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Old 10-31-2016, 08:54 AM   #1
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Our first full season is in the books

Well yesterday our first full year/season of our 2016 3160RL is officially in the books as we winterized it and put it in storage. It was a busy season and we definitely got our use out of it as we are still part of the working world.

Our season was from late March through the end of October, 7 months, and we were able to get out for 60 days of camping and over 6000 miles. This included lots of short 2-3 night weekends and the following longer trips:

- Lake Glendale/Garden of the Gods IL - included camping in snow and ~25 degree temps
- Hocking Hills State Park, OH
- Chain o Lakes State Park IN (with daily commutes to work)
- Week long loop of lower peninsula of MI touring lighthouses
- MOC National Rally at Goshen, IN
- Fort Pickens National Park (Pensacola Beach FL area) via Huntsville, AL and Nashville, TN

This year started with the install of our solar system and we were able to take advantage of it totally off grid ~6 nights and used it to run our fridge and also a crock pot while travelling. It has worked very well and was also useful on off-loading the electric when we were on 30A posts at a lot of parks.

The rig worked well overall. We had a couple of issues that we had to resolve/repair. One was a simple fix but a pain to diagnose - a outside fridge cooling fan connector that was disconnected but was buried in a wire bundle and the fridge had to be pulled out to reconnect it. We also had a black tank heating pad that was bad and was only found due to all the electrical monitoring gear we have related to our solar and EMS otherwise we'd think it was working fine. We also had a "drifting slide" issue pop up just before the rally and due to the Keystone tech visit and Lippert's support, it was resolved on the way home from the rally. We also ended the year upgrading to the MOR/Ryde IS and Disc Brakes before our Florida trip. The brakes are a noticeable improvement and overall the IS is better than the stock setup.

Now is time to catch up on all the home chores that have been neglected and start planning next years trips.
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Old 10-31-2016, 02:45 PM   #2
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Glad you had such a good first season! Sounds like you had some great adventures and lots of fun. We were at the National Rally this year also for the first time and probably chatted with you there. Hope you have an even better second year.
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Old 10-31-2016, 04:22 PM   #3
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Sounds like a lot of fun, hope it only gets better from here.
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Old 10-31-2016, 04:24 PM   #4
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Sounds like you had a very good year.
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Old 11-01-2016, 05:27 AM   #5
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Solar, disc brakes, I.S. three things I wish I had...maybe if I print some money. Glad that your camping season was a success. John
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Solar, disc brakes, I.S. three things I wish I had...maybe if I print some money. Glad that your camping season was a success. John
My discretionary camper budget is deep in the red after this year for sure Solar and tires were planned (and borderline funded), the trip to MOR/Ryde wasn't LOL
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That was ambitious to still be working and then be able to camp with your trailer for 60 days (2 months) of a 7 month period and drive 6000 miles, too. That's some great use of free time. I hope you get plenty of rest time at your respective jobs!

I got exhausted just from reading your post on how busy and how much you'd done in that little timeframe. Then to get all those repairs debugged and taken care of and now to winterize it for the next several months, too. You gotta be anxious to have to wait the upcoming winter so you can do it all again!
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Sounds like you had busy busy travels
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