We picked up our trailer last weekend and spent two days on the road to get it back home. We had to put it away in a storage facility as HOAs do not approve of them in the driveway. But we will be taking it out for a short overnighter this weekend.
Since there is quite a bit of interest in this is a newer brand, I thought it could be useful to others to debrief on our initial experiences. I will preface that though we have tent camped this is a first of many
1.) First time towing
2.) First time camping in a trailer
3.) First time camping with kids
The presale was really easy and nice experience. Chandler, the owner, was great to deal with and answered any questions openly, thoroughly and in detail. Very personable and nice to talk to. Our communications were via phone and email. We had a couple of special requests (bath sink and LED lights) and he was very accommodating. As referenced in other posts, we asked for a sink, which he did custom for us, and it came out really lovely. We went with the full options package and choose the mango dulce color scheme. It came out bright and fun! (Pics are in my album)
We drove up to pick up the trailer, Chandler was there to personally great us, give us a factory tour and a couple LL Bean hats with the ParkLiner
logo, and walk through of the trailer. My preschooler had lots of questions and it was great for him to learn about the process.
When we saw the trailer pulling up we were almost shocked how compact it looked from outside. Then we stepped inside and was shocked how expansive it felt inside, and amazed how the interior is even better seen in person.
We got an overview of the systems and instructions on how to use everything. The customized sink was done so well – better than I was even imagining it to be. It was already a beautiful design and I couldn’t have been any happier with how it all came out. During the walk through Chandler noticed a couple of very minor items that he wanted to address from a QA standpoint. I appreciated his honesty and integrity in terms of the reality of ramping up with a new production hires and quickly addressed those items on the spot.
Soon enough it was time to hitch up and be on our way.
Hitching up was a breeze thanks to rear view camera in the tow vehicle. Towing was almost a non-event.
We drove a couple hours drive to Stone Mountain SP in NC and had no reason to be nervous -- until it was time to back up into our campsite. It took a while but eventually we were in. Hooking up was a breeze. Inside the trailer we setup the bunks, tested all the systems and had a great time in it.
The pump in the bath was new to us and took some getting use to. I think the kiddies were startled by the suctioning sounds coming below the drain and I suspect were nervous about getting sucked in themselves. It sounded like a slurping noise to me so that was the joke I told them to ease them. I also forgot a few times to turn on the pump when using the sink until I was aware of standing water on the floor. But it was great to have that sink in the washroom with four of us, and know that our kitchen sink was staying hygienic for food prep.
The waste water tank is 30 gal and we are a foursome, so day 1 we were very conservative with water usage. WE cooked/wash dishes for a dinner, breakfast, showers for 4, PM/AM washing up + toileting. First ever dumping experience was almost a non-event really to our (very pleasant) surprise. The military shower was so uncomfortable for the kids, I knew that was not going to work if I wanted willing happy campers in the future. At our second stop, we were not at all conservative-- and we filled the capacity (4 showers, dinner prep and cleanup) before night’s end. We knew this when trying to rinse out a cup in the kitchen sink the water woudn’t drain. We had to dump first thing in the morning upon waking before anyone could use any water. We will have to find a middle ground on water usage.
The beds are really very roomy. We slept all four shortways on the back queen bed, just until we have railings installed to keep the tykes from falling out.
The bunks extended the bed on the right side, so Mr. @ 6’2” had plenty of extended room for his long legs. Puppy slept in front of the door. Our joke was that we could actually get two more ppl in the trailer since the bunks were empty. The foam was nice and supportive, though the seams were the cushions joined up were not that comfortable. A thin pad would probably take care of that, as I only felt it when I escaped my sleeping bag.
There is a lot of room for storage. Tons of cabinets and a closet up front, two compartments in the bath. The kitchen drawer is huge and has a lot of capacity. We traded some closet space for the bath sink but honestly I did not feel wanting of space.
I cooked in the space and twice set off the smoke detector while cooking eggs. The fan and window open was not enough, so we have to try to have maybe the door and vent open as well.
Probably a newbie mistake on my part.
The one thing that was a little disappointing on the trip had nothing to do with the trailer, was that during the drive, Mr. waved at all the RVs and trailers we passed on the road, maybe 6-7. Not a single soul waved back. We didn’t encounter any eggs though, I’m sure it would have been different.
But we were stopped at a Chick Fil A in SC buy a gentleman who wanted to inquire about our trailer and was interested in one for himself. I hope he goes for it.
I realize this is getting lengthly, thanks for reading if you are still with me.
Hopefully this is helpful somehow to others. Just wanted to give back as the forum was a big resource to me during my research stage. Overall, we were really delighted with our purchase and excited to take it out again. We’ve already captured some priceless snaps of the little ones, and created memories that we get to keep forever.