Alaska Trip - Positive FR Comments
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.
Robert & Wendy M
5er: 2016 Columbus 320RS - TV: 2015 F250 6.7L V8 Diesel
Part-timer; Looking forward to fulltime...