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Old 06-24-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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First Long Trip With Our XLR 27HFS

We have had our camper for almost a year now, and the only time it has moved from our seasonal site before now was last winter when we pulled it home. We finally took it out for a long trip last week. Hooked it up last sunday morning at our campground in central OH, and headed south to FL. I actually did not hit the scales this time, since I knew it was just a bit lighter than it was when we brought it to our campground in April, but I had about a half tank of fresh water, the golf cart, and our clothes for the week, along with our normal camping gear, and it pulled great!

I did have a hitch issue about 5 or 6 hundred miles in. I use a Reese WD hitch, and it has the teeth on the sides to adjust the cant of the hitch head. The last time I adjusted it, I tightened it down with a wrench, and thought it was fine. As we were pulling out of a Wendy's parking lot, I heard a pop, went back to take a look, and the adjustment teeth on the side of the hitch were sheered off, and the hitch had lost it's cant, so the truck and trailer were no longer sitting level. Once I got to where I needed to be, I took the hitch into a local mechanic, who reset it to the proper angle, torqued the bolts back down ( he told me it was supposed to be torqued at 300ft lbs, so I realized that it was my fault for not knowing that, and only having it as tight as I could get it with a wrench), then he welded the head in place, since the teeth were is such bad shape, so it should not happen again, EVER!

Other than that, we had zero issues during the trip. We stopped in a rest area in Brunswick GA to sleep on the way down, ran the hitch mounted Champion generator that night for the AC. It was a little loud, but not much louder than the trucks pulling in around us. Got out of bed the next morning, and headed for our destination, Hillsborough River State Park, arriving without issue.

Hooked back up Fri, late morning, after a great week of camping, and headed back north. We drove back into SC, and pulled into a KOA for the night, I think it was Points South KOA at exit 33 on I95 (I think it was in Beaufort SC). What a nice place, and people! We pulled in just after dark, and they were very accommodating. After check in, the nice fellow on the golf cart had me follow him to our site, helped guide me into our site, and then came back later to deliver the pizza we had ordered during check in. We got up the next morning, and continued on our trip, with a short detour to South Point OH to visit family over night. Pulled back into our home campground Sunday afternoon, and set up to enjoy the rest of the season.

The Silverado 1500 did an excellent job on the this trip also. As long as the hitch was right, it went down the road well, and pulled pretty well on the hills. Averaged about 8 MPG, the tranny never heated above 235 in the hills, and stayed about 185 when it was not under a lot of stress. Engine temps held about 185-200, maybe a little more when pulling the big hills in VA & WV. Very happy with the way this 2000+ mile trip turned out!

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Old 06-24-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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Sounds Like a great trip. Thanks for sharing

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Old 06-24-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the information. I don't have quite the trip coming up, but it will be about 300 miles one way. I have the same truck, so now I know it will be about the same pulling it as I have a golf cart and everything.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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Great news.
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:48 AM   #5
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Sounds like a fun trip! I averaged about 7mpg on my trip from Southern California to Moab and back. Two bikes in the cargo area.

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #6
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We also just got back from a 2200 mile loop. 27hfs w an Electra glide and gear. Pulled using a dodge ram 1500 w hemi. 8.2 was the best we did but most was around 7.2 mpg. The only big change I did was the air bag helpers in between springs. Anybody doing better? Will diesel change it? Always looking for better.

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