Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Day 33 -Sunriver, OR - TT

Picture is Bridget’s 
Today, we left the fairgrounds and headed for the Thousand Trails campground in Sunriver. According to the GPS, the best route was on Hwy 58 south of Eugene. That sounded good to me. Before leaving, I was wondering if the engine would get hot towing the car over the mountains. I’m happy to report that the engine temperature never budged from 190°F for the entire trip. I’m pretty happy about that. I’m hoping the overheating on the first day was a fluke. We were in the truck lane anytime there was a steep uphill grade but other than that, we were able to maintain highway speeds with cruise control. The extra weight didn’t really make much of a difference. We’re still slow but that’s fine. As long as you aren’t the one behind us…

It took us about an hour to get the Prius on the tow dolly. I need to pick up a larger wrench as the bolt for the tire ratchets is around 1¼”. I also need to adjust the length of the straps holding the tires. When we arrived at the campground, we removed the car to make it easier to find a suitable site. Kind of wet today. The forecast is for dryer weather.

I think I’m going to rewire the right turn signal directly to the seven pin trailer connector. It works but blinks oddly compared to the rewired left signal. I’m guessing that some sort of electronic module is somewhere to isolate the trailer from the coach lights. Since the lights on the tow dolly are LED, it shouldn’t matter much as they draw minimal current. 

4 comments:

Bluekat said...

I hope we get some nice weather again before winter sets in for winter. I’m glad you made it over the pass with no overheating and hopefully won’t be a problem going forward.

RichardM said...

Some nice weather would really be nice. I keep thinking of trying to get hold of you and Ron every time we pass through. There are still a few things to figure out.

SonjaM said...

One hour to fix the Prius to the dolly does sound a little cumbersome. I hope you'll find a solution to cut the time shorter.

RichardM said...

It’s just because it was the first time we had it on the dolly. The straps needed to be set up for the first time. Subsequent loading should be much faster.