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RE: Tow vehicle and everyday driveability question

I had a Toyota Tundra w/ the 5.7l engine and my current trailer, it pulled it pretty well considering I do most of my camping in the mountains of Alberta, BC and Washington. My trailer is pretty heavy and has a high GVWR, it had my truck at the limits. As my young family got bigger I knew I was going to be slightly overweight, I decided to get a bigger truck. When I made the decision I thought I would get the biggest single rear wheel truck I could; this would give me more options should I ever decide to upgrade my trailer. The part the OP is probably most interested in… The new truck is night and day different than my old truck. The stability alone was worth the upgrade, the braking power a close second. Mine is a diesel which gives me a few other nice options like the exhaust brake; however this was an expensive option that isn’t required unless your plan is to get something super heavy down the line. Lastly, the travel days don’t seem to take the same toll they did when I had my Tundra; I get to my destination and I don’t feel like I have been on the road grinding it out. I get to where I am going and I still feel ready to rock. I like that too. Good luck with your decision!
Dr. Blake 04/15/14 10:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping Altercations?

Not really an altercation. My wife, my 7-8 month old son and I were on our very first road trip as a family. We traveled from Calgary, through BC, into Washington State and ended up Idaho. We camped and the Mudhole (AC campground) which we really like even though it is a bit close to the highway. We pull in with our tent trailer and setup camp. A fellow camper comes over and starts to chat which was great. We are chatting for about 20 minutes, it’s very friendly. Towards the end of the conversation he starts to tell me about his gun, how good a shot he is and that he has a site on it for longer range shooting at night. I don’t really have much to say, I’m from Canada, hand guns are illegal and I am not really familiar with them. He then tells me I had better keep it down at night, keep my son on a lease (he couldn’t walk at that point) and follow the rules. I was dumbfounded, I stated I was with my family, we like to hike during the day, my son goes to bed at 7 pm and we then just quietly sit around the fire. He left back to his own site. That whole 4 days they were there they ran their contractor generator past the suitable hours, had bonfires and disregarded a whole host of other rules. What a bonehead. We still love to camp in the USA and 99.99% of people have been great, but that guy was tough pill to swallow!
Dr. Blake 03/13/14 05:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Olympic Natl Park Info

Is that the Seal Rock Forest Service campground on the east side of the peninsula, Dr. Blake, right on Hoods Canal? If so, I remember it as pretty tight. The Rangers/host won't "deny access" or anything, but you might have a bit of shoehorning/maneuvering to do. Probably depends on the site, of course. Can you remember how tight? Is driving through the park challenging or just backing in because its narrow and tight? We are doing a bunch of sites in the national park, I really prefer the off the grid sites, can anyone recommend something similar to this campground within a half hour range? Thanks for the help!!
Dr. Blake 03/05/14 09:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Olympic Natl Park Info

Quick question - Seal Rock campgroung website says the campsites are limited to 21 foot RVs? I am about 27 feet tip to tail, will my RV fit in sights at Seal Rock? Are the Ranges pretty sticky about the rules? Thanks!!
Dr. Blake 03/04/14 04:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Researching 4 season TT's - Arctic Fox?

Love my Arctic Fox. Have camped in the mountains in Alberta in late November with friends. Our furnace intermittently ran, theirs ran all night. It gets pretty cold at night here in November, we were fine. The minus 25 we have had is probably challenging for any unit, but I certainly think my AF would perform better than almost any other brand. I know there are some other brands that have similar specs so I wouldn't limit myself to AF if I had never owned one before. With that, I have nothing bit good things to say and have used it comforatably in minus 15. Hope that helps. PS - I always like reading your tales of adventure good for a laugh and your ingenuity always impresses me.
Dr. Blake 02/10/14 10:52pm Travel Trailers
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