16' AT Diesel + 14' IceFish trailer head to Canada (2600m Round Trip Journey) - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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16' AT Diesel + 14' IceFish trailer heads to Canada (2600m Round Trip Journey)

Preface: Iíve been wanting to post this for a very long time so I spent no joke, about 2 hrs crafting this post. Iím only a bean counter so do not cast judgement on my terrible typing skills!

Where: Journey from Minnesota to Banff / Jasper National Park (Alberta, Canada)

When: September 2018

Distance & Travel Time: 19 hrs 41 mins, 1,268 miles (2,040 km) to Banff, Jasper to MN was 22 hrs 51 minutes, 1,444 miles (2,324 km)

Who: Wife & Gizmo (standard poodle)

Why: We went because our standard poodle (Gizmo) was turning nine this year and wanted to show him some epic mountains and views before he turned too old. The life of a dog is short compared to humans and every day we have him itís a true blessing. In conclusion we drove 2600 miles because of our dog. Interesting tid bit about National Parks when comparing to the USA & Canada. In the US dogs are considered a nuisance while in Canada they see pets as family! They are welcome in all parks, so they got our business.

How: 2016 GMC Canyon Diesel All Terrain + 14í fish house (with 3í v)

Best MPG: Minnesota on the way home, averaged 13.5mpg
Worst MPG: North Dakota, averaged 9-10mpg!
Driving Impression: Felt fully confident driving the rig, it had plenty of power for being a 4 cylinder engine. Wife even drove the truck / trailer combo over many hours and she felt comfortable the entire time. Even though i've gone thru TWO turbo's I still dont think there is another capable truck out there that gets the MPG's that this thing gets!
Trailer Stats: 24' in total length, 4200-4500 lbs fully loaded, the trailer sits 10 feet tall. It basically turns it into a beluga whale. The V nose on the trailer helps but wind resistance is a serious thing! Heavy winds did not impact the trailer in any way.

Itinerary: Twin Cities Minnesota to Alberta, Canada


Information on the two campgrounds that we stayed at:
Banff NP - Tunnel Mountain Campground is 2.4 km from Banff. Situated close to Banff on Tunnel Mountain, within walking distance (or trolley distance) of downtown Banff. Services, such as food, laundry and a waterslide are close by.
  • Lots of blacktop sites, close quarters but lots of room for RVís etc!
  • Services include:
  • Services such as food, laundry and a waterslide are close by.
  • Private showers that you had to walk or drive to
  • 321 full-service sites are available in the Trailer Court, open from May Ė October.
  • 188 power-only sites are available in Village II, open year-round.
Jasper NP - Wapiti (320 reservable sites): Electricity with fire pit: 86 sites Unserviced with fire pit: 234 sites Washrooms with hot/cold running water, showers and flush toilets. Accessible sites available. No pull through sites and all sites have picnic tables. Communal water taps and a dump station are available.
  • Very rustic and hidden in the woods

The story:
My wife has visited Banff three times during her teenage years, prior to her fourth visit and this was my very first visit. As mentioned above we decided to go on this grueling yet rewarding journey for our dog Gizmo. How many dogs or even people can say hey I visited one of the most amazing National Parks in the world! *RUFF YAH*

I spent a total of two months, planning every detail, and making sure I had everything in the truck just in case something were to go wrong (thankfully nothing went wrong).

Based on all the historical weather trends that I looked at it was probably the BEST time to go. But let me tell you the weather gods were not happy, and it snowed and was always hovering around freezing most the time there.
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Cool! I visited there last summer for the first time. Spectacular scenery. Thinking about going back this summer.

That was some hike to the mountain top. Where is that?

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Cool! I visited there last summer for the first time. Spectacular scenery. Thinking about going back this summer.

That was some hike to the mountain top. Where is that?
Located in Jasper NP.
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Possibly I'm jaded because of where I live, but I'm actually more interested in the trailer setup. Did you buy it new and spec the layout?
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100% customized by me & purchased new.
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I think they are a 4 man operation so lead time is typically 6months~ and possibly greater..
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Hmm. Interesting. I was looking on the site to find your floorplan and couldn't. How is the insulation on the floor? Also what does their pricing look like with 6' vs 8.6'?

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Hmm. Interesting. I was looking on the site to find your floorplan and couldn't. How is the insulation on the floor? Also what does their pricing look like with 6' vs 8.6'?
You wont find my floor plan because it was customized by me!

Basically the flooring is 3/4" marine grade plywood, 2x6" frame, and 3-4" of spray foam along all the voids and frame. The box itself is very very insulated. Basically we ran 4.5 gallons of propane over the road trip and it was set to 65F.

His 2020 builds will be zero WOOD builds, using some core / plastic materials for floor/roof.

This is from memory and what I've seen, if you hit his FB page he typically lists out build prices on his finished products.
I think their 6' start at 16k, can end in 30k range (finished)
8.6' start closer to 20-22k, and some builds end in the 40-50k (finished)

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Looks like a great trip!

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Very cool! That trailer is awesome! I'm not familiar with fish houses so I had to look back and forth between photos to ensure it really does drop via hydraulics? lol

Our New Mexico mountain bike business trip fell through this year so now we're doing a family trip up through Montana, Idaho, Alberta, BC, then back down through Washington and Oregon. No trailer for us though. Thanks for posting your campground info.

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Very cool! That trailer is awesome! I'm not familiar with fish houses so I had to look back and forth between photos to ensure it really does drop via hydraulics? lol

Our New Mexico mountain bike business trip fell through this year so now we're doing a family trip up through Montana, Idaho, Alberta, BC, then back down through Washington and Oregon. No trailer for us though. Thanks for posting your campground info.
With your setup, I think any campsite will be great. We were limited since we had lots of real estate behind us!
It's very common to see hydraulic RV style fish houses in the salt belt! You should have seen our neighbors they were confused out of their mind when I was done leveling out the trailer in 2minutes lol!
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I tried to go to Banff/Jasper last year, but made the mistake of renting a CruiseAmerica motorhome. Nice tour of auto repair shops though, and I learned that CruiseAmerica apparently doesn't do basic maintenance or care if the vehicle they send you out in has a critical problem (internal water leak). That experience is why I bought a truck.
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With your setup, I think any campsite will be great. We were limited since we had lots of real estate behind us!
It's very common to see hydraulic RV style fish houses in the salt belt! You should have seen our neighbors they were confused out of their mind when I was done leveling out the trailer in 2minutes lol!
We'll do some remote camping for sure but my wife isn't too keen on sleeping in the RTT (and the kid sleeping below in the bed) while in grizzly country so by the time we hit Jasper it will be time for a civilized campground.

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