Greeting folks. A full on trailer towing noob here from Fullerton California. My wife and son have tent camped for many many years. But our last trip to the Sierras October past we realized, as one does, we’re getting too old for this shit. It’s a long way down to an uncomfortable air mattress on the lumpy floor. And an even longer way back up. We decided that after years of talking about it we should just bloody well do it.
So we did. Found a used pup on Craigslist for a decent price and jumped at it there and then. We ain’t getting any younger, and neither is our 12 year old.
It’s a 2004 Fleetwood Hemlock. 26′ fully open hitch is waaaaaay bloody bigger than I was expecting. And it’s not exactly petite when fully folded either. But it’s lovely and spacious inside. Two king beds, shower, toilet, AC, full kitchen, slide out diner, microwave and a surprisingly good stereo.
First thing we did was reupholster the interior. Gave the frame a fresh coat of Rustoleum. New battery, new tires. Replaced the brass hardware. Replaced some rotten plywood with lumber. Plans for more mods.
Anyhow, it’s a whole new world to us, so be prepared for a bombardment of questions. There’s so much I have no clue about. The two hour drive back through LA rush hour traffic was a baptism of fire for my first tow. My first attempt at backing into the driveway amused the neighborhood. But the boy and I hooked it up this weekend and went to practice parking it at city hall parking lot and it wasn’t too bad.
Thanks well in advance for any help this community can offer as we venture into the great outdoors with our new toy.
AKA Adam from England
November 17, 2010