So we decided that we better get out for a quick trip before proper winter arrives here in Ontario. Also, I didn't want to make more changes in the trailer before sleeping and cooking in it at least once. Very few Ontario Provincial Parks are still open for camping this time of year but we finally managed to get a spot up at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. We had a great time and our new little teardrop exceeded our expectations. It was so easy to tow and set up and the whole outdoor cooking thing in a real kitchen is AMAZING! I was worried that Rebecca would get claustrophobic and/or cold sleeping in there and that didn't happen either so that was great. She loved it too.
The moisture buildup inside in the morning is definitely a thing but I was expecting it so we were not surprised. I can see how this would be way less of an issue in the summer when it is warm and more ventilation can be had from the side windows or slightly propping open the galley door. I erred on the side of staying warm but, in retrospect, I think I should have have the side window a little more open. Running that 12V fan is out of the question because it is way too loud. What are other people doing about moisture buildup inside in the colder seasons?
I decided to try the single burner butane stove that came with the trailer as it fits there so well. After using it though we feel that we really need two burners and, ideally, something a little more reliable in the cold. We found that the butane would burn well for a few minutes then slow right down. If I changed to a new can it would just do the same. I think I will try to fit our two burner Coleman propane stove in there somehow. What are other people using for stoves?? The water tote is great but leaked when not setup just right. At one point water leaked right back into the corner of the bed but that was our fault. I may look for a different option there.
One great thing that we hadn't thought of was how easy it was to both set up and break camp. I can see how multi day, multi location trips will be so much easier with the teardrop. Also, when it came time to run back home all we did was throw everything in, close the doors and off we went. Inevitably you end up unpacking most things to clean and dry them out at home anyway and this saved so much time. I love it!
Here are a few pics...
The mount 'hugs' the tank but we can move it as needed for as you say the Wet Coast weather. The two burner Coleman is great. We are still finding our way around what is really necessary. One thing we came across that was a great little purchase of our Espresso coffee pot. Stops it from tipping.
We are using a Coleman 2 burner on top of the side table and a permanent 5 LB propane tank mounted to side. Mount is pricey but we love having the side stove and not using the small disposable propane bottles. We still have our Butane stove as an emergency backup.