Recently picked up a 16.5. We took it out for a few nights over New Years to put it through the paces, and came away with a good overall impression. There were a few very minor finish issues (a couple of semi-stripped screws on the blinds and shelves), but otherwise it seemed to be clean driving it off the dealer's lot.
We were looking for something simple, roomy, lots of clearance, and light - the 16.5 seems to fill that role well, and looks pretty cool, too!
I did some light winterizing today, blowing out the hoses and emptying the tanks. Not sure about the other models, but the 16.5 has three drain hoses - 2 low point drains on the side (one for hot, one for cold I think?), and one drain for the fresh tank more towards the center. After much consternation and web searching, I also removed the anode from the water heater and drained that, too. When I unscrewed the sheet of plywood from the bench panel that covers the water heater, furnace, and pump, there also appeared to be a water heater bypass built in to the system, so that's cool.
On our first outing, here were a few things I noticed:
- Condensation. It was cold outside, warm inside, and three of us in the camper, so when morning rolled around we had to take a few minutes wiping down the interior windows and drying the place out. Not a huge deal, but I was surprised with the amount of condensation at the base of the windows.
- Get a mattress topper for the master bed - it's hard!
- Close the front door firmly and gently with the door handle already pulled, then release it after the door is firmly shut against the frame. We didn't figure this out until smacking the $%&# out of the door for the first day.
- The stove mysteriously went out a couple of times. I'm sure there was a draft or something, but it was still eye opening to look down and just see gas spewing from the burner while nobody noticed. Obviously it didn't go too long, but after that we were definitely more watchful over the stove flame.
I'm sure this stuff is common to all makes/models, more just learning experiences for new TT owners. Overall we were really satisfied with the No-Bo and its features. Happy with the purchase so far...knock on wood. Can't wait to hear stories from other No-Bo'ers out there