They say everything’s bigger in Texas, so it should come as no surprise that for our first time ever pulling our fifth-wheel, we took off on an epic road trip from Arlington, Texas to Vancouver, Canada. We had thirteen days to get to Vancouver so we could pick up Dawn’s mom and embark on an Alaskan cruise, so not only were we on a massive road trip, but we had to make good time too!
You can imagine our frustrations and fears, then, when after making our first block pulling the trailer, I realized the trailer’s brakes weren’t working right. The trailer wiring plug in the bed and on the bumper would activate everything but the brakes on the trailer. After spending a couple of hours trying to troubleshoot the problem unsuccessfully, we hit the road late that e evening for our first stop just over 300 miles away in Lubbock, Texas. A day later, after several unsuccessful attempts to get the brakes working, we actually made it. Thankfully in Lubbock, we were able to get help with our brakes as Jeremy at blah-blah-blah truck shop took the time to trace the problem to a bad connection on the wiring harness in our pickup bed. It took us a full day in Lubbock to find someone who could figure out what was wrong with our brakes!
Along the way to Canada, we stopped in New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, and Washington. We saw some amazing sites, and we made decent time. The next big challenge we encountered was finding a place to store our rig while we were in Canada. After many calls trying to find a storage location for it while in Seattle, we finally found a new RV park in Arlington, Washington where we were able to park it for two weeks while we were in Canada. We literally dropped it off in Arlington at dusk and then drove straight to the airport in Vancouver where we picked up Dawn’s mom who was arriving that night on a red-eye flight.
After a whirl-wind maiden voyage pulling our fifth-wheel, it was really relaxing to hop on a cruise ship for a week and then spend another amazing week in an Air B&B in Squamish, British Columbia before hitting the road again.