Now that I cleared out the 900 emails from my work inbox, here is a detailed update on my 10 day trip to the PNW Nov 5th- Nov15th.
The camper saw a lot of rain and snow, cold weather, and some dust.
We did probably 3000 miles on pavement and about 100 on dirt.
The truck is well built with Long travel suspension up front, with King 2.5" coil overs with adjusters, Triple Bypass secondary shocks, and then a 12" shock relocation from Archive, with a tripple bypass 2.5", King 2.0 Hydro bumps, and Deaver Stage 2 leafs.
We added the water tank and filled it to the fill line. I have a Goose Gear seat delete, with a Dometic 65 fridge in the back seat. The bed of the truck has the new Goose Gear build out, that Brian and the team crammed to piece together the night before we left. I have cabinets on the driver side, and then a cabinet and drawer on the passenger side.
We packed liberally (or she did), with 4 or 5 bags of clothes and shoes. A couple of towels, two chairs, skottle, jet boil, general kitchen stuff, fire extinguisher, floor jack, lots of tools, a heavy impact driver, and some other stuff I am likely leaving out.
Why am I telling you all this...the truck was pretty damn heavy. That being said, the girlfriend says that the truck drives better than it ever has.
I had the GFC before, a snugtop with RTT, bed rack with RTT, and she genuinely feels that it has never driven better.
I think that is mostly due to where the weight is, and how the Canopy Camper mounts.
As far as the function of the truck goes... HOLY CRAP. We are amazed and so so happy with it. If you are considering a GooseGear system, get it! it MAKES the setup incredibly functional.
With all the stuff that we brought, we still had a full bed to hang out it.
We spent 5 or 6 nights just hanging out down below and playing Yahtzee. The dog was happy in her bed on the floor and we just sat on the Goose Gear storage and rolled the dice on them as well.
Everything had a place, which is awesome, especially considering we had 0 time to plan where to put things before leaving.
The rain and snow did not make it inside and we had dry bedding and a dry bed the whole trip.
The bed got a little dust in when I was flying down some dirt in the Sierras, but I am sure with another tube of Sikaflex I can help that.
I am not someone who is easily satisfied, and my expectations are incredibly high, but the Canopy Camper is just so damn well thought out, functional, and well built, that I am finally happy with the setup on my truck.
Roof Rack and Fireplace go in this weekend, and then a quick one nighter with my buddy. I think we are going to hit a trail rated "Hard" that really isn't that tough, but the snow could make it fun.
We will see how the truck performs with the extra weight over the GFC. I've ran the trail with the GFC and without, and the truck performed better with the GFC due to the added weight in the rear. I was spinning tires without the weight.