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Old 08-06-2016, 05:44 PM   #11
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Thanks for the post.

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Old 08-06-2016, 05:48 PM   #12
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Thanks for the positive story--so glad you enjoyed your trip!

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Old 08-06-2016, 06:11 PM   #13
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Enjoy reading everyone's postings.

We are looking at taking a trip to Alaska in spring of 2018. We have a FR Wildwood X-Lite pulled by a 2015 F-150, 3.5L Ecoboost, with Max tow package. Just wanting to know if this is enough truck to pull that far.
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:27 PM   #14
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We did pretty good till we got to Cody WY and then problems with campgrounds but in hindsight I wish we had went on. We were planning on leaving the middle of May and we left home the middle of June. Next year I plan to cross the border the middle of May and the Canadian money I have will still be good. You live and learn.

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Old 08-06-2016, 08:11 PM   #15
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My wife and I just returned from a 3 month long trip to Alaska. We both retired last May and this trip had been in the planning stages for years.
We will not bore you by listing the same information already posted by others like “lucky” in his earlier article posted here.

Instead, I want to write to tell you about OUR rigs. We all complain and fill this site with complains about shoddy work done by Forest River and its many partners and makers of the many models posted in this blog.

We own a 2015 F250 6.7L Diesel towing vehicle and a 37 ft. 2016 Columbus 320RS 5th wheel purchased last August. Initially we had several issues like inoperable slides, bad hot water heater thermostat and worse of all issues; improperly mounted residential fridge. During our trip to winter in Stone Mountain last November, the fridge fell on its face. It had to be replaced.
Considering all these issues and the size (length) of the unit, we had reservations starting this trip. We had researched and heard all the horror stories of the AlCan Highway. Never the less, we embarked on our trip in early May. Drove directly to West Yellowstone where we spent a week enjoying the park. Afterwards, we began our journey north. We were forced to spend another week in Calgary due to weather. We were also forced off the roads due to a snow storm and spent the night in Pink Mountain, British Columbia.

My point telling you all this is to make you aware that these units are well made and can handle just about anything on the roads. Once the “new bugs” are identified and dealt with, you will realize that our units are in fact well made. We could not be prouder of our fiver. Between the beatings it got from the roads; the beatings it received from the weather and the daily use of slides and landing gear for our travels during these last 3 months, one can say that this unit has passed the ultimate test. All with no problems and thank God, it brought us safely home.

One the best moves we made prior to starting this adventure, was the purchase and installation of a tire monitoring system. Our TST 507 system allowed us to monitor the tires but more importantly, it allowed us to relax and enjoy the trip knowing we knew every second the status of the tires. Granted, we made sure they were properly filled on the start of the trip and we were not overweight. During long distances in the Yukon, we too traveled at 5-10 mph to avoid damage to both fiver and tow vehicle. These distances were more than 25 miles long in several stretches that were under repair in early spring/summer.

Our adventure was outstanding and we enjoyed it even more as a result of our rig and how they both behaved during this trip. Thank you Palomino, Forest River and Ford. You made this trip more enjoyable as the result of your well-made products.
That was great to hear that you guys had a good time. The Wife and I are planning a 3 1/2 month trip next year in our fiver. Hopefully our trip will be as enjoyable as your trip was.

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Old 08-08-2016, 02:36 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Nursegwc View Post
Enjoy reading everyone's postings.

We are looking at taking a trip to Alaska in spring of 2018. We have a FR Wildwood X-Lite pulled by a 2015 F-150, 3.5L Ecoboost, with Max tow package. Just wanting to know if this is enough truck to pull that far.
What is your concern? Speed up mountain grades? Braking? Handling mountainous hairpin curves? How does it handle in mountains now?

Having lived and traveled Alaska and Yukon Territory for 6 years, the roads and mountain passes are at lower elevations than in the Colorado Rockies. And with EB, you shouldn't have nearly the fall-off in power that normally aspirated engines do. If you can handle the mountain passes in Colorado, or the hairpin curves and descents in the Appalachians or West Coast coastal mountains - well, it's no different in Alaska/YT. You tend to go a little slower up there, and many roads have no guard rails (the Top of the World Highway was a wonderful but scary guard-less drive from Dawson City into Alaska).

Tires are another story. The gravel used on many unpaved roads in Alaska is very sharp, and will shred tires that aren't the best quality. Our infamous Ford Explorer with OEM Firestones did just fine towing our PUP all the way from North Carolina to Alaska. Arriving in Kodiak, we had 3 flats in 8 days. Went with the local recommendations to replace with 8 ply LT tires, and those survived the rest of our time in Alaska, the 5,200 mile trip from Kodiak to San Francisco while towing a boat, and a couple more years on top of that. Others had similar experiences with P-rated tires, especially heavily loaded ones.

We loved our time there, and hope to go back in the not too distant future.

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