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Post  afob3 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:53 pm

Well if you have been folowing the 'sale from etcc' thread you know I was selling stuff off that we don't need for the new camper we ordered. It has finally arrived and I was able to get a quick look through it before we take delivery later this week.

Here is a quick teaser pic from my phone..

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Hopefully everything goes right and we can take it home soon. Till then, it is just going to hang out there eating eucalyptus for a few days.

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Post  coolbreeze1 on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:25 am

Hope to see you at a campground really soon. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  chuck on Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:11 am

Great looking camper!!! Congratulations!

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Post  afob3 on Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:08 pm

It came home today and we have been so busy through the process I didn't even remember to take one picture Embarassed

We unloaded the old HTT last night and I was truly suprised at the amount of stuff we had stuffed in there. It literally made a pile taking up half of the garage.

We went with the dual cam hitch setup since the Tacoma has a bit shorter wheelbase. I am completely amazed at how well it towed allong Pellissippi and Alcoa hwy on the way home

Spent most of the afternoon reloading and getting aquainted with where everything will go in the Koala. We are already looking forward to the first trip to use some of the campground vouchers they gave us.



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Post  Crawford on Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:18 pm

Looks good time to start planing a trip soon right?
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Post  chuck on Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:07 am

did you trade in your hybrid?

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Post  Richard on Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:02 pm

Classy rig, glad you got her home! Now waiting for the story of the first "shakedown" trip.
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Post  afob3 on Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:24 pm

Yes we traded the HTT. It was in great shape and I'm sure somebody will enjoy it.

Still trying to figure out when the maiden voyage will be with work & school getting into full swing. It looks like labor day maybe or some fall weekends.

Here is more pics now that it is all set up the way we like. My favorite features are the 'Jack' tv antenna that doesn't need to be raised and lowered, the rotating entertainment center, & the dual cam hitch.

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Post  chuck on Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:12 am

very nice.. the KOALA is one of the best looking campers out there.. you made a wise choice! I like that layout alot (with those bunks for your kids).. and the entertainment center placed in front of the queen bed (whick is in a few KOALA models) allows you to make the bedroom private,... if someone wants to sleep in a little in the morning. I like the 21cs for me.. very similar.. but no bunks.

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Post  chuck on Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:15 am

by the way.. I think the KOALA is even better looking in person.. the pictures don't show off the colors as well. The camper is actually a cool looking gray (and black).. sometimes the pics make the camper look almost white.

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Post  Richard on Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:12 pm

No doubt that it looks great. Can't wait to see it at a campground in person.
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Post  afob3 on Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:47 pm

Well no more concerns with towing near capacity.

Traded the Tacoma for an f150 SuperCrew with the Ecoboost and max tow package.

Here's the only pic I have of it yet since it has been raining forever.

Can't wait for the factory recommended 1000 miles to pass before we can tow.

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Post  merrykalia on Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:08 pm

I know I'm not supposed to, but I do envy that vehicle......a lot!!!

I've been looking at them for the last 3-4 months and I think I'm going to wait on the 2012s to come out and a few more months to get some bills paid off before I take the big plunge. I have also heard that the crew max will have the max towing package on it and I really need the room inside. Our Chev extended cab just doesn't have enough space.

Then again, I've been looking at an Open Range 413RLL 5th wheel that weighs in about 15000 and the Ecoboost couldn't possibly pull that or even sit under it! Tongue weight of 2600 lbs - 40 ft long, 2 bedroom, 2 bath. I'll have to have a 3500 diesel to pull that thing comfortably.

I'm attempting to talk Butch into retiring next year, renting out our house, buying a 5'er and hitting the road for a year or two - home schooling the kids and seeing some of this great nation. I've never been out west, except to fly across it when we went to Alaska. I want to drive to Alaska and spend several months there; want to do the Black Hills; Yellowstone; Glacier NP; Rockies, etc.

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Post  coolbreeze1 on Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:40 pm

merrykalia wrote:I know I'm not supposed to, but I do envy that vehicle......a lot!!!

I've been looking at them for the last 3-4 months and I think I'm going to wait on the 2012s to come out and a few more months to get some bills paid off before I take the big plunge. I have also heard that the crew max will have the max towing package on it and I really need the room inside. Our Chev extended cab just doesn't have enough space.

Then again, I've been looking at an Open Range 413RLL 5th wheel that weighs in about 15000 and the Ecoboost couldn't possibly pull that or even sit under it! Tongue weight of 2600 lbs - 40 ft long, 2 bedroom, 2 bath. I'll have to have a 3500 diesel to pull that thing comfortably.

I'm attempting to talk Butch into retiring next year, renting out our house, buying a 5'er and hitting the road for a year or two - home schooling the kids and seeing some of this great nation. I've never been out west, except to fly across it when we went to Alaska. I want to drive to Alaska and spend several months there; want to do the Black Hills; Yellowstone; Glacier NP; Rockies, etc.
Sounds like you got a plan in the works, Donna. You would be better off finding a late model 3500. Let someone else take the deprication on it.
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Post  merrykalia on Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:58 pm

coolbreeze1 wrote:Sounds like you got a plan in the works, Donna. You would be better off finding a late model 3500. Let someone else take the deprication on it.

Exactly......Tim, why don't you get a crew cab and hang on to it for a couple of years - then I can buy it off of you!!

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Post  coolbreeze1 on Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:40 am

merrykalia wrote:Sounds like you got a plan in the works, Donna. You would be better off finding a late model 3500. Let someone else take the deprication on it.

Exactly......Tim, why don't you get a crew cab and hang on to it for a couple of years - then I can buy it off of you!!
Sorry but the truck I have will last me for awhile. Smile
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Post  chuck on Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:58 am

afob3 wrote:Well no more concerns with towing near capacity.

Traded the Tacoma for an f150 SuperCrew with the Ecoboost and max tow package.

Nice truck! I think you are going to be much happier towing your new camper with the F150. Its each man's business what and how he tows with his TV.. but I was a little concerned for you.. being so close to the tow rating.

THE NEW TRUCK IS COOL!

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Post  afob3 on Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:27 pm

Koala 25DS Rig

Got to finally take the new setup out on the road for a quick trip to Pegeon Forge. Holly cow do I like this truck! My jaw hurts because I was similing so much.

Heading over to the Jellystone in Cosby in the next couple of days.

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Post  afob3 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:58 pm

I just realized that we just passed the one year mark. We've only gone about 1000 miles with it if I go by the computer in the F150 but it has been fun. So far we have stuck to our plans of using it at least once a month while we aren't winterized.

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