68 mph with an rpm range of 1800 to 2000.

Just my wife and I used the camper and found that it had adequate space for us and our supplies. The camper has plenty of storage space for a unit it's size! We were on the road for 10 days. 4 days of that were travel time with the fridge running on the propane tank. Even with using the stove, hot water heater and the heater itself we only used 2/3 of a tank of propane. The nice size fridge keep things plenty cold and the ice cream stayed rock hard in the freezer whether on electric or propane. As an x-large size guy I found the shower roomy enough for me. Plenty of interior led lights and electrical outlets in the right locations were very nice. We really liked the built in led light string on the awning.

Understanding that this is a small light weight affordable RV we did have a few quality control/craftsmanship issues. The valences above the curtains were only held on with 2 screws on each side instead of the four the brackets require, the living room one fell off 10 hours down the road. Could not get any TV channels at all. After some trouble shooting I finally figured out that the cable and antenna cables were hooked up backwards. Lastly, the shower hot and cold water knobs were reversed and hooked up backwards.

When we got back home I found that the fiberglass outside coating made washing the unit a breeze compared to other corrugated sided units. Traveled on lots of gravel roads and not one rock chip!

Overall after our first trip we are very satisfied with this RV.

Phil1 06-04-2015 03:38 PM

Frank glad you had a good trip. The awning lights are the best. I like the string of led's in the pass thru storage too. We hope to take another trip in our 180 FB soon.

lstall00 06-04-2015 03:43 PM

That is great to hear. I just picked up the same model this past weekend. I have a couple questions. How did your antenna work? Did you have any problems with the A/C? Thanks and have a great time enjoying your camper.

Dan-tastic 06-04-2015 10:36 PM

Thats great to hear the Palomini performed well.

We just picked up our 180fb yesterday and we are at Texas Motor Speedway for the weekend races!

So far so good!

Phil1 06-05-2015 03:32 PM

We don't watch al lot of TV when we are camping. But the little we've used the TV. The antenna on ours seems to work well. The last time we were camping a couple days had temperatures in the mid 80's. We have the roof AC and it cooled our camper well.

lstall00 06-05-2015 09:27 PM

Thanks for getting back with me. I have the wall mount AC so I hope it does a good job.

Dan-tastic 06-07-2015 06:13 PM

Ours did great on her maiden voyage dry camping at Texas Motor Speedway.
Our shower was plumbed backwards too. My wife suffered through a very old shower until she figured it out!:confused:


Is there a trick to keeping the microwave door closed while in transit?


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