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RE: We're Going To Canada!

Remember may 24 is a holiday in Canada The holiday in BC this year is Monday May 19. A very busy camping weekend.
Tothill 04/17/14 06:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is it Just Me?? (Campground Websites... Or Lack Thereof)

Different perspective, My family has had a cottage that is rented out by the week for the past 50 summers. Just one cottage on the water on a Gulf Island. Generally it is booked by the same families the same weeks year after year. After 50 years we have some of the grandchildren of the first families coming now. It is rare, but every could years a family has to cancel at the last minute. We always fill the weeks through a informal network of other cottage owners. But for the past 10 years the new guests have asked about a website. One - Dad is 85 and does not even do email. Two - There is no internet service available locally Three - Dad does not want people stopping by to check out the property Four - Why incur an unnecessary cost? We have stayed in a small campground that was quite similar, most the families booked from one year to the next, you almost had to know the secret handshake to get a booking. I have driven right past campgrounds with beautiful websites that do not bother to tell you they are right beside the train tracks. But then we are more provincial park and forestry campground sort of people. I just need a nice big site with some privacy, a fire pit, a picnic table and a nice cool drink.
Tothill 04/16/14 10:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: cooking in route?

We have an older C. It specifically states in the manual to not leave the pilot light on while underway. If we had a newer model that did not have that specific instruction, I might consider it. We do run out fridge on gas while underway.
Tothill 04/14/14 11:09pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
First trip of the year was perfect

We had out first trip of the year this past weekend. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny. The company great, we were hosted by a work mate on their private family RV lot. We did not even have to take the RV, another work mate brought theirs and we stayed in it. A crab feat for dinner on Saturday of freshly caught Dunegness. Saturday night we walked down to the pub to watch a Burlesque show and listen to a friend's band. Sunday was spent at the beach walking along the shore in more beautiful sunshine. Life just does not get any better.
Tothill 04/14/14 10:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: We're Going To Canada!

Chris, do you know where you will be on the night of May 23-24? There will be a great meteor shower visible from Canada -- it is supposed to peak from around dusk till 2 am, or so they say. Where did you get this information? May 23 is my son's high school graduation and it would be extra special to be able to take the kids outside and show them a meteor shower. We are on Southern Vancouver Island.
Tothill 04/11/14 08:27am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 12-volt refrigerator question

How long are your travel days? We run our class c fridge on gas when traveling, but it will stay cold (with extra ice packs) for several hours. The only time we use the 12 volt is when it is very hot and we have turned off the propane for a ferry crossing. Generally not more than 4 hours before we turn the gas back on. We can go five days on gas and batteries, no generator and an 80 w solar panel.
Tothill 04/10/14 11:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Single traveler

Are you male or female? Makes a bit of a difference. The wife has traveled with the kids and no other driver quite a bit. The kids are older now and can help out, but in the beginning they could not. This is in a class c. When backing up as a solo driver, do not worry about getting out several times to check clearance. Remember to look up.
Tothill 04/05/14 01:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: cook were orginizing

i want to have a small collection of cookware on my class A motor coach nothing huge a wok 2 small sauce pans big enough to boil an egg or some rice 2 frying pans rather it be stake or scrambled eggs and 2 pieces of Pyrex and a small cookie sheet for the occasional frozen pizza plus 2 microwave safe bowls and 2 microwave safe plates off topic but my serving ware will be stainless steel my issue is i do not want to have my cook ware clanging while on the road A do not want dents but more importantly i want to be able to watch a movie while in route or enjoy a single person rpg on my computer and i do not want to be listening my pots and pans going clank i have worked out an extensive set of measures to reduce road noise just to realize my cook ware will be clanking this will be a custom build from the factory so items can be fabricated and modified we plan to do some driving to machine shops and picking up delivering parts to customized as needed or even custom made if needed so any ideas basically the pot can not fall off a hook or bang on the wall bang on other pots and pans my thinking is some type of carabiner hook and strap for those wanting to help the walls are not gonna be the standard fiber glass covered thin plywood they are gonna be a high grade high strength plastic composite and air craft rivets to hold it to the studs How are you going to drive while watching a movie or rpg? If someone else is driving you can use headphones. I find that the utensils make more noise than the pots, pans and dishes.
Tothill 04/02/14 11:48pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Highway 1 - Fraser Canyon

On your way through Cache Creek when the TCH (Trans Canada Highway) turns South (left), turn North (right) for a block or so and stop at Herbies Drive In. The burgers are good, the chicken great, the quencher a nice refreshing drink and save room for a real cream soft serve for dessert. I agree with Flyboy take Highway 3 on the way home. It is a slower route, but you will see lots of beautiful scenery and interesting towns. Or go north on the way back through the Cariboo.
Tothill 04/01/14 05:54pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Abbotsford to Campbell River BC

There are pay parking lots at BC Ferries, you could contact BC Ferries and ask them about leaving an RV there. I have not heard of thefts from vehicles while parked in their lots. There is an RV Park close to the Tsawwassen Ferry as well. The lot at Tsawwassen is larger than the one at Horseshoe Bay. You can catch a ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo as well as Victoria. If you go to Tsawwassen you may want to cross the border at Peace Arch or Pacific Highway. It is just a bit closer and you will not have to make your way from the Trans Canada Highway to Highway 17. It is much more direct to get from either Highway 99 or 10 to Highway 17. But if I were you I would bring your rig and take some time to explore Vancouver Island. There is lots to see and do. The weather is mild in the spring, RV parks are open and Provincial Parks generally are open too (shower blocks may not be open yet). Also if you have your rig with you you are not limited to returning that way you came. You may decide to do a circle route via the Sunshine Coast - Comox to Powell River, down through Sechelt and Gibsons then back to North Vancouver. Enjoy your trip.
Tothill 03/31/14 07:44am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Barbecue + beer: Is it ok in every RV camp ?

Wow some State Parks have tough rules. Here in BC Provincial Parks, you are allowed to consume alcohol in your site. You are not supposed to walk around with it. You can cook on a grill/campfire/camp stove etc. But if there is a campfire ban you can only cook outside on a grill or camp stove. I have hear rumours that some Provincial Parks will have alcohol bans on long weekends, but we have not encountered that.
Tothill 03/29/14 11:39am Beginning RVing
RE: Diesel Stoves, etc

Boats have diesel stoves, ovens and you do know it is a diesel stove. I will have to ask our boating friends how their fridge keeps cold.
Tothill 03/29/14 11:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Medical insurance in Canada?

In this case the old system of "information printed on paper" is preferred, in a emergency medical situation Even that is fading away rapidely. Most provinces have introduced their version of (Electronic Medical Record)where all medical records are made available to doctors in case of emergency. (medical history, prescription drugs, special allergies,scan and XRays, past lab tests reports,and +++) all available on line in a matter of seconds. And there no need for specific insurance info in Canada. Everybody is covered by our health care system. EMR data is not universal in Canada and in case of emergency not always available, onsite. The side of a road, at a campground with no wifi, on a beach, at a boat or fly in fishing camp. All places where we have had to access emergency medical care. Heck in BC there are many areas without cell coverage, those mountains get in the way of signals. And no 'Everybody is covered by our health care system', everybody is not covered by our health care system in all jurisdictions. Most provinces have reciprocal agreements for most basic health care, but not everything is covered. Visitors from other countries do need travel insurance. In an emergency they will be treated (in most situations) and billed later, but at my local BC hospital Emergency department there is a price list of services for those with out insurance.
Tothill 03/29/14 10:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: We're Going To Canada!

Yes there is still now on the ground in some parts of BC. But on the West Coast and Vancouver Island most private campgrounds are open year round, not all snow birds fly south. Provincial Parks may not have the shower blocks open, but the outhouses will be cleaned and stocked. You will have a wonderful trip.
Tothill 03/29/14 09:09am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Medical insurance in Canada?

Now a word from my past experience as a Ambulance Officer, here in Toronto. If you have a Medic Alert bracelet, WEAR IT, don't keep it in your pocket, wallet or purse, or around your ankle, under your winter boot. That happens, trust me, I have seen it. Jim B. Jim, Just curious. Can Canadian Amublance Officers read a USB key when "on a call"? When we travel, DW and I both wear - on our wrist - a bracelet (see here) that has all history, meds, contact info, insurance info, etc., etc., etc. that is a USB key. The bracelet does display the universally recognized EMS logo (at least it's recognized by EMTs). It does require that the EMT put it in a computer to read it - but, I think most EMT responding vehicles have one on board. 'Tis just peace of mind for us should there be something untoward happen. We do go so far as to ask our primary care for a copy of our annual EKG, scan it, and put it on the USB key. In short, everything a medical provider might need to know about either of us is all there. It does take a bit of work to load it and keep it up to date, but, again, it's just for peace of mind. Cheers. A USB stick is not helpful in an emergency. It may be helpful once you get to a medical facility, but only if their technology protocols would allow a 'strange' USB drive to be inserted into their infrastructure. If you are on prescription medication make sure you each carry a up to date list of your prescriptions, dosage and what it is for (some medication can be used to treat a variety of problems). Not only your own but your spouses too. On more than one occasion I have hear a wife say he takes his heart pill in the morning and one for his stomach with each meal.
Tothill 03/28/14 06:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: To drive or to tow?

Thanks everyone for your thoughts! Keep the ideas coming :) we would need a separate space for our daughter in the evening so that we don't have to do lights out for everyone at 7:30 pm... So a separate bedroom area is a must. We have a car that can tow 5000lbs but would be open to getting something larger as the car is getting old. And we would rather get a larger car than something small to tow behind an RV. We would be staying at various locations for 2-5 days. Another question: how long (approximately) does it take to back in and set up a TT vs a Class A motorbike once arriving at a site? We have a class C with a rear bedroom with a solid door. It takes us mere minutes to set up. Back into site (rarely have pull through sites for the camping we do). Level, generally raising one set of wheels unless the site is really sloped. Pull out the lawn chairs. If we have hook-ups, it takes no time at all to plug in the electric and hook-up a water hose. We do not worry about the sewer hose until we have to dump tanks. We both drive the motor home and I strongly feel it is important that each adult can do all the chores involved in operating a RV. You never know where there will be an emergency that incapacitates one of you.
Tothill 03/27/14 08:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Campgrounds in Alberta, CA near NPs

Keep in mind that a Canadian National Parks Pass is good at all the Parks. You may find it more economical to buy an annual pass. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/ar-sr/lpac-ppri/ced-ndp.aspx#dp03 Yuu do not have to buy the pass ahead of time, you can buy them in or near the parks.
Tothill 03/27/14 08:21am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Heater hose routing?

Our furnace is propane. We can get electric heat from the heat pump/AC if we have electric hook-ups. There is a manual lever to allow the heat from the propane furnace into the back bedroom. It is on the side of the bed near the vent.
Tothill 03/24/14 10:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michigan total length laws

The problem is fuel consumption/number of trips. I will be the only one capable of driving either MH or pickup/trailer, so I'd have to drive one up then drive back, and drive the other up, and then back. Why do you think you are the only one capable of driving an RV? The wife has driven more miles in our Class C than me. Our son will start driving it this summer at age 17. It is not hard at all to drive a class c, no special license required.
Tothill 03/24/14 09:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Drumheller Campgrounds, help

Oh if you are willing to stay between Drumheller and Calgary, check out the municipal campground in Acme. 15 amp electric and right down a grassy slope from the rec centre and a great playground. In the summer the outdoor pool is free too. The campground does fill up if the is a ball tournament in town. There is a free sani dump in town. The young German butcher makes incredible sausages for the grill that her calls Grillwurst. Yum.
Tothill 03/23/14 11:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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