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 Post subject: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:55 pm 
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Just got back from a 6,260 mile trip in 40 days.
Left Texas into Oklahoma, Eastern Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Western Colorado, New Mexico, and back into Texas heat.

We did all that in the "Lumbering Turtle" with an overall average of 9.3 MPG. We paid as little as $2.49 to as high as $3.60 for gas.

It was a new campsite almost everyday.
Here are a few of the over 600 pictures my lovely assistant took.

Enjoy!
Zulu


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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:32 pm 
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Looks like an awesome trip! Nice pics, thanks for sharing. As a fisherman I couldn't help but notice your "assistant" seemed to be holding all the bigger fish. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:04 pm 
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Looks like you had a nice vacation. Great photos.

Thanks for sharing Zulu.

Say just curious is that a 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck yer hauling that camper with?


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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:17 am 
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Helluva trip!

Thanks for sharing. Our RV days are done but we have some fond memories of traveling up and down the left coast.

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 Post subject: Re: My Montana trip
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:14 am 
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reelinron,
It does seem like while I pretty consistently beat her in numbers, she somehow manages to pull in the big fish.
That's okay. I married a girl who loves to fish!

RonTeti,
The truck is a Chevy 2500, 4X4, long bed, crew cab.
I added a rear HellWig Bigwig anti-sway bar that really helps.
The camper weighs about 2300 lbs. dry and about 3300 lbs. loaded.
That makes me about 11,000 lbs. Add the trailer at about 2000 lbs. and I'm 13,000 lbs.
At 45' long with the trailer, I'm a "lumbering turtle" on the highway.

The truck handles the weight of the camper okay but in the grand scheme of truck campers, mine is pretty light. There are some out there that weigh more than 5000 lbs.
They certainly require a 1 ton dually with suspension modifications.

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