Monday, August 7, 2017

Back Home

A huge thank you to Ian for getting the trailer into the driveway and to our neighbors for letting us park it in their driveway for the weekend. Due to the steepness at the top of our driveway, the bed of my truck hit the overhang of the trailer. Ian has a flatbed with the same gooseneck hitch so the 5th wheel hitch just popped right in. The flatbed has no bedsides so there nothing to hit. Since the flatbed was longer, the back corners were watched and they cleared by only a couple of inches. This does mean I that I may be looking for either a used flatbed or possibly building one on the truck before the trailer can leave the driveway. I may also lower the hitch on the front of the trailer a couple of inches further increasing the distance between the overhang and the truck bed.

Now that it was in the driveway, we finished unloading it. The trailer really looks huge relative to the house. Tomorrow, I will be picking up several 2x10 pressure treated boards to put on the dirt behind the trailer. Then, I'll be able to back the trailer further into that area next to the garage and have it level.

Some initial stats for the road trip:

  • 13,478 miles
  • 1,035.05 gallons of #2 diesel
  • 13.02 miles/gallon
  • $3,224 for fuel 
Or about 24¢ per mile. Not too bad...

Actually, it's a bit less than that since I didn't adjust for the difference between U.S. and Canadian currencies. 


  1. There is no place like home!

  2. wow that's a tight fit....had to re-read your post to understand what the issue was....too bad there's no way to safely extend the goose neck on the trailer so there's clearance without first finding access to a flatbed truck with the fifth wheel hitch.

  3. Glad you two are home and the trailer got tucked in the yard.

    Your stats are quite something. The tis a lot of miles and fuel, but you had fun.

    1. Less fuel than I thought. And the 13 mpg was fine. No complaints from me.

  4. Your fuel tab would have been approx. 2,000$ more had you been traveling in Europe, Richard. On the other hand, I am not sure that you would be able to manoeuvre such a vehicle on tiny EU roads...

    1. And I probably wouldn't have needed to travel as far.