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Old 07-24-2008, 10:08 AM   #1
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Hello everybody! I just joined the site today. I'm from the Metro Detroit area in Michigan. I'm pretty new to RVing, I bought my first travel trailer about 3 months ago. So far I've only used it a few times, it sure beats a tent though! It's an older TT, a 21ft 1988 Mallard Sprinter, but it's paid for! Aside from replacing the water heater, batteries, and 1 propane tank that had the old valve, I was able to get everything working great with just alittle fiddling with and cleaning. It really serves me well as I like to camp off the beaten path, typically where I have no access to any services, everything in it aside from the air conditioning will run off of 12V or Propane. Plus it has a pretty good sized fresh water tank, the grey tends to fill quickly, but I just run a hose from it away from camp and leave the grey valve open. I was also suprised on my one longer trip to find that I barely even ran down 1 battery (I have 2 group 27) on a 4 day trip, with 6 people using the shower everyday.

I pull it with my 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which tows it great, but is lacking on power. I bought the TT to be towed behind the Wagoneer so I specifically looked for a smaller lighter TT. I have a 5,000lb tow rating, so with my TT coming in at 3,700 dry, and probably around 4,500 loaded, I feel I left a comfortable margin of safety. I also bought a reeses dual cam weight distributing hitch, anti-sway bar, Tekonsha Prodogy brake controller, and Mckesh door mount mirrors for it. I've towed without all that stuff before, and after seing first hand what a night mare that is I made sure to get all the right equipment!

Like I said I do like to boondock and try to stay away from actual camp grounds. I'm a younger guy, 27 without any kids and when I get away I like to just relax, so most of the camp grounds around my area that are crawling with kids don't apeal to me too much. I'm looking for some good places to boondock, preferable something alittle closer to home so I can just run over there for the weekend, not spend a couple hundred bucks on gas, and use my travel trailer alittle more often, if anybody has any sugestions in S.E. Michigan let me know.
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:08 AM   #2
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Hello everybody! I just joined the site today. I'm from the Metro Detroit area in Michigan. I'm pretty new to RVing, I bought my first travel trailer about 3 months ago. So far I've only used it a few times, it sure beats a tent though! It's an older TT, a 21ft 1988 Mallard Sprinter, but it's paid for! Aside from replacing the water heater, batteries, and 1 propane tank that had the old valve, I was able to get everything working great with just alittle fiddling with and cleaning. It really serves me well as I like to camp off the beaten path, typically where I have no access to any services, everything in it aside from the air conditioning will run off of 12V or Propane. Plus it has a pretty good sized fresh water tank, the grey tends to fill quickly, but I just run a hose from it away from camp and leave the grey valve open. I was also suprised on my one longer trip to find that I barely even ran down 1 battery (I have 2 group 27) on a 4 day trip, with 6 people using the shower everyday.

I pull it with my 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which tows it great, but is lacking on power. I bought the TT to be towed behind the Wagoneer so I specifically looked for a smaller lighter TT. I have a 5,000lb tow rating, so with my TT coming in at 3,700 dry, and probably around 4,500 loaded, I feel I left a comfortable margin of safety. I also bought a reeses dual cam weight distributing hitch, anti-sway bar, Tekonsha Prodogy brake controller, and Mckesh door mount mirrors for it. I've towed without all that stuff before, and after seing first hand what a night mare that is I made sure to get all the right equipment!

Like I said I do like to boondock and try to stay away from actual camp grounds. I'm a younger guy, 27 without any kids and when I get away I like to just relax, so most of the camp grounds around my area that are crawling with kids don't apeal to me too much. I'm looking for some good places to boondock, preferable something alittle closer to home so I can just run over there for the weekend, not spend a couple hundred bucks on gas, and use my travel trailer alittle more often, if anybody has any sugestions in S.E. Michigan let me know.
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