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Old 01-05-2019, 01:08 AM
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2000 miles one way!!!! Now that's a trip. One of these days, before I die, I'd like to take off on a 3 month trip like that. Just dawdle along with no particular timetable and see where we end up. Never seem to be able to do it. Always have to come home for some reason or another.

Unlike you, I like freeways and major highways. Our rig is 12' 9" high and chugging along backcountry roads scare me. I'm afraid that a low hanging branch, or even worse, the ol' 11' 8" bridge will rip the roof off. Those backroads are the reason we tow the car.



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Thanks. You too.

The main reason I personally like staying off the freeway is hauling a 33ft camper on the freeway at around 60mph with everyone else flying by at 75mph causes the trailer to start whipping around behind causing the dreaded death wobble. And I have a 12000 hitch setup with the weight distribution bars and anti sway shock. But I think I may have solved that problem. The last time I towed the camper with the SUV, I think the hitch was set too high taking the weight off the back of the vehicle and shifting it toward the rear of the trailer. I'm going to tryi lowering the hitch one hole on the adjustable shaft to bring the front of the trailer down.

With the weight distribution bars, I can almost lift the rear tires off the ground. Yes, it takes the weight off the vehicle but you don't want too much weight off as it becomes unstable.

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Here's the rough draft of the planned route. That's also not taking into consideration the fact that the camper is a 60 mile drive from the city and it's a 4hr drive to Duluth Minnesota. Also, if we want to do Cape breton and prince Edward island that'll add more mileage.

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My S-I-L had somewhat the same problem when she had her trailer. With her it was weight distribution. She had 'way too much weight (stuff) packed and stored in the rear of the trailer.

I understand what you say about driving on the freeway. Our last Class "C" was a nightmare at anything approaching 60 mph. It got pushed and pulled all over the place by passing semis and box trucks. Any bumps or irregularities in the road and the front end and steering would go light. If both happened at the same time Jeez!!! After 5 or 6 hours you were a mental and physical wreck. The new one is like a rock. It's a pleasure to drive.

I'm still in awe at your planned trip. The longest we've ever done in 12 years of RVing is 1200 miles.
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Yes. The dreaded death wobble. I'll try adjusting the hitch. It has the adjustable shaft with 6 different settings. I'm thinking that lowering one notch and using the bars to level up will transfer some weight forward and provide more stability.

For a trip that size, I could potentially do longer days and make it there in 4 days. But as they say, its not the destination, it's the journey.

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We changed our plans for the August trip. Instead, we bumped it up a couple of weeks and are leaving here july 17th heading west towards mount Rushmore. The first couple nights will be 4 hours away in dryden Ontario to spend some time with my in laws. Then 2 hours west to kenora Ontario to watch my brother race. Followed by Winnipeg Manitoba for a few days then we turn south into north Dakota working our way to south Dakota and mt Rushmore. After a few days there, we turn east and work our way towards Duluth Minnesota for a 2 day outdoor concert August long weekend before heading home.

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We changed our plans for the August trip. Instead, we bumped it up a couple of weeks and are leaving here july 17th heading west towards mount Rushmore. The first couple nights will be 4 hours away in dryden Ontario to spend some time with my in laws. Then 2 hours west to kenora Ontario to watch my brother race. Followed by Winnipeg Manitoba for a few days then we turn south into north Dakota working our way to south Dakota and mt Rushmore. After a few days there, we turn east and work our way towards Duluth Minnesota for a 2 day outdoor concert August long weekend before heading home.

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We have all the campgrounds booked for the trip. There were a couple of small changes after the sites were booked as we decided to spend a couple nights in kenora Ontario to watch my brother race.

So it will be a 4 hr drive to dryden for 2 nights. Then 2 hours to kenora. Followed by 2 hours to Winnipeg. Then 3 hours south into north Dakota. And so on.....

It's an easy driving trip. The longest drive is 5 hours. I've got the scooter lift ready to hook up to the camper when I get it home this weekend. But first, some preventive maintenance on the camper. I'm getting the wheel bearings repacked. It's a 2016 but we've done two big trips with it covering 10000 kms.

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Almost ready to hit the road. Just a few things left to load then bring in the slides and hook up.

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Lunch stop at the central time zone marker. Made it to our first destination at a provincial park. The skies opened up just as we were setting up. I got soaked.

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Thanks. We're actually under another tornado watch right now. We're going to be safe but I fear for our camp and home. They are under a tornado warning meaning tornadoes are imminent. The pin is where we are. That red Blob is tracking east right towards home.

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Well, just like the trip two years ago, it's been pouring rain the first full day being a bust. Two years ago we were in ney's provincial park with the same weather conditions.

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We've arrived in Winnipeg Manitoba. Tonight will be racing again. We plan on going to a water park and and amusement park both next to the campground. We're here for 4days then turning south to cross over to the dark side.

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We didn't do much yesterday after arriving at the campground. Last night we attended the red river co-op speedway races. A much bigger car count with close to 60 cars. My brother was racing there and drew the pole position in his feature in a pack of 16 cars. He led the first half of the race and was walking away with it till he broke a valve and had to shut it down to save the engine.

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We didn't do much yesterday after arriving at the campground. Last night we attended the red river co-op speedway races. A much bigger car count with close to 60 cars. My brother was racing there and drew the pole position in his feature in a pack of 16 cars. He led the first half of the race and was walking away with it till he broke a valve and had to shut it down to save the engine.

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Water park today. It's next door to the campground. Tomorrow is a travel day.

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We made it to devils lake ND. The campground we had booked was a disgusting turd in the middle of a field. There wasn't anyone there to check us in or direct us to a site so we left and found a nice state park near the water where we can send 2 nights. The first picture is where we stopped for lunch. We typically find a nice area to pull in and make sandwiches for the kids.

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I'll say that the last trip we took hauling the camper was with the Yukon. It did alright but speeds over 60mph were downright scary. The expedition does a much better job towing. Way more power and much more stable at higher speeds. I figure that the camper fully loaded and the scooter lift behind is somewhere around 8000lbs which was almost max on the Yukon. The expedition is rated for 9400 towing. That along with built in anti sway is allowing me to comfortably hold 70mph if needed.

Today is a relaxing day with absolutely nothing planned. Tomorrow we head for Dickinson ND before making the final treck to mount Rushmore where we stay for 4 days.

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