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Old 09-24-2017, 12:36 PM   #1
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Good Morning. I am a new member here and a new owner of a Jayco X213. This is our first RV so I am excited. I am going to pick up "Belle" next week. I will be coming back with the trailer and of course through the Coquihalla Highway. Coming back I am faced with a decent grade in the Box Canyon descent. Its fairly long and steep. I have towed before, a well loaded 5 x 8 cargo trailer, this way before but nothing this heavy, about 2000 pounds more. When I did tow last it was in our other vehicle, a Kia Sorento.

My tow vehicle is a 99 Suburban, 1500 with the 5.7 liter 350. Any tips on the decent. Any other experience towing a similar vehicle? We have affectionately named our TV "Beast" so it was fitting that we named our TT "Belle".

Please chime in and thank you!!!!

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Old 09-24-2017, 01:49 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, you will find that there will be a number of great answers to your question. I have a 23MRB, 26'. In a decent there are a few very important things that I am focused upon. First, I have tested all brakes, TV, TT and emergency stop prior to moving. I also set my brake controller a bit higher if I know I am going to be experiences long descents. I use my gearing to keep everything "slow." When reaching the crest of a hill I don't speed up as I know that I will either be going down or leveling out. Finally, if I need to use the brakes I apply them "forcefully" to slow down instead of keeping them on for a period of time; that will heat up the brakes. I am able to keep my set up under 55 mph on a downgrade of 6% over a 4 to 5 miles descent. Hope this helps. Stay safe, you will always get there faster if you don't hurry.

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Old 09-24-2017, 03:28 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the x213. Take it slow and easy until you dial in your setup and you will be fine.

I personally like to have my trailer brakes set a little heavy. Don't be afraid to gear down on those grades.
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Old 09-24-2017, 06:10 PM   #6
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Congratulations on your Jayco X213 and welcome to the forum.

Hmmmm... Beast and Belle. Disney fans by any chance?
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:45 AM   #9
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Welcome and congrats. I did that same tow when I picked up our newest TT. The steepest part of the hill is just before the snow shelter, let your gears do the work and save the brakes, control your descent speed. When you get to the bottom and in the valley before Hope, watch for cross winds. Maybe fresh brake fluid flush before you head out if you haven't changed it for awhile. Safe journey.

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Old 09-25-2017, 12:32 PM   #10
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Kind of, well actually..... Yes!!!! To the Disney fan part!!!!!!

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