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Old 10-19-2017, 12:25 AM   #11
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We take a similar approach to washboard as others have noted. Drove over 50 kms of gravel roads over the summer - fast enough to smooth out the washboard but slow enough to stop for the potholes and maintain control in the loose gravel. The only problem we have had is a cracked black water dump valve from some flying rock.


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Old 10-19-2017, 07:35 AM   #12
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If it ain't paved, it ain't be used.....!
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:46 AM   #13
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It may never happen but to prevent the fridge door from opening I take a small piece of low residue duct tape and use it to hold the door closed.
Hey, I went high tech and cat-themed for my cabinet door and 2 flip-up counters.

I've not done the frig, but that's on my list of stuff to do.

Now, isn't this classier than duct tape?
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:14 AM   #14
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I have seen a flip up table flip up when not being used or is this part of the cat glamping?
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:37 AM   #15
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If it ain't paved, it ain't be used.....!
I'm with you. If I can avoid those kinds of "torture tests" for my trailer, I'm going to pick another road, when available.

I understand that camping is an adventure and I grew up on gravel roads while learning to drive a manual transmission: 3-on-the-tree. However, as much fun as it was learning to drift in those turns, I like may trailer waaaaay too much to subject it to the pounding that some of the cars I was allowed to drive were put through.

Not condemning anyone else's choice of roads or sense of adventure, but I'm just sayin' that I worked hard to be able to afford an Escape and I won't be bouncing it around if I can avoid it. If unavoidable, y'all will think I'm towing with a farmer's combine because I'll be coasting along between 5-10 mph and making everyone late.
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:42 AM   #16
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If it ain't paved, it ain't be used.....!
That would eliminate 90% of our trailer camping. One of the reasons I like Escape, and other moulded FG trailers, is that they can easily handle this type road.
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:07 AM   #17
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That would eliminate 90% of our trailer camping. One of the reasons I like Escape, and other moulded FG trailers, is that they can easily handle this type road.
Jim,

I have a county map that I've used to search for "gravel" roads.

I've found ONE road that was about a mile of unpaved road and another that was about 1/4 mile that seemed more like a driveway. I was able to drive into the National Forest and find several Forest Service Roads that would be considered "two track" and most were unimproved without any surface improvements or limited gravel patches.

My search was limited to the immediate county but I abandoned my search since it seem incredibly unproductive. I can only assume that the surrounding counties are in a similar condition. You'd have to wander far and wide in Kentucky to find an old dirt road these days.

I figure these conditions vary widely, but that's what makes it an adventure. If'n I find gravel, I'll jus' slow down and carry on.
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:15 AM   #18
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Perhaps in Canada things are different but in Pennsylvania it is hard to find unpaved paths and if you did there certainly no campsites located there. Seems like it is most elsewhere, old native american paths that become trails then become roads then become interstates.
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:15 AM   #19
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One thing that can make a difference is how loaded your trailer is. Our 19 lightly loaded weighs around 3700 Lbs with all tanks empty with the hitch taking about 480 off of that so the axle weight is around 3220. We have 2 3500 Lb axles on ours instead of the 2500 Lb specified on the spec sheet. So we have a little bit of extra suspension and have noticed if you put something on the bed and hit a bump it gets launched.
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:19 AM   #20
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Perhaps in Canada things are different but in Pennsylvania it is hard to find unpaved paths and if you did there certainly no campsites located there. Seems like it is most elsewhere, old native american paths that become trails then become roads then become interstates.
There are quite a few gravel roads around my area and some of them can be very interesting to travel on. And a few you wonder if you really belong there.
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