Had a few "firsts" with the Intrigue this past weekend. My wife and I took it up to Big Bear Forest Fest, a work-related trip for me in my job in the Jeep aftermarket industry.
First multi-night stay. We've used it 3 times before this trip, all just one-night shake down runs to either the local Moose lodge or our friend's farm a few miles from the house. This time we stayed i it 3 nights
First time towing. I've towed a lot, but this was the first time towing with the Intrigue. I got an education in tow bars and flat-towed the Jeep behind it (most of my towing experience has been with trailers).
First mountain driving. I was really looking forward to seeing how the MH handles the grades. I have to say I was very pleased. The event was only 29 miles from my house, but almost all of it going up Hwy 330 from San Bernardino to Running Springs. Some of you may be familiar with that road, from Highland to Running Springs it climbs from 1300' to 6100' in only 16 miles. Towing the Jeep it could still do about 35 in the steepest sections. I did pull over once about 2/3 of the way up to let it cool down, as it got warm enough to illuminate the warning light on the temperature gauge. Let it idle for about 5 minutes until the light went out, then finished the run. Coming down the hill I was even more impressed with it. I don't have auxiliary braking set up in the Jeep so I kept a slow and steady pace, manually shifting between 2nd and 3rd for most of the descent, letting the exhaust brake do most of the work. Hardly had to use the service brakes at all. Overall I was very impressed with how this thing handles the grades, even with a fairly heavy vehicle in tow.
Dumped the tanks for the first time. For someone who just moved up from an enclosed car trailer with living quarters, that was quite an improvement in convenience and cleanliness. The layout of the wet bay is great, and the black tank flush inlet was much better than my old procedure of snaking a hose through the window to the toilet LOL...
Topped off the propane tank for the first time. Only needed 5 gallons, as it came with a full tank when I bought it. We've only been on a few short trips but we use the outdoor gas grill a lot, the furnace a couple times at night on this last trip in the mountains, probably about 10 hot showers and the fridge. I think at our usage rate we could probably get almost a year out of that huge LPG tank.
Fueled up for the first time. The dealer I bought it from filled the diesel tank when I took delivery. I was beginning to think the fuel gauge might be broken since it never seemed to dip under 3/4 tank. I even had a bonehead moment when the generator didn't want to start, I assumed the fuel level had dipped below the gennie's pickup tube, which I've heard is at a 1/4 tank. So I put 5 gallons of diesel in it and the generator fired up, so I assumed I only had a 1/4 tank of fuel and that my gauge or sender must be broken. Well lo and behold when I went to fill it, it only took about 28 gallons, and the gauge now reads full. I'm glad my gauge works, and I'm surprised at how little fuel I've used on the trips we've taken so far (all of them admittedly very short), but I guess I need to figure out why the generator was hard to start that time.
Sorry if this is all boring stuff for most of you veterans! I just figured I'd keep this post going as sort of a journal as I get more familiar with this thing.