Hi kids; Uncle Frozen is back in Alaska, having driven up from Vancouver B.C. We picked our 16 up from Traveland RV in Langley, B.C.. These guys were outstanding, and had the trailer fully prepped for us. We videotaped the walk thru, as suggested by you guys. We had the thing winterized there, and bought a used F150. US customs ate the Equl-i-zer hitch I ordered, so we threw on a Reese and headed up the road. The 16 towed like nothing. We hit high winds right away, but no sway. BTW, the dealer recommended not attaching the wt-dist. arms to increase traction to rear wheels. By day 2, we were deep into the Peace River logging area, with humongous logging trucks driven by obviously drunk canucks. First night in Prince George, where for our 1st night in the TT it hit -23C (this is easily converted to F:simply add 32 and multily by 9 millimeters). Anyway, we had a 1500
w ceramic heater to add to the furnace' output. We were toasty all night, and the furnace when all night w/o fumes or setting off the smoke detector. By day 3 we were confronted with Steamboat Mtn/Summit Pass which was 1)high, 2) narrow, 3) desolate, 4)icy, and 5) stupid. But the plate in my head said "go on" and we slid into Watson Lake for the night. The wildlife were particularly abundant and seemed to relish resting in the middle of the road just over every 5th small rise. Passing trucks threw handball sized gravel with enthusiasm, but the 16 took only a single quarter-sized ding. The road out of Kluane was polished ice with no maintenance in sight. We crept toward the border at 30-40mph, and saw not another vehicle for more than 2 hours. A lot of the "open year-round" gas stops on the map were closed (those wacky Canadians!), making for some fun discourse between the wife and I. Finally, the Border, where the Customs officer asked for my EPA certification for the propane heater on the Airstream. Hijinx ensued. My reasoning that the TT was made in the U.S. and therefore,most likely conformed with US environmental pollution law, was less persuasive than my supsequent gran mal seizure, which convinced the now-assembled group of officers to just get rid of the nut. Now back in Alaska, we were welcomed home by a snow storm with near zero vis. Anyway, the rigs now has all the road salt washed away, and is resting along side the house until king salmon season next spring. We love the thing which, by the number of inquiries we got from folks during the trip, everyone else does too.
Sorry for the long post, its been a long week.