RV Destination – Detroit State Lake Park and Jeff’s Vintage Cruiser Road Test

Vintage Cruiser Road Test

All photos by Jeff Johnston

Our latest road test project for Rollin’ On TV was a Vintage Cruiser trailer from Gulf Stream. The Vintage Cruiser is a contemporary model done with vintage style graphics, upholstery and other trim.

ROTV vehicle features are done in several formats including a brief walk-around, which is a quick look at a new RV product of interest, on up to a full-on road test feature that’s a hands-on user evaluation.

The road test means exactly what it says in that we use the RV the same way a retail customer might enjoy it. We set up the unit with water and propane, make sure all the systems are operational, load it with a modest amount of camping gear and our video equipment and head out on the road.

The destination was Detroit Lake State Park located Southeast of Salem, Oregon, in the Cascade mountains.

Pam studies her crossword puzzle at campOur test trailer was provided by Lassen RV in Albany, Oregon. We towed the Vintage Cruiser 19RBS with a 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup rated to tow 5,000 pounds. The trailer weighed in, via a certified CAT scale, at 3,540 pounds empty of cargo and mostly “dry” with one propane tank full but the freshwater and holding tanks empty. That weight is going to easily push 4,000 pounds once fully loaded.

Although the manufacturer’s specifications list this trailer at 3,325 pounds “Overall weight”, or dry and empty, that’s not how people tow their RVs. I would not recommend this trailer for any vehicle rated to tow just 3,500 pounds. Use a 5,000-pound tow rating as a better target.

The drive to Detroit was drama-free and the trailer fit the back-in campsite with ease. Beautiful warm days and an evening cool enough to enjoy the fire set us up with a perfect camping weekend.

One of the best parts of RV camping is the really fine people you can meet in a campground. On this trip we met three families who rented their first-ever RV and were taking their first-time RV trip through the Pacific Northwest. The three families were from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and they started their journey in Seattle where their Russian contingent now lives.

We shared some snacks, including their miniature Belarus pancakes that are dipped in maple syrup and eaten with the fingers, along with some fun sipping adult beverages. I can say this is the first time I’ve ever had authentic Russian white lightning and it was definitely throat-warming on the way down.

We enjoyed our time with our new Eastern European friends and the Vintage Cruiser was an integral tool that facilitated the fun of the trip. Learn more about it on our upcoming feature story on Rollin’ On TV.

Detroit State Lake Park

Detroit State Lake ParkDetroit State Lake Park's campground offers nearly 300 sites on the shore of a forest-ringed canyon reservoir in the Cascade Mountains. The nine-mile-long lake is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other water sports. Sightseers enjoy views of snow-capped Mt. Jefferson in the distance.

The campground has horseshoe pits, a basketball court, a volleyball area, and a playground. There are two courtesy boat ramps, two reservable boat moorages, and a fishing dock.

There is also a Visitor Center that has park and area information along with gifts, ice, soft drinks, firewood, souvenirs and educational toys that can be purchased.

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