Hit the road again this past weekend with the AS. Other than the wife and I being REALLY happy with it, here are some more impressions:
: Super easy to tow and believe it or not, I was getting a little over 13 mpg in the Raptor while doing so.
: It was cool where we were so no AC needed. We ran the generator for a bit each day to charge up the battery and did fine with that. We also swapped out all the bulbs inside for LED bulbs and that of course makes a HUGE difference. Incredible that you can run 10 of those lights and use the same power as ONE incandescent bulb.
: We were dry-camping (actually, in 5 days in it we have yet to hook up to power or sewer). Water isn't an issue. I have 3, 7-gallon water containers that I bring along in the back of the truck and ended up using only 1 of those (we were out there for 3 nights)
: This is the only place where we will be making a few changes. Water would be simple enough for us to get (as mentioned above). Even if I had to run down the road to fill the containers, that would be fairly simple. The issue would be the grey/black tank filling up quick. Two things I think will help:
1 - We bought a mini dishpan that Camco makes to put in the sink. No sense in having the water we use to wash our hands and brush our teeth go in the tank if we want to save the space. We can run that into the dishpan and toss it out.
2 - This one will take some modification, but if we could install a switch-valve of sorts to the drain pipe under the AS and hook up a hose to it, you could literally run that water out into the bushes. Would be no different than taking a shower outside. This would free up a lot of room as well.
: One thing we worried about with the combined grey/black tank was potential smell/odor. So far, no problem. One thing I did notice was the water that sits in the traps sitting does tend to smell a bit when stored, it's a good idea to put a bit of bleach in there. I know bleach is bad for rubber seals, but it seems that area is free of any rubber and therefor not at risk. You could even throw some mouthwash in there and I'm sure that would work too.
: This thing is fantastic. Easy to use and does what it's supposed to do. Honestly, I'd probably pay double for this thing.
Anyway, here are a few pictures from the weekend: