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Old 06-18-2018, 04:40 PM   #1
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Tips on 3,500 km journey - AB to NWT to BC and back

We are planning our trip this August to explore the Deh Cho Travel Connection using our 2006 Escape 17b. I'll post my questions and then brag about our upcoming journey!
We are assuming we will be mostly dry camping for our adventure.
A. How long will our two propane tanks last powering the fridge?
1. We have solar for our power (and I may have to replace our battery) but am
afraid to power the fridge on DC and then not be able to run the pump or
lights at night.
2. Should the DC, when hooked up to the truck while driving on the road,
charge the battery and run the fridge without losing charge on the trailer
battery?
B. We have amassed a fairly good emergency kit and experience in preparation
-Shotgun, jack, spare tire, instant tire repair (fix a flat aerosol), rubber mallet, socket set, screwdriver set, double sided sticky tape, an extra sewer valve cover (I seem to lose them on gravel roads a lot). Bearings recently greased, new rims and tires, recently updated all bulbs (inside and out to LED). Finally, we've been going for camping trips (up to four hours away, one-way, since May 18). Missing anything?

I will pull either with our 2003 Chevrolet Surburban or 1998 Ford F150 V6 2WD

Link to Itinerary: http://v5.spectacularnwt.com/sites/d...eitinerary.pdf
Some stuff on the Alaska Highway we will be traveling:
https://www.hellobc.com/road-trips/alaska-highway/
Link to map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/?link=https:...e-9a24bca368ff
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:29 PM   #2
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I would have at least 2 spares for both the trailer and tow vehicle. With one battery you will not have enough to power the refer, on propane your dual tanks should power the refer for at least 4-6 weeks but less if you use the furnace at night for heat.
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I would have at least 2 spares for both the trailer and tow vehicle. With one battery you will not have enough to power the refer, on propane your dual tanks should power the refer for at least 4-6 weeks but less if you use the furnace at night for heat.
Thanks so much!! Very helpful to know.
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A 12v air compressor.
We bought one last year and used it 2 times already on our still good, but sure not new tires.
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If you run down the battery at camp and then drive to the next camp with the fridge running on DC, you will arrive with a run down battery. Tow vehicle simply can't charge the battery and run the fridge at the same time.
Many, including me, run the fridge on propane while towing ( shutting it down while fueling ).
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If you run down the battery at camp and then drive to the next camp with the fridge running on DC, you will arrive with a run down battery. Tow vehicle simply can't charge the battery and run the fridge at the same time.
Many, including me, run the fridge on propane while towing ( shutting it down while fueling ).
I hadn't thought about shutting it down when fueling, thank you for that. We have been doing it on propane on all of our trips, just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something!
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A 12v air compressor.
We bought one last year and used it 2 times already on our still good, but sure not new tires.
Ordering now, thanks for that!
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guns

You say your bringing a shotgun I thought guns were illegal in Canada? I think it would be a Good idea if it is legal.
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You say your bringing a shotgun I thought guns were illegal in Canada? I think it would be a Good idea if it is legal.
He's not crossing the border with a gun, he lives in Canada. It's my understanding long guns are legal in Canada. It's only when crossing the border with any gun, that it can become an issue.
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I'm just going to sit here and see how much misinformation can be posted in a single thread.
If you want to know about bringing weapons into Canada, Google Canada Border Services.
To learn about weapons in Canada, go Google and read sites that end in gc.ca
Here's one:
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/index-eng.htm
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