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Old 10-10-2015, 09:21 AM   #1
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Thoughts on our long trip

Below are some thoughts on our just completed 3700 mi trip to PEI and Maine. Nothing about destinations or sightseeing... this is nothing for you veteran travelers but maybe some newbies can benefit.


1. ton TV more than adequate for any mountains in the East, including previous trips through Smokies
2. Almost all cgs provided better views out rear so FB good arrangement
3. Sleep Number bed a delight
4. Some nasty main roads out there calling themselves Interstates
5. Avoided interstates through metros but around Boston and DC still horrible
6. Expected to see more Airstreams than I did
7. Gas mileage 12.5-14 depending on terrain. Hard tonneau increased about 1 mpg
8. I normally drive only 250 mi/day; carried a 2 gal gas can for a couple of exceptions to avoid interim fuel stops. Never really needed it, but it was a comfort.
9. My cell phone did not work in Canada; disposable cell phones there are expensive but useful
10. Unofficially, Airstreams prefer Silverado, a few Fords, a few GMC, little RAMs
11. With wifi ranger got Wi-Fi almost everywhere
12. But there are still campgrounds without or that charge so I was happy I also had a cell hotspot
13. Smoke alarm is a nuisance, pull the battery.
14. I have EZPass, dont leave home without it

Despite all that I have read and seen about AS quality problems, ours behaved almost flawlessly for the whole trip making the travel a delight and a lifetime experience. Yes, I have a few minor maintenance items awaiting my attention and I had to fix a few minor issues on the trip. But, everything worked and nothing broke.

Larry
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Old 10-10-2015, 10:30 AM   #2
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Good report. Thank you.

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Thanks, Larry. Appreciate your write-up and so glad you had a great trip!
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:53 AM   #4
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Good to hear on the Half Ton.

Do you by chance know what your loaded weight of the trailer was?
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:20 AM   #5
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I have never weighed the rig loaded out for such a long trip but based on my previous CAT scale ticket plus guesstimate I think about 6300 or so.

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On the highway, what was your targeted cruise speed?
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:13 PM   #7
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Hi from AZ. . . good report Larry, we too completed long trip this summer & agree with most of your comments/points. My FC28 was heavier (the way She loads for a trip ,) the F150 Eco boost did great thru Rockies, Canadian Rockies, etc. We bought the Verizon international plan for one phone, expensive, but needed something up there, eh ? Urban Interstates EVERYWHERE are a pain. . .rough and congested. I'll never do I-15 thru SLC again ! Loved Canada, EXCEPT for gas stations (American credit cards didn't work at pump, pre-pay, guess how many liters you need, blah blah blah.) Canadian beer is really good, and really expensive . Roads in Alaska are worse than you've heard, really. Planning the next adventure now ! travel safe, Craig
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:19 PM   #8
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Love it!! Useful, although I expected Airstreams to prefer Rams more than reported.
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:32 PM   #9
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I also have the F150 Ecoboost. Interested in how you towed through the high elevations. Always in tow/haul or in manual and selected the gears yourself?

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I drive 55 mph, period. I stay in the right lane and let the traffic whiz by. My moving average for a whole day is consistently 50. We stop every couple of hours for bladder relief and stop about 30 minutes for lunch, typically an hour total in a day. 6-7 hours total is my limit, 5-6 is better. I always use tow-haul. I do not use cruise control on grades, but use it on mostly level road including moderate hills. Downshifts to 5th are common, sometimes to 4th on steeper grades. Only been down to 3rd in the steeper Smokies.
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Another thought:
This summer I had a flat tire on my Safari, the first on any camping trailer in 40+ years of towing. I found out those 12v compressors take forever!!! I'll have a 120v compressor next time I tow.

ps: Some low life person stole the spare from my Excella while it was in storage.
I hope they have tire separation and their lug bolts break!
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We are newbies! How far in advance do you make reservations at an RV park? On a long trip do you alternate between RV parks and dry camping at Wallmarts etc?
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Nothing wrong with Chevy as I've owned many. My 2015 Ford F150 eco boost is a marvel though. The 1st gas engine truck to produce more foot pounds of thrust than HP is wonderful to drive.
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11. With wifi ranger got Wi-Fi almost everywhere
I had a different experience with mine. This summer I had a 3000 mile trip and most times it did not work. I am amazed that so many campgrounds get by with saying they have wifi and yet the signal is available at the registration building. That has been MOST places I have been.

[QUOTE]This summer I had a flat tire on my Safari, the first on any camping trailer in 40+ years of towing. I found out those 12v compressors take forever!!! I'll have a 120v compressor next time I tow.
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I got the big kahuna Slime model- 1.9 cfm.v $69 on Amazon. It is fast:

http://slime.com/346/products/2x-pro...nflator-40026/


It certainly is not the only brand out there. I saw one similar at harbor freight. There is another brand VIAIR is popular but expensive. 2 1/2 minutes for a tire fill 225/60/18. It is 1.47 cf.

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We are newbies! How far in advance do you make reservations at an RV park? On a long trip do you alternate between RV parks and dry camping at Wallmarts etc?
Don't know about Ibrodski but I go for about 2 mths in advance and I contact the places I want to dry camp too, get a name and get clearance.
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