We drove from central Ohio to pickup our 21' on September 29th. We took 5-1/2 days to get to Chilliwack. We took our dog, so we had to get pet friendly motels along the way which was a bit of a PITA. We stayed in Osoyoos on the fifth night and shelled out $200 bucks at the Holiday Inn because they were the only ones that were pet friendly with an open room. Stayed at the Best Western next door to ETI the final night and that worked out well.
We arrived at ETI bright and early Monday morning. The trailer was in great shape and Tammy got us set up with paperwork very quickly. We had not made prior arrangements to install our Reese SC hitch, but ETI got someone lined up and it went very quickly. We also added stabilizer feet and a Sherline scale to the bill as ETI's price was the best I have seen. Reace noticed that my tires were a little low and after a quick fill, we were on the way to Sumas, Wa to take possession of our trailer. Unfortunately it started to rain, so my plan to hit the front of the trailer with some BTS protectant was foiled - oh well.
We got hooked up and headed for Deception Pass. We found a site, set up, and then headed back to Walmart and Camping World to buy the stuff that we needed to populate the trailer. Bought a Travasak since they were on sale in tan that matched the trailer better than our old purple/pink one from our old trailer. Got everything loaded and the packed truck cleared out and prepared for the trip home.
We journeyed from there to Mt. Ranier, Olympic, Redwoods National Park (awesome), Crater Lake, Tetons, Yellowstone, Blackhills (Crazyhorse is not to be missed), and on to Ohio. Altogether we traveled a shade under 8000 miles (too far). If I had it to do over I would have tried to cut down on miles.
Our 2014 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab with hard tonneau cover (5.3 liter, 3:42 rear end) performed like a champ. Going out we got 20-21 mpg at 65. At 70 plus in South Dakota and Montana it dropped back to 19 something. With the trailer in the mountains we would get 11. Running at 60 we could get 14 in rolling hills. We drove most of the return trip at 65 and got 12 mpg or a little more. Running in tow mode did not seem to hurt or help the mileage.
Tow mode with the hill descent is awesome in the mountains. Someone called it reverse cruise control. In the mountain it made it so much easier to control downhill speed. Most of the time I did very little braking on some pretty harry downhills. A few times I shifted into manual mode, but that was very rare. The trailer pulled great, between the very capable truck and Reese hitch with built in sway control.
We also had ETI install the Wilson Truck/RV antenna in the trailer. We had the Wilson Sleek 4G Booster which we ran in the truck during the day and moved to the trailer at night. We used my Motorola Droid cell phone as a hot spot and almost always had good fast internet available. We have unlimited data and were able to watch HBO Go using the cell hot spot. I believe we used 9GB of data during the trip. Although most campgrounds have internet, this way we did not have to worry about security using our own service.
We were gone almost a month and are back home recuperating from the many miles.
Best of all we have a brand new Escape 21' sitting in our driveway. A great upgrade from our old Casita and we are looking forward to many a enjoyable trip in the future!
(There is an Ohio flag at ETI now.)