Did I tell you I love this truck...?

Did I tell you I love this truck...?

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    Did I tell you I love this truck...?

    We've been considering upgrading our TT since there's the possibility of kids and/or grandkids joining us on camping trips and there was no way our "couples trailer" would accommodate 2 or 4 more people. Just before a planned trip to Nashville we found a deal on a bunkhouse TT from Grand Design that fit our needs perfectly now and for the future.

    We literally towed our trailer to the dealer, signed the final paperwork, got our walkthrough/walkaround, transferred all our stuff from the old trailer to the new and set off for Nashville from NE Ohio. A bit crazy but I took a lot of time in the dealer's delivery area to set up the WDH and based on how it tows I'm pretty close. I may switch to an Anderson WDH later this summer after a couple more trips.

    Anyway, my truck continues to surprise me! Our previous TT was 24 feet and came in between 4500 and 5000 lbs depending on what we had loaded. The new TT is 28 feet, empty is just below 6000 lbs and is about 6 inches taller and 6 inches wider. With a nearly full fresh water tank, full LP tanks, food in the fridge, assorted camping equipment, etc we came in at about 6700 pounds. GVW is 7500 pounds

    The trip down to Tennessee took us through flat central Ohio and then the hills of southern Ohio, along I-71 in hilly Kentucky and then I-65 south to Nashville. The truck had no problems with the hills and a couple of long grades and maintained a steady 62 to 65mph in the right lane and returned 13.1 mpg's hand calculated. Really the drive was effortless and very comfortable with the primary difference being the "truck suck" as big rigs passed us - I had to be more diligent to correct for the trailer/truck being pulled to my left as the semi approached the trailer and then pushed to the right as the semi came even with my driver's door. But I learned quickly to compensate.

    Several times on the longer uphill grades I ended up passing the semi's since the EcoD had more than enough power to overtake them without slowing down traffic behind me. And downhill the truck maintained the speed I wanted without me having to ride the brakes thanks to the GDE engine brake and trans tune. The trans only shifted down to 5th a couple of times, otherwise it held in 6th and occasionally upshifted to 7th going downhill. And I love how the truck will UPSHIFT going uphill while towing - impressive.

    Trip home we took a different route via eastern Ohio and the hills of I-77 and my mileage dropped to 12.9 - but still stayed right around 65mph. I'll take it ;-)

    Did I tell you I love this truck?

    Our new rig - a Grand Design Imagine 2400BH:










    Bob
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    Well, make sure to let your truck know how much it is appreciated.
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    Good report - thanks. I feel the same way about my 2017.
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    Beautiful setup...Always liked the look of your truck.
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    Great report, and nice looking rig! Sounds like you are getting the hitch dialed in. I've never used an Anderson hitch, but I can say that if you are unable to correct the 'truck suck' to your satisfaction, a Hensley hitch will completely eliminate it. I have nothing but good to say about Hensley. Our camping days are behind us, but if I ever get back into another TT, another Hensley will be part of the deal. I know they are spendy, but they also have very good resale when it comes time to sell.
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    What is not to like with those super nice photos?
    Well done sir...
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    Is this the model with the bunk beds? I've been eyeing this exact model!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Why_rick View Post
    Is this the model with the bunk beds? I've been eyeing this exact model!
    I would say so, by the BH (Bunkhouse) in the model nomenclature, and those stacked horizontal windows in the back.

    Is there a reason you haul fresh water and don't fill up on arrival?
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    YES!

    You told us and it was well received. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Why_rick View Post
    Is this the model with the bunk beds? I've been eyeing this exact model!
    Yes, this is the bunkhouse floorplan. The bunk beds are full size vs twin with the fold up lower bunk for bikes, chairs, etc. Lots of storage which was our biggest complaint about our previous TT.


    Quote Originally Posted by Bounty Hunter View Post
    I would say so, by the BH (Bunkhouse) in the model nomenclature, and those stacked horizontal windows in the back.

    Is there a reason you haul fresh water and don't fill up on arrival?

    Bounty, since we literally drove out of the dealer's lot and took off for Nashville I left the fresh water in the tank with a freshwater tank cleaner to sanitize the water system. When we got to Nashville I drained the tank and then just used the water at the campground. I didn't trust that the dealership properly sanitized the freshwater tank given how quickly we made the deal and the timeline we gave them to have it prepped and ready to go.


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