26 September 2010

We Got a Truck and Trailer

2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie, 4x4, Quad Cab and 2011 Rockwood 8265WS


Our camping adventure is a reality.  We got our truck and trailer. The truck is a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 (one ton) and the trailer is a 2011 Rockwood 8265WS. Rockwood is made by Forest River in the USA.


Our new rig. Rockwood 8265WS and Dodge Ram 3500
We decided for this trailer because mainly of the floor plan. The available options and relative light weight of the trailer (6600 lbs) also was a big part of the decision making. A good way to find out what you like and don't like is to rent some different trailers and motor-homes.



We picked up the trailer in Langley, BC on Friday the 24th of September 2010 and did a walk through and it went very well. We stayed the first night at Fort Langley, Brae Island park (map), with full hook ups (20 minutes from the dealership). Every thing worked just fine.

The next day we gave it all a good shake down and drove about 400 Km or 240 miles. from Fort Langley to Okanagen Lake Provincial Park (map), just south of Summerland, BC. This time with no hookups. This park is fantastic and right on the lake. We will stay here again for sure. Here is a link for the sites in the park. Weather was great around 20C or 68F.



Rockwood 8265WS - Camping South of Golden, BC.
All working well. The Hijacker auto slide hitch works very well, way better then I would have thought and 90 degree turns are no problems (the hitch assembly is moving automatically  back 14 inches by the time I get to a 90 degrees turn, clearing the cab). We have a short box truck.



Rockwood 8265WS - Camping outside Golden, BC.


Today, Sunday the 26th of September, we drove from Okanagan Lake Provincial Park to (map) Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch just outside Golden, BC. The weather was mixed, a bit of rain and some sun. This is also a great campground with power ( 30 and 50 amp) and water hook up. Everything is nice and clean and the view of the mountains is wonderful.



Liz - Hiking south of Golden
We went for a wonderful hike, bear bells and pepper spray at hand, the bears have apparently been seen around here.


More pictures from this trip on our Picasa Web Album.

We are off to Field, BC. next, then Jasper, and Edmonton, AB. to visit my niece Natasja, then we will head straight east to Saskatchewan to visit some more family.

We hope to stay on the road for 3-4 weeks depending weather. We'll keep you posted.

Happy Trails,

Liz and Anders