We're here, as in camped just south of Merritt. We took the long way from North Vancouver, over the Hope - Princeton and then up 5A to Merritt.
The RAV was a trooper ( actually it was a Toyota ) and performed wonderfully. The new larger RAV4 with a 3.5 cu. in. 269 hp engine is heavy enough and powerful enough that the Escape
17 became just an afterthought.
I've read posts on anti-sway bars and so far I don't think that's a necessity. I was passed by several large trucks on the cross-wind prone Chilliwack section and didn't feel a thing, although I had a tighter grip on the wheel, having kept my eye on the rear view mirror.
I'll have to calculate the mileage later, but I used 27.798 litres of regular grade to travel the mountainous section from Chilliwack to Princeton, a total of 183.1 kilometres. Most of that was with the shifter in Drive, but on long climbs I'd drop to 4th.
We're at a new RV camp called Moonshadows. It's right on the Coldwater River, surrounded by cottenwood trees to shade the site. I'll break out the rod in an hour or two and see if there are any trout.
We stopped briefly at Allison Lake Provincial Park and found it abandoned. Not a camper in sight. No wonder. The lake is across the highway and the campsites are surrounded by beetle kill pine. According to the Accommodation Guide it is "No Smoking" and I don't wonder why.
Next door neighbor cautioned me about hooking up to the water. No pressure reduction valve so you could blow the lines in your trailer. I'll pick up my own valve as soon as possible.
We like the place enough that we'll stay here at least a couple of days.