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#1 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:19 PM

It has been a couple years since we did a fall colors type of caravan / rally. I am thinking about setting one up for 2018. Same dates as before...Canada's Thanksgiving weekend / the U.S. Columbus day weekend in October. I am researching (when I have time) for locations other than what we have done before. I wanted to reach out though and see what some feedback on the idea is. So let me know what you think. 


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:45 PM

If there was more deciduous trees on the eastern end of Washington, I'd suggest an Northern Idaho run near Coeur D'Alene :)


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 05:51 AM

Actually there are Western Larch that turn a brite yellow. I am looking at a couple routes. The only issue I come up with is the lack of a club house at places to get out of the weather. In case the weather is not so great. 


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 07:27 AM

​ I am actually eyeballing a route on Highway 20 but over here in Eastern Washington. Starting the route in Republic Washington. Going over Sherman Pass (highest all year maintained pass in the state) and stopping in Colville Washington. From there continue on to Tiger Washington area. Each days drive would be just under 60 miles a day. Meet on a Friday in Republic. Drive to Colville on Saturday. Stay the night. Then Drive to the Tiger area on Sunday. Stay the night. Then the caravan would be over on Monday. So a 3 night deal. There are several historic stops and viewpoints on the way. As far as colors...some leafy trees. It depends on weather for timing of the Western Larch to be turning colors. I can not make it later in October as there would be a good chance of snow on the pass. In fact there is now snow on Sherman Pass. 


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:08 PM

It's a pretty drive all through there


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 04:19 PM

We might even be TC campers again by then..........we're in!


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 05:02 AM

We might even be TC campers again by then..........we're in!

 

 Hey guys, it would be great to see you again. It has been a while for sure!


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:28 PM

Still takin care of family, but we've decided on what we want for our "travel the USA" tour.     :happy0068:


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 10:47 AM

..... we've decided on what we want for our "travel the USA" tour.     :happy0068:

Going to give us some hints of places you want to see?



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 04:24 PM

​I have figured out logistics on where to stay for the route that is shown in the link at the end. Start in Republic for one night. Go to Colville for one night. Then on to Metaline for the 3rd night. Only 100 miles broken up with stops of views and history. Tell me what you think...is there interest? Dates would be Columbus Day weekend or Thanksgiving Day (October) for our Canadian friends. 

 

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https://www.google.com/maps/dir/48.6523633,-118.671629/48.8504067,-117.3909642/@48.6900196,-118.0949103,78325m/data=!3m1!1e3


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 08:27 PM

Going to give us some hints of places you want to see?

 

We will start with the lower 48, and we plan on hitting every state.  No real planning.....it will be an adventure!


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 04:45 PM

When you decide to do Alaska plan way ahead.  BIG state.  I lived there for 25 years and still managed to spend 3 months in our RV touring up north in 2016 with Sally and her mother seeing places I'd never taken time to visit but that were on my bucket list.  GREAT TRIP!  

 

We did SE Alaska a few months ago on a Princess Cruise so they could see the Panhandle of Alaska.  GREAT TRIP...  Sally got to walk on a Glacier out of JNU when I arranged a helicopter tour for them with a friend who works for a helicopter tour company.  She came back looking like a kid who had overdosed on candy at a candy store wearing studded bunny boots the company provides for their tour guests..  I spent several thousand hours traveling SE Alaska by helicopter so I passed on a heli tour this visit.

 

Our next trip north will be with our truck camper.  We plan to visit areas off the beaten path.  Inuvik, NT & Prudhoe Bay, places above the Arctic Circle in northern AK and north of the Yukon Territory in the Northwest Territory.     


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 06:27 PM

I think we've decided on a Host Mammoth, still in the air on what tug we'll get.


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 03:08 PM

Buy more truck then you think you will need.  I have an F-550 and a new F-450 that do the work and fill my needs.   Plowing, camper hauling, towing a 40' 5er and general load hauls.

 

Don't let your load drive your truck.  Last summer in Northern BC off the Cassier Hwy we stayed at a park and watched a couple arrive.  Entrance to the sites was a steep gravel road.  As they came down their 5'er began to drive their truck which had no control over the load pushing them down the hill as they had a 3/4 ton truck with a large 5'er.  


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 03:19 PM

That’s where properly adjusted trailer brakes come in handy. A large truck camper will be about three tons and rely solely on your truck brakes. Get the truck with the largest brakes (which means one with large 19.5” stock rims).

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:13 PM

Hi Pete:

 

Once the trailer owner got set up I went over for a visit, his name was George too.  Asked him if he had set up his trailer brakes and tested the breakway trailer brake system.  Had no idea what I was talking about.   :scared0008:  He had no idea about the break away system.  What if it doesn't release after the test?  Then you have an issue.  I got my schooling on trailer brakes while traveling north on Hwy 97 through BC, Canada back to Alaska.  Mandatory road block with RCMP for trailer inspections.  Mounty schooled me on my 1st trailer and then used mine to teach some southbound Canadians to school them on what they needed for their trailer to be legal in Canada.

 

Summer of 2016 we were in BC for under 60 minutes before some dumbass pulled in front of us and I had to lock up the truck and 31' trailer and swerve around them and avoid the southbound left turn lane traffic at an intersection.  Within a few minutes we had another azzhat pull out in front of us at 60 mph resulting in a full lock up of all brakes and a partial jack knife then I passed the idiot on the right break down lane to avoid ramming their crap box car in the ass end.  I WAS PISSED.  Hour later the interior of the 5er still smelled like burned rubber from the locked up trailer tires.  Ehhhhh


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:57 PM

That was pretty typical driver behavior in SoCal. DW doesn't want travel through there anymore because she is worried I will launch one of these idiots and hit North Korea - I told her I didn't see a problem with that...


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:50 AM

So am I to assume that all this talk on the "FALL CARAVAN" question means people like the idea?


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:04 AM

Buy more truck then you think you will need.  I have an F-550 and a new F-450 that do the work and fill my needs.   Plowing, camper hauling, towing a 40' 5er and general load hauls.

 

Don't let your load drive your truck.  Last summer in Northern BC off the Cassier Hwy we stayed at a park and watched a couple arrive.  Entrance to the sites was a steep gravel road.  As they came down their 5'er began to drive their truck which had no control over the load pushing them down the hill as they had a 3/4 ton truck with a large 5'er.  

 

 

I'm either going with an  F550 cab and chassis or an E450 cutaway, they both have about the same payload of around 9K and will GC around 22K or so.  I'm leaning towards the E450, they can be found used with diesels at reasonable prices more so that the 550.  From what I can tell the biggest problem it that the cab on the E series is 17" taller than on the truck and will require a custom made bed for the TC to sit on.  The advantage of the E series is that they are readily available in chassis lengths that the TC will be completely on the truck and not hang off the back, making towing a breeze.  The down side is that the TC will be 17" higher from the ground to clear the cab.  I'm still doing the leg work on both vehicles and haven't made a choice yet. 


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:45 AM

You will have to deal with maximum vehicle height. Between the camper base and cab over under side is about 4' and the overall height of the camper is 9.5' - This means that over 5.5' of camper is above the cab roof of the vehicle. In my case, the Ram chassis cab deck is 3.5' above the ground and puts my camper over 13' high - Do you really want to be any taller than that? If your cab height gets to be too much, you need to think about tucking the camper cab over behind the vehicle cab which will add to overall length.

 

BTW: Diesels have not been offered in the E-series since the 6.0 PSD. The 6.4 and 6.7 PSD do not fit the vans.


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