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Old 09-29-2008, 01:10 PM   #1
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Back From Oregon

We're back from a very good trip west. As always, it's nice to be home, but also nice to travel which is why we won't likely ever be full-timers. We covered 7500 miles and camped in 4 SP, 3 NP, 1 farm and 14 RV parks over a total of 5 weeks. We picked up US2 in MI at the Mackinac Bridge, took a short detour into AB and BC, drove across WA from the NE corner to the SW corner and then along the OR coast. On the way home we headed for I80 in NV and took a mix of US30 and I80 to IN and home on I69. Didn't see another Sunline on the whole trip. The border agent who searched our trailer, and truck bed, at a remote crossing in WA really liked the 2499 though. That's the first time we've had a trailer searched in any direction in at least a dozen border crossings. The busy crossing at Sarnia/Port Huron between ON and MI that we usually use is always very fast although we had to wait almost an hour to get to the booth.

We've done a couple of long A to B trips with the 2499, but this was the first time towing it through the Rockies and the first time we took a cross country touring trip with it. The 2499 is a bit on the long and heavy side for this kind of travel, but the comfort at night more than makes up for it. Our 6.0 L gas truck had ample power in all situations and the transmission temperature stayed well short of the red zone although it did get over 200 a couple of times, especially one long 32 mile 6-7 % grade in BC. At various destinations, like the NP, we stayed for 2-3 nights and toured solo. We were traveling with my brother and his wife and he has a "small" Titanium and Dmax so that was an interesting contrast. We had reservations at two OR SP on the coast, and needed them, but otherwise had no difficulty finding two campsites together. Mt. Rainier NP was a bit of a problem as they don't take reservations after Labor Day and we couldn't avoid arriving on a Sat. We found the campground full as they had also closed down half the loops. A sympathetic ranger opened an extra loop for us and it then filled up too before sunset.

It's a great time of year to travel and at any number of stops with small parking lots we commented on how frustrating it would be to travel there in prime summertime and find a trailhead parking lot full or a scenic viewpoint impossible to get to. One of the highlights of the trip was the state of WA. What an amazingly diverse state--from densely forested lower mountains to 14,000 ft. glaciated peaks, and vast rolling wheat fields and orchards to high desert, along with the Columbia R. gorge and the Pacific coast and of course the lunar-like landscape around Mt. St. Helens--just spectacular.

Ok... I think I'm just about ready to start planning the next one, so I better quit. I look forward to reading all the threads I missed.

Almost forgot... the frame reinforcement did the job admirably and I will add to the frame thread to report a bit more on that.

Henry
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