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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Cross country trip

Just got back from a 6000 mile 2.5 week trip from northeastern PA along Route 66 to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and surrounding area in our 2014 Armada Platinum. We towed a 30? Jayco travel trailer. Empty weight 4500. Packed weight 5300 according to CAT scale. GVW was 7100 pounds with the 5 (myself, wife, and 3 kids) of us and some stuff in the vehicle. Truck handled the trip flawlessly. We averaged 10.5 miles per gallon. I had no problem with the mountain passes. Some were long 8+ mile 7 and 8% grades. The temp and transmission temp gauges never budged even in 104 heat with the AC on. Only thing I didn?t like was that some trucks would cause me to feel a kind of suction if they passed at a high rate of speed even with the sway bar set tight. I ended up going through a mountain pass into Albuquerque at night during a pretty severe storm which was a bit unnerving and did slow me down quite a bit, but the truck did great. We also took it off roading quite a bit without the trailer and had a blast.
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Sounds like you had a great trip, glad to hear it. Can't wait to hear more about your trip, and also future trips that you take with your Armada and trailer.

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Great trip report! Just finished simlar, but with no trailer. Took the old cattle trail from Houston to Winnipeg. Turned right to find cool air. Took trans Canada 2/17/11 across the top of the great lakes. Learned that if I bought local Canada brand gas I got 50-100 miles more per tank than if I bought U.S. brand gas. $4.60 per gallon. Gas stations every 50-100 miles. Max hiway speed 90kph. Great restaurants, mom and pop motels, nice, friendly, respectable, respectful people. Came South through Sault St. Marie (bush plane museum) across at Buffalo, and home. Got to see the duty moose, bear, and deer crossing the road. Hundreds of beaver ponds, complete with beaver. 5300 miles. Zero problems. Saw 3 cops in Canada, and 4 airliners. 48 degrees F at night, traveling West to East. Everyone spoke English and other languages. And the dollar was appreciated. Had Tim Horton coffee, which put Starbucks to shame. Lotsa history along the cattle routes North!
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Thanks for sharing. Definitely heading west at some point with the travel trailer. Until then the eastern mtns will have to do. Glad to hear the Armada pulled well for you. They are great trucks and IMO hard to beat in the 1/2 ton SUV class.

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It really does sounds like an awesome experience!! Some awesome pictures also
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Family and I are leaving AZ to go up the west coast. We are looking forward to it.
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