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Old 10-07-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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First camping trip

We took a quick weekend trip to Enid Lake, MS as a trial run for Bali Ha'i, and we came back delighted. The 5.0 is everything we hoped for.

As we spent a lot of time in our old Casita, we had almost everything we needed to outfit Bali Ha'i. The weather was cool and windy, so we had opportunity to try our various heating plans. We ran the furnace a bit, just to try it out; but did most of our heating with an electric floor heater. With the elevated sleeping area, the heat rose up to keep us quite cozy and the dogs did well on the main deck with the heater directed at them.

Hookup and towing were easy as pie and the 5.0 tows like a dream. Backing up is another matter entirely, and I need a lot of practice to achieve the same level of competence I had with the Casita. I didn't hit anything and eventually got us situated, so all's well that ends well...even if it took multiple tries.

Things we love about the trailer:
- All the usable storage space.
- the external shower (great to do dishes and rinse off the muddy pups),
- dual fuel water heater (nice to let the campground electricity heat our water),
- there's plenty of headroom in bed. (I was worried it would seem like crawling into a cave, and its not. Its open and airy),
- the general layout (especially all the storage available around the steps leading to the loft),
- the great views from the aft dinette,
- the kitchen has the perfect work triangle ;-).
- the screen door (I love how it retracts into the frame...as opposed to the Casita's awkward double-door,
- and the rear stabilizers (I understand we got lucky and benefited from a supplier's mistake).

Things we wish were different:
- The black external light fixtures, grab handle, and external refrigerator panel surround. (its personal preference, but I wish I'd thought to ask for those items in white...I may opt to either change them out or paint them),
- the stereo we ordered (a Jensen CD, DVD player) is permanently lighted and its pretty bright.
- access to the batteries is a bit awkward. Unless I'm missing something, you have to remove the rear dinette table and the cushion and cover to check water levels.

I'm going to have to get a child gate to separate the dogs from the screen door. There were a million deer this weekend and Pepper is convinced she can catch one. I was a bit worried about the screen's longevity with an eager dog pushing against it.

Its a pretty small list of gripes, which is my way of saying we really like this trailer!!!

Dave and Deb
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:14 PM   #2
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Re: First camping trip

On your stereo, if you hold the Off button down for several seconds, does the display switch off?
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:34 PM   #3
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Re: First camping trip

D & D, glad to hear you got to give the new trailer a work out.

Glad you like the things you do.

Regarding the things you wish were different.
- I personally like the black, as it stands out more and lends definition. Maybe not the refrigerator cover though.
- The faceplate on the stereo is really easy to pop off. This saves on battery drain if it is an issue at all too. I got a nice little holder for the faceplate, it looks like a eyeglass case.
- Not certain just how the batteries are accessed in the 5.0. In the 19, we just slide the table top over, and lift the bench cover. I check batteries only twice a year anyway, so it is not that big of a deal to me.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:51 PM   #4
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Re: First camping trip

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On your stereo, if you hold the Off button down for several seconds, does the display switch off?
Just walked out to check, and no...it stays on.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:56 PM   #5
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Heh Dave, it is a dream, isn't it : - )
The backing up takes a little getting used to when you're used to the Casita or other pull behind. Make sure you "pull out" into the road past the curb, or from the gas tanks before you turn or you might sideswipe them! I'm still getting used to the backing up, it reacts what I call "a little slower" because of the pivot point. But, a little practice, and it'll be come second nature like the other trailer.
Yes, you have to remove the cushion to get to the batteries, but like Jim, I only check them every 4 months or so. Just added water for the 1st time (after a year and a half), and they were only down about half way, but....may as well. And I keep Hokie hooked up ALL the time at home.
It is a beautiful view from the aft dinette isn't it? Backed up to a lake, with a hot cup of coffee....what a view (IF you have to be inside that is..)
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:55 AM   #6
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Re: First camping trip

Hi: Garand...Dave; Don't be too hard on the black exterior fixtures!!! At least they won't yellow like ours have. Tho I can buff away the yellowing with Brasso, it's a tedious process.
The screen I've heard is quite easy to get back on track after errant dogs or people have tangled with it.
The battery access is a bit of a job...there are so many nuts& bolts too; but in 3 yrs. of ownership I have cracked the sealed case once and added a tiny bit of distilled water. No big Deal IMHO!!! Reace said the trailer only needs to be plugged in 24-48 hrs. a month for a fully chg'd batt.
The reversing is another matter... and what's needed there is just more camping trips!!! Alf
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:49 AM   #7
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Re: First camping trip

Thanks all, for the comments.

Alf, I wasn't condemning the fixtures, just presenting my observations based on my preferences. Some folks like the fixtures. Its a minor off-note in an otherwise wonderful symphony.

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Dave, were you able to get the faceplate off your stereo?
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Old 10-08-2010, 12:23 PM   #9
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No, its seems to be mounted on some kind of geared linkage...any suggestions? (btw, it measures about 4"x 6")
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:02 PM   #10
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Re: First camping trip

If it is the same stereo that we have, there is a small button on the far left side that you push to release the face plate. It's very easy... provided you know where the button is. If it isn't evident looking at the faceplate, then I'd suggest checking your stereo's user manual. I'm confident that the faceplate has the capability to come off.
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