Preparing for the North Maine Woods

We’ve done a bunch of modifications to prepare for getting to and leaving our trailer in the North Maine Woods territory.

The Bullet has undergone an Axle Flip giving it about 5″ more clearance. We’re also towing now with an Andersen weight distribution hitch with sway control. For the Tundra a lift kit was added to better match the height of the trailer. There have also been some miscellaneous purchases such as an extra trailer spare, collapsible water containers to get water from fresh water springs, and a coupler lock for the trailer.

We hope that you enjoy the video. There are links to the items we used below. Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel!

Dexter Axle Flip Kit for 3500 lb Axle
Andersen Weight Distribution Hitch 4 In. Drop / Rise 5 In. – 6 In. Frame
MotoFab 3″ Front and 2″ Rear Leveling lift kit for 2007-2017 Toyota Tundra
Wheels Express Inc 15″ Silver Trailer Wheel with Radial ST205/75R15 Tire Mounted
Power Heated Amber & Smoked Signal Towing Mirrors Pair Set for Toyota Tundra

Curt Trailer Coupler Lock

Collapsible Water Container – 5 Gallon/20L Portable Cube Water Bag

 

2019 Keystone Bullet Interior

We really love our Keystone Bullet from a size and tow-ability perspective. The interior is a bit ‘dated’ however. Keystone is stepping it up with their new interior designs however.

Higher quality and a more modern design are really moving into the RV world. There are so many manufacturers now that turning out the ‘same old’ will spell the end. Bringing proper interior designers into the mix has really started to amp up the market.

Have a look!

https://rv-pro.com/news/keystone-rv-gives-bullet-coastal-makeover

How I got rid of the RV mouse hole…

So, on our first trip to the North Maine Woods we had an unwanted visitor… A mouse got into the RV and into the cabinet under the bathroom sink. He shredded a roll of toilet paper and relieved himself on another.

Needless to say, we broke out the dryer sheets we happened to have with us and put them all over the trailer. Including shoving a couple in what’s affectionately known as the mouse hole (the power cord storage if your RV is corded).

Here’s a video on how I got rid of the mouse hole. Please consider subscribing to the RV-Maineiacs channel and check out the products used below.

Here’s what I used:
30A RV Power Plug Twist Lock Inlet – https://amzn.to/2Nnuj5o
5″ White Door Stop Wall Protector – https://amzn.to/2NloLYZ
4″ Weatherproof Metallic Device Cover – https://amzn.to/2MJhddm
WD-40 – https://amzn.to/2NkOgtn
Dremel 4000 Moto Tool – https://amzn.to/2OB9XCj
Rodent Defense Vehicle Protection – https://amzn.to/2MMmdxY

First video online

Hey everyone, we have our first video online. This was an installation of an LED Light Strip under our awning.

Thanks for watching! There are links to the products used below.

Here’s what I used:

LED Light Strip (Waterproof) – https://amzn.to/2xoRpxx
LED Small Controller – https://amzn.to/2xmQnSB
Porch Light with Switch – https://amzn.to/2QBfPgc
WD-40 – https://amzn.to/2Qy7gmh
DAP Clear Flexible Sealant – https://amzn.to/2xoq8eL
3M Super Strength Moulding Tape – https://amzn.to/2xnLXLz

Introductions…

Hey everyone, thanks for checking out the our blog! I’m Mike and along with my wife Deb, son Matt and our dogs Buddy and Abigael we’re the RV-Maineiacs.

We’re pretty new to the RV world and figured we’d share our trials and tribulations and some tips along the way.

We actually started last fall with a pop-up camper (a 2007 Viking Legend 2465 ST) for the 2017 Moose Hunt. My Dad, son Matt and I had a ball camping way up in Northern Maine for the Moose Hunt and also for all of October during bird season. The big problem with a pop-up in Northern Maine is apparently that the flies like to get in them. Yea, that was a mess…

We sold the pop-up for a little more than what we had in it and bought a different camper this Spring (a KZ 2405PQS0F) to avoid the whole fly situation up North. It was a little rough around the edges but pretty nice inside. We cleaned it up quite a bit and Deb picked a nice theme for the beds and such.

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Around the 4th of July we had our inaugural journey in the KZ to a friends place in Waldoboro, ME. Everything functioned perfectly in the trailer.

Our second trip in the KZ was to Lake St. George State Park in Liberty, ME. We got a great first-come/first-served site right on the water. Again everything worked very well. Matt had one of his buddies come and stay one of the nights.

After that trip, it became pretty apparent that the 24′ KZ was probably going to be a little on the small side with 2 adults, 1 to 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. So I put the KZ up on Craigslist and had it sold the same day.

I found a 2012 Keystone Bullet 281 BHS (bunkhouse) also on Craigslist. These are lightweight and able to be pulled by the Tundra we have.

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This size seem to be a good fit for us. We’ve already been on a couple trips with it.

Our first trip was to Two Rivers Campground in Skowhegan, ME. We wanted to see how we liked a typical campground experience. It was a nice campground with a typical mix of people in for the weekend and also a bunch of Seasonal campers.

Our next trip was a shakedown run for October. For Labor Day weekend we towed to the North Maine Woods and went to the Ledbedder Falls campsite. This trip takes about 5 hours (with the last 2 on dirt roads) from our house.

So, the new rig’s working pretty well for us. We’ll leave it up in the North Maine Woods for October and then we’re planning a long trip to South Carolina for the week of Thanksgiving.

In future posts I’ll be sharing some of the things we’ve done to it and our future adventures.