We finally got the opportunity to go Cricket Camping this weekend! We say finally, but we've only had the Cricket a week. Take a look at the Cricket in action at the St Louis KOA!
Mitchell's job is setting the stabilizer jacks. They are not leveling jacks, the Cricket is leveled with the tongue jack. We have a small level in the toolbox that made this easy.
The only issue we had was with the tongue toolbox. The power cord shifted on the drive and got in the way of the lock. We wrestled it for ten minutes and learned that we need to pack the toolbox more carefully!
Cozzi made the cut to join us on this camping trip. She slept like a rock...until 3:30am. She may have lost her invitation for future Cricket Camping trips.
The KOA had a jumping pillow. These are a blast and the perfect way to unwind after being stuck in the car.
The Cricket was easy to tow and park, although we had a massive pull-through campsite. We are able to back it into the garage at home, which made packing so easy.
Notice behind Lillian that the windows tip out. They have built in screens and blinds as well. The blinds let in almost no light.
The girls are figuring out how to play Bananagrams.
For an awning, we decided to order a 9x9 Kelty Noah's Tarp. A couple trekking poles and a few carabiners, and we had an awning bigger than the camper.
In case you forgot what type of camper this is...
Jessica pulled our prior pop up camping bumper stickers off before we upgraded.
Water and electric. Cricket recommends 35 psi water, which is lower than traditional campers. We found a water pressure regulator designed for landscaping that worked great. The power supply is just an extension cord.
This is a pass through port that we used to power the kitchen.
The sleeping arrangements. The master bed is firm, but not bad. Many Cricket Campers use mattress pads or camp mats to soften it, we are going to test it a few more times before we decide if we need something different. Lillian got the kid's berth and slept great. Mitchell got the hammock and slept well also, He was only about a foot off our bed, hopefully we get the second kid's berth soon! They both bombed us with their sleeping bags and I took a head shot by a falling American Girl Doll,
The included Engel is a beast. You can set it to cool, refrigerate, or freeze. It runs off the battery so your food stays cold or frozen. We envision this being a great way to pack dinners for a weeklong trip in the future. It locks to the floor. On the way home, we stopped at Trader Joes and loaded our perishables in so we didn't have to rush home.
The door step has a red nightlight, there is also red lighting inside the Cricket. This is a great way to light your path without waking up the kids!
We camp with a Little Red Campfire, a propane fire pit. We still don't have a perfect location for transporting the propane, but securing it in the cabin seemed to work. You'll also notice the cassette toilet. Some of us were happy to have that in the middle of the night, a step up from the honey bucket.
Everything we need to make our Bulletproof coffee for breakfast.
This is the space to the left of the sink. Cozzi's crate fit nicely here. In the future, we think this will become the space to pack clothing.
Our first Cricket Camping adventure was a success! We are already booked the next trip to Union City, TN because we've heard great things about Discovery Park of America and it is just a short drive for us; perfect for a mini-vacation!
Shane and Jessica
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