Sunday, October 30, 2016

New-To-Us RV

This is the reason for all of the recent work on the truck. We are purchasing this 2001 Cedar Creek model CRF30RLFS fifth wheel travel trailer. In this picture, it is coming back from the local RV shop where the systems were tested and repaired as needed. The only one that they forgot to test was the air conditioner. We found a 30 amp outlet in the garage and tested it in the driveway of a friend of a friend outside of Vancouver, WA. The owners live in Fairbanks but the rig has never been in AK. And, in case you are wondering, note that there is nothing on this RV to facilitate travel with a Ural.

The kitchen has an 8 ft3 gas/electric (110 VAC only) refrigerator, a three burner propane stove with oven and a microwave. All of the appliances look like they hadn't seen a whole lot of use. On the left of this picture is a bit of the bedroom that is above the bed of the truck. There seems to be a lot of storage both in and under the rig. Not as much as many of the newer models but enough. The GVWR is 11,780 lbs and the unladen weight is 8,420 lbs given a payload of 3,360 lbs. With the 50 gallon fresh water tank full the payload drops to 2,943 lbs. The GVWR is well under the tow rating of the truck. 2,943 lbs sounds adequate. I was initially concerned as this model was marketed as "light weight" which usually translates to "no load capacity".

Here is the main living space with the large slide out. I think that there is plenty of room. The two swivel rockers are at the very rear of the trailer with the entrance door on the left just past the kitchen sink. And on the right corner is the dining table with four chairs. The photo on the left is actually one that was taken several years ago. I'm including it here as I forgot to take a picture when the slide was out. When slide is in, the couch is about a foot or so from the kitchen counter so you can still get around.

New EPDM rubber roof

A large awning

16 comments:

  1. Wow, that's huge, Richard. Will you be able to park the Ural inside? (just kidding).

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    1. Compared to current models it's on the small side. Especially the toy hauler models.

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    1. I had thought about that but I keep asking myself "why?".

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  3. That looks like fun.

    It was a nice surprise to see you at coffee yesterday and we are looking forward to dinner tomorrow. :-)

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    1. I really didn't expect to be in town by mid-morning. But I was able to check it out on Friday afternoon and evening.

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  4. congratulations. Do you have specific trips planned for the truck and trailer?

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    1. Planning a long road trip next summer. Still trying to identify locations.

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    2. Long road trip ... might I suggest Eastern Canada!

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    3. Eastern Canada will have to wait until there is more time. In this case "long" is referring to time not distance. Though there will be a couple of round trips to AK.

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  5. That fifth wheel looks great RichardM! Does it have a tow hitch so you can pull a small trailer with the Ural? :)

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    1. Yes, it does have a receiver and 4-pin connector with a 2K capacity. But I need to do more research on double towing. E.g. I've heard that in some states you need a non-commercial class A license…

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  6. A home away from home ... almost perfect.

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    1. I'm hoping that it works out. The rig is 15 years old...

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  7. to VStar Lady. We would love to visit eastern Canada, however it would be after I retire. This summer will be Utah and other places unknown.

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    1. We must coordinate a joint glamping adventure?!

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