I would not buy one due to "much worse than average reliability" reported by Consumer Reports and its subscriber's own experience as owners. First year reliability has been much below average. If I was buying, I'd look for other 4X4 options. It it's your only choice, the best option is the 3.2-liter V6 in Limited trim as the 4-cylinder is slow and gets "lousy fuel economy for the class- just 22 mpg overall".
2012 Coleman, the use of a chimney starter eliminates petroleum residues and off-tastes in food from using self-lighting or liquid lighter fuel, and by using crumpled newspaper has fewer safety issues. We love the apple and cherry wood chips in flavoring our marinated beef, chicken and pork (Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese) BBQ cookouts.
The WeberQ is top-rated by Consumer Reports and doesn't require you to carry a chimney starter like the SmokeyJoe, and you won't have moisture issues as with charcoal in wet mountain climates. I'm upgrading from my Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Tabletop when it rusts out to the Weber Q. Oh, and a handful of cherry/mesquite/hickory/apple soaked wood chunks will give you all the smoky flavor you wcould want without the space issues of charcoal. I own four grills and a Meco smoker currently and am always looking for the next "better option" myself.
We switched from a Weber Tabletop Gas with 1 lb. bottles to a Smokey Joe, and between having to re-stoke the thing with charcoal, carry the additional chimney, and moisture issues in the mountains involving briquets, went back to the Weber with pleasure. You might consider a Weber Q1000, which like the Tru-Infrared you and I use at home, is top-rated by Consumer Reports. We are tent campers and carry our grill in a nylon binocular cover where it doesn't dirty up anything inside our vehicle. I'll upgrade to the Q when my Weber Tabletop wears out.
Most dealers won't accept TruCar relationships for that very reason, and any salesman who matches their pricing is going to be out of a job unless he makes the lost profit and costs back on the trade. The opinions given above who suggest otherwise don't know the industry. CarMax is also notorious for lowballing trade-in values and only beat dealers by a small amount statistically. (When between labs I stay busy with a seller's license, I'm GMC and Ford Certified.) If you need to buy a vehicle, get your advice from Consumer Reports. Getting it from where you are reading this right now is not the place.
Many metropolitan areas have an "UFO Outlet" upholstery jobber that suppplies home and commercial users with a variety of materials depending on thickness and firmness needs, and can recommend an expert cutter if needed. DO NOT put yourself, your children, or your dog on anything resembling a hollow-tube air mattress, unless the manufacturer gives you an R-value of 5.0 or greater. Those things are only intended for use at home in heated enclosures. Camping should be comfortable and restful, don't torture anyone by using an air mattress. Mom's Alegro had one inside the sofabed, but the RV also had a huge furnace and two big AC units, LOL.
We will be in a large RV, 45 ft, pulling a 30ft trailer, we do not need hookups but may have to stay outside the park due to the size. We also plan to stop at Grand Canyon and maybe Redwoods depending on what time allows. In grand Canyon we plan to river raft and do the mule/donkey ride (things my father did as a kid). Thanks for the advice!
We stayed in Thousand Trails just outside the West Gate with both the 38' MountainAire and two tents. 50A service, great tenting area also, clean and well-managed with a fork of the Tuoloumne River for great trout fishing. We weren't members and you don't have to be either to stay there. Having stayed at this park, and being tenters, I'd never stay inside the campgrounds inside the valley, but that's just me.
full rain fly and a tub bottom
The Copper Canyon 8 does not have a full rain fly by any means. It has a "bikini" rain fly, the kind that's notorious for noisy rustling and poor wind and rain integrity, thin fiberglas poles and steel pole mix. It also features dated pin-and-ring setup and D-shaped doors and window design that invites water. It's oversize footprint means less setup options on average campsites vs. 6-man tents. It's an entry-level fair-weather tent that's on par with other big-box tents from companies like Coleman and Wenzel and Jeep. It offers an inexpensive tent's sleeping area for families that don't expect to encounter bad weather or windy conditions. The next level up of tents is available from stores like REI and EMS, offer lifetime warranties, are made of UV-resistant polyester, have full-coverage rain flies, anodozed aluminum or carbon fiber poles, color coded designs, swiftclip and hub attachment features, large amounts of mesh on inner tent surfaces to minimize condensation, and vestibules at one or both ends of the tent where the rainflies attach to the ground. I own a Eureka! Tetragon tent from their line myself, and it's a good spare for when I need extra guests, It does not however hold up to real-world mountain and desert challenges faced periodically while camping like high winds, driving rain, and frequent use. With careful use and handling, the Copper Canyon tent can provide several seasons of camping and may be a good value for those not demanding much out of their equipment. More expensive tents such as those I described are a better value over time, but many buyers just don't use their gear that much.
We have both the Aquatainer and Reliance models, and prefer the Reliance due to its vertical shape for storage, and no bung valve to go stiff and replace. As a car-camper, I like the Reliance's ability to store behind one of the seatbacks in the Prius...
It's been many years since the airlines made a profit, and with all the ridiculous regulations they suffer under, God Bless 'Em. I long for the years when you sat on the runway waiting for the thunderstorm to pass, and complained. Gov't's answer was to levy fines for long delay times, and voila! Now those same flights are all cancelled to prevent the fines, because airlines can't print money to pay the fines. And we complain about cancelled flights...Gov't creates a problem, then offers a solution to the problem they created... I was raised in an FAA household and there are a lot more examples available.
+1 Hondavalk to two tents vs. one. Larger tents are typically lacking in wind and rain integrity, and most campsites geography won't favor site selection of more than one place, once a tent is larger than 10 X 10. Multi-room tents are typically the worst in quality, features, integrity, and functionality with leaky windows and screen rooms, and too much fabric vs. pole ratios for structural rigidity. A tent + seperate screen enclosure is the better option and gives a lot of options for where/how setup onsite. Oh, and skip the cots and big air mattresses in your gear, you'll freeze at night or have to have 3X the insulation to compensate. Whatever you sleep on, insist on 5.0 or greater R-rating. No R-rating? Ask youself why...
I'm a chemist myself, but...in my scan of Flapper's article, the "chemists" didn't point out the main advantage, in that nitrogen doesn't leak out at the same rate as oxygen does, so you spend less time topping off your tires and that accuracy will improve overall mileage. Not enough to get me renting a N2 tank for though, LOL.
Why on the cargo rack? An AGM battery can be mounted under the car seat sideways or upside down even. Hitch racks are another way to lose valuable gear, we use a Thule Transporter Combi instead - lockable and weatherproof.
My mom, Travelindogwagon, went from the MountainAire to an Alegro gasser due to the insurance covering book value and not replacement. She never looked back and had every convenience including the power to tow her car behind, making several X-country trips North and South, East and West. She was the definition of an RV'er and not having a Diesel never held her back...
Blazing Zippers, I've looked at samples of the composite aluminum material you're talking about with a Ford factory rep, and it's not a "beer can", but stronger and lighter to allow Ford's fleet to meet CAFE standards that tell YOU what kind of CAR you CAN BE ALLOWED to buy. We all need direction, eh?
Buy a DEKA. They are Penn (and I believe Huasa) and the OEM-labeled brands. I picked up an AGM for my Hog that was the same MFR, higher CCA, had two additional terminals, and HALF THE PRICE as the local dealer, shipping included and fully charged.
Keep in mind that under federal law, to void the warranty the warrantor is under obligation to prove that the part(s) not to be covered under warranty were damaged by the use of the tuner i.e.; the part that is not stock. Simply having non-stock parts is not grounds to void a warranty, otherwise the warrantor would have to provide all such parts for free (think oil, oil filters, brake pads, etc.).