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Old 06-09-2018, 08:32 AM   #1
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Rt. North from Chilliwack

We will be traveling north from Chilliwack after pick up. Thought we'd avoid the Fraser River Valley as this will be our first experience towing. However, we'd like to stop in Lillooet to visit a winery on the way to our first stop in Clinton. We'll be traveling thru in late June. Are we nuts to take route 1 to Lytton, then route 12 to Lillooet? Our copy of the Milepost suggests that route 1 north thru the Fraser River Valley can be a tough stretch of road. I'd like to hear about other's experiences there. We'll be towing an Escape 21.

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Old 06-09-2018, 11:04 AM   #2
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Sometimes getting information before an event helps make good decisions. But sometimes I wonder if the person giving the advice has ever actually done the deed. Honestly, I've driven all those routes in both good and bad, read "horrid" conditions and in June weather is a non-issue. To be blunt, if a persons going to tow a trailer on public highways they should be capable of towing the Fraser canyon route. It's a little more curvy but scenic. Whether to go the Coq., Duffy Lake, or the Fraser Canyon, the decision is never about how difficult the road is compared to other routes.

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Old 06-09-2018, 11:22 AM   #3
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Thanks Ron. Thats the answer I was looking for.

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I view your comment that this is your first experience towing as the most salient detail.

We picked up our baby the fall of 2014 but had taken some towing lessons at the Valley Driving School next door to ETI. We drove the Coquihall Summit in the dark and rain on our first trip without incident. Early in our towing career on another less hilly trip we did however overheat our truck brakes due to not fully understanding the electronic brake control settings (our setting wasn’t aggressive enough.

Since then but still fairly new to towing we ran the Fraser Canyon and then on up the #12 into Lilloet. On the run to Lilloet we experienced some single lane road, lots of twists and turns and hills, some rental RVs with whom we had to share the road who in our view were driving without due care and attention of others on the road. (Of course u find those drivers everywhere. Further we were under impressed with Lilloet when we got there. Nice place for a lunch. Of course we just blew threw on our way east.

My wife says she wouldn’t advise the #12 to Lilloet as a first trip for an inexperienced driver.

I tend to agree with a lot of what Ron wrote. However, I also tend to ere on the cautious side in these matters

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Added. Sometimes I’ve used google earth/maps to get a road’s eye view and spot check areas on the route I intend to run
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DriveBC is a good resource for highway conditions. Don't let this cam scare you off. Take a look at Highway 1 through Fraser Canyon cams.
DriveBC Southern Interior - Hwy 99 (Lillooet to Cache Creek) Cams
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I agree with Glenn.

From my POV, the Fr Canyon and then to Cache Creek shouldn’t scare you off.
However, the #12 to Lillooet seems like a different beast to me at least.
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I don't know what you would call a "tough stretch of road" but I certainly wouldn't apply that to the routes mentioned. Both the #12 and the #1 are beautiful scenic drives. Can you go "pedal to the metal"? No. Just take your time and enjoy the view. You might just want to "drive it" using Google maps to get an idea of how the road is. Also if you've never pulled a trailer before I highly recommend you get those lessons, they'll give you some good tips and you'll feel more confident.
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I don't know if I would want to do the Lytton to Lillooet highway first time towing--I don't like it with just the car---can be strange around the slide area and narrow...
The Fraser Canyon Highway is just fine...What winery is in Lillooet?

And do you know people in Clinton? My mom lives there and we have a place near there...
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Our original routing was to Kamloops, Cache Creek and Clinton (we're heading to Fairbanks). The Ft. Berens winery in Lillooet was "more on the way" than others well east of there. However, after monitoring the DriveBC for route 99 (thanks gbaglo for the reference), we've elected to nix that stretch. We'll probably try the route 1 to route 97 instead. The Clinton connection was simply a relatively short mileage first stop (getting our feet on the ground - so to speak).

For those concerned about our "inexperience", I've towed a variety of things in the past. Just not a "home on wheels". We appreciate all the advice from those who've weighted in. Thats why we love this forum.

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Our original routing was to Kamloops, Cache Creek and Clinton (we're heading to Fairbanks). The Ft. Berens winery in Lillooet was "more on the way" than others well east of there. However, after monitoring the DriveBC for route 99 (thanks gbaglo for the reference), we've elected to nix that stretch. We'll probably try the route 1 to route 97 instead. The Clinton connection was simply a relatively short mileage first stop (getting our feet on the ground - so to speak).

For those concerned about our "inexperience", I've towed a variety of things in the past. Just not a "home on wheels". We appreciate all the advice from those who've weighted in. Thats why we love this forum.

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