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    OK I am probably nuts. We plan to leave about 10AM. I have initially set the truck to 5th wheel medium break with gain at 6. I wanted to do a test tow today but time and heat got the best of me. So I am going to dial it in on the road. I hope to get between Green River and Salt Lake on US 191/66 , but have no timeline or scheduled / reservations. This is a buy the seat of the pants adventure. I have not set up the advance tow assist or anything - time for that later - maybe on the trip on a lazy day.

    Do You you folks have any tips on the initial adjustments. I am used to my old Voyager if that helps. If I have problems I can turn and head to the dealer, but sure hope I don't need to do that..In my testing of everything (DC-DC, etc) I got a positive indication of trailer connected.

    Thanks for the help
    Cate&Rob howson

    Keith
    2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel, SteadyFast system, Star White 2022 F350 King Ranch CC Long bed (HAL), B&W 25K OEM Companion

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    Hi Keith,

    Medium trailer braking with gain at 6 is also where I would start. That is where I ran on the trips to and from Florida (with the sometime there and sometimes not, pre recall trailer braking system). The advance tow assist is a trailer backing thing . . . I have yet to figure out if that is a benefit or not. You will have different “down the side” camera angles when hooked to the trailer. These come into play only when backing and take some getting used to but are useful.

    Just take it easy and have fun! This is what the whole “RV thing” is all about.

    Rob
    Cate & Rob
    (with Border Collies Molly & Angel)
    2015 Reflection 303RLS
    2022 F350 Diesel CC SB SRW Lariat
    Bayham, Ontario, Canada

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Cate&Rob View Post
      Hi Keith,

      Medium trailer braking with gain at 6 is also where I would start. That is where I ran on the trips to and from Florida (with the sometime there and sometimes not, pre recall trailer braking system). The advance tow assist is a trailer backing thing . . . I have yet to figure out if that is a benefit or not. You will have different “down the side” camera angles when hooked to the trailer. These come into play only when backing and take some getting used to but are useful.

      Just take it easy and have fun! This is what the whole “RV thing” is all about.

      Rob
      Thanks Rob

      BTW I plan to post the trip over at the........well you know the place Right now I am so beat up - packing is not fun. I will probably make a short day of it and just stop at Green River for the night. I had fun today inputting stuff into ArriveCAN - a bit confusing, but I think I got it done. Had to put in a dummy arrival date, but it appears to allow you to update it with out loosing everything.

      Tomorrow the adventure begins
      Keith
      2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel, SteadyFast system, Star White 2022 F350 King Ranch CC Long bed (HAL), B&W 25K OEM Companion

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      • #4
        Yoda -- have fun! Expect some things to not go as desired...all part of the adventure. My .02 is don't worry about the backup assist. Some things "old dogs" just want to do the 'ol fashioned way (look over the shoulder and use the mirrors with a spotter).

        If I can convey a single thought it's this: listen to that "inner voice". If something is telling you something's not right, STOP and GOAL ("Get Out and Look"). Saved me at least twice on this trip.

        Also--will you please send me a PM link to your trip writeup? Thanks!

        Howard
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        2017 Ford F-350 DRW, '19 315RLTSPlus

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        • #5
          Enjoy the tow. Safe traveling.
          Ted
          2021 Reflection 310RLS
          2020 F350 PS,CC,LB,SRW

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          • #6
            Yoda Safe travels, I'll second what Howard said, things will go wrong, they'll get fixed. Those are some of the best memories. PM me a link to your report as well. I'd love to follow along.
            Neil Citro
            2018 Reflection 28bh
            2019 F350 6.7L Long Bed Crew Cab

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Yoda View Post

              I had fun today inputting stuff into ArriveCAN - a bit confusing, but I think I got it done. Had to put in a dummy arrival date, but it appears to allow you to update it with out loosing everything.

              Tomorrow the adventure begins
              Keith
              Make sure you go all the way to the end with arrivecan and end up with a receipt. If click/tap 'save and exit' you are NOT done. Once you have uploaded your ID and vax status, it should hold onto that info and you don't have to upload again.

              Safe travels Yoda! Looking forward to your trip thread. Going north through Alberta I recommend the IceFields parkway. It's got some inclines though.

              2018 Dodge 3500 6.7 Cummins w Aisin and 9 cup holders
              2021 Reflection 303RLS, Haloview RD7, Strong-arms, Micro-Air364

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              • #8
                x2 on Scott’s advice on following the ArriveCan steps until you get a “receipt”.
                Don't worry about the inclines . . . That’s what the thousand ft-lbs of engine torque are for .

                Rob
                Cate & Rob
                (with Border Collies Molly & Angel)
                2015 Reflection 303RLS
                2022 F350 Diesel CC SB SRW Lariat
                Bayham, Ontario, Canada

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cate&Rob View Post
                  x2 on Scott’s advice on following the ArriveCan steps until you get a “receipt”.
                  Don't worry about the inclines . . . That’s what the thousand ft-lbs of engine torque are for .

                  Rob
                  When I got to the border they did not want it But the nice lady sure knew a lot about me and asked if I brought any guns with me. They must be tie into the states data base as I have a ccw permit from Colorado.

                  Were at TOK now deciding which way to go - Road from Whitehorse was extremely rough from Hains Jct. Truck running well. 9.5 to 11.5 towing likes 65 MPH Still learning the new noises and rumbling sounds under power. Only concern is I am going through a tank of DEF every 2000 kilometers. Had trouble finding it when warning came on. Now carrying at least 2 jugs.
                  2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel, SteadyFast system, Star White 2022 F350 King Ranch CC Long bed (HAL), B&W 25K OEM Companion

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                  • #10
                    Good to hear from you Keith! And that things are going well . . . we were wondering . . . .

                    Rob
                    Cate & Rob
                    (with Border Collies Molly & Angel)
                    2015 Reflection 303RLS
                    2022 F350 Diesel CC SB SRW Lariat
                    Bayham, Ontario, Canada

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cate&Rob View Post
                      Good to hear from you Keith! And that things are going well . . . we were wondering . . . .

                      Rob
                      The only miss adventure is I had one side cargo door open even though fully locked. Lost the black chucks for my leveling blocks and a full case of hardware screws and my electrical crimp connections collection. I am guessing it shifted enough to bow the door and pop it open. My bad for putting it there. We also had a kitchen disaster on hwy 43 east of Edmonton. DW had put a box of condiments in an upper cupboard that bounced out. A glass bottle of soy and a glass bottle of olive oil brook and sprayed everywhere. So far trailer is doing well. The sumo springs are excellent - especially on the rough roads.

                      I don't get WIFI very often and the is the first quiet moment I have had in a while.

                      Keith
                      2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel, SteadyFast system, Star White 2022 F350 King Ranch CC Long bed (HAL), B&W 25K OEM Companion

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Yoda View Post

                        When I got to the border they did not want it But the nice lady sure knew a lot about me and asked if I brought any guns with me. They must be tie into the states data base as I have a ccw permit from Colorado.

                        Were at TOK now deciding which way to go - Road from Whitehorse was extremely rough from Hains Jct. Truck running well. 9.5 to 11.5 towing likes 65 MPH Still learning the new noises and rumbling sounds under power. Only concern is I am going through a tank of DEF every 2000 kilometers. Had trouble finding it when warning came on. Now carrying at least 2 jugs.
                        Yes, when towing you go through DEF quick, particularly when climbing mountains. On long trips I always carry an extra 5 gallons of DEF.

                        I have my gain set to 5.5 which works well with my setup. I did have it at 7.5 which helped create a flatspot on my tires during an unplanned stop as a car pulled in front of me.

                        60/65 seems to be a sweet pot for me as well. I get 9.5 to 10.5 mpg. With a tail wind I've gotten 12. I typically go 70 which results in 8.5 to 9.5 mpg. A 20 mph headwind will result in 6.5 mpg.

                        We don't know each other so much but would LOVE to follow your trip as well.
                        Last edited by acoleman43; 07-29-2022, 11:10 PM.
                        Momentum 21G

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by acoleman43 View Post

                          Yes, when towing you go through DEF quick, particularly when climbing mountains. On long trips I always carry an extra 5 gallons of DEF.

                          I have my gain set to 5.5 which works well with my setup. I did have it at 7.5 which helped create a flatspot on my tires during an unplanned stop as a car pulled in front of me.

                          60/65 seems to be a sweet pot for me as well. I get 9.5 to 10.5 mpg. With a tail wind I've gotten 12. I typically go 70 which results in 8.5 to 9.5 mpg. A 20 mph headwind will result in 6.5 mpg.

                          We don't know each other so much but would LOVE to follow your trip as well.
                          We are sitting in Valdez for a couple of days - cant see much due to fog and rain but from what I could see WOW. Plan to start the post at the ....well... cant say but you know where tomorrow.

                          I hit 12 mpg today getting here at 55-60 and I have seen 9 mpg at 75. Diesel is right at $6 a gallon - paid up to $9 in Canada just before the Alaska border. I now have 7.5 gallon of DEF jugs in the truck bed. I have found in some areas it is very hard to find, so I agree carry at least 5 gallons with you. Since Montana I have found zero stations set up with DEF at the pump, even the truck lanes all through Canada. Most DEF is off brand to me ( no Blue DEF here), but I have been checking it and making sure seal is not broken before buying. What I have been using says certified and tested. Most Walmart's in Canada do not carry it. Canadian tire stores do. Thanks Rob for that hint @Cate&Rob

                          Keith
                          2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel, SteadyFast system, Star White 2022 F350 King Ranch CC Long bed (HAL), B&W 25K OEM Companion

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Yoda View Post

                            We are sitting in Valdez for a couple of days - cant see much due to fog and rain but from what I could see WOW. Plan to start the post at the ....well... cant say but you know where tomorrow.

                            I hit 12 mpg today getting here at 55-60 and I have seen 9 mpg at 75. Diesel is right at $6 a gallon - paid up to $9 in Canada just before the Alaska border. I now have 7.5 gallon of DEF jugs in the truck bed. I have found in some areas it is very hard to find, so I agree carry at least 5 gallons with you. Since Montana I have found zero stations set up with DEF at the pump, even the truck lanes all through Canada. Most DEF is off brand to me ( no Blue DEF here), but I have been checking it and making sure seal is not broken before buying. What I have been using says certified and tested. Most Walmart's in Canada do not carry it. Canadian tire stores do. Thanks Rob for that hint @Cate&Rob

                            Keith
                            OK, first I'm very jealous. Second, I actually don't know where y'all post outside of here :(
                            Momentum 21G

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by acoleman43 View Post

                              OK, first I'm very jealous. Second, I actually don't know where y'all post outside of here :(
                              Sent you a PM
                              2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel, SteadyFast system, Star White 2022 F350 King Ranch CC Long bed (HAL), B&W 25K OEM Companion

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