Short story to show why WDH is important. Last year my buddies and I took a trip together. My Roo21ss hitched to 08 Silverado, Husky WDH and sway control arm. HIM, older 24' Prowler hitched to 09 Dodge Ram, no WDH or sway. Coming home, we hit one of the wind storms NM is famous for. My rig, steady as a rock, no worries, maintained 55MPH. BUT ended up doing top speed of 40MPH, behind my buddy, while he white knuckled his fishtailing rig all the way home.
Ah yes, today was my day of sadness, hot water tank drained, lines blown out, and antifreeze pumped in. I just pull the supply line from the fresh water tank, stick it in the antifreeze bottle, and pump it around. All tucked in for the winter.
Not a big fan of islands, got one in my kitchen, and find it gets in the way more than helps. The extra counter space would be a big plus when cooking, but so does a fold-up table. I also agree, a bigger shower would be more of a plus, I wonder if a small slide for that would work?
In all but the coldest weather we use a 2" foam topper over the mattress. When it's cold, and we use the heated mattress, the foam goes under it. It is bulky, and can't be in place when we close up, so we roll it, strap it with a bungee cord, and stick it in the shower.
I'm thinking about that time last year, sleeping with the windows zipped down, and watching the electrical storm on the horizon, with a full moon in front of me. I'm remembering how wonderful the smell was, and how cozy it felt nested under the down comforter. I remember asking our TT friends the next morning, how they enjoyed the storm, and them saying "what storm?" For all the down sides of HTT's, nights like that make up for all of it.
Having made the switch up from a PUP, thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. It takes about the same time to set up the HTT, as the PUP, but doesn't need to be done as often. With the PUP, we had to crank it up to load before going, then again to unload when returning home. Even with the slide in, there's still enough room to get to the fridge.
Also, while upgrading, we also went with power awnings, power tongue jack, both took a lot of the effort out of set up. Yes, at 5'4", I do need a step ladder to reach the latches at most sites, but I also didn't opt for the slide awning, so I'm up there checking for twigs and such before closing up.
When it's very cold, or very hot, it does take more to make the HTT comfortable, over a hard side, but when the temps are moderate, you can't beat the feeling of open space, when you unzip all that canvas.
Noise can be a problem, but just turning on the bunk fans, mask most of that issue.
The one surprise I had, is that I never gave any thought to what towing a brick into the wind did for my gas mileage. I only factored in the weight, and foolishly thought I'd maybe see a 2-3 mileage degrade. OOPS! MGP's with the PUP were 17, but only 9-11 with the HTT.
All in all, two seasons later, no regrets.
wmoses, they are louvered, and directional, although I don't find that they have enough power to force are into the bunk ends. I still have to use the bunk fans to get enough movement to increase the cooling. For the rear bunk, I clip the bunk fan onto my camera tripod, and stand it into the room, to move more cold air. I also use PUGS, and Reflectix panels. Unfortunately, the lake we go to most, doesn't have any shade trees, so we're out in the blazing sun.
With the ducted A/C in our Roo, you can still open the vents on the unit, and have a blast from the center. The bunk ends don't seem to be cooled better when the ducts are being used, but there is a noticable difference in the noise level.
Our rig is also plugged in 24/7, and only a 15amp circuit, with an adapter plug. The fridge generally goes on 2 days before we leave, and we start loading it up the day before. Having it always plugged in, I know the battery is always fully charged, and ready to go.
popeye, I thought I didn't have any either, since the saleman who showed me the rig on delivery couldn't find them, so last year, I cut the clamps, drained and winterized. Come spring, when it was time to de winterize, guess what I found tucked under the rig, hidden from sight near the the rear bumper, low point drains.....grrrrrrrrr
Love our electric awning. Winds here in NM can be fierce, and come up in minutes. The manual awning on our pup came out once, in all the time we had it. Just was too much of a pain to roll back up when the winds started. With the electric, if it's a moderate wind, deploying half way, and we have shade, without awning hop. Another plus is that at 5'4", I'm shorter than the support arms, so no worries about walking into them.