Our 2018 Nissan Titan long-term test vehicle has endured test after test during our “Nissan Titan Trials.” Everything from heavy hauling, off-road torture and long distance efficiency runs have been thrown at it. This time, it’s family camping with a 3,500-lbs Coleman E3 tent-trailer (with a toy-hauling deck) and about 1,000-lbs of extra weight in food and supplies… for a three day camping trip.
Doesn’t matter, I’m gonna rock it as a dad!
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… “She-who-must-be-obeyed” packed.
We FINALLY depart. Two hours later – we arrive and immediately try to erect the tent. Fortunately, the instructions given by the renters gave me just enough information to finish the job in less than an hour.
It should take 15 minutes.
I take a stand.
I get glares and eyerolls. Later on…
Mr. Truck shows up in his awesome toy-hauler and the family rejoices – he has a full bathroom.
The next day.
Rockin’ it as a dad!
Fun was had by all. We return.
Five minutes later…
Final day comes and we try to get an early start. This should be easy….
Nothing goes where it should and the half-hour job becomes a hot mess. Damn-it! Adding to the dilemma, Mr. Truck and Andre are being highly entertained. I’m sweaty, tired and short-tempered. This is bad, She-who-must-be-obeyed is becoming vexed. She begins to take over as the giggling-duo lend a hand.
Fingers are getting smashed. Keys vanish and reappear. Kids vanish and forget to reappear. Nathan is losing his cool.
After try-and-fail-and-try-again tactics fail, we make headway. The trailer is finally folded and I am left with the notion that I couldn’t fold a tent trailer on my own.
It becomes clear, to master the tent trailer, one must fold and unfold it several times. It (the trailer) has its own idiosyncratic way of doing things and you have to learn to roll with it. I’ll have to keep that in mind.
Finally, we’re heading home. At a brief coffee stop, I think I smell something.
Oy the SMELL!! Did they NOT listen to me?! Did I not make myself clear?!
– But what the hell am I smelling?!
Sometimes I kind of suck at being a dad…