Hi, it’s David, chiming in for the first time for an update on equipment.
We love Stimpy (big Caterpillar C9 – 400 HP Diesel pusher). Stimpy was a cat. More on Stimpy later.
Ren is our “toad.” A very chubby Chihuahua.
We struggled mightily to envision our dream setup. We were initially going to set up an apartment somewhere and RV frequently using something. Something was, at various times, a smaller fifth wheel (Like the Arctic Fox 27L) pulled by a single rear wheel 4X4 Ram 3500 diesel. A travel trailer pulled by a large suv. Or a bigger TT pulled by a truck, and various over-weight and under-powered motorhomes.
We landed on a hard sided Adventurer 96FB and truck above. We’re active and love solitude and long hikes in the mountain. A truck camper seemed perfect.
Then we decided to go full-time.
So we figured to live in we (might) be good in a long travel trailer. But travel trailers have very little storage. You can use the back of a truck, but there goes your camper. Or a fifth-wheel. But no camper possible.
We were kind of locked into the idea of having a 4-wheel drive camping rig we could explore the back-country with. Big motorhome towing a small truck/camper rig seemed like a perfect fit for us. This put us in big motorhome territory. With a suitable motorhome, you can tow a lot.
Our 2006 Fleetwood Revolution 40E LE is overbuilt for Ren. Stimpy has a 400 HP Caterpillar C9 diesel engine and an Allison 3000MH 6-speed auto transmission. He has a tow rating of 15,000 lbs and a rated hitch weight of 750 lbs. Stimpy’s a beast.
Ren is more petit. As our “toad,” Ren is required to be our primary transportation. We didn’t want a big camper now. We wanted something we could drive every day. Reasonable fuel economy and maximum maneuverability. We went with a mid-sized truck. 2016 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4X4, extended cab, 3.6 L. V-6. Payload on the door sticker is 1,484 lbs. This is a sweet ride.
We’ve put about 2,200 miles on it and we’re still liking it a lot. More on the truck later.
Camper is a 2016 4-Wheel Campers Fleet model with the front dinette, small 3-way fridge, 6-gal water heater with outside shower, forced-air furnace, an LED outside light package and the coolest 270 degree bat-wing awning you can imagine. We tried to keep it light but capable. No gray tank. Porta Potti in small cupboard.
It’s a thing of beauty. We’re just setting it up now for use.
We’ve got drama with the air-bag installation on Ren. I might write about it. Don’t want to be negative and the vendor has it scheduled to be fixed up in a couple of days.
So Ren and Stimpy are generally complete and functional. Lots of back story but this is where we are now.