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Old 06-25-2014, 03:40 PM   #1
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Drive north from Vancouver up the Coquihalla to Kamloops

We are heading to Banff this July and are looking at the route options. We are looking to head to Alberta relatively quickly so not looking for scenic drives through BC. Looking at the Coquihalla but certainly have concerns on the uphill grades. We are driving a 2004 Itasca Suncruiser 33V on a workhorse chassis. will also be towing a mazda 3 on a tow dolly. Would probably plan to offload the car and have the DW drive it behind through to at least the summit or all the way to Merritt.

Has anyone driven north up the Coquihalla with a gasser and would you recommend doing it. Would plan to overnight in Hope and then get out early (6 AM) to hit it before traffic and any heat of the day.
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Do it all the time, no worries ! ( Owned a 36' gasser till just recently ).
Leave the towed hooked up. You'll likely be in the slow lane with the trucks in 1st gear on the snowshed hill, but will have no problems with the rest of the highway.
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:35 PM   #3
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Place to stay in Hope:
http://www.holidaytrailsresorts.com/...rv-campground/

Come up to Canada via Sumas Washington to Huntington Border Crossing (avoiding Vancouver traffic crawl)
Borderlineups.com

Or you could cross at Oroville Washington/Osoyoos,BC and take Hwy 97 up and across. About 9hrs to Banff from Osoyoos
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We did it last fall with our 35' 2004 Georgetown with Workhorse followed by our toad. Took it easy but no problems. Kelowna is a beautiful area.
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Thanks for the replies, I think we will go for it, take it slow and easy with an early morning start to beat the traffic and heat.
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