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Old 07-20-2015, 10:27 PM   #1
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Getting ready for Sturgis 2015

Have done a few "dry runs" with the camper to make sure everything is working fine and to ensure there is no issue with the towing aspect. I have a few last minute items coming from Amazon but nothing I can't live without if they don't get here in the next week. The big item remaining to get done this week is to finally hit the scales to ensure I'm loaded "good enough". I know I'm going to heavy on my TV rear axle but I'm going to try to pack as even as I can. I should 2,677lbs of cargo available in the TH. The two bikes (smaller Honda cruisers) and all our gear (including a generator) will be well under this limit. The only concern I have is I will have 600lb 4-wheeler in the bed of the TV. Again, I under the GVWR of the TV but the scales will tell how balanced I really am.

Other than all the pre-check items I have done (i.e. TV fluid changes, tire rotated and balanced, etc...). Any suggestions from the group on taking ~600/10hr trip?

Thanks for your suggestions...
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:58 AM   #2
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Be mindful of your longer stopping distances. Safety is no. 1 priority. Let us know his it goes... Pictures required!!
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:29 AM   #3
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WW,
Multiple gas stops with this load. I'm guessing 10mpg....

One thing I want to do is check the hubs/tires for temp at each gas stop. I did not get a TPMS, so I have to go old school on the monitoring aspect...
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:34 AM   #4
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Steve,

Identical TV and TH. Expect 8mpg!

Leaving for Sturgis next Thursday. Woohoo!
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:59 AM   #5
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Dennis,
We are leaving next Tuesday evening, staying till the following Tuesday.

Will you have two bikes in the garage? When I towed with just one bike in the garage, I was getting 11mpg. Maybe I will get under 10mpg. Oh well, it is what it is. The next TV will be a full one ton with a diesel.
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:04 AM   #6
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Not sure if we are taking one bike or two yet. My wife also has a Harley, but with the mess at Sturgis this year (meaning HUGE crowds expected) we may only take one.
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Dennis,
It will be a mess this year for sure. That is one of the reasons we are going early. To try and beat some of the crowd and get some rides in when it's not so busy.

Have a safe trip to/from as well as when you are out there....
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:36 AM   #8
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Steve when you said (Dry Run) for your test pull did you have (Everything Loaded in your TV and T/H) that your taking on the 600 Mile Trip? Did you run up to Speed? Youroo!!
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Youroo,
Not exactly. I had to simulate the second bike and 4-wheeler via some "dumb" weight. They are my brother-in-laws equipment and I won't actually have them loaded until the day we leave for Sturgis. I will be doing the same later this week when I hit the scales (i.e. dumb weight). It's the best I can do to simulate the actual trip...
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