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Old 01-08-2020, 10:50 PM   #1
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Trip Report - Sacramento to Disneyland

Well, just got home from our first big trip with the rig.

Summary: The trip was an overwhelming success! The kiddos had a great time and the rig was both comfortable, accommodating and safe going down the road.

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- 925 miles (95% hitched up)
- Averaged 9 MPG
- Averaged 60 MPH

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We stayed at Anaheim Harbor RV Park. It was a concrete jungle RV Park. Spots were clean, well marked and fully functional. Grass was synthetic. Bathrooms were clean. The RV Park is really close to the amusement park. We were able to see the fireworks from the comfort of our patio area.

To be nit picky, the staff was not super helpful and the restrooms were really small and didnít accommodate lots of concurrent use. This is REALLY nit-picky.

Pulling:
The rig performed really well. Iím pretty darn happy with how the truck & trailer combo rolled down the highway. Plenty of power for passing semis etc. Plenty of power to pull the grapevine. Temps stayed low and I could pull up grades at whatever speed I wanted. Coming down grades was good as well. I found that going down hill was the dificult part, not going up. I ended up finding the comfortable spot to descend was on cruise control at 55 mph. The transmission did all the work. I only had to hit the brakes to control speed if I had a passing issue (slow truck) not because the trailer was pushing the truck.

Passing or being passed by big trucks was a non-issue (thank you Equilizer) but coming home (heading north) we had some wind gusts on the Grapevine. The wind was intense and I could feel the TT quite a bit. Varying speed between 52 and 55 mph solved all issues.

Iím really happy with how everything performed. 9mpg is a bit on the low end however, that was mostly at 65 MPH. At 55, I get 11 - 12 MPG.

All in all, Iím really happy with how we rolled down the interstate. I always felt in control and had margin to go faster/slower etc.

Big thank you to all the contributors on the forum. The success of this first trip is in large fashion to the wonderful advice and sharing that all of you provide. Much appreciated! We canít wait for the next adventure!
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Old 01-08-2020, 10:56 PM   #2
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One more bit:

I learned quite a bit about loading the truck and trailer. I need to move a little weight from behind the TT axles to in front and in the bed of the truck. I played with this a bit on the way home and it paid dividends. I could barely feel the trailer back there on the return trip except for the wind gusts on the Grapevine.
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Old 01-08-2020, 11:34 PM   #3
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Sounds like it was a successful trip all around. You found speeds that made the trip comfortable for you. Nothing wrong with making others go around. I park my butt right at 62.
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Old 01-09-2020, 12:12 AM   #4
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Thanks for sharing! Great information, especially about the grapevine which can be challenging.

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Old 01-09-2020, 04:01 PM   #5
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Question regarding the road conditions

Glad you had a good travel experience. I am curious about your thoughts of the roadways. Did you find them in decent condition or are they still terrible? We are seeing improvements in the East Bay Area after all the new taxes but Cal Trans is rapidly adding toll lanes. The last several years my travels have been North on 5 to Southern Oregon. May start heading South before long.
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5 is in much better shape than 99. The slow lane is rough, as expected, but overall a smooth ride.
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Ok, I lie. That was fun to read, but share some pics anyway!
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5 is in much better shape than 99. The slow lane is rough, as expected, but overall a smooth ride.
Why should you expect poorly maintained roadways in California?
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Why should you expect poorly maintained roadways in California?
It is not expected but has been the condition for a very long time. We pay taxes for streets, roads, freeways and highways. However, year after year the condition of each has deteriorated. Thus more taxes both state and local. Recently things are starting to get better but we are a long way away from driving without dodging potholes etc etc....

Just my opinion.
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It is not expected but has been the condition for a very long time. We pay taxes for streets, roads, freeways and highways. However, year after year the condition of each has deteriorated. Thus more taxes both state and local. Recently things are starting to get better but we are a long way away from driving without dodging potholes etc etc....

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Haha, youíre right. Iíll see what I can do!
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Cute and tons of fun to have on RV trip!
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Cute and tons of fun to have on RV trip!
Agreed! I bet they loved the trip!
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