We decided to take a weekend trip (5 days total) and drive from Phoenix to Del Norte for some camping a couple of weeks ago. The drive was good, no issues or complaints, except that I may choose to go with the smaller in size hard top RTT over this one. The single reason being the ability to leave it on at all times and still fit in the garage. Even with the “quick attach” mount from Front Runner, it’s still a monumental pain to mount and dismount alone. But once it’s up there, it’s awesome, with a ton of room, and the kids absolutely love it.
Packed for the trip (the mess was my wife’s jackets, although the weather was actually rather warm, upper 60s-70s.
But there are some pretty sweet and entertaining roads to drive throughout the whole area, such as this one, with a ton of great hiking as well.
The campsites were pretty awesome, although my wife wasn’t a fan of the “ton of mosquitos”, there were like a handful, at most…. It didn’t rain so I didn’t get a chance to try out the awning, perhaps next time.
Setting up camp took about 7 minutes.
There was no rain, so no point in really setting out lines, or anything else, but this setup was good to go as it was.
The kids had a blast, and had no issues climbing the ladder themselves, which saved some work with forgotten toys, etc. On the return trip, there were a few bugs… And this was only within 200 miles or so.
The fridge worked without issue, running the whole time. The battery stayed nice and charged and everything worked great. Except that any time we crested 80mph, the needle for the fuel gauge about fell off. I’m guessing because it’s a 2007 FJ, also with the brick mounted to the roof. But I think in the very near future will be an auxiliary tank.
Also, my antenna was not put back on properly after my line-x, and on the rive home it fell off on the freeway. Blah! So I ordered a new one, a stubby one. Didn't think anything of it until it arrived, and it wasn't stubby so much as micro. It's maybe 5", and my reception blows, I thought it might be a foot, but I didn't read well enough I guess. Sorry for the picture, I don't have access to my truck right now.