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Old 09-10-2016, 07:09 PM   #1
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Alaska Vacation

New to RV'ing and planning a trip To Alaska in 2018. We have a Ford F150 with 3.5L Ecoboost,3.55 rearend, shortbed, Max Tow package with brake assist, pulling a Forest River Wildwood X-Lite 201BHXL. Wondering if this is enough truck to make the mountainous drive from Arkansas to Alaska and back. Have only pulled the TT locally within 150 miles so far on 3 occasions. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:10 AM   #2
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It has been a while since I've been in Arkansas but I'd recommend that you try going to Helena, AR and/or Petit Jean State park. From what I recall the grades are similar to but maybe not as long as most of what you will encounter out here in the west. Grades of 6-7% are not uncommon out here. The real issue is to make sure you can handle the downhill part safely. Going uphill slowly is fine. Going downhill too fast is not.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:20 AM   #3
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Looks like your GVW is about 7500 lbs fully loaded. With the max tow, you shouldn't have a problem. We took a 4800 lb. Rockwood 2109S behind a Frontier 6 cylinder King Cab in 2013 and climbed slowly! We made it, but bought our current truck and trailer based on the negatives of that experience.
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:32 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. Will try the Ozark Mtn trip before hand and will take the suggestion of towing seriously.
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