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Old 06-21-2015, 03:40 PM   #1
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Maiden voyage

Well we took her out on a maiden voyage! We learned a lot this weekend. We went up to double lake recreational area in Coldspring Texas. It has seen better days as I've tent camp there in the past. This was a learning experience close to home and no regrets.

What I know:
1. I'm not afraid to back in! Ha
I have been practicing backing in my driveway, storage unit, and in the parking lot. When it came to the real deal, I was confident and my wife and I were a good team.
2. Full hookups are nice. Four people fill up a gray water tank pretty quickly.
3. Camping in a very humid environment is not as fun as it looks. :-)
Can't wait for spring!
4. Need some tips on managing moisture in the air stream. Condensation formed on the ducted vent covers at times.
5. When properly packed and configured, it towed quite well for me.
6. We cooked some darn good meals in that airstream.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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I used to own property in the country near Coldspring and know how humid it can get. I can't imagine boondocking in that environment. Sounds like a successful launch though. Happy travels.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:52 PM   #3
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I was happy to have two AC units and full hookups.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:25 PM   #4
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Had I not had this forum, there are so many things i would've done wrong!
I even did a couple searches while I was out there to answer a few questions on the fly.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:12 PM   #5
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Congrats on the new 2016 AS. Mine is being built starting Wednesday, probably won't see it till the 2nd week of July. Being in Florida I debated the two AC units & stayed with one in my 25 ft. The idea of dragging around that heavy 50amp cord was the decider. Our trips will most likely be out of Fl & from past experience one 15w AC will work fine. Glad you're not reporting a lot of problems on the shake down trip, hope I'm as fortunate.
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:01 AM   #6
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Regarding the air-conditioner, I think you're probably right. It does add more weight, particularly on the tongue. In the hot humid Texas heat, they were both pumping pretty strong. But in reality, it probably will only come in handy a couple of times a year. It's what was available from my dealer and I'm good with it. Just overkill. And yes, the 50 amp cord is a monster!
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Steven! Good to see you on the forum. I leave a dehumidifier on when in storage. Trying to get off to CO for a month after getting some family matters wrapped up. Going to up grade my Parallax 5300 single stage converter/charger to a PD9260. 4 stage charger, a lot more gentle with the batteries. Especially when in storage.

Got to keep the stream vented. Although the A/Cs will dehumidify the cool air will condense moisture that humans, cooking and bathing produces. Keep a window cracked and the exhaust fans on during those periods.

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Good to hear your a good backer upper!

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Regarding the air-conditioner, I think you're probably right. It does add more weight, particularly on the tongue. In the hot humid Texas heat, they were both pumping pretty strong. But in reality, it probably will only come in handy a couple of times a year. It's what was available from my dealer and I'm good with it. Just overkill. And yes, the 50 amp cord is a monster!

At worst you have a spare A/C if one goes bad. That was deciding factor for us, plus you now have two heat pumps as well.

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