We decided to transport bicycles in the CampLite since we transport Kayaks on the pickup. Tried hauling bikes between camper/pickup and LivinLite recommended not to install a bike rack on the rear bumper of the CampLite, finally decided to transport bikes in the CampLite.
We have a larger folding table than you use that I made a floor length cover for. The Rubbermaid boxes that hold everything go under the table cloths and are hidden by them .
I love your idea of the bed set up. I would not go for anything that small because I did not want to be making the bed up every night.
This was our first travel trailer. Before the CampLite we had a folding A frame Chalet. We learned right away we did not want to set up the dinette/bed daily, but we still like having a dinette. When we bought the CampLite, purchased a full Queen memory foam mattress and love it. It's as comfortable as sleeping at home. We sit beside each other on the gaucho couch with aluminum table making our dinette.
We use the space under the bed to store the port potty, ceramic heater, wheel chocks, and power cord.
Less can be more. Smaller RVs are loads of fun.
I am with you on the porta potti or cassette. Easy to empty at more locations than a black tank, and no waiting in line at a dump station.
Started seeing Cassette toilets in other campers from the factory. Like the exterior door making it, easy to empty.
Here's one small site the CampLite fits in easily on the beach in SC:
It runs my 13,500BTU AC fine @ 90F.
This is on the site where I purchased it:
"Will start most 13,500 btu high efficiency RV air conditioners
2400 watts max, 2000 watts continuous output"
This statement makes me think it will not start all 13,500BTU units,
but it works fine with our AC. Quiet running, too.
The 13,500BTU AC on our small camper cools quickly on hot days.
Bumpyroad, Correct & Thanks!
We don't operate everything on the counter at the same time, but here's some additional electrical appliances we use.
This Yamaha 2400 iSHC will run the AC or appliances, but not both at the same time:
Really appreciate the kind comments from everyone!!!!!!
Francesca, The interlocking tile seams are visible and very tight, but cannot be seen in the complete floor photo, no sealant used. The floor installation was our last modification.
We have camped in temps down to the 20s so far and you can imagine how cool the bare aluminum is where there are no rugs. These tiles are for covering garage floors and very tough. Will use rugs over the new floor, too.
It really surprised me how quickly a camper gains weight with mods, but "very" happy it came in under the GVW at full camping weight.
We purchased a new 2010 CampLite 11 a few years ago. It's an early CampLite off of the LivinLite 2010 production line. This CampLite came equipped with 13,500BTU AC & portable water tank under the sink with a manually operated pump faucet. It also has a empty weight of 1,400 pounds and 2,200 GVW.
We wanted additional counter top space and to try camping without water tank & sink. This CampLite did not have LP gas system, stove, and furnace. Started using paper plates, cleaning coffee maker, electric skillet, coffee mugs, and hands with Clorox wipes. Carry bottled water for Coffee & drinking.
While visiting "Lil' Snoozy" manufacturing plant in South Carolina, picked up an idea. They use 120V double burner range top for cooking. Most campgrounds we visit have electric hookups, so we decided to start cooking with a Teflon coated electric skillet and heating with a ceramic heater. Eventually added a $28 700W microwave.
"Lil' Snoozy" also uses a Cassette Toilet without black water tank. Like this idea, too. We decided to carry a porta potty to prevent the middle of the night trip to the restroom. "If" we move up to a larger camper, want to have a Cassette Toilet installed.
We keep a 35 quart Engle Deep Blue high performance 35 quart ice chest in the back of the pickup with Leer shell to keep the animals out at night.
Wide angle view of the new counter top and dinette set up as a permanent 60"X80" Queen bed with memory foam mattress. Use gaucho couch with portable aluminum table as a dinette.
Made brackets out of aluminum angle to secure the TV:
Attic antenna used with an old camera tripod:
Used aluminum angle to secure the microwave:
Purchased interlocking vinyl tile for $6.50 per tile at Lowes and installed directly over aluminum floor:
Made 23 pound bicycle transport system using roof bike attaching mounts on plywood inside camper:
After these modification checked the new trailer weight to be sure it was within GVW.
GVW 2200 pounds
New Trailer weight ready to camp
without bicycles 1,940 pounds
New Tongue weight 300 pounds
New axle weight 1,640 pounds
Bicycle rack & two bicycles 85 pounds
Trailer weight with bicycles 2,035 pounds
Installed vinyl tiles directly over the aluminum floor in the CampLite today.
Purchased tiles for $6.50 each at Lowes. Tiles are .2" thick.
Is everyone towing their 21BHS with a V8 powered TV?
I'm pulling mine with a v6 3.0Supercharged ... tows very easy. in fact the 21 BHS is more narrow than my old PAlomino Stamped S17 and is lighter too, so this 21' trailer is easier to pull than my 17' old one.
Checked out the Q7 on the Audi site. Very nice tow vehicle!
Thanks for the calculator information. I figured worst case scenario with the trailer at maximum 5000 lbs and a 20% safety margin.
Tongue weight, Gross Combined Vehicle Weight, travel trailer Gross Weight, are within Nissan's recommended capacities.
The 21BHS @ 5000 lbs Gross Weight is too heavy for my pickup with a 20% safety factor.
Not in a hurry, so will continue to camp with current rig while deciding the next move.
Guess I'm spoiled towing a 1500LB 11RD CampLite camper with the Frontier. If I'm on the interstate & blocked when trying to get in the right lane, have plenty of power on hand to pass if needed & maintain a good speed going up mountains. The wind has not been a issue yet & towed in windy situations, too. MPG so far with this rig is around 16MPG @ 55MPH. Some of the camp sites in the mountains & on the beach work well with the 11RD.
Maybe we don't need the extra room after all! :)
When we move up in size from the 11RD, decided to go with a 21BHS. Like the bunks, dinette, and 60X80 queen bed that has room on both sides to get on & off. At first we were interested in the 13QBB, but decided to go with a larger CampLite. Thinking our 2013 260HP V6 Frontier with a 6300lb towing capacity will be sufficient to tow the 21BHS with empty weight around 3600lbs with GVW of 5000lbs.
Is everyone towing their 21BHS with a V8 powered TV?
Used to tow a 1000lb 2004 LTW Chalet A-Frame pop-up (low wind resistance) with a 1987 Toyota 2.4L 4 cylinder pickup getting 22 mpg @ 55MPH non mountain areas.
Towing the 1500lb CampLite 11RD with a 2003 2.4L 4 cylinder Tacoma @ 55MPH gets 16MPG non mountain areas.
Towing the CampLite with the 2013 4.0L automatic Frontier @ 55MPH gets 15MPG non-mountain areas. Fuel economy drops to 13MPG @ 65MPH with same TV.
It's easy to get into small sites with the CampLite 11RD or small pop-up that larger campers cannot get into.
This morning when leaving a small site on the ocean front @ Hunting Island SC, the easiest way to pull the camper out was to turn the camper "manually" 180 degrees on the site. Used two small pieces of plywood under the tongue wheel/jack. Took about 15 minutes to turn the 1500lb camper 180 degrees on sand and pine needles. That would be difficult with a larger and heavier camper.
Have been looking at larger CampLites & Fiberglass campers. For now will be keeping the CampLite 11RD.
We started transporting two bicycles inside the CampLite:
Best fuel cost this week $2.99 per gallon in SC. Earlier this week @ Hunting Island SC: