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Old 01-16-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hello to everybody!

Stumbled across this site while searching for information on something (which I found a thread about - question answered ) and thought it looked like a great place to meet people and get helpful hints and info.

Just getting started looking at buying a travel trailer to tow behind my Chevy Tahoe.

I rented a smallish travel trailer last year for a camping trip to get a feel for what it would be like towing one over the mountain pass I need to cross to get to the places I want to go. I'm in Western Oregon and getting to Eastern Oregon requires towing up a long grade to the pass at 4500 ft or so.

Not having towed anything of any real size before I thought I should do a kind of "test run" before taking the plunge and buying something bigger...

I'll be posting something in the appropriate sub-forum with some questions in the next day or so... many questions....

Just wanted to say hi in the meantime, though!


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Old 01-16-2011, 09:56 PM   #2
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Welcome Duncan,
There's lots of people here that can help you with any questions you might have. Many (and I many) long years ago I'll pulled a little 15' Serro Scott travel trailer from Tallhassee, FL to Vancouver by way of Akron, OH and points in between. Return trip took us through Portland down to Boise. More recently we managed to spend too few days on the coast visiting Seaside and Cannon Beach. Sure look forward to going back and spending more time. Again, welcome to the forum.

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Old 01-16-2011, 10:12 PM   #3
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When I was towing our 18 foot ulta lite down to Chiloquin Or to attend an event at Train Mountain I crossed from I-5 to 97 via Oregon 58. My Grand Cherokee managed the route but it sure had a couple of difficult moments when we had to stop to take pictures and then get back to highway speed on those grades.
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thanks everybody!

Yes, pretty much any route crossing the Cascades can involve some interesting hauls... it's worthwhile to have driven the east-west roads in advance to know what you're getting into. The pass at Goverment Camp on highway 26 is one of the easier crossings (but still quite a haul) but you also need to be aware of the Deschutes river crossings if you're that far North - at Maupin and Warm Springs (particularly the second one) you have to wind all the way down into a gorge and then all the way back up again when you cross the river.

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I'm traveling down from Vancouver Island so pretty well each trip I try something different. Next trip I want to go east on Hwy 1 then Hwy 3 (Crowsnest) to Osoyoos and then go straight south on 97 right to train mountain.

I at one time lived in Northern Ontario and developed a liking to mountain traveling and these wet coast beauties are something to behold. I can't get enough of the beautiful vistas, lakes mountains rivers and generally great people

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