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Old 04-08-2015, 09:14 AM   #15
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Thanks, Weirdstuff! I'm really liked your blog. Actually, it makes me a little nervous about parts falling off. Yikes!

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If you catch a ferry at a higher tide the clearance won't be an issue.
I have no idea about this part of the world, but, fwiw, our problem on the ferry boats in New Brunswick were at high tide. Problem was the tides were super high that day, and instead of having a problem with the on ramps being at a steep decline, they were at too steep of an incline.

Not saying I wouldn't try to go on a small ferry again, but we were lucky we only suffered minor damage. Could have been much worse!

These AI extendeds are waaayyyyy too low to the ground with such a long back overhang!
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:49 AM   #16
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Thanks, Mike. I've looked at the website for the ferry and the only thing I am slightly concerned about is the ground clearance. I don't think we have the recommended 12 inches of ground clearance. Especially in the back of the vehicle. Ours is in storage right now so I can't measure, but I would be surprised if it was 12 inches.


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Very few vehicles have 12 inches of ground clearance. The real problem is long overhang behind rear wheels of extended length Sprinter. I've scrapped mine many time now and plan to add some roller skids to minimize future damage. Another option I've considered is air suspension that would allow raising the back end. Key is to go very slow when there is a risk of scrapping the back end to limit damage.

Whidbey Island also has one of the best RV campgrounds in the county on the Naval Air Station. It's only open to Authorized Users: Active Military, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV and DoD Civilians.

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Old 04-08-2015, 12:29 PM   #17
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Ferry ride

We crossed on the ferry last summer with our 31' International Sovereign with a Ford Expedition. They swallowed us like a compact car! No Problems!
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Old 04-08-2015, 03:53 PM   #18
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As I have suggested before, PLEASE, PLEASE add roller skids to your tow bars and PREVENT DAMAGE to your Interstates. You can find them at etrailers.com in pairs, either bolt-ons or welded variety. They are so worth the small expense to save your rear ends. You also could consider a roller skid that slides into your 2 inch tow bar, but I think having two skids distributes the weight better. Personally, I think it should be standard equipment on all Interstates.
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Other than less friction, what advantage to the roller skids have over the OEM fixed skids? Just want to figure out cost/benefit.
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The rollers do not sound like your tearing the bottom off your expensive motorhome, and does not leave grooves in asphalt or for that matter whatever you going into or out of. My rollers are about 3 inches long, so weight distribution is pretty good.
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We live in Anacortes and as the final leg of our 4500 mile 31 day trip back from North Carolina last Tuesday we took the Port Townsend to Coupeville ferry. Zero problems -- we were towing our small 4 x 6 enclosed utility trailer so much longer than our normal 22'. Fare was about $45 if you are concerned about grounding out take the loading ramp at an angle but we have been on this ferry many times and never had a problem. If it's around lunch time when you cross, stop for a very excellent lunch of local mussels at Coupeville's Front St Grill and be sure to check out Deception Pass and spend some time in our lovely hometown Anacortes.
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Thanks for all the help everyone! We're looking forward to our trip up north and to our ride on the ferry! I feel better about the crossing after all your comments.


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