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Old 11-16-2023, 09:58 PM   #1
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After one year in our Freedom Express 20SE

One year already travelling North America and so far we love it; we did not buy a new home yet.
Two major trips this year:
  • a first one from Alabama to British Columbia, 10,000 mils/100 days from January to April
  • a second one from Alabama to Quebec, 7,600 mils/80 days from August to November

Our combo Toyota Tundra-Freedom/Express 20SE had zero issue, we went through all types of terrain, highways, tiny roads, dirt, snow, sand, ferries.
We used two sets of trailer tires, first ones , Castle Rocks, so called china bombs, I changed them after 12,000 miles, three of them were still Ok but the fourth one worried me. Second set, Trailer king has now 8,000 miles and I very satisfied with them!

We learned a lot and made a bunch of trailer upgrades, some of them:
  • Composting toilet
  • 200W solar panels
  • 2000W inverter
  • 200AH AGM battery
  • Fresh tank support reinforcement

Next trip is scheduled for end of January 2024, it will be another big one, Alabama, British Columbia to Quebec
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Old 11-16-2023, 10:12 PM   #2
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That's quite an accomplishment. I'm jealous.
Some people say that's too small a trailer, but we did 30,000 miles in 5 years in a similar trailer and loved it. Only gave it up due to medical issues.

Your upgrades are impressive.

Safe journey.
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Old 11-17-2023, 10:55 AM   #3
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That's quite an accomplishment. I'm jealous.
Some people say that's too small a trailer, but we did 30,000 miles in 5 years in a similar trailer and loved it. Only gave it up due to medical issues.

Your upgrades are impressive.

Safe journey.
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Old 11-17-2023, 11:18 AM   #4
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One year already travelling North America and so far we love it; we did not buy a new home yet.
Two major trips this year:
  • a first one from Alabama to British Columbia, 10,000 mils/100 days from January to April
  • a second one from Alabama to Quebec, 7,600 mils/80 days from August to November

Our combo Toyota Tundra-Freedom/Express 20SE had zero issue, we went through all types of terrain, highways, tiny roads, dirt, snow, sand, ferries.
We used two sets of trailer tires, first ones , Castle Rocks, so called china bombs, I changed them after 12,000 miles, three of them were still Ok but the fourth one worried me. Second set, Trailer king has now 8,000 miles and I very satisfied with them!

We learned a lot and made a bunch of trailer upgrades, some of them:
  • Composting toilet
  • 200W solar panels
  • 2000W inverter
  • 200AH AGM battery
  • Fresh tank support reinforcement

Next trip is scheduled for end of January 2024, it will be another big one, Alabama, British Columbia to Quebec
I have a Freedom Express and I also am happy with it. We are talking about spending camping time in Quebec this summer-we will be looking for another Freedom Express (yours) on the road.
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Old 11-17-2023, 06:28 PM   #5
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Just a quick question; How did you get to Washington and Oregon 🤔
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Just a quick question; How did you get to Washington and Oregon 🤔
Yup…..there seems to be a gap in your states stickers map.
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Old 11-17-2023, 07:21 PM   #7
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Yup…..there seems to be a gap in your states stickers map.


Good point but we only add a sticker for states where we camped
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Old 11-17-2023, 07:31 PM   #8
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Just a quick question; How did you get to Washington and Oregon 🤔
This is our trip outward in blue and back in green, we didn't stop in Idaho
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Old 11-17-2023, 08:29 PM   #9
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This is our trip outward in blue and back in green, we didn't stop in Idaho
That’s fair. It comes up time and time again……..do you sticker a state you don’t actually camp in?

Some say yes, some say no.

I don’t believe there’s a right or wrong answer. Just get out there!
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Hello, I just purchased a 20se 2023. Why did you feel the need to "Fresh tank support reinforcement"? I am wondering if there is a problem I should be concerned with.
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Old 03-25-2024, 12:20 PM   #11
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Hi

We boondock a lot, so we have to carry fresh water with us. One day as I was checking under the trailer I found that the fresh water tank was sagging a lot . The 2 supporting beams were bending as well and I don't in your case but mine have 2 screws at each end and over a total of 8 screws for the 2 beams, 2 of them were off or tangent to the trailer frame, poor quality, Covid manufacturing times or not, it is really bad quality.
That's why I added 2 more tubes bolted to the frame to reinforce the tank support .
Recently I have added a piece of plywood on the the top of theses tubes to prevent the tank sagging.
Hope it helps
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Old 03-29-2024, 08:03 PM   #12
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Still waiting to take owner ship of mine. I have watched a few video about the 20se. One thing I didn't take note of is leg room while using the toilet. Did you find this a problem?
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Still waiting to take owner ship of mine. I have watched a few video about the 20se. One thing I didn't take note of is leg room while using the toilet. Did you find this a problem?

I can't really say because right after I bought the trailer I threw away the plastic bowl to install an OGO composting toilet, it's one of the best upgrades we've made to trailer, saving in water, doubling the gray water tank capacity and no black water problems.
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