I'm now back from my 22 day, 3,500 mile round trip from Ohio to the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas. The Little Guy Max performed extremely well in all kinds of conditions. Really looking forward to my next trip, once I get a few things fixed. I'll share my list of defects below, along with some general comments and suggestions.
- Solar panel does not work -- never has
- DVDs do not play on the bedroom TV (they work fine on the dinette TV)
- No owners manual
- Padded cover over the top of the front window falls off in travel
- Long gray molding strip above the front window is detached
- Quarter round wood molding fell off during travel
- Several plastic corner pieces for the windows have detached during travel
- Plastic cover piece at the front of the awning is broken
- Large kitchen drawer below the fridge opens during travel and now is off its slider
- Bedroom ceiling window screening not all in place, allowing leaks
- Master Interior Light switch does not control some of the interior lighting
- Missing component manuals, including: Dometic Thermostat Controller, Electric Jack, Awning, and some minor components
General comments and questions.
I suspect most of these questions would be cleared up by an Owner's Manual. While it's true that individual component installation instructions and manuals are provided, what's really needed is how these systems are integrated and interoperate in the Little Guy Max. In additional, standard procedures and best practices for common operations and troubleshooting should be included in an Owner's Manual.
- the Master Interior Light Switch (one of the red switches) does not turn off some of the interior lighting. Is this a wiring error or intentional? In my unit, it does not turn off the kitchen light, the shower/bath light, or any of the 4 reading lights.
- The Owners Manual should indicate what circuits are controlled by which fuses and circuit breakers; ideally this would be written directly in the spots provided in the Power Converter. I should not have to discover this information on my own by experimentation.
- My electric jack operates even if the battery switch is in the disconnect position. I'm not sure this is a great idea. Are there any other electrical components for which this is true? (I do not have a user manual for the electric jack, either).
- What are the proper maintenance/care procedures for the windows and their shades and screens?
- The Systems Monitor panel is really only useful for the fresh water and gray water levels, as the black water level indicator is in the bath/shower and the LPG indicator is nonfunctional. One can get used to this, but it's not ideal.
- The entertainment system is great, but figuring out how to operate it is difficult, even for a computer geek like me. The Owner's Manual should cover how these multiple systems are integrated together in the Little Guy Max. Multiple remote controls each with dozens of buttons is not the way to do this. Seriously -- remote controls with 60 buttons is an idea from the 20th century that should have died with smartphones -- a smartphone app would be a much better approach and almost every owner of a Little Guy Max going to have a smart phone. (I will say that being able to stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks from my smartphone to the Little Guy Max is a fabulous feature!)
- As far as I can tell, from a one-time experiment, you need to press a switch buried under the dinette in order to power on the TV antenna, vs. using a cable TV connection. This is not explained anywhere. I am mostly not a TV/Cable user, so I might not have this right, but this is clearly something that should be covered in an Owner's Manual.
- Another Owner's Manual thing -- the "A" speaker system is inside, the "B" speaker system is outside (and defaults to ON after a power outage), and the "C" speaker system does not exist. Good to know so you don't blast your fellow campers with unwanted noise.
The lack of a gauge for the propane tank is a problem. I am considering swapping out the tank for another tank with a builtin gauge. This is particularly a concern when I'm traveling in colder weather, as the only source of heat is the propane furnace. I have previously owned a travel trailer that had an A/C unit with electric heating strips, so I wonder why the Little Guy Max does not also have this feature.
Finally, I found my gas mileage while towing to be lower than I would have guessed. My median mileage was 9.8mpg and it ranged from 7.8 to 10.9. I've no prior experience with a rig this size, but I would have guessed 12-13. Does anyone have numbers they can share? I'm towing with a F-150.
Hope y'all found this useful!