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Old 08-14-2014, 04:55 PM   #1
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Vancouver Island Trip

Just returned from a month long trip towing our 213 to Vancouver Island and back to Alberta with our new to us 2008 2500 HD. We covered 4565 kms. and burnt 1080 liters of fuel for a trip average of 23.6 L/100 km or 11.9 mpg Loved the six speed through the mountains.(Imp).Click image for larger version

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Old 08-14-2014, 06:32 PM   #2
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Weather wise you had a great month there,glad you enjoyed it. I really want to take my TT over to the island from Bellingham and was wondering if you would be so kind as to tell me how you got there and how easy was it to get on the ferry. Do you have a favorite park ?
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It sounds like you had a great time. Do you remember how much a foot the ferry people charge for truck and trailer combinations?
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I was just going to ask too what did the ferry trip cost?
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Don't know the price but there is a mid-week discount for RV/trailer combo's right now.
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We had tremendous weather averaging 25C on the island with clear blue sky's and no wind. We had originally intended to spend less time on the island and a couple of weeks in the interior but chose to stay on the island because of the high temps on the mainland. Fuel prices on the island were a pleasant surprise as low as $1.25/L. My ferry cost was approximately $250 one way(My truck and trailer totals 45 feet). They charge a rate for each vehicle and passenger plus an extra $6.00 per foot for anything over 20 feet. They do have a discount rate on sailings after 7:00 pm on Sat and wed nights right now. We crossed to the Island from Tsawwassen to Victoria and came back Nanaimo to Horseshoe bay. There is also a ferry to Victoria from Port Angeles in Washington. Driving with an RV on the lower mainland anywhere is a pain, being sure of your route beforehand and avoiding rush hours pays off. Fuel prices in the Vancouver area are substantially higher, fuel up before passing through. On the Island Victoria is the toughest place to drive an RV with lots of very narrow tight roads. Tourist traffic is noticeably lighter than from years ago likely due to ferry costs. There is a wide variety of RV Parks on the Island. Our favourite Victoria area spot is West Bay Marine Village. Our hands down favourite Island camping spot is a Park called Seal Bay RV Park near Comox. A wide variety of sites with good facilities, a central location and a very quiet low key venue. The photo of the campsite in my post is located there. We also have access to camp driveway at my son's home in Victoria which is convenient LOL.
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