Well, it was a long drive from southern Colorado, and the further north I got, the further back into winter I got (surprise). Learned a lot on the trip:
1. pick the trailer up in June. Snow and 4 degrees takes some of the fun out of it.
2. Don't use Yahoo maps to get you from Fargo to Backus - particularly not in early March. They route you through the back county roads, which don't get plowed and which aren't marked.
3. Recommended hitch height to top of the ball is 18". You don't find that out until you show up there with one that is 20".
4. Slush gets driven up under the bottom of the door. Make that right before you leave the factory, rather than after finding it on your return.
5. Don't panic about towing - it tows like a dream.
6. Don't plan on camping on the way back in early March. Your brother who is keeping you company will look cross-eyed at you and demand a motel with wireless internet access.
7. If you are driving across Nebraska, take your bird book!!!
8. Wash the trailer as soon as you get home, before your wife has a chance to see it. After 1300 miles of winter driving it does not look its best.
I love the trailer, and my 5 y/o grand-daughter and I are going to Alamosa next week to play at the dunes and swim in the hot springs. I can't wait. End of the month my wife and I are taking it for a week to Las Cruces, where she has friends. Can't wait for that either. I will send pictures and some camping reviews.
1. Lots of you tow these behind Ford Rangers. I saw my gas mileage plummet to 10-11 mpg. Some of that I know was due to the ethanol in the gas up there - but what is your experience? We cruised home at 70 on the Interstates, which is where everything seemed most comfortable.
2. I did not get the porta potti - never used one tent camping, figured it would be just one more thing to go wrong. Do any of you backwoods types use them? I hated the one on my sailboat, constantly was getting green tint in the bilge water.
to all who advised us on where we might camp on the way back. It really was a lovely drive, and I want to go back in the summer. But all I wanted to do was get home this trip!!!