Back (actually for a coupla weeks) from our first big trip with Toasty. Here are some pics, including a few of our precious toy in interesting locations. Perhaps I should post a couple of the AS pics here also...
The trip was GREAT, 16 days and about 3500 miles from Cincinnati to north central New Mexico and back. Absolutely no problems towing, absolutely no problems with the trailer. Following is a compendium of little things we learned; perhaps a few will be handy for others:
* a 16' bambi was enough space for these two adults and one cat. we are always running into each other at home, but in the trailer it was mostly a well-choreographed ballet. we camped happily for two straight weeks.
* short drives between no-hookup sites are not enough to fully recharge the battery. we only occasionally had electric hookups, and drove only 50-100 miles every few days. house battery voltage steadily dropped between electric sites.
* this may seem obvious, but washboard dirt roads shake the H#LL out of the trailer! anything not FIRMLY tied down, including nominally attached stuff like stove burners and cabinet doors will be found on the floor under the dinette later.
* you need to be able to adapt any hose or fitting ever made in order to flush your tanks. we brought our own hose, a couple of barbs, and hose clamps, and still
ran into dump stations at which we could not flush due to the weird ends on their hoses.
* the fridge can successfully cool without its fan in mid-eighties temperatures IF the louvered doors over the outside vents are removed. on windy days the flame will blow out however. don't forget to put 'em back on!
* a Honda Ridgeline has enough guts to pull a 16' Bambi to 9100 feet at 45 MPH in 3rd and 4th gear without overheating or apparent strain. we hadn't intended to make this test, but happily we passed it with ease.
* got between 10.5 and 14.5 MPG. premium fuel increased mileage by about 2 MPG and was well worth the 20-cent price diff.
* a man can survive for 16 days without input of a single photon generated by a cathode ray tube. i wasn't sure this was possible, but i actually found this reading
thing to be an acceptable substitute.