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Old 05-12-2020, 02:41 PM   #1
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Well this should be interesting

Hello Folks, n00b here checking in. Never once had I ever stayed in, towed or considered the RV life, you see I'm move of the put 30 lbs (or less hopefully) on my back, one foot in front of the other, get away from it all kind of 'camper' That said a recent family event changed my perspective and brought into light the precious little remaining time I have with my kids before they will be grown and how they don't necessarily want to rough it like dad.

Enter the current economic situation, the stimulus and the fact that I'm blessed to not have lost my job and it all fell into place. Wife and I were casually window shopping after visiting a dealership close to home when I found it. Still new on the lot, 2019 Micro Lite 21DS. Had the Murphy bed I wanted due to space, no bunks which will be useless in a few years, upgraded AC to 15k, heated tanks and darn near half off of MSRP. How could I say no?

Now, not being one to have towed anything previously and being super safety conscious I read, and read and read (too much) about WDH, sway, payload and so on. The Tundra's aren't known for their payload, 1465 lbs to be exact for my model/configuration. I ended up with the BlueOx SwayPro with 750 lb bars and glad I did. Took her out for the maiden voyage last weekend, 4 days after I picked her up and drove around town for an hour 'getting the feel for it' Backing in was fun the first time at the storage lot, 20 minutes later I'm still married, didn't hit anything and she was put away. First trip was great, already made an adjustment (another link of tension on the WDH for the drive home) and now I've got trip 2 booked, and 3, 4 and 5 on the radar.

Here's to many years of this stuff. Best part for me, wife has committed to still letting me head off the beaten path while she's at base camp. I look forward to learning the in's and out's of this and already have a list of questions I'll be posting (after searching) in the appropriate TT/Flagstaff sub-forum.

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Old 05-12-2020, 02:51 PM   #2
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Good luck to you and welcome to the joys of camping. You will find, I think that it was a good decision, especially in years ahead when you are an empty nester.
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Old 05-12-2020, 02:54 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum and the glamping life from the Space Coast of Florida..
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Welcome to the forum and the glamping life from the Space Coast of Florida..
I'm originally from Orlando (Winter Park) and spent a lot of time at Cape Canaveral! Miss those shuttle launches.
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Don't know about the security of your storage lot....but there are a lot of batteries and LP tanks that grow legs lately. Just a heads up.
Welcome to the forum. I've also done my share of lightweight backpacking in the past. Quite a bit of the Appalachian trail in 3 or 4 day sections.
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Don't know about the security of your storage lot....but there are a lot of batteries and LP tanks that grow legs lately. Just a heads up.
Welcome to the forum. I've also done my share of lightweight backpacking in the past. Quite a bit of the Appalachian trail in 3 or 4 day sections.
Solid point - As of right now the battery get's removed and goes with me. I planned on doing the perforated flat bar mod around the battery box, locked below for the batteries, and the drill a hole through the knob/wing nut and through the propane tank holder bar lock for those. Not foolproof by any means, but security is always about layers or deterrents.

I love the AT!!! My favorite spot is Carver Gap up over Little/Big hump and into Tennessee ending at the Hostel. Perfect 3 day get away.
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Here's to many years of this stuff. Best part for me, wife has committed to still letting me head off the beaten path while she's at base camp.
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Sounds like you've got the best of both worlds... camping with your wife and kids and the ability to go off the beaten path. Bunks are nice, but you might find those kids want a separate tent set up for them as they get older.
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I'm originally from Orlando (Winter Park) and spent a lot of time at Cape Canaveral! Miss those shuttle launches.
Miss those also. I was born and raised in Melbourne so have watched launches since the late 50s...

Gets tense again this month. May 27 SpaceX will launch 2 astronauts to the space station...
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Welcome aboard. Here is some reading that may be of help as it is aimed at those just starting out.


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Thanks for the warm welcomes, i'll read over that link here shortly. Since this is all new to me, my main topics of interest are safety and maintenance.
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A big, hearty welcome from greater downtown metropolitan Rockledge, FL! Glad to have you on board.
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A big, hearty welcome from greater downtown metropolitan Rockledge, FL! Glad to have you on board.
Man, Rockledge... holds a very special place in my heart. Grandmother and Aunt lived there for many years and neither are with us any longer. I bet that place has grown up!
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:51 PM   #18
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Man, Rockledge... holds a very special place in my heart. Grandmother and Aunt lived there for many years and neither are with us any longer. I bet that place has grown up!
Don't know how long ago your relatives lived here, but we moved here in 1976 when the population was around 11,000. It's over 22,000 now! We have lived in three different neighborhoods in the city and you could never convince me or my wife to move to any of the surrounding cities.
Like I said before, enjoy that RV and welcome to the forum.
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