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Old 08-05-2008, 08:02 PM   #1
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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.

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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.
Thanks so much for sharing your comments about the RAV4. We are looking closely at getting the V6 (runner-up being the previous Highlander model) and are interested in any info you may have about mileage and general performance.

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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.
I've been thinking about this problem since it has been mentioned in another post recently... would just cracking open the main water valve, as opposed to opening it entirely, not do the same thing? You typically don't need that much pressure anyway, and it's one less part to bother with.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:49 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for sharing your comments about the RAV4. We are looking closely at getting the V6 (runner-up being the previous Highlander model) and are interested in any info you may have about mileage and general performance.


I've been thinking about this problem since it has been mentioned in another post recently... would just cracking open the main water valve, as opposed to opening it entirely, not do the same thing? You typically don't need that much pressure anyway, and it's one less part to bother with.
The part probably costs about $7. I'm just going to buy the valve.

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I might be w w w w wrong (it has happened once or twice) but IMHO:
...the pressure is there whether you open that spigot a crack or wide open. Either way, right or wrong, what does it hurt to pack and use a reducer???
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We do mpg down south, do you guys up north do kpl? "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 us in the states have not gotten a handle on the metric stuff. I had to be driving our car after reading your post of getting Toad home and you had gotten up to 100 kph. I figured you were at about 62 mph at that speed. We tried to go about 90 kph or whatever I figured 55 mph to be. We slowed down to save on gas. Last year we did the 60 to 62 mph.
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Doug has the concept correct, just "cracking" the valve will reduce the volume of water, but the pressure will still build up to the same amount.
The pressure regulator may save some quite expensive and inconvenient repairs. Once obtained, simply leave it installed on the end of your hose which connects to the park's spigot. Then you'll look like a seasoned veteran when you are setting up.

Now the trick is to remember to leave it on the hose when you break camp. An awful lot of them are left attached to the spigot and you'll have to purchase another at the next campsite. Trust me, it happens very frequently!

How are the trout biting?
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Also keep in mind that during your stay, an unregulated water supply may vary quite widely up and down -- RV plumbing will be no match for city water gone wild.
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Most of us in the states have not gotten a handle on the metric stuff. I had to be driving our car after reading your post of getting Toad home and you had gotten up to 100 kph. I figured you were at about 62 mph at that speed.
Wait a minute. It is us that have it right with our "liters per 100km" and we are the ones that don't have a handle on the weird US measurements.

(Either way, follow this link for instant relief: http://www.onlineconversion.com/fuel_consumption.htm)

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Doug has the concept correct, just "cracking" the valve will reduce the volume of water, but the pressure will still build up to the same amount.
Excellent, I feel smarter already, AND I get to buy another cool part for my egg.
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We do mpg down south, do you guys up north do kpl? "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 us in the states have not gotten a handle on the metric stuff. I had to be driving our car after reading your post of getting Toad home and you had gotten up to 100 kph. I figured you were at about 62 mph at that speed. We tried to go about 90 kph or whatever I figured 55 mph to be. We slowed down to save on gas. Last year we did the 60 to 62 mph.
In Canada mileage ( kilometerage? ) is measured in litres per 100 kilometers. The Explorer used 18.5 / 100 just highway driving. I used about 10 / 100 without Toad behind me.
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Using a conversion table, our litres per 100 kilometers work out to 6.114 gal Cdn or 7.34 gal Amer. and the distance would be 113 miles. That's 18.5 mpg Cdn or 15.4 mpg Amer. Won't it be nice and a lot simpler when we all adapt to the metric system based on the unit 10? But then I'm just an old guy that still converts centi-upgrade to farenhigher to see how warm I feel.
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On this maiden voyage I tried to stay at the speed limit or 90 kph when the limit was 100.
Just did the calculation and I used 15.18 litres per 100 k. That's 15.58 miles per U.S. gallon.

Today, I think we'll re-pack the Toad, learning things as we go along.

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........this 'pressure reducer' (aka a good f_ _t, LOL):
I've had experiences with leaving it on the hose (still do it) but found quite often if left on for too long a time the (so called) brass parts OXIDIZE, so maybe remove it at seasons end but leave it laying beside or very near where you store the hose for next season???
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I've added that nice conversion chart to my conversion bookmark.

But I think I'm missing something here. When up north, since my car only tells me how many miles I have gone, I first have to convert my miles into km. Then I can use your URL.

Here is another metic site for those of us who haven't gone the right way.

http://www.culturebridge.com/tools/metric.html

We get an overall average on our long hauls: 13.4 liters/100 km and 7.4 km/liter. 17.5 mpg. Gonna take me a long time to get used to this liters per 100 km idea.

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This site is much more useful to me. I just went back to my bookmarks and tried this one again. This site gets past that miles driven being calculated into the situation.

http://www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/transportation/...lator-input.cfm

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