Just got home from LA with the HC1 after an 11 day 11 state cross country trip and would like to share some personal experience in towing and camping with it. The trailer we brought is the first prototype and is mlssing the finer finishes and components on the production models but is all we can use for now to bring to some east coast and Midwest rallies and also have for display for anyone in the Michigan / Ontario area who would like to come by and check it out.. I would also like to apologize to ( Pam algonac) (Tom KS ) and (Alf niagara) for not being able to make there rallies as the timing and logistics to make it were about a week off. Next year for sure.
Since it was only going to be my wife and I and we would be just camping at campsites or rest stops along the way with no long term camping we decided to configure the trailer for comfort and easy pack up. We made the back a queen size bed (full 60 inches) a full kitchenette in the front corner (40x20) and one cooler cube at the side door entrance very convenient as it was very easy to access
The cushions we have in the prototype are not the same as in the production models but we're still pretty comfortable with a 1 inch layer of foam over top . The production coushions have 2 inches of foam with a 1 inch layer of vented memory foam melded together and are very comfortable.
We left LA late in the afternoon and could only make it to the middle of the Mohave dessert were we spent the night . It was 95 degrees at midnight and with the fantastic fan turned to high and running all night it was quite comfortable . ( all the production models come with max fans and are much quieter and have 10 speeds rather than 3 )
Sleeping in the Hc1 there is an amazing difference for any one over 6 feet tall comparing to any other fg or small trailer and six inches makes a huge difference and I know because I've slept in almost every type of fg trailer .
The rest of the trip varied allot in night time temperatures from the 50s to 80s so there was allot of adjusting to keep the cabin comfortable . One of the best things we bought before the trip was a rumple blanket that we had seen at the outdoor trade show in Salt Lake City . It is an amazing blanket for any cold tempertures kind of like an electric blanket without the cord won't go anywhere cold without it.
On our 11 day trip we did not have to plug in once and we used the fan every night as well as the lights
kept the battery
topped up very well . I know we did not take the trailer into extreme conditions and that will take some more planning but for the way we used it it was pretty much perfect.
One thing that happened to us frequently on this trip is that where ever we stopped we would have huge amounts of people come up to us and want to see the trailer even trying to get us to pull over I've experienced this many times in my other trailers but never like this we even had crowds around the trailer (made for a slow go as sometimes I would spend an hour showing the trailer). l know allot of this may sound biased as l have a relationship to this company but it is truly what I experienced on this trip.
Another thing I experienced on this trip and really surprised me is to lay in bed with the back hatch opened and look out ,it is very mesmerizing and peacefull at the same time, never experienced that before in a trailer.
The rest of the trip was pretty smooth going and I won't bore you with the detailes or it would take me 11 days to write this or more with my typing skills and I'll try to post pictures tomorrow