Used for light family trips. Rental includes use of weight distribution hitch and sway bar. Recommend V6 and either rear-wheel-drive or 4WD vehicle...but whatever you feel comfortable using works for us.
The plug is a 7-pin standard trailer attachment. We don’t own a 4-pin adaptor, so if your vehicle is a 4-pin please bring an adaptor.
Pickup location is about 20mi southwest of Abilene, near the intersection of Hwy 277 and Hwy 89.
Items included: basic kitchen utensils, cookware, paper towels, hand soap, RV toilet paper, electric water kettle, mattress pads, tools, and kid’s toys. We ask that you clean whatever dishes or items that you end up using. The queen bed and bunk beds have waterproof mattress covers on them. We will ensure 1x 20lb propane tank is new, the other will be at least half full; this is plenty for a 7-10 day trip with utilities, or 3-5 days of dry camping.
Items to bring: sleeping bags or bedding, pillows, towels, food, ground coffee/your preference for brewing it (french press, etc).
We also include a 2-5/8 ball hitch with weight distribution and sway bar. It cuts down on the weight at your vehicle’s hitch and dampens oscillations when traveling at highway speeds. I use a V6 F-150 to haul it, and a friend used a V6 4-Runner without issue.
I’ll spend several minutes showing you around the camper when we meet to ensure you’re happy with it and to familiarize you with all the features.
Lastly, as the rental date gets closer, please let me know when you’re available for pickup. We live about 20mi southwest of Abilene along Hwy 277.
21ft total length, 8ft width
Sleeps max 5: 1x queen, 2x bunks, 1x table conversion
Hitch weight 320lb
Dry weight 3300lb
Fresh water tank 23gal
110V AC (30A)
—Fridge/freezer (when available)
—AC, Microwave, outlets
—Lights, water pump, awning, lots of things
—Recharges when plugged to vehicle 7-pin
—Fridge/freezer, stove top, interior heater
—Pack: clothes, ice packs, all keys
—Food: breakfast, coffee, fruit, milk, drinks, snacks, sandwich stuff
PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST (from home)
Refrigerator door locked
Water heater OFF
Water pump OFF
Fresh water tank 1/3 or less
Waste water tanks checked/emptied
Drawers, closets, cabinet doors closed Windows closed/latched
Fridge/freezer: open a propane tank, turn fridge on, “check” light will illuminate until it starts cooling; this takes a while on propane. Recommend plugging into 110v to cool it off faster before departure.
Secure all cargo in storage compartments
Latch/lock all compartment doors
Secure hitch/ball/weight distro/sway bar
Raise stabilizer jacks
Lower crank-up roof antenna
Close roof vents, all windows
Adjust outside rear view mirrors
Stow entry steps
Lock entry door
INSTALL WEIGHT DIST. HITCH
...To hitch up...
—Ensure all jack stands raised/stowed, chocks set
—Store chains/12v power cord
—Install hitch to truck, lock pin (Connor key)
—Backup vehicle, lower trailer onto ball
—Secure/lock ball (Master padlock)
—Raise trailer back up
—Install/secure weight dist. “legs”. Ensure the same number of chain links are pulled up on each side. Don’t over-do it: a trailer this lightweight doesn’t need much weight distributed off of the hitch. Use cheater bar on longest protruding peg. Chain links go on lowest peg/hook. Pin top peg in place.
—Lower trailer back down, stow block, cheater bar
—Install sway bar, tighten as necessary
—Install breakaway chains, 12v power cord
—Unhitch: reverse directions. When removing “legs”, raise trailer up and be careful to use cheater bar and don’t let it fly away. Leaving hitch down will greatly increase tension on “legs” and probably send the cheater bar flying.
—Ensure level (left/right axis)
—Chock, unhitch (if desired), ensure level (fore/aft axis)
—Extend stabilizer jacks. Extend until barely touching the ground, then one additional full turn. These are NOT heavy duty jacks.
—Water: ensure filter/pressure regulator installed first
—110V: ensure surge protector inserted first. Ensure AC unit off before plugging/unplugging 110V power. Once connected, fridge/freezer should automatically swap over from propane to AC.
—AC unit works great at keeping the camper cooled off. If the camper is heat-soaked, it may take a while to cool off. Recommend parking in shade as much as possible, airing out via open windows during the day, and turning on AC in mid-afternoon to cool off before bed. Turn down the blue temp knob as it cools.
—Water heater: flip switch to ON. Light goes out when water is heated.
—Awning is not very sturdy. Watch wind speed. Retract at night.
—Heater: set thermostat higher, listen to ensure propane lights.
—Disconnect all lines (water, electric, sewer)
—Stow hoses and cables
—Remove wheel chocks
—Raise stabilizer jacks
—Raise hitch jack
—Stow camping equipment
—Check cargo compartments/gear stowed
—Stow entry steps
—Reconnect 12V cable to truck
—Check clx/obstacles along path
—Final check: undercarriage, disconnected, all buttoned up