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    Severn Dam... quiet and free! Also, an hour from Calgary, I literally went to work the next day to drop something off.

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    Spent the weekend at Panther River lodge in the Outfitter tents.
    Quick review:
    -Took roughly 2.5hrs to get there, most of the trip on gravel roads. (Via Wiaporous)
    -Grounds were beautiful and well taken care of
    -Outfitter tents themselves were nice, but also lacking in a few areas:
    1. No private firepits
    2. Situated to close to each other and the cabins
    3. designated private area for them to set up tables/chairs etc.
    Their main reasoning was that they have a large public area with a BBQ and large fire pit with picnic tables, which was fine this weekend as it was dead, but if it was busy it would be a huge hassle.

    -Worth noting, their tenting and RV spots were way better, quite a few on the river and quieter area. (which had tables and fire pits) Some surrounded the horse area... so that may be a turn off for some, we really didnt smell it.
    -They also had a restaurant/coffee shop/bar that was open. Coffee was a nice touch (full espresso machine) but the dinner was so so. It was Roast beef/mashed potatoes/yorkshire pudding etc buffet for $30/adult which in itself was ok, but the roast was way overdone and dry... (well cooked)

    All in all it was decent, cheaper and easier to book than Sundance Lodges, while having better and worse setup.

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    Thanks for that review. I had been wondering about the rv spots there.

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    Can't remember if I've asked this before on Beyond, but for those of you who watch their transmission temps while towing, whats the max you've seen?

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    Can't remember if I've asked this before on Beyond, but for those of you who watch their transmission temps while towing, whats the max you've seen?
    80C unloaded, 90C loaded. Im a HD with transcooler. Real test will be friday when i take the kootney pass but i expect it to be within normal range.

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    Going camping this week at Kinbrook Island with one site booked. I've tried multiple times and their lines are always busy. I know the rule of thumb is one "unit" per site, but does anyone know specifically for this campground if you're allowed multiple units? ie: RV + tent (same family).

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    Can't remember if I've asked this before on Beyond, but for those of you who watch their transmission temps while towing, whats the max you've seen?
    85 or so with my Duramax towing 9000lbs.

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    107c in my 2010 Chev 2500HD 6.0L gas engine with the heavy duty transmission cooling option. That was climbing the 13% grades of the duffey lake road (hwy 99) between Lillooet and Pemberton in 28c weather. 5000 rpm in first gear baby. It dropped quite quickly going down the other side, engine braking the whole way. Temps stayed 85-90 for most of that road. I leave the DIC display on trans temps, find it fascinating.
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    First trip of the season for our family is to Edmonton for some family function. This is at the rainbow valley campground.
    How was your experience towing with an SUV? That's a Highlander right?

    I'm wanting to get into the trailer camping game, but i don't want to buy a truck... hoping to switch over to a Q7 for my next vehicle and wondering if i'll be able to tow a trailer with it. Looks like they are rated for around 7500 lbs but i don't want to be struggling and not able to pass anyone on the highway if i need to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabad66 View Post
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    How was your experience towing with an SUV? That's a Highlander right?

    I'm wanting to get into the trailer camping game, but i don't want to buy a truck... hoping to switch over to a Q7 for my next vehicle and wondering if i'll be able to tow a trailer with it. Looks like they are rated for around 7500 lbs but i don't want to be struggling and not able to pass anyone on the highway if i need to.
    Well with the boler I hardly feel like I am towing anything. We've been using the highlander to tow the boler since 2013. The only time I tried towing anything heavier was some time in aspen where it snowed really heavily and I helped tow a sienna up a hill because they couldnt get up it, that felt really heavy (4000 lbs). We have a friend that tows a 24ft camper with a Q7. The highlander can tow up to 5000lbs, my wife wants to get a newer camper with a toilet in it (something like 3500 lbs), but I will be the one driving, towing downhill with the boler seems to make my brakes shudder a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabad66 View Post
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    How was your experience towing with an SUV? That's a Highlander right?

    I'm wanting to get into the trailer camping game, but i don't want to buy a truck... hoping to switch over to a Q7 for my next vehicle and wondering if i'll be able to tow a trailer with it. Looks like they are rated for around 7500 lbs but i don't want to be struggling and not able to pass anyone on the highway if i need to.
    I towed my 5000lbs trailer with my V8 4runner (7000 lbs rating), and it did pretty good except for the steep hills.

    Passing people while towing is a mentality you really shouldn't have though.

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    107c in my 2010 Chev 2500HD 6.0L gas engine with the heavy duty transmission
    I think I might want a bigger cooler. I saw mine spike to 118* on the Coquihalla last year on a hot day. Fluid is still bright red though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzwasp View Post
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    Well with the boler I hardly feel like I am towing anything. We've been using the highlander to tow the boler since 2013. The only time I tried towing anything heavier was some time in aspen where it snowed really heavily and I helped tow a sienna up a hill because they couldnt get up it, that felt really heavy (4000 lbs). We have a friend that tows a 24ft camper with a Q7. The highlander can tow up to 5000lbs, my wife wants to get a newer camper with a toilet in it (something like 3500 lbs), but I will be the one driving, towing downhill with the boler seems to make my brakes shudder a bit.
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    I towed my 5000lbs trailer with my V8 4runner (7000 lbs rating), and it did pretty good except for the steep hills.

    Passing people while towing is a mentality you really shouldn't have though.
    cool good to know it's do-able.

    and yeah I don't think i'd be aggressively passing people as if i was driving without towing, but i'm sure there's always some situations where you need some extra power and don't want to be struggling if/when that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tik-Tok View Post
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    Passing people while towing is a mentality you really shouldn't have though.
    But with the right tow vehicle, it is pretty fun.

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    Where are some good spots that are free and with road access? I got a new truck tent that I want to get some use out of, a few years ago we were up on a logging road by Wapta Falls that had some camping sites, we pitched a tent and no body gave us a hard time so I assume it was just free first come first serve.

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    Go 30 minutes from a highway on the forestry trunk road, find a clearing and go nuts.

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    Think a Costco exclusive, but equiv looks to be $400 from Cabelas

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    Costco has these annually and they are a great deal. When I got mine it came with a Dutch oven, which is pretty useful. Used it last night to warm nachos in my outdoor kitchen.

    All the camp chef 3 burner stoves are virtually identical. Get whatever's cheapest and buy accessories or griddle as you please.

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    My favourite accessory is the 2 burner griddle, but the 3 burner griddle would also be excellent. The grill box sounds fascinating too.
    This is what I have:
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    I love the Denali but it gets so god damn hot!
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    An important lesson on why you shouldn’t think you can beat a truck towing an rv.
    E8DD1C1C-E80E-48A0-9146-2EF932EB22F9.jpg The trailer atleast doesn’t look damaged.
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