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Old 12-31-2017, 07:21 AM   #1
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My wife and I will be driving from Maine to Chilliwack to pick up our camper in June. We have a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500. What programs do others have like triple A in case of vehicle breakdowns to get assistance in case of problems? Also these campers are not cheap, what do people do to prevent them from being towed off while your unhitched and using your truck for day trips? Finally has anyone ever made the long drive out.......any route suggestions and or must sees or must avoids?
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Old 12-31-2017, 08:05 AM   #2
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My wife and I will be driving from Maine to Chilliwack to pick up our camper in June. We have a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500. What programs do others have like triple A in case of vehicle breakdowns to get assistance in case of problems? Also these campers are not cheap, what do people do to prevent them from being towed off while your unhitched and using your truck for day trips? Finally has anyone ever made the long drive out.......any route suggestions and or must sees or must avoids?
Good Sam roadside assistance covers towing of the trailer as well as your vehicles.

Coupler or king pin locks provide some protection. Wheel boots provide additional protection. GPS tracking devices like the ALR-9 provide peace of mind as well as tracking the trailer in a theft situation. You will know almost immediately if the trailer is in motion, assuming you have a cell phone. All can be Googled.

And of course, must sees are subjective. Along the northern route I would classify Niagara Falls, the Badlands, the Black Hills, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park as must sees. Unfortunately, Going to the Sun Road in Glacier NP will not be open in June.
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Old 12-31-2017, 08:16 AM   #3
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Check your spare tire, my 2014 Ram had a temporary spare, unsuitable for towing. I had to purchase a full sized wheel and tire and place it in the bed of the truck. I also carry battery cables and a small air compressor. Purchase a Trailer Aid https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail....85238366148544
and enjoy the trip. Beartooth Highway is spectacular to take on the way to Chilliwack, maybe hard to travers while towing on the return trip. Best Western in Chilliwack is right next to Escape and offers an Escape discount. We also used a credit card that did not charge a foreign transaction fee, check your options and enjoy the trip, it will be worth it.
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Old 12-31-2017, 08:37 AM   #4
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I also carry battery cables...
If you haven’t seen the NOCO lithium jump starters check them out. They are really nifty and have saved me a few times. My father and I both have the GB40.

https://no.co/products/power/jumpstarters
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Those are really nice, but I'm still carrying my 50 year old cables and have not had to use them yet, I do not want to push my luck!
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:05 AM   #6
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My wife and I will be driving from Maine to Chilliwack to pick up our camper in June. We have a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500. What programs do others have like triple A in case of vehicle breakdowns to get assistance in case of problems? Also these campers are not cheap, what do people do to prevent them from being towed off while your unhitched and using your truck for day trips? Finally has anyone ever made the long drive out.......any route suggestions and or must sees or must avoids?
Two links for wheel locks....

The Flexible Anti-Theft Trailer & Vehicle Wheel Lock | Brahma Wheel Lock

Nemesis Professional Caravan Wheel Clamp | Trailer Accessories | Purple Line

There are a lot of hot springs in southeast British Columbia, southwest Alberta, western Montana and northern Idaho. Kaslo, BC is close to Ainsworth Hot Springs, Nakusp Hot Springs and Halcyon Hot Springs. The SS Moyie is a nice bit of history and the ghost town of Sandon, BC is also interesting.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:42 AM   #7
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I have Good Sam, as mentioned they are supposed to tow both the truck and the camper if such is needed, I've only used their flat changing service so far. I only have the Road Side Service, not the rest of the stuff they offer.

As far as theft prevention, I use the ETI optional king pin locks, there are better available if you want, like the War-Lock, the one from ETI one is pretty basic. Or you can go all out and get one of the wheel locks as mentioned above. It just depends on how much you worry. I've never heard of one being stolen from a campground, but anything is possible. If I left mine in more theft prone areas I'd get something more heavy duty.

How long are you figuring to take for the trip, out and back?
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Old 12-31-2017, 01:03 PM   #8
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My wife and I will be driving from Maine to Chilliwack to pick up our camper in June. We have a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500. What programs do others have like triple A in case of vehicle breakdowns to get assistance in case of problems? Also these campers are not cheap, what do people do to prevent them from being towed off while your unhitched and using your truck for day trips? Finally has anyone ever made the long drive out.......any route suggestions and or must sees or must avoids?
I have the Good Sam service others have used it. They DO get your tug AND tow to a safe location. Very good service. It also covers other vehicles so when my wife locked herself out of the car they helped with that too. AAA only covers your tug and NOT the tow.
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Old 12-31-2017, 01:11 PM   #9
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AAA only covers your tug and NOT the tow.
Interesting. Here, in BC, my BCAA has an optional level that includes the trailer. I wonder if I loose that option if I use AAA in the states. Think I'll ask about that before my next trip.

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Old 12-31-2017, 01:12 PM   #10
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You have the same coverage here in BC and in the US.
It's stated on the BCAA web site.
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