Jut got back from taking the Toad Pod™ on its first off-road trip. I went around the White Rim (clockwise, which puts the best views on the driver's side). The Toad Pod held up well, and I really enjoyed having a heater when the outside temps got down to 19 degrees F.
Here's a view of the current interior:
I need to add storage inside, but I didn't want to do that until I lived in it a few nights. Also I was worried about the weight.
I stopped at AT Overland
, the home of the original Chaser trailer, to get the suspension checked out, and they weighed it for me:
With 20 gallons of gasoline and 10 gallons of water, plus a full load of food and cargo under the bed, the totals were:
The total of 2,257 was within 7 pounds of my own estimates based on a simple weighing on a Cat Scale at a truck stop in Lubbock. I question the placement of the scale for measuring the tongue weight, since the actual load is carried at the coupler.
At 16.7%, the tongue weight is too high (not 10-15 per their recommendations), so I moved some tools and water to the back to get it back to 14% tongue weight. The top two fuels cans get used as soon as possible, so after reaching the trail or driving a little ways, the tongue weight gets lower anyway.
That's 13% over the tow rating of my Wrangler, so I worry about my transmission. Not much to do about it, yet.
Here's the picture of the exterior at Camp Shafer in Canyonlands:
And here's the beauty shot on the edge of the Colorado River near Potash Road:
In summary, a very successful maiden voyage. The heater works almost too well, making it challenging to get back outside on a cold morning. It's a good problem to have.