Imperial Outdoors Xplore XR22

rockinrobin

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Performance review of the X22. I use a 2016 Ram 1500 with a 5.7l hemi for longer trips and while my gas mileage is around 10 mpg, the truck pulls the trailer fine. I also use a 2002 Ford F-150 with a 5.4l engine for closer to home and more adventurous off road use. The Ford is not adequately powered for pulling the X22 up steep mountain passes where we live, but was fine in 4WD Low offroad.

For its maiden trip we had scoped out a backcountry road with mud pits, narrow and windy roads, and some rock crawling features. For an experienced off roader this is not a big deal, but it is enough to keep owners of newer vehicles (i.e. the masses) out! First obstacle was a mud pit. The front of the trailer hit ground as did the bike rack on the of the trailer. Lost some traction with the truck and backed up and with a little more gas powered through. No issues in the steeper rocky sections. Trailer was just small enough to get throught the windy sections. The rock feature we were most worried about was a breeze. We made it to the summit of the mountain with ease though my wife was nervous throughout.

Offroad the trailer handled and performed considerably better than I expected. ROA has a video on the importance of the tires but they left out a few things. Keep in mind that in the backcountry your truck and trailer won't always be able to take the same path which means tight turns place your tires against trees, sharp rocks, etc. These tires not only have six ply treads with a 3 ply sidewall, but side tread. This not only helps give some tracking when negotiating deep ruts, but gives extra rubber to protect against those obstacles you are going to hit on your sidewall. Further when rock crawling or trying to inch your way down a technical drop your trailer brakes are now part of the equation. Having the offroad tires with added traction helps with this process. Of course the hydraulic lift is a crazy benefit.

Concentrating hard on the obstacles I negated to worry about trees and branches. My brand new X22 now has scratches in the fiberglass and across the composite windows. However, these are not permanent and can be buffed out and in the case of the windows can be removed by carefully applying a heat gun. Maybe ROA can post a video on removing scratches from the windows as they have already done one for fiberglass.

The double axles although not of independent suspension provide a stable and quiet ride. Another benefit that you don't need to use the stabilizers. So far, we have not even needed to unhitch the trailer from the truck.

Just did a trip with another buddy and his trailer. We got to the campsite late at night and we simply went into the trailer and went to sleep while he had a lot of prepping to do with levelling and stabilization.

Moving inside I was worried the bed was going to be a bit small. I am 6 foot, slender, but have broad shoulders. My wife is 5' 8" and slender and we had plenty of space. The mattress could use a topper for side sleeping but we have slept great overall. The oven and stove are fantastic. We used the trailer in 80 degree temps down to the 20's now and the climate control works great. Surprisingly the bathroom is roomy enough for us. Again we are slender, but we have no spacing issues with the toilet or shower. Brushing teeth and shaving are not an issue.

It takes around 8 seconds for the on demand hot water heater to deliver hot water to your tap. We use a plastic bottle to catch the running cold water so we can reuse it rather than letting it go to waste down the gray tank. The toilet is a cool invention though you don't want to be wasting flushes urinating as each flush is costly. You can go in the shower where the drain leads to the gray tank and simply rise the shower floor or you can go in a container and throw it outside when convenient. We haven't disposed of our latest filter and it has been about 3 weeks and we do not smell anything. Really like not having black water and this toilet has worked great.

The fridge and freezer are huge and adequately cool everything. Storage is a plus in this trailer and there is plenty of it. Cabinets are made from plywood and thin veneer and are not of the quality you would find at home. However, they are light weight and are not made of inferior chip board. Floor appears to be one piece vinyl though the appearance is of luxury vinyl planking. Cleans easy and appears to be water proof.

We went 4 days and 3 nights off grid and the solar charging easily kept everything charged; however, this is when the refrigerator was not cooling. I am now testing it further. We are two days of running it with lights, climate control (furnace not AC) and refrigeration and it has been stormy with little sun. We are at 70% so depending on use and not wanting to run batteries below 20% it looks like you can get 4 to 5 days out of a fully charged battery. Add good solar and that will extend it. We are also getting a small Honda generator which will fully charge everything in about 3 hours we are told.

Though we are only in the process of breaking it in I must say that we really like this trailer so far. The interior layout works for us but more importantly the actual build and offroad capability are proving to be as advertised. Next up is a cold weather hunting trip where we are expecting a foot of snow. Another good test for the X22.

Hope these postings help and if anyone has any questions I'd be happy to share what I can.
A fantastic and reassuring review. I ordered an X22 Monday. I am uncertain still if I should add the extra batteries. Where did the extra 30 gal water tank get installed? Do you know where the other one is?
 
Congrats on ordering. i think you will be pleased. I'm heading out now in the fresh snow for a hunting trip so it will another good test. As far as water tanks, I had ROA install the auxillary one. The fill is just to the right of the door and it is on the underside center. About a foot or so to the rear is where the standard tank is located which is positioned to keep the weight center and over the wheels. The fill for the standard tank is on the trailers left side.

Here's my latest on the batteries. I now a have a few more days of testing and with my two 250 amp batteries and have been testing the longevity with furnace and refrigerator on during this past week. Very little sun and what I have found is that even with little sun it seems to maintain your current level through the day. At night I see a drop of about 12.5% and based on current usage and little sun, my math shows 6.4 days before hitting 20%. However, I have not been opening and closing the fridge and actually living in it. I'll have more to report after this week, but I think you are safe calling it a 5 day range with not much solar. Hope this helps!
 

rockinrobin

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I have Dual 100ah Lithium Batteries that come with standard package, not the upgrade to two 250 amp you have. What did the upgrade cost? I was quoted almost $6000US for 2 more batteries and an inverter! I have added a 2000W inverter only to my Wilderness Package Max (M). I am going to carry two extra 30 gal tanks in the truck until I understand our needs better.
What type of generator did you get and where do you keep it? I am thinking of remodeling the exterior box to fit one.
I appreciate your feedback a great deal, as I cannot wait for delivery in late November. I can still change my order.
Toms Camperland in Mesa, AZ is where I got the best price, by quite a bit.
 
I cant believe i have internet but i am in the X22 right now in snow and 15 degree weather. The extra water tank was just under 2k but i dont think the extra batteries and inverter were near the 6k mark. Ill have to double check when i get home.

I ordered a small 1000watt Honda generator which arrives tomorrow. The hondas are supposed to fix in the metal boxes on the back and thats where ill store it when camping. Since you run everything through your battery bank i was told it was best just to charge the batteries as opposed to running appliances off it. You can get a way woth a much smaller generator this way. Ill probably travel with it in the bed of the pick up.
 

MOT26

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I cant believe i have internet but i am in the X22 right now in snow and 15 degree weather. The extra water tank was just under 2k but i dont think the extra batteries and inverter were near the 6k mark. Ill have to double check when i get home.

I ordered a small 1000watt Honda generator which arrives tomorrow. The hondas are supposed to fix in the metal boxes on the back and thats where ill store it when camping. Since you run everything through your battery bank i was told it was best just to charge the batteries as opposed to running appliances off it. You can get a way woth a much smaller generator this way. Ill probably travel with it in the bed of the pick up.
How often/long is the heater running? What temp do you have it set to? Thanks in advance.
 

rockinrobin

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How often/long is the heater running? What temp do you have it set to? Thanks in advance.
Hello, The X22 has an on-demand water heater. It ignites the propane when you turn on the hot water and turns off as soon as you stop.
I don't have my X22, delivery late November, yet I have an on-demand water heater with the rig I use now and it is easy to get scalded if you don't have it set right. A good shower has changed everything and I camped in my rig 4 months last year :cool:

Id like to know how often the furnace turns on in the X22 in 15 degree weather?
 

rockinrobin

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Hello, The X22 has an on-demand water heater. It ignites the propane when you turn on the hot water and turns off as soon as you stop.
I don't have my X22, delivery late November, yet I have an on-demand water heater with the rig I use now and it is easy to get scalded if you don't have it set right. A good shower has changed everything and I camped in my rig 4 months last year :cool:

Id like to know how often the furnace turns on in the X22 in 15 degree weather?
I see I replied about the water heater, yet the question was also about the furnace/heater. Id like to know the answer too. Ive just added the extra battery package to my order! The X22 is 90 days until delivery the Imperial factory told me yesterday.
 
We now at 30% battery at day 5. Temperatures at night have been from 10 degrees to 20 degrees approximately. Thermostat has been 68-70 degrees though we turn it down to 57 during the day when we are out hunting. Daytime temperatures have been in in the 50's so I doubt the furnace runs at all during the day when we aren't there or perhaps very little. It only takes a few minutes to warm up the trailer. Furnace goes off and on throughout the night. It's not like you set it and it only goes on once. Can't give give an exact amount of times because I am sleeping but it has to be greater than 10 times if that helps. We have had 2 good days of solar charging. Hope this helps!
 
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