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Towing advice on a 2 week trip?

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by Achuop, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Mar 7, 2018 at 8:52 PM
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    Hi All,

    I will be towing the below trailer in August from Southern California to Whistler, Canada. Multiple stops in between. 2 week road trip. The furthest I have towed is 6 hours away with my previous 2004 Sequoia. Round trip will be about 2500 miles.

    • 2017 Forest River Wildwood 23ft Towing 4,473
    I will be towing with my 2015 5.7L CM. 55k miles.

    Anything y’all recommend?

    TIA

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  2. Mar 7, 2018 at 8:56 PM
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    Enjoy the trip!!!

    Spare parts is a good thing:

    Bearing set, already greased in a plastic bag.

    Spare bulbs

    Spare brake magnet

    Tools to perform these tasks
     
  3. Mar 7, 2018 at 8:57 PM
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    Is a brake controller recommended?
     
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    A few necessities. Sway control hitch, cooler full with beverage if choice, gas money, and a major itch to have a great time! (Gas money is optional depending on surroundings)
     
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  5. Mar 7, 2018 at 9:00 PM
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    I’m going to need a lot of gas money. Calculated 1000k.
     
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  6. Mar 7, 2018 at 9:08 PM
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    Nice rig. Good job coming up to Canadia for a visit also! I don’t know what exactly your thinking as tips but I’d make sure my transmission fluid was in good shape prior to leaving. An auxiliary trans cooler is always a bonus for a hauler too. August is always hot hot hot! I keep a bottle of tire slime in my trailer as well for flats on tight windy roads without good pullover room to replace. Have a blast sound like a good trip!
     
  7. Mar 7, 2018 at 9:16 PM
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    Absolutely! A lot of folks like the P3 controller.
     
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    Make sure your trailer has good tires and a good spare tire or two if you have room for it. I'd also make sure the truck tires are good to go as well. A portable compressor or CO2 tank wouldn't be a bad idea either. First aid kit, plenty of water in case you do find yourself broke down.
     
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    I used a P3 on my '14 tundra pulling a 29' TT ( 7200lb) from Durango to the Grand Canyon. Absolutely loved it.
     
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    Bearing set?
     
  14. Mar 8, 2018 at 7:03 AM
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    I already got tow mirrors. Thanks.

    Is the secondary/auxiliary trans cooler easy to install?

    Our iteneary.

    Big Sur
    Napa Valley
    Crater Lake
    Portland
    Seattle
    Multiple places in Canada
    Bend, OR
    Lake Tahoe
    Home
     
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    Hi from Vancouver BC. I agree tires have to be good and having a spare bearing for the trailer is a great idea. That all being said there are lots of services along the way so you won’t be out in the cold if something goes wrong. Whistler is great in August!
     
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    Install isn’t bad. Drain transmission fluid first. Just cut a two 90’s into into the existing transmission line return line and tube in new aux cooler.

    There are a few good yt videos explaining and showing step by steps as well.

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    Is anyone having luck with the factory installed break controller?
     
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    I do believe people have been having good results on the new models. There is a software update on some of the older models with IBCs.
     
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    I've only towed my flatbed trailer a couple times so far but IBC in my truck seems to be working fine. Hopefully, mine already has the update.
     
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    You living back in CA?
     
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    Yes, back home in Cali!
     
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    Welcome back home :woot:

    You should join the SoCal group when we do another meet :boink: ;)

    Not to side track your thread. The drive from Vancouver to whistler is amazing. Did some snowboarding in whistler and it was insane :thumbsup:
     
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    Sounds like a plan! I’m actually going to be mountain biking in whistler plus other destinations.
     
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    What would my mpg be towing 5000lbs?
     
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    Have fun! That’s sounds like an awesome trip! Your Tundra is ganna love it!

    And like @Watt maker said, brake controller is a must!
     
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    Depends on how fast you want to go and how much you push your truck to get there. Also depends on the front surface area of your trailer and if there’s any wind.
     
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    In no hurry. Following all speed limits. You think I can average 8mpg?
     
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