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Old 05-27-2015, 12:12 PM   #15
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Very nice writeup. I thing St. George makes sense as a base also.
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Old 05-27-2015, 12:16 PM   #16
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What a nice writeup, Westcostas. Although like most readers I'm not a full-timer, stories like that make me smile and look forward to my next trip (to Florida in two weeks). Stories like this keep everyone's enthusiasm up, I think (hope). Stay safe, and stay strong during your SoCal (right there that says is all) visit. jon
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Old 05-27-2015, 12:41 PM   #17
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Oh la vache, mrprez! A Mad Hatter fan! After living and dying with Coach Miles, life on the road should be a cinch!

As for emptying perfectly fine fresh water, some of the unknown (to us) portions of our travels required going up and down some steep grades (Scenic Byway 12 in Utah and Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado), so I lessened the load in the trailer by opening the fresh water stopcock below and left the stored water jugs full over our tow vehicle rear axle in case we couldn't find water near our disperse camping spot; we always dumped gray and black water at a campground before travel over a big grade. Btw, the brakes were pulsing big time going down the west side of Wolf Creek Pass, even in 3rd gear.

I don't know when the Tundras went to 5.7L but so far the 2012 has pulled our 28-footer loaded at 7,000 lbs fine while fully loaded itself in the bed. We have a transmission cooler that came with the truck as well as trailer brakes hooked up. The one time I used the 4WD while towing was up a short, sorta steep S-curve on a BLM dirt road (pictured) but the truck probably could have towed it up without it. I'm still learning the limits of the towing capacity and hopefully will never find out.
The 2nd generation Tundra with the 5.7 liter engine began in the 2007 model year- my truck-
I don't think it will bother the truck to haul the fresh water around. It actually makes the rig ride smoother if you can imagine that.
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Old 05-27-2015, 12:50 PM   #18
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Congrats. This post made my day. Oh and death to the Tigers..ROLL TIDE
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:13 PM   #19
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Oh la vache, mrprez! A Mad Hatter fan! After living and dying with Coach Miles, life on the road should be a cinch!

As for emptying perfectly fine fresh water, some of the unknown (to us) portions of our travels required going up and down some steep grades (Scenic Byway 12 in Utah and Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado), so I lessened the load in the trailer by opening the fresh water stopcock below and left the stored water jugs full over our tow vehicle rear axle in case we couldn't find water near our disperse camping spot; we always dumped gray and black water at a campground before travel over a big grade. Btw, the brakes were pulsing big time going down the west side of Wolf Creek Pass, even in 3rd gear.

I don't know when the Tundras went to 5.7L but so far the 2012 has pulled our 28-footer loaded at 7,000 lbs fine while fully loaded itself in the bed. We have a transmission cooler that came with the truck as well as trailer brakes hooked up. The one time I used the 4WD while towing was up a short, sorta steep S-curve on a BLM dirt road (pictured) but the truck probably could have towed it up without it. I'm still learning the limits of the towing capacity and hopefully will never find out.
Hi Jeff,

Just saw your post. Fantastic images I'm sure made even better by the freedom and isolation.
You seem satisfied with your Tundra towing your 28'AS. You state your AS weight at 7,000 lbs. My TV is a 2006 Ford Explorer 4X4 4.6 V8 with tow package which as you know schlepped my 29' Excella all over Yukon and Alaska the last few years. There were a couple times I wished I had more truck both going up and coming down. The plate on the AS states 6800 lbs. I'm not sure whether that included things like stone and rock guards but I'm pretty sure it didn't include another 200 lbs for the Onan generator at the back or another 190 lbs. for the Hensley. By the time I add everything else that we carry around and assume relatively empty tanks, I'm around 8200 lbs. The Ford is rated at 7130 lbs. and like I said, at times I really wished for a bit more oomph. Knowing what its like hauling your 28 footer at 7000 lbs. I'd be interested in your assessment of the Tundra pulling or stopping an extra 1200 or so lbs. The other thing I've got to look at is the trailer tires themselves. On expert advice 4 years ago I switched to Michelin LTX MS tires rated at 1985 lbs. each for a total of 7940 lbs. I've read on the forum where that figure has to be reduced by 10% for LT tires which leaves 7146 lbs. It seems the more I read and learn, the more trouble I seem to find myself in. Oh for the simpler days of the tent trailer without hookups. All you had to know was not to touch the canvas when it was raining.

Anyway best of luck on your continuing journeys.

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"Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!"
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:07 PM   #20
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Thank you so much for sharing. My wife and I full timed for 4 years (actually very close to 5) back in 2006. We sold our house. We bought 2 strata storage units (they are popular up here and it keeps you in the real estate market). All I can say is that we were totally different people at the end. We learned to deal with problems on our own. You become a plumber, an electrician (for small stuff) and Jack of all trades. We have a house again and an Airstream for camping in our province. What a great adventure you are living. Your pictures are awesome and one of them is now my background on my computer.
Keep at it and remember to not let the small stuff bother you. At the end it doesn't matter.
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:32 PM   #21
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Why would your brakes be pulsing on the trailer in 3rd gear downhill if you don't touch the brakes on the truck? Is that a feature of you brake controller or the truck?
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:44 PM   #22
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ghaynes: I guess I could have put it in 2nd gear but I was trying to stay at 45-50 mph and so still had to tap the brakes. I'm thinking the brakes were pulsing to keep the brake temperature down, at least that's what I was thinking. Maybe someone else could let me know. Once I got to flat terrain the braking was normal.
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:48 PM   #23
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Thanks Al for your comments and sage advice - I'll try to remember that when I get my next flat or water ends up on the floor. But you're right - the positives far outweigh the negatives and even if it goes south in the end, we'll always appreciate the opportunity to chase our dream.

I hope to show my wife your BC some day, perhaps next year. You really don't have to travel far from your front door to experience beauty.

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Old 05-27-2015, 05:03 PM   #24
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Oh la vache, mrprez! A Mad Hatter fan! After living and dying with Coach Miles, life on the road should be a cinch!
Yes, I am prepared to endure most anything after putting up with him all these years. Can't argue with his success, but geez...take out the underperforming QB and try someone new!
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:01 PM   #25
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westcoastas: I sent you a private message and think you might enjoy. "How I set up my Caravanner." I think I've planned for most, if not all, of what you learned in 7 months. Have yet to hit the road. See if you find something I've forgotten. Thanks
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:39 PM   #26
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Great post excellent photos also
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:18 PM   #27
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Great post. Thanks for inspiration. We pick up our first AS in a couple of weeks. Sold the house, shedding stuff. Waiting for our new tow vehicle as well. Will be on the road FT by August. This forum is full of great info and lots of wise comments. You all will be coming along on our ride!
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:15 AM   #28
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phowe46: Congrats on your upcoming jump. I don't know how long you've been planning on this but if it's not too long, you're right about this forum - you can find just about any question and the accompanying answers and experiences here on the forum. I really do think this forum offers new owners a fast track to becoming full-timers. I look forward to reading your experiences - it's a learning curve for all of us.

And you gotta learn to control that constant silly grin on your face.
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