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Old 07-01-2018, 06:55 AM   #1
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Trans-Labrador highway

Has anybody driven the Trans-Labrador Highway with their Escape trailer?
We're considering it returning from Newfoundland in a few weeks.
What precautions should we take before starting?

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Peter Styer
Frewsburg, NY
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Old 07-01-2018, 07:08 AM   #2
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Over on FGRV there are several threads on visiting Newfoundland and their travels there.
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Has anybody driven the Trans-Labrador Highway with their Escape trailer?
We're considering it returning from Newfoundland in a few weeks.
What precautions should we take before starting?

Thanks in advance,
Peter Styer
Frewsburg, NY
Hi: pstyer... The term "Highway" should be loosely accepted, though I have never driven it!!!
Some "Lingo lessons" might be helpful. "Stay where 'ur at and I'll come where 'ur too"!!! If you get to Niagara Wine Escape in Sept I'll be all ears. Alf
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The Canadian definition of gravel such as in “gravel road “ is any rock smaller than your head
At least that what I was told by multiple Canadians
After driving the 100 Km to Pickel Lake in Ontario I tend to agree
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:17 AM   #5
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Has anybody driven the Trans-Labrador Highway with their Escape trailer?
We're considering it returning from Newfoundland in a few weeks.
What precautions should we take before starting?

Thanks in advance,
Peter Styer
Frewsburg, NY
My mother and step father did it in their truck camper....the "gravel" is very sharp. They got a flat in their Load range B truck tire. They saw many trailers with flats....bring extra spares(note the S)....not many services on the way.....oh and the bugs....great when they got there but not so great getting there!
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:10 PM   #6
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i am from norft shore of quebec, and i know this road, for me i wont never use it with trailer,

if you go , you need some spare tire for your truck ,,,and trailer.

i want sometime in NFLD but i use boat to south sidney to port au basque.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:34 AM   #7
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I say pass

From some travel blogs I have read in the past about this road and some long distance towing I have done in the US, I would advise against any towing that is not on pavement with our trailers. My advise, stick to the pavement.

If you go, take many spares as others have noted, and expect a broken winsheild from the transport passing you giving you a gravel shower.
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My mother and step father did it in their truck camper....the "gravel" is very sharp. They got a flat in their Load range B truck tire. They saw many trailers with flats....bring extra spares(note the S)....not many services on the way.....oh and the bugs....great when they got there but not so great getting there!
One good thing is that the thick coating of dead bugs on the front of your Escape will help protect the fiberglass from damage from the gravel roads.
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We drove north in a station wagon from the ferry at Port o' Basque to way up as far as the unpaved roads began to make us nervous and to an obscure lobster fishing village. Wonderful experience. Like being back in another century. I wouldn't take my trailer on that without plenty of emergency supplies.

But that was back in the 1970's. Must admit --a tad amazed to learn there's unpaved roads in Newfoundland today.
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...But that was back in the 1970's. Must admit --a tad amazed to learn there's unpaved roads in Newfoundland today.
There are still unpaved roads in many parts of Canada.
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