2021 [email protected] 400 Solo Boondock?

Does anyone have one yet? Does having the bed pulled out interfere with the opening of fridge? Any other warnings/insights would be helpful. I’ll be special ordering one just trying to decide if there’s anyone’s experience they can share. Sometimes there’s 3 of us and sometimes it’s just me and the pup. 
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  • Denny16Denny16 Member Posts: 901
    edited June 2
    Have you checked out the various walk through videos on UTube, gives some insight in how the sliding bed is setup.  From what I have seen, does not look like the fridge is blocked from opening, as the cushion top is well below the fridge door.  But getting to the fridge would involve being up on the bed when pulled out, as the bed is in front of the fridge area.  See photo below from Princess Craft RV:

    You can see the bed blocking the walk area to the fridge, and blocking some of the galley cabinets.  Seems when using the galley, the bed needs to be changed to the
     “single” position, closed up.

    This is an interesting layout, that we considered before buying the standard TaB400.
    We like the big closet in the standard layout, with the two-way fridge.  But nuCamp may have gone to a two-way compressor fridge in the 2021 TaB400 for the larger fridge option (from what Princess RV was saying in a walk through video) replacing the three way (black door) previously used in 2020, which is a good move if this is the case.  This becomes a nice option for those not needing the closet area, while retaining the more efficient two-way fridge.

    As newer technology battery based systems are developed, I see not too far off, AC/DC systems completely replacing propane in RVs.  I live in a rural area, where our home fuel choices started out wood fire based heat/hot water, to propane and diesel fuel, and now electrical systems with solar options are starting to replace all the traditional fuel methods,  

    Larger home type Alde systems can be very efficiently used with AC/DC solar systems, augmented by shore power.  So the move away from fossil fuels has begun...
    Cheers
    2018 TaB400, Jeep Gladiator truck, Northern California Coast
  • kellywkellyw Member Posts: 29
    Ok, that’s actually very helpful. I was under the impression that the solo model was the one that offered the larger 2 way...interesting. I really don’t need the closet space but I didn’t want the 3 way fridge because I heard the 2 way is more efficient. Also basically the bed would have to be stowed in the solo and I’m not great about stowing in the 320 so I’m pretty sure that bad habit would follow me into the 400. 😉 I’ll check out the solo walk through videos. I also just learned no froli system with the solo too so 🤔 
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  • Denny16Denny16 Member Posts: 901
    edited June 1
    Correct, but you could always add the froli system.   You might be right, all the Solos may have the 2-way fridge?
    cheers
    2018 TaB400, Jeep Gladiator truck, Northern California Coast
  • kellywkellyw Member Posts: 29
    @Denny16, regarding...

    “But nuCamp has gone to a two-way compressor fridge in the 2021 TaB400 for the larger fridge option replacing the three way (black door) previously used in 2020, which is a good move.  This becomes a nice option for those not needing the closet area, while retaining the more efficient two-way fridge.”


    If anyone has a picture of the Isotherm Larger 2 way refrigerator installed (on a 2021 400 STD/BD) in the closet area next to bathroom on drivers side, can you post here?

    I’ve searched videos, forum and the inter webs 😂 quite obsessively to no avail to see if anyone received it on a 2021, and I’ve come up empty. 

    After looking at a close up of the solo bed platform with the slide out without the mattress, installing the froli aftermarket wouldn’t work as intended - at best it would be too far apart in rows to be effective when the bed is extended. I think it would work fine if single bed configuration and the bed slide wasn’t out for the larger bed setup though. 

    Also, still trying to get confirmation that the larger 2 way Isotherm is what they would install in the standard bed configuration. (So yes, back to thinking that would be best) I can only find the 3 way larger fridge as being Norcolds in any of the pictures with a standard bed. The build sheets say Solo 12v 2 way for fridge, which as some other have indicated also indicated a Solo model build, to the factory. Maybe the dealer build sheet just hasn’t caught up with the change?

    The froli is a must for comfort, I think. If I can get the Isotherm larger 2 way (like the one in the Solo model) where the closet is in the standard layout that would be the best configuration for us. Yes the extra maneuvering space would be great with the dog under foot but us being foodies, we’ll sacrifice the floor clearance for food storage as to not have to lug a cooler too. 😉

    Thanks for humoring me and providing such good insight - I feel like I have to ‘chew all the taste out’ of every option before settling and pulling the trigger on the order form and paying my deposit this week and being locked in. Also super excited I’m finally getting closer to getting a 400!

    Hoping this configuration is possible:
    2021 Tab 400
    Boondock Package (including solar panels)
    Larger Isotherm 12v fridge on drivers side
    Microwave
    White exterior
    White trim
    Gray Interior accent
    Cobblestone fabric
    Single accent stripe (Color still undecided - may skip stripe)
    Upgraded Maxxair 14 speed fan - done after production or at dealer. 


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  • kellywkellyw Member Posts: 29
    I did get confirmation this morning that the larger isotherm is only for the solo model. They can’t install in the standard closet space. 

    So I finally ordered my 400 and wrote the check! It’s for real now. 😁 Should get it in August - just in time for fall trips. Until then, I’m going to continue enjoying my 320 and then probably list for sale here on the forum. It’ll make someone else a happy camper too! 😁

    Here’s the configuration I selected:

    2021 Tab 400
    w/Boondock Package (including solar panels)
    2 way 12v fridge on drivers side
    Microwave
    White exterior
    White trim
    Gray Interior accent
    Cobblestone fabric
    No graphic stripes/accents

    It should be a blank canvas for decorating! 😊

    I’ll wait on the maxxair fan - for now. I’ll probably get done at dealer at delivery or some other less busy time. 
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  • Denny16Denny16 Member Posts: 901
    edited July 17
    Congratulations!  Grand move, too bad the larger fridge option is not a compressor 2-way unit, thanks for confirming this.  You will be happy with the extra closet locker space.  You could add shelves in the back part of the closet, that is being covered up with a blank panel.    We have the two way fridge under the galley counter and it is quite large, almost 2 cubic feet.
    Do post some photos when it arrives.
    cheers
    2018 TaB400, Jeep Gladiator truck, Northern California Coast
  • ChrisFixChrisFix Member Posts: 201
    edited June 2
    @kellyw
    Did you order from Beckley's? 
    I picked up my 2021 [email protected] 400 Boondock from them yesterday, and they were great to work with. 
    And it's a really nice little'ish camper! Towed beautifully and easily - I had a 325 mile trip home so it had a good shake down trip.
    Glad you were able to order the perfect new camper! Good luck with it all.

    P.S. I think your white on white is going to look great. I probably wouldn't have ordered the new gray trim that the in-stock one that I bought had, but I actually like it a lot in person. 


    After two years of looking and considering...finally the proud owner of a 2021 [email protected] 400 Boondock!
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  • kellywkellyw Member Posts: 29
    ChrisFix said:
    @kellyw
    Did you order from Beckley's? 
    I picked up my 2021 [email protected] 400 Boondock from them yesterday, and they were great to work with. 
    And it's a really nice little'ish camper! Towed beautifully and easily - I had a 325 mile trip home so it had a good shake down trip.
    Glad you were able to order the perfect new camper! Good luck with it all.

    P.S. I think your white on white is going to look great. I probably wouldn't have ordered the new gray trim that the in-stock one that I bought had, but I actually like it a lot in person. 


    I’m so glad you got your 400! So exciting. 😄 It looks great! I agree they are very thorough at Beckleys. Great people there. 

    I did end up ordering from Miller’s Trailer in PA though. Beckleys was very busy and Millers a bit more responsive and has a good reputation as well. They’re about the same distance from me give or take a few miles. It should be delivered in August.  
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  • kellywkellyw Member Posts: 29
    Denny16 said:
    Congratulations!  Grand move, too bad the larger fridge option is not a compressor 2-way unit, thanks for confirming this.  You will be happy with the extra closet licker space.  You could add shelves in the back part of the closet, that is being covered up with a blank panel.    We have the two way fridge under the galley counter and it is quite large, almost 2 cubic feet.
    Do post some photos when it arrives.
    cheers
    I think I’ll be happy with the smaller fridge now. They explained that there actually is quite a bit of room in it which I hadn’t realized because my 2015 320s has the old style and very small Norcold. I think the 2 way will be more efficient too. Good idea on the shelves in the back of the wardrobe. I may actually try that mod. I’m going to see if I need the extra space first. I’m going to try and stay minimal in the 400. My 320 has a lot in it that I just thought I’d use but didn’t end up using so I’m going to purge before moving it all to the 400. And then try not to fill up the camper again lol
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  • ChrisFixChrisFix Member Posts: 201
    @kellyw
    "And then try not to fill up the camper again lol"

    That's going to be the hardest part!!
    After two years of looking and considering...finally the proud owner of a 2021 [email protected] 400 Boondock!
    2020 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E with Redarc Trailer Brake Controller
  • Denny16Denny16 Member Posts: 901
    Yes, we tend to use up all available space.  Just make up a list of what is really needed for your average camping trip, and just add that.  Other items that are used only for some trips, can be stored at home and added when needed.
    cheers
    2018 TaB400, Jeep Gladiator truck, Northern California Coast
  • jenniferlzrjenniferlzr Member Posts: 38
    kellyw I went back and forth between the standard and solo. You can put a froli system in the solo, but it would only work for the one side. I love the left side of the standard and the right side of the solo (if you're standing at the dinette). I don't like that wall right beside the stove, but I do like the extra floor space with the solo. 
  • kellywkellyw Member Posts: 29
    kellyw I went back and forth between the standard and solo. You can put a froli system in the solo, but it would only work for the one side. I love the left side of the standard and the right side of the solo (if you're standing at the dinette). I don't like that wall right beside the stove, but I do like the extra floor space with the solo. 
    That’s exactly what I thought. What did you end up choosing? I think In the end I’ll be happy with what I’ve chosen because any way you slice it I’ll still have a ton more room then my 320. My bulldog it part tank, lol so not having her directly underfoot was the goal...I’m sure she has her own plan 😂 Oh no, it just occurred to me I’ve just given her a longer ramp to charge ...and she does NOT have brakes 🤣
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  • kemcgrawkemcgraw Member Posts: 9
    edited July 17
    @kellyw Would you share how much you paid for your 400? And what is the deposit?  Thanks
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  • WrenaaWrenaa Member Posts: 2
    We have a 2021 Tab 400 Solo Boondock at the dealer but still need to pick it up. (Frustrating it is there but they are too busy to release it right now!). What sold us on the Solo is the extra size sleeping area (Once you set up) and also neither of us have to crawl each other to get out of bed. You sleep head at stargazer window and feet towards the kitchen. I tend to be claustrophobic And we are both over 5’9” so didn’t want to feel wedged in. I think the name ‘SOLO is a misnomer. After trying out laying in it, we felt much more comfortable sleeping with the two of us.  The downside is setup but that’s ok. They can add the froli system but we will try it out first. I’m thinking of getting a 2-3 inch memory foam pad to roll up Or a couple portable ones we’ve seen at Costco and always have bedding on. So not to have to tuck in sheets every night! 
    We Really like the extra seating area in the back without the bed pulled out out. Just adds a great lounging space, but it is at the expense of a closet. We only plan on weekend trips but if you’re creative I think you could make it work long term, factoring in car storage. 
    2 way fridge is standard. We plan to get a Small plug in cooler to supplement and plug in our Jeep if necessary. The propane connector in the back should be great for cooking anything especially hot or smoky. So many great options with exterior burners! 
    2021 does have the coolest system up front in the dinette with the Solo. I’ve heard that’s a lot quieter than under the bed. 
    So many fun features - can’t wait to get out there for our first trip! 
    **one bummer is they removed back up camera on 2021 model. Seems like an odd feature to take away!  Any suggestions on a back camera? 

  • Denny16Denny16 Member Posts: 901
    Congratulations on your TaB400 Solo, we looked at getting one also, but found a good deal on a slightly used 2018 instead.
    cheers
    2018 TaB400, Jeep Gladiator truck, Northern California Coast
  • kellywkellyw Member Posts: 29
    kemcgraw said:
    @kellyw Would you share how much you paid for your 400? And what is the deposit?  Thanks
    I ordered a 2021 400 BD Standard layout and payed a little over $32k. The deposit was 25% to place the order. It’s supposed to be delivered to dealer at the end of this month. It’s about an 8-10 week lead time on factory orders last I was told. I ordered beginning of June. HTH. 😊

    Kelly
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  • ldfldf Member Posts: 2
    edited July 27
    What is the dry tongue weight for your 2021 TAB 400 Solo?  What type of Tow Vehicle do you plan on using?

    Thanks.  Still shopping around.

    Wrenaa
    said:
    "We have a 2021 Tab 400 Solo Boondock at the dealer but still need to pick it up "
  • WrenaaWrenaa Member Posts: 2
    The Tongue weight dry on the 400 SOLO is quoted at 327. Dry weight is 2866.  We will be towing with a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. The Overland is rated to tow up to 6200 so we should have plenty of tow capacity. We added a brake control but the Overland came pre-wired to tow. We finally pick up our SOLO ‘Khaleesi’ Thursday morning - can’t wait!! Plan on our first excursion Friday night! 

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