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A great weekend at Maple Grove on Cowichan Lake

The weather was perfect. The campfire ban lifted and the lake warm. It was a great weekend away. Unfortunately the house batteries decided that 7 years is enough and would not hold a charge for more than 3-4 hours. Luckily our friends and camping neighbours hooked me up to their genny each time they ran it, so we made it through. Did leave a day early as they were leaving too and we could not make it with out the genny. The genny is a Champion from Costco 2000W and nice and quiet. Less than $600.00 Canadian. It may be on my shopping list after I buy new batteries.
Tothill 07/27/14 11:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Which first - the Cassiar or the Alcan?

Instead of deciding now a year out which route you will take, wait until you are here. Forest fires would be a determining factor for me when choosing the route. You do not want to be driving in the haze of a fire.
Tothill 07/13/14 07:31pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: British Columbia

Boondocks Above from Wikipedia. On the BC Coast is can also refer to Booming Grounds where logs are dumped into water (ocean, river or lake) and tied into log booms to be towed to a saw mill. Many small towns in BC and AB have municipal campgrounds that may or may not have hook-ups but are generally quite nice and reasonably priced.
Tothill 06/28/14 11:23am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Headed to the Canada!

We do have liquor stores in Canada. You may enjoy trying a local brew or two. Yes it will be more expensive, but part of travel is trying new things. For your questions about duty on extra booze and which foods are allowed, check with the sites on the sticky at the top of the page.
Tothill 06/25/14 08:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

The approach to the ferry dock is very steep, there is no way you could get close to level for the night. I am talking roll out of bed steep. Why not take the ferry from Tsawwassen to Duke Point? Or are you heading to the Sunshine Coast?
Tothill 06/22/14 12:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Semi-remote subalpine camping and hiking in BC?

There is a series of books called BackRoads http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/main/index.html. There are regional editions and they are updated fairly often. However as the back roads are maintained by industry, they are never completely up to date. In BC Forestry, companies often manage campgrounds in lovely locations with limited services (no hook-ups, perhaps no running water). Most are indicated in the Back Roads Books.
Tothill 06/18/14 05:44pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Minimalist married to clutter bug.

The wife can travel to Europe for a 10 day trip with only one carry on bag and look great each day. But with the RV a one week trip looks like she has emptied her closet.
Tothill 06/15/14 09:20am RV Lifestyle
RE: Childcare

A couple thoughts perhaps alternatives to full time Rving. From your second post I wonder where the two older kids will be during this RV adventure? Will they be with you, with your dh, or perhaps with another family member? My kids go to an international private school grades 7-12. The school nurse gets free accommodation and children of staff attend for free. That would take care of employment, accommodation and a better education for the older kids. One of the teachers has a now 2 year old who has lived on campus since birth and has 150 teens who love him to bits. Summer camps: here in BC a summer camp needs to have a nurse on staff. Last year the camp my daughter attended had a single mother nurse with a 9 years old dd with her. Once again employment, accommodation and a great place for kids all rolled in one. I had huge challenges finding good daycare for my second child. He is 10 years younger than his brother and I had to work full time. For him, it was not good to change daycare, but we had to 5 times before he was 2 years old. All the daycares were licensed, but after the first one lost its funding it was almost impossible to find another good place for him. Because of what we went through with ds2, I would hesitate to plan on moving a child from daycare to daycare when that young. Later two of my friends watched the kids after school. Good luck with your future plans, you know your family best and will make the best decision for your situation.
Tothill 06/15/14 09:10am RV Lifestyle
RE: Jury duty summons while on a long trip

Wow like BigDaddyHFX I have only got two jury duty notices in my 48 years. I would never give a thought to jury duty when planning a trip unless I already had the notice. The first time I as excused, my work schedule did not allow me to attend. The second time I joined the pool, must have been over 100 people waiting, but was not picked. That was about 5 years ago. The first was 15 years ago. Most people I know have never even got a notice. I think I got the second one because I was excused the first time. I have written letters for my employer to have a staff person excused from jury duty. The letter was accepted.
Tothill 06/15/14 12:16am RV Lifestyle
RE: Refridgerator Poll (sort of)

Parked in Driveway. Fridge on during camping season May to October and stocked with condiments. Meat in freezer. Shelf stable food in cupboards, and clothes in the bedroom. Plus a full water tank. We have a 30 amp plug on the house and leave it plugged in year round. Battery disconnected. We just need to unplug, switch the batteries on and stop at Safeway for perishable groceries on our way down the road. AC not on, but roof vents open. If I am working in it I will turn on the AC if needed.
Tothill 06/14/14 11:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why a motorhome vs a trailer??

I have not read all the replies. We bought a C as our first and so far only RV. We did and do not have a truck, so towing would have meant we had to buy both an RV and truck. We do not have enough room to park and RV and truck at home, but do have room for a 27 foot Class C. Our kids were 8 dd and 11 ds when we bought and having beds for everyone that did not have to be switched to dinette or sofa was also important. We also travel with pets (cats and dog) and having them in the RV with us was important. We do not tow, but if we are going to be in an area for more than 4 days we will rent a car. We also live on an Island and pay $6.10 per foot over 20 feet extra for over long vehicles. An extra 20 feet is expensive and often covers the cots of a rental. We also live stressful lives, some of trips are all about sitting around the campfire and on the beach. When trip planning you can take in some activities on the way from one campground to another. At 27 feet, we can fit easily in most parking lots. We have stopped for an afternoon of Zip lining on route from Calgary to Vancouver. There is not one rig fits all. What works for us and how and where we camp will not work for others.
Tothill 06/14/14 01:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Banff and Jasper Natl Park campgrounds? Please advise

Tunnel Mountain Trailer court is the best rv park around. You probably MUST have reservations at this time of year, but I have heard they now have opened the area that has been under construction for last couple of years. This is our most favorite RV park. Little pricey, but well worth it. You can book on line too. Enjoy... We have stayed at Tunnel Mountain in Banff 3 times without reservations. We just try to avoid long weekends and Stampede time. The one time we had reservations and were tent camping it turned out we did not need them. That was the last time we worried about reservations in Banff.
Tothill 06/14/14 12:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Refer on Propane what is the useage rate

Not sure if this will help you but we fill our propane tank at the beginning of each summer. Our hot water is propane only, so we use it there too. We have never had to top up the propane tank over the course of a summer. Most days camping about 40 with half no hook-ups. We do use the propane stove, to a small extent, we generally cook outside.
Tothill 06/12/14 11:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: BC Ferries over length price reduction

Thank you very much for the link. I will plan for trips on those days. We are only 27 feet, but would save $28.00 each way.
Tothill 06/12/14 10:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: check lists

More important than having a check list, is if there are two of you to double check what the other has done. It just takes a couple minutes but they are well spent. Things we have caught after the other was certain they have completed all their tasks. Unlocked storage compartments Wheel chock still in place Cooler under the RV T-pot on the kitchen counter Dog run lead (we attach it from the ladder to a tree, then attach the long leach to it), still attached. Fire poker in fire pit. We have linens for the RV that are a different colour than the house ones. It is easy to sort them out of regular laundry and return them to the RV. The RV also has all its own kitchen supplies, cookware etc. Clothing wise we keep a set of basics for the whole family in the RV, so we can go at a moments notice. We keep pet supplies stocked too.
Tothill 06/08/14 11:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: Hand signal: "You have a flat tire"

There are more options if there is a passenger in the vehicle trying to give the warning. On my own I was able to get the attention of a trucker whose rear door was half way open. I pulled up a little bit ahead of the truck, honked my horn repeatedly and rolled my passenger window up and down. It got the truckers attention and he pulled over. About 5 years ago driving on the TCH between Revelstoke and Golden, heading West (downhill) there was an older couple pulling a 5er. One of their brakes appeared to have seized. Luckily there was a passenger in our RV. We pulled alongside at the next passing lane and held up a sign done with crayon on craft paper. It just said BRAKES!, while honking.
Tothill 06/01/14 10:22am General RVing Issues
RE: painting interior walls

somebody advertises, perhaps home depot and Behr, that their product is a combination primer/paint. bumpyBehr..combination primer and finish paint in one....lol:D I paint for a living and wouldn't use the brand unless my customer is adamant that it be used. There are much better paints available than Behr. I recently used Glidden M150 primer and paint and thought it was good as an economy paint. For an RV, over the existing coverings or wallpaper, I would use an oil based primer and a paint that has some ceramic in it, for durability. I realize this is an older post, but I am planning on painting Mobi this summer. I will take your suggestion about oil based primer and paint with ceramic in it (never heard of that but I am sure I can find it locally). What do you suggest for painting over the oak (yes real wood) cabinets? I want to lighten up the whole interior.
Tothill 05/31/14 01:27pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Help please with RV Parking Vancouver

I would suggest either choosing a different restaurant or accepting that you will need to either take transit or a taxi. Transit in Vancouver is efficient and safe. There is a Skytrain station at Broadway and Cambie, which should be walking distance from the restaurant. The border is open 24/7, so you will not have to worry about getting back by a specific time. You will not want to be caught in rush hour on highway 99 getting back through the Tunnel, so plan on staying and explore the city for awhile. However there are other considerations. You will not want to bring fruits and vegetables across the border. Check for current restrictions. If you travel with fire arms you have to leave them stateside.
Tothill 05/31/14 01:15pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Disabled Rates at Campgrounds

I've been reading the good thread re Disabled Parking Permits & thought i'd ask a similar question. In a Government owned Campground (not private), should sites be offered at a discount for disabled people? Maybe 50%? I say this because i can't walk very far at all, so i usually stay in the campsite the whole time (i have Bone Marrow cancer c/w a lot of broken bones). Other, healthy people get to enjoy the whole Park & whatever it has to offer. I do enjoy the time spent away from home & the outdoors also, & feel that camping is great for my well-being! I would assume there would be people who would try & abuse this, but lets try & ignore that for now. Or, is there something in place for your Province/State already & how do they deal with it? What do you think? Thanks, Gary Being that you are in BC, this is from the Provincial Parks website, Camping with disabilities Personally I do not care what other campers pay or what services they do or do not use. BC Ferries also offers special services and discounts for BC residents with disabilities and Seniors. BC Ferries Travel Assistance Program Helps people who have to travel on the ferries for medical appointments.
Tothill 05/27/14 07:44am General RVing Issues
RE: What did you take with you when you upgraded from tent to RV

Camp stove, check cooler, check lanterns, check tent, check tarps, check chairs, check sleeping bags, forget it, I prefer bedding We still do most cooking outside either on the camp stove or over a fire. Heck we have a solar shower that we use for hand washing outside. Saves tracking dirt in and out of the RV.
Tothill 05/25/14 11:43am Beginning RVing
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