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Finally!  After several long months, the wife and I are driving down from Alaska to take delivery of our Oliver.  We think we have thought of everything, but as you guys know, there is always something that we will forget.

 

So, what items and/or preparation would you guys suggest?  This is our first foray into travel trailers, and I’m hoping our last as I like to think I research well.  We have a new TV (sadly, I sold our TRD Pro Tacoma camping rig), and are loving it thus far (F250).

 

We purchased a generator for the soft start, as we plan on boondocking as much as possible, and also several hanging doo-dads for the bathroom supplies.  Dishware, bedding, and other homely items handled by my wife.  Leveling blocks, sewer hose, water filter and grill handled by me.

 

My wife and I are taking a month off to facilitate the drive from Alaska and back with stops in Moab and Montana.  Any other ideas and routes will be considered!  We are taking an ATV, so ATV friendly boondocking suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

 

This forum has been a wealth of knowledge and I have read nearly every corner of it over the last 6 month (lots of down time as I’m a MEDEVAC pilot).  Appreciate it all!

 

Pic of new tow vehicle and Bed deck I just installed....I think this will be a great adventure!

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Wow! Congratulations, that sounds like it should be an awesome trip. You can't get too much more ATV friendly than Moab, we'll be heading out there this summer. Good luck.


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Sounds like an epic first trip. As you travel home you can always stop at Walmart for items you wish you’d packed. Enjoy!  Mike


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Enjoy the heck out of both the trip and the Ollie!  The whole deal sounds like a bunch of fun.  Hopefully you will have a chance to stick around long enough for the Owner's Rally, but, its a long trip.

 

Since you will probably be doing a bit of driving on Interstate 80 in one direction or the other, make note of:

 

Cabela's in Sydney, Nebraska - they have a fairly decent campground there that is within walking distance to the store.  Plenty of restaurants and a Walmart nearby too.

 

Big Lake State Park, Craig, MO -off Interstate 29.  Very nice campground with clean showers, dump and good water.  Located right on a "oxbow" lake.  However, there is no shopping or food here - St. Joe, MO has plenty of restaurants and shopping about an hour south on I-29.

 

Blue Springs Lake Campground, 5400 NE Campground Road, Lees Summitt, MO (816-503-4805)-off Interstate 470 and Bowlin Road- Bass Pro Shop, restaurants are nearby.  Easy to get to from Interstate 70 and very close to Kansas City, nice showers well maintained park.

 

Lazy Days Campground, 1351 Hwy H, Noel, Mo (417-223-3498) - 1.5 miles off Interstate 70 a little over an hour west of St. Louis, MO.  Very nice commercial campground, clean showers, well maintained.  No food or shopping here, but about 45 minutes further west on Interstate 70 is Columbia, MO (Cracker Barrel restaurant on the right of interstate for breakfast).

 

If you need more send me a PM!

 

Bill

 

 

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There you go. If you need help figuring out how to edit pics, tell us what you are using to take them. If an iPhone or similar, it is super easy.

 

I love your tow setup, that will work great. I am not sure about leaving the top up on the Can Am for that many miles, is there a tight fitting tonneau that would protect it and also lower the profile? Do you plan to install larger mudflaps on the Ford? Those factory ones are definitely adequate for such an epic trip....

 

You will love Moab. Any of the trails outside the parks will be fair game. Just be sure your UTV is street legal if you want to tool around on roads, and keep the speed way down. The White Rim Road in Canyonlands is simply stunning, but you can’t drive your toy on it, but you could rent a Wrangler for a day, and camp overnight if you bring the gear and bags. You can only camp at designated spots along the White Rim, and reservations are essential.

 

http://www.discovermoab.com/atv.htm

 

Tell us what you like to do, and that will help..... we were at Moab in 2012 and I still have absolutely vivid memories. What a great place to visit, when it is not too warm. White Rim pics:

 

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Overnight visitor tracks on the rear bumper:

 

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John Davies

 

Spokane WA

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"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

 

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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One more thing.... do you have a special reason, or folks you are going to visit in Montana? Because this early in the season very few National Forest Service campgrounds will be open (they begin to open mid-May), much of the high country will be inaccessible due to snow, and you certainly wouldn’t be able to drive across Glacier NP.

 

Yellowstone will be mostly open, if that is on your itinerary.

 

Unless you must be in MT, I suggest that you spend an extra week in southern UT and visit the Parks there, and maybe do some exploring around Escalante in the CanAm, for example Burr Trail and the Waterpocket Fold/ Lake Powell area. Southern UT in May is delightful and warm to hot. MT will still be recovering from winter.

 

Don’t get me wrong - I love MT - but it simply can’t compare to UT for pure scenery, except for a few spots which you won’t be able to fully experience early in the season. Western MT is trees and mountains, and I bet that you get enough of that in Alaska. The desert terrain will be a refreshing change, and I suggest that you maximize your exposure to it.... two weeks would be plenty.

 

Finally, if you are driving through Spokane, send me a PM and you will be welcome to stop by, boondock in the driveway for a day or two, and take care of any maintenance chores before finishing the long haul home.

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA


"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

 

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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We are headed in the same directions, just 2 weeks further out. As you, we will be spending three weeks or more returning to home base in Montana. Plug-in parks, driveway surfing, boondocking and Cabela's/Walmart/Flying J as needed will be our parking spots. This type of travel is not something we have previously experienced as we are usually seeking out the roads less traveled and camp off-grid. We will be off grid only a few times on this trip with the longest being in the Prince William Forest National Park.

 

I've been able to stuff must of the tools, leveling, anti-theft, electrical and water related stuff into a Pelican 1660 case and a couple of Home Depot Rigid boxes. The big box will be secured in the back of the truck and the smaller boxes secured in the rear passenger area with all the other stuff. Like you, the misses will be handling the interior decorations/bedding/pots and pans, cooking needs, etc. I'm sure we will be stopping along the way for stuff we forgot. The misses has the spare bed stacked & staged with stuff and I just wonder why and if it will all fit in the rig.

 

1. Not knowing what we will run into at the campgrounds/relative's driveways, for electrical hook ups and water, I likely went overboard and bought every adapter I could envision needing. Stuff that will likely end up in a garage sale someday due to lack of need/use. The relative's will provide 120v/15a while we visit so a 12g extension cord will cover our needs or I'll rely on battery/solar/genset. Pressure regulator and in-line water filter on hand as well. I have a portable ZAMP panel I'll drag into the mix in order to check out its interface with the on-board solar system. Doubt we will need or use it but I want to insure it works.

 

2. Purchased a length of PEWAG security chain and Abus Granite locks just in case I feel the need to secure the trailer wheels to the suspension and/or chain other items down. I tend not to bother or worry much about theft as I have never had anything lifted while camping (check that...someone stole my Jeep battery years ago at a back-country trail head while hiking in Idaho). But we are headed into unknown areas on this trip and are letting common sense & caution guide us a bit on the anti-theft measures. Of course a dedicated thief will figure out how to steal something if they really are motivated. The new genset will stay hidden and secured when not in use. For some reason, I have it in my head that we will be returning some evening to an empty campsite, with Ollie gone missing,  while the in-laws are dragging us around the nation's capital to see the sites. I basically rented a primitive campground in the local national park in order to park the rig during the day while we sight see; we may or may not return in the evening. The in-laws are not set-up for us to park in their driveway. So, I'll chain the OTT up and slap on the hitch lock; hoping for the best.

 

3. I'm taking a grease gun to perform lube on the suspension at the initial pick-up and mid trip. If I don't see evidence of lube on delivery, I'll be hitting those zerks with some grease as well as pulling the bearing caps to check for grease, which if inadequate, I be pressing Oliver to tackle. I also believe in frequently cleaning & greasing the ball and coupler.

 

4. A small 120v electric heater as well as a fan. Both are Vortex brand which we have on hand already.

 

5. I have a short list of spare parts to pick-up from OTT: fuses, latches, bearing kit, and a GFCI as it appears on the schematic most circuits are run through the GFI and a bad GFI equates to a dead system. I do wonder why the microwave is not on a dedicated 15/20a circuit.

 

6. A bag of hand tools. Tire gauge and a torque wrench for the wheel lugs initial run in.

 

7. Hand delivery, back to Anita, the box of samples.

 

8. The newly dedicated to the OTT  set of Magma induction cook wear and an induction hot plate.

 

9. Shovel, collapsible bucket and ax (basic wildfire fighting tools). The USFS requires these items in some areas and they do check.

 

10. Portable air compressor capable of 80 psi. Mine is a VIAIR 450P RV.

 

11. Set of tires chains; always in the travel kit for  fall, winter and spring travels. Especially in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

 

12. Added... may or may not be needed. I decide not to risk it and will start off with a hypervent type product. Warning: It is a big box and the place I choose to purchase from was a back order deal.; took three weeks to deliver...Mold and your mattress link

 

If you wish to divulge your routing through Montana, I may be able to point you to some spots to camp. I-90 east to west and US 93 north to south will have plenty of the normal RV campgrounds (public state and fed/private) most of the usual search tools will point you to them. But again, if you have specific areas of interest, PM me and I'll see if I can guide you. The lower level areas along the rivers will be open and most high country will be snowed in until late June or early July.

 

 

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Mark - specific to #3, just make a note to check the zerks for evidence of grease.  During your delivery, the guys will be more than willing to do most of anything you ask - like add grease if not done before.  Depending on which set of batteries you got, another thing for the notes is to ask that the batteries be topped off with distilled water.

 

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Mark – specific to #3, just make a note to check the zerks for evidence of grease. During your delivery, the guys will be more than willing to do most of anything you ask – like add grease if not done before. Depending on which set of batteries you got, another thing for the notes is to ask that the batteries be topped off with distilled water.

 

Bill

 

Thanks Bill; I went with the 4 AGM set-up. And I hear you on the grease.

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7. Hand delivery, back to Anita, the box of samples.

"Hand deliver, back to Anita, the box of samples and one dozen donuts from (just up the road) Walmart Bakery."

 

Fixed it for you. Anita is a sweetheart, and so is the office dog.

 

FYI, Mouse was greased at delivery, but after 3000 miles the fittings took a lot, so maybe I should have topped them up earlier. It certainly cannot hurt to do it in TN. It is hard to do something as inherently messy and unappealing as greasing suspension ,when you have all those cool new features to play with and learn about.... For sure check the tires and lower the pressures to a reasonable setting, including the spare.

 

I hope you and Joni have a great trip, enjoy your new Ollie, and if you have time please post some road pics.

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA

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As you admitted you are new to this venture; I will add this unsolicited advice. I've always insisted upon Joni understanding the proper hook-up, set-up, operation, tie-down, towing and driving skills needed to get the whole shebang down the road. From day one when we met, I've trained and tasked her through simple demo-performance methods on towing. She is comfortable getting behind the wheel and driving us home should the need arise. If you two are not already to this point and she is willing, you may wish to take this opportunity to let your wife tackle the new tasking and get comfortable with your set-up, tear down, hook-up and disconnect. Let her drive that big new Powerstroke and learn proper downgrade travel, braking, exhaust brake use, tow/haul mode and all the other vehicle functions so you can take a nap while she drives the boring sections ;-)  The backing up and tight maneuvering is still my responsibility...she has yet to master the skill and after 30+ years, I don't expect her to get it. I think it's a right brain/left brain deal or men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Have fun and check back in with updates on the trip. Cheers, Mark

 

P.S. or of course, I've got it all wrong, which is frequently the case, and she'll be teaching you. Fair winds and following seas.

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Guys--Have I mentioned how much I love this community already!?

 

Awesome advice.  I know I'll miss some but in response:

 

1.  Why Montana?  We went thru there last year around the second week of May on our way up to Fairbanks when I got stationed here.  It was excellent on weather, but this year we are planning the first week of May.  Wife and I loved Glacier, and was hoping to repeat it...albeit with a shower this time!  I have learned that one week can make a big difference.  I wouldn't mind heading west then north via Washington State.  Any ideas on this?  Our script is unwritten, part of the fun my wife and I think.  The only hard points are Hohenwald and Moab (which I have done several times on my GSA (motorcycle) and wanted to introduce the wife to.

 

2.  The Can Am (thanks for flipping the pics, newb mistake on my part) is going.  I have hauled it around for the last 500 miles up here in Alaska to test the setup over frost heaves, bad terrain, etc.  I'd rather have it fail in my back yard then 3000 miles away.  This is a proven system and I have built some confidence in it.  I am well within payload and the F250 is a planted machine (payload includes computation for hitch weight).  Milage is not a priority but I'm still getting 17MPG averaging 65-70, so it does surprisingly well.

 

3.  I've got nearly every tool onboard for the truck and Can Am...somewhat of a prepper!  I am tracking the axles, and will be picking up an extra set of bearings from OTT directly at delivery.  I have a laser thermometer I used quite a bit when tooling around the Rockies while stationed in Colorado.  I have read thru the current Axle/bearing topics over in the MX section.  Excellent information to have.

 

4.  John...this requires a separate line--beautiful 80 Series.  I'm hoping you still have it.  It's on my bucket list.  As mentioned, I am a Toyota fan, and miss my Tacoma, but it wasn't built for this mission.

 

5.  Rock Tamers are in the bed of the truck for install after pickup.  I don't like the look at all, but want to protect the Oliver.  The future holds 3M protection and perhaps a more robust protection system mounted to the trailer.  Several things gleaned:  We need a heater, assorted electrical adapters, and doughnuts!

 

Mark (MontanaOliver):  Do you have an itemized list of the adapters you have collected?  Also I really like your Pelican case idea.  I have several that can be re-purposed.  I will be looking at that cookware.  We have the same compressor.  I see that quite a bit on this forum.  Seems like we lean towards the same brands, ideas and setups.

 

Truly appreciate the time!  A separate trip report/delivery day post to follow!  Happy Easter!

 

-Alex

 

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Alex - Just to the west side of Hohenwald there is a better donut shop than what you will find at Walmart.  However, to find it, you better ask for local directions.  On the other hand, Walmart is on the south side of the major drag going right through Hohenwald.  The factory is about a 1/4 mile to the north northeast of Walmart and the Oliver sales office is on the north side of the same main drag as Walmart but about 1 mile east of Walmart.  Hohenwald is not (obviously) a big town and not hard to get around in or through.  If you will be spending any time with the guys at the factory (you might want to take the tour if you have not done it before and have the time), donuts and/or a few Budweisers (seriously, that's what they like) will make them your friend for life.

 

John is more than correct in that Anita is a real sweetheart.  If you need anything she should be the first person you should ask.  I'd say the same thing about a couple of the guys over at the plant, but, I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea!

 

I'm so excited for both you and Mark - please enjoy the entire process and let us all know how things are going.

 

Bill


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Uh-Oh, did I hear someone mention CanAm and GSA?  ..."Moab (which I have done several times on my GSA (motorcycle) and wanted to introduce the wife to." BTDT as well as a 4000 mile trip through Alberta/BC. Introduced Joni to the bikes starting her on a XR200 and graduated her to her own GSA and on/off road riding. We no longer do the bikes; last one was a K 1600 GTL but I sure do miss them some days.  Basically got tired of deciding if today was my last day due to the other drivers desire to take me out.

 

No detailed list of adapters. I have a 50a-30a, 15a-30a, 30a twist lock-TT30R (Honda genset required) and I have them in both straight adapter and with pig tails attached. I purchased one straight 50a-30a to fit my 50a outlet at the house; the water tight outlet box for this 50a doesn't allow me to use the CAMCO molded plugs.

 

I will also carry a 30a RV extension cord as extra ballast; doubt I'll need it.

 

 

 

 

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Mark -

 

I got rid of my R1200GS for the same reason.  I did keep my 2001 Kawasaki Super Sherpa (250 single dual sport) for around town, trails up in the forest and to satisfy the occasional "need for speed" (translate that - "for when I need to scare the hell out of myself").  Usually fishing is a bit safer - unless of course the river is too swift and/or a griz decides that he wants your spot on the river.

 

Those four wheel things do look like a bunch of fun but the damage that is being done to some of our forests and the area above the Taylor River Reservoir near Gunnison, CO is a bit much.  Around here in North Carolina there a simply too few places to use them in the manner I would prefer.  Certainly around Moab and just about anywhere in the desert they would be a hoot.

 

How many days are you planning on taking getting from Montana (or Alaska respectively) to Hohenwald?

 

Bill

 

 


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Bill,

 

Four travel days from home to Hohenwald. Fairly easy days of about 500 miles each and staying in hotels. Decided to stay at the Fall Hollow B&B once we get to Hohenwald. Take delivery the next day and will spend another night at the campground for the shakedown. Then on through TN to VA for a family visit in the DC area. Returning on a fairly direct route through the horse ranches of KY, through MO, IL, stopping in KS and CO to visit family and then pick a route home, likely through eastern UT/Moab area. If I run into any serious problems with the OTT I'll re-route back through Hohenwald for a fix. But if it is minor stuff, I'll repair it myself. I'm expecting snow in CO as it seems I always time our trips so the Rocky Mountain front hands us some weather to deal with. I won't fight the weather and roads; just hunker down and Joni will have to call work with her weather related sob story about her delay. Mark

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1 - If you are determined to see Glacier it does not make a bit of sense to detour west to WA unless you change your mind and decide to take the Alaska Ferry. In your shoes I would stay on the west side of Glacier, drive the Going To The Sun Rd as far as it is open, and enjoy the camping lower down for a few days. Then head up toward Banff, staying in the Rockies,

 

But if you need to make time on the road, you could cut west and go through the ID Panhandle and cross at Eastport (US95). That is probably a better route if you just need to cover miles. But I have never driven very far that way, so I can only really comment on the US side. Coming into WA is knd of out of the way, unless you need to crash in my driveway :)

 

4 - Series 80. That was a 1996 LX450, a tarted up LC. I bought it used in stock condition and completely modded it over 14 years. I loved it, and gave it to my son. He was returning to Seattle on the day after New Years 15 months ago, and in the middle of the state he hit a patch of sheet ice and spun it into a cable guard rail. It was totalled but he was uninjured, except in his heart. I have a mostly stock 200 now. It is a way better machine in most ways, except offroad nimbleness and coolness...

 

5 - Rock Tamers - They are not a bad choice, just be sure you follow the Aussie guidelines when you install them. They should sail at a 30 to 45 degree angle when driving. You rig this by twisting the shafts in their brackets so they have a preload up and back. It looks odd since everybody else in this country has his straight down. But they are all wrong, you will be the right one. An angle causes the stones to be deflected down onto the road instead of straight up to your tailgate. Also, make sure they don’t drag the road on dips or they can shoot a rooster tail of gravel up at your new baby.

 

No flaps on the TV are really effective, I retired my Rock Tamers and they are gathering dust.

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA


"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

 

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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OK, sounds good - no sense in beating the heck out of yourself.  Don't know either of your plans for the exact route, but, I'd avoid driving straight through Kansas City - especially with the camper.  The southern route around KC is better than the northern route and really only adds about 10 to 15 minutes to your overall time, but, it is a much more relaxing route.  Of course, when you are heading west with the camper, you will probably take Interstate 70 to just east of Kansas City and then I-29 north to I-80.

 

As you approach the western edge of Saint Louis your GPS or navigator will have you take the southern belt interstate (I-255 I think) to interstate 55 south.  Basically you will then parallel the Mississippi through what is some fairly uninteresting landscape.  All of this is a fairly easy drive, but a bit boring.

 

Heading back West, if you take either I-64 or I-70 you will basically have no choice other than driving straight through the center of Saint Louis.  Not too bad as long as you time your arrival there at something other than rush hour (between 9am and 3 pm).  Most GPS units will want to keep you on I-70, but, a simpler and easier to drive route is the following:  Once you are on the large bridge over the Mississippi get in the extreme left hand lane as soon as you can and DO NOT MOVE from it.  A good view of the Gateway Arch and downtown Saint Louis is had from this bridge.  At the end of the bridge your GPS will want you to take the ramp on your right (two lanes over from where you should be) onto I-70,  But, with you being in the extreme left lane, you will automatically be placed on I-64 and the baseball stadium will appear very close on your right.  Stay in the extreme left lane.  Within about a mile or so you will clear virtually all of the "downtown" stuff - yes, the road will curve around a bit, but there are NO turns off of it.  With other lanes being added and subtracted, you will automatically not be in the extreme left lane by the time you are about two miles from the bridge.  The next thing to pay attention to is the left hand exit back onto I-70.  This occurs 20 to 25 miles out from the bridge.  Once back on I-70, sit back and relax - you will be in Columbia, MO in about 2 hours and then KC in another two hours.  See my notes above regarding a couple of places to camp along I-70 in Missouri.

 

Bill


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Bill,

 

Excellent advice.  I have more miles than I care to admit on I70, and have dealt with STL and KC too many times in rush hour.  We did the route thru Banff last time we were Alaska bound, so the wife and I were open to explore thru Seattle and Vancouver this time.  The issue we discovered today is that they all route back to the main highway to Alaska, except if we take the Washington route we will miss Banff.  Not really something we want to miss, as we were planning on spending more time here as last time we were camping and it would get down to 30 degrees at night there with light dustings of snow.  Wife was UNHAPPY about that!

 

The itinerary as it stands is AK to Hohenwald (making time and miles so no route except DIRECT!).  Hohenwald to Chattanooga, TN for a family stop.  Chattanooga to Moab.  I70 is the most direct route so I will be heeding the advice above.  From Moab we are heading North to Salt Lake (wife is making me see a broadway play...I agreed because....you guys understand).  Salt Lake to home.  We are taking 6 days down.  24 days for the return.  No dates set in stone other than the delivery.  We will plan around weather and temperatures.

 

Mark, what do you think the temps and weather thru Montana look like on average first two weeks of May?  We really enjoyed Whitefish last time, but we are two weeks sooner than last year.  Also, we have very similar stables.  I love your bikes.  I can't hang my boots just yet, but I hear ya on the crazy people.  Big reason why I'm in Alaska now.  Riding most times is me and my bike and no other cars within 100 miles.  Commuting on my GSA in Colorado Springs to the airfield daily was dangerous at best, deadly on the worst days.

 

John, we were in the air on Glacier or another route thru Washington State until this afternoon.  Guess we will hold down south until temps and weather are conducive for the trek northbound via Utah-Idaho-Montana with a stop perhaps in Yellowstone this time rather than Glacier.  Both will be similar weather and temps though.  I will take your advice on the rock tamers.  Like I said...more of a placebo until I get a more permanent solution in the works back home.  Hoping she makes the trek without too much rock damage.  Shame about your family's Lexus...but sounds like she did her job, and kept the important stuff safe.  Wife has a newer Tundra, and we looked at the 200 (huge fan) but we need a truck for the fire wood and other assorted chores around the cabin.  Big fan of the 5.7 power plant.  One day I'd like to acquire one off lease and build a proper overland.  Don't tell my wife.

 

-Alex

 

 

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With all of your electrical adapters, make sure you have a neutral/ground bonding plug for the generator. If not, the built in surge suppressor won’t allow power from the generator into the camper.  A good multimeter may also come in handy as well. Sounds like a fantastic trip home. I know you’ll enjoy the Oliver!


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With all of your electrical adapters, make sure you have a neutral/ground bonding plug for the generator. If not, the built in surge suppressor won’t allow power from the generator into the camper. A good multimeter may also come in handy as well. Sounds like a fantastic trip home. I know you’ll enjoy the Oliver!

 

If you'll note in the photo, second item from the left, top, neutral bonded adapter was  provided by the genset supplier. And agreed, a multi-meter lives in the truck.

 

Thanks for the reminders.

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Bill, printed, saved and I'll pass it to the navigator. Columbia, MO is on both legs of the journey. Thanks

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Alex, nice try but I'm not playing weather man except to try and hit the 50% accuracy rate they can never seem to achieve. May and June are the traditional rainy months in western Montana. Snow can happen any month. Seems like the last few years our weather has turned to the SeaTac lack of sunshine I experienced in the seventies. Hope for good weather and plan for crappy weather is my advice. Both shores of Flathead Lake have state campgrounds but you had better check their open status and plan to make reservations.

 

Having lived in the Springs, you obviously know where the W. Cimmaron and I-25 underpass is; we were headed out towards Woodland Park on 24. A commuter rear ended us on the Valkyrie while stopped at the light; I think he was actually going to run the light as he acted like we were not even there. Shot us straight through the intersection and luckily no cross traffic t-boned us. The guy hit us dead center and only by shear luck did I keep it upright. So yes, if you commuted in the Springs, you are braver than I. The oldest son was stationed at Carson and we stopped in for a short visit...ended up staying 4 extra days until the bike was fixed; APEX Sports took good care of us..

 

That accident was the beginning of the end to the road bikes and long trips. Took another 13 years and a few more scooters before I got savvy, but finally hung it up after several close calls here in Missoula with commuters on cell phones trying to take my space.

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Congrats on living through the waiting period! You have one heck of an adventure planned.  I hope you'll write up a report once you're home.

 

I find it funny thinking of folks coming down from Alaska to visit the lower 48 as I'm so fixated on the opposite.  I've only been to Alaska twice, once on a cruise (barely counts, I know) and once for work, but the bug has bitten me and I can't wait to do a proper tour of the state with an RV.

 

Seems like we lean towards the same brands, ideas and setups.

 

That's one thing I like about this forum...people tend to gravitate towards quality solutions to RVing problems, rather than the duct tape and drywall screw type of stuff I see on a few other forums.


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Guys,  I didn't think it was going to be an issue, but my mind has me fretting the weight distribution hitch.  We originally planned to pull our Oliver with the wife's Tundra, but our priorities changed and we got the F250.  We ordered the optional Anderson.  Will it adjust for height on my F250?  This morning I was digging out my box trailer to help a buddy move and realized I needed a drop hitch to keep the trailer level.  MAN these new Super Duties are tall.  Before I rush order a drop hitch to Alaska, can someone please help me confirm if I need it or not with the Anderson Weight Distribution hitch?  My understanding is the the hitch plugs right into the receiver of the truck, in which case I'm thinking I'm going to need something to relocate or drop that receiver.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

 

 

Alex

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