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  1. GreatBigAbyss

    using cruise control

    I definitely use Cruise Control. In fact, my Tundra has Adaptive Cruise Control that maintains a set distance from the vehicle in front of me, and applies the brakes if necessary. That being said, my 10' Pop-up is far, far below what my truck is capable of towing, so I have absolutely zero...
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    Let's see a picture of your rig on the road!

    So, late last year, we got a new tow vehicle to replace our trusty minivan. A 2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax TRD Off Road. With a 5.7 V8, the truck doesn't even feel our small trailer on the back. The goal is to upgrade to a bigger trailer maybe next year. We'll still keep our little pop-up...
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    My experience Battery Camping

    So a slight update to this thread. We are now at the end of our 2nd season with our battery setup. This year we did five camping trips, and 3 of them were at unpowered sites. The first and last trip of the year were cold, therefore we used a lot of furnace at night, depleting the battery...
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    Out with the van and In with the Truck (New Tow Rig)

    Thanks for the Heads Up. It is something to keep an eye on. I don't think I'll have any issues with my Pop-Up, but when I buy a bigger trailer, I'll definitely have this in the back of my mind the first few times I tow it.
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    Out with the van and In with the Truck (New Tow Rig)

    ^^^link to an article/thread? Do you have anything to substantiate your claim before I go out and plonk a few hundred dollars on a controller? I think I'll try the one in the truck first.
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    Out with the van and In with the Truck (New Tow Rig)

    I'm pointing at the IRS on the Sequoia as being the reason it has a diminished tow rating, but I'm not 100% sure that's the reason. It has an otherwise similar drivetrain to the Tundra. As far as fuel mileage, well, mine is so bad because I'm doing a lot of cold starts, idling in the...
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    Out with the van and In with the Truck (New Tow Rig)

    ^^The problem with the Sequoia is that it has an IRS, and has therefore a significantly lower tow rating than a Tundra, at 7100lbs. It's not much higher than the tow rating of an older 4-Runner, but comes with a significant fuel economy penalty. It might be a year or two before we get a TT...
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    Out with the van and In with the Truck (New Tow Rig)

    I'm planning on it. The idea is to get a 23'-24' travel trailer for trips that are within a couple of hours of home. I'm considering keeping our PUP for multi-day, cross-the-continent type road trips, because it is so easy to pull, and doesn't affect fuel economy all that much.
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    Out with the van and In with the Truck (New Tow Rig)

    So a few years ago I bought a used 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan with the intention of pulling a Pop-Up Trailer with it. And, indeed, that summer we bought our NTU Pop-Up. I modified the van for pulling it, and basically dialed it in for towing. Airbags in the rear springs (which, btw, leaked on...
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    My experience Battery Camping

    So, we recently undertook a two week pop-up camping trip through some of the Canadian Rockies. We had 2 nights of powered camping, followed by 2 nights of battery camping, then a 3 hour drive, 3 more nights of battery camping, and finally, 3 nights of powered camping. When I bought the...
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    Banff, AB and Kootenay, AB in August

    Day 11, Saturday Aug 25th Saskatchewan landing was a cool place. There was lots of prairie history to explore. We went and visited the stone house, which was built in the late 1800s as a place for homesteaders to stop on their way to their homestead. We hiked the 'Rings, Remnants, and...
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    Banff, AB and Kootenay, AB in August

    Day 8, Wednesday Aug 22 We decided that when we were in Jasper, we would take it easy, and spend some time just hanging out and relaxing at our campsite. We still went and saw some sights, but we weren't in a huge hurry to see a ton of things like we were in Banff. On Day 8, we drove 30...
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    Banff, AB and Kootenay, AB in August

    Day 7, Tuesday Aug 21 On this day, we bid Adieu to my BIL, his wife, and two kids. They needed to get back to Calgary, and we were heading to Jasper. We were originally supposed to go to Radium for the next three days, but smoke and highway closures the week before convinced me to change our...
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    Banff, AB and Kootenay, AB in August

    Day 6, Monday Aug 20 Today (our last full day in Banff) was the day that I planned to do the other lake that we hadn't visited on Saturday, so in this case, Moraine Lake. I thought briefly about waking up at 5:30 to make sure we could get in, but then decided against it, and slept in. After...
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    Banff, AB and Kootenay, AB in August

    So, big write-up coming: Day 1, Wednesday August 15th I worked a half day, came home at lunch, hooked the van up to the trailer, loaded the kids, and drove to Motel 6 in Regina. Nothing much to report about Day 1. The drive was completely uneventful, and the hotel was exactly as expected...
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    Banff, AB and Kootenay, AB in August

    Lots of forest fires in Kootenay National Park. The highway between Banff and Radium is closed. So we cancelled our 3 nights at Redstreak in Kootenay and instead booked 3 nights in Jasper. I'm actually pleased by this decision, because I was regretting not going to Jasper. It is arguably one...
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    Good basic primer on solar power?

    Some newer pop ups come with a solar controller built in, and what is called a Zmax port. I don't know too much about these. Presumably you install the panels on the roof of the popup, plug them into the Zmax outlet, and you're set. Alternatively, if you don't have a Zmax outlet, you will...
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    Battery charger

    Hi, The vehicle will trick charge the battery when you are plugged in and driving (assuming the battery is connected while driving - which it should be). Will it be enough to top it up? That I don't know. It will certainly add a little bit of charge. I think over the course of a ten day...
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    Battery charger

    A Couple of things: I just went through this, buying a battery charger, battery, etc. I bought a Group 31 battery, which should give me 4-5 days of power providing I don't run the furnace. If I run the furnace, I see this dropping down to 3 days. You should buy a battery charger regardless...
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    My new Canoe

    Thanks, Man. I'm so much more happy with this canoe than I would be if I went to the store and dropped a few grand on a brand new fancy Kevlar canoe.




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