We have just returned home after 135 days and 18,618 miles.
We left Indiana in late March to attend the St. Augustine Rally. Had a great time and then went on to the Follow Me to Paradise Rally in Key West. From there we headed across the Southern USA and up the West Coast to Vancouver, BC. We had no time schedule other than we had 3 months to get to Vancouver by July 9th. We then boarded a ship for an Alaskan cruise thru the inside passage, and traveled Alaska for an additional 10 days. We traveled about 100 miles North of the arctic Circle while in Alaska. So.... on this trip we were at the Southernmost point of the USA and crossed the Arctic Circle in one trip. We had one other goal. Since we were married my wife and I had been to every State in the Union except Alaska and Idaho. So, after returning from Alaska we headed for Idaho.
I thought I would provide some details about our trailer and tow vehicle, because I believe both have been thoroughly tested on this trip.
We towed our 1963
Trade Wind (24') with a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0L diesel. We averaged 17.11 mpg on this trip. I am very pleased with the mileage, especially since much of our trip was in mountainous terrain with steep grades. The engine never worked hard even on long steep grades. I never lost speed on uphill grades and the RPM's never exceeded 2500.
I have an Equal-i-zer hitch with 600 lb. bars. We experienced severe cross winds on three different occasions on our trip (once in New Mexico they closed the highway because of the severe winds) yet I never experienced any sway.
I know there has been much discussion about TVs and hitches, and my Jeep with an Equal-i-zer is considered inadequate by many, but my experience proved them both to be up to the task.
I'll end this segment with a couple of pictures from the St. Augustine and Key West Rallies.