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RE: Vancouver rv storage during cruise

I have parked my class c at YVR in long term parking for a day about 6 years ago. I did call ahead to make sure it was okay (also that I could fit through the entrance and exit stanchions).
Tothill 03/28/15 01:58pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Montana Info

Jumping onto this topic. For those who know the region around Butte, how necessary is it to have camping reservations in May or June? We will not be going to the National Parks, but will be driving south from Calgary. At this point I am not sure if we will be driving the RV (27 foot class c) or tenting. With the price of fuel rising again and the poor Canadian Dollar, I think tenting is more likely. Is there RV parking in Butte? At 27 feet Mobi fits in two parking stalls. Either way we are low maintenance campers. If we have the RV, hook-ups are nice but not necessary. We can dry camp for up to a week before needing to dump the tanks and refill the water. We do not need 'resort' style places, although they are nice once in awhile. If we are tenting, showers are nice, especially when camping with a teenaged boy. The reason for the trip is so my son can visit with a high school friend for a few days. I plan to relax, but if there are some easy hikes (safe for a woman on her own) or First Nations Cultural Centres, I would love to hear about them.
Tothill 03/03/15 08:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Victoria and Vancouver, BC

You do not have to drive as far as Cathedral Grove to see big trees. The Cowichan Valley is home to huge maple trees, you will find giant cedars and firs at Bright Angel Park with its own small, not too high (free) suspension bridge. The Cowichan Valley also offers many wineries, golf, whale watching, beautiful hiking, a great out door museum for the train buff in the family. The BC Forest Discovery Centre is an outdoor forestry museum with a steam train. The food available in Cowichan Bay is quite extraordinary. Local ice cream local cheese, local wine, fresh crab yum. Victoria is a great city. Beacon Hill Park is beautiful as is Butchart Gardens. You have not said how old your son is. He may prefer Beacon Hill Park with the playground, water park and petting zoo. A walk on the Breakwater is always a good thing. Stop for a snack at the Breakwater cafe at the beginning or end of your walk. If the tide is out and you are nimble walk on the outside of the breakwater instead of the top. I know you said you are afraid of heights, but the view from the top of Grouse Mountain in Vancouver is spectacular, especially if you are there to watch the sun set. Granville Island is in Vancouver and the place to find all sorts of great eats int he public market, as well as theatres, artists shops and more. It is worth a trip just to watch the buskers. China town in Victoria or Vancouver is worth a visit. Victoria's is the oldest in North America. Vancouver's is larger and really interesting. Stanley Park is a must see in Vancouver, there is an Aquarium, a walk all around the park and beautiful views. If you want a nice tall suspension bridge go to Lynn Canyon instead of the Capilano Suspension Bridge. http://lynncanyon.ca/information/ It is free. Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver are all quite pricy for hotels, especially in the summer. One I like in Vancouver that is relatively reasonable is the Blue Horizon on Robson Street. Big clean rooms with really comfortable beds. If you get a room on an upper floor, the views are great, although you may feel more comfortable on a lower floor. If you are in Vancouver the last two weeks of August check out the PNE Pacific National Exhibition. Like a state fair there are rides, animals, free (and paid) concerts and of course food.
Tothill 02/17/15 11:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Allure flooring question.....

I have Allure at my basement back door. Leaving the door open in the summer (SW facing), has caused the flooring to stretch and buckle. I have it in our upstairs bathroom, and it has held up for about 10 years now. I have lino in my RV and would never have carpeting in one.
Tothill 01/05/15 09:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: How often do you have two cars or guests?

Last summer we were camping with friends in two sites side by side. Three more couples joined us, then their daughter and her boyfriend. Oh and 4 dogs and one cat. We had a class c, travel trailer, boat, small station wagon, 2 extended cab trucks and two more small cars all parked in the two sites. None on the road. We camp in a Forestry campground with huge sites and lots of room between them. We all had a great time, did not disturb others. On the girls camping trip to the same camoground there are two RV's and 3 cars.
Tothill 01/05/15 09:04pm General RVing Issues
Back to a tent oh my!

I know it is hard to believe but after owning a class c for 7 years, dw and dd are going on a quick trip to Calgary and Edmonton and gasp are going to tent. Luckily we kept all the tenting supplies. Why tent you say? For a quick trip the car that gets 500 km on $40.00 worth of gas compared to the RV that gets a bit over 300 km on $100.00 worth of gas wins hands down. Especially since dd is going to go to the West Edmonton Mall. We have a family tradition of one parent taking a child on a road trip the year they turn 16. This year it is dd's turn with mum. We do have family in AB, so the tent may only be pitched once or twice on the trip. Wish them well.
Tothill 08/01/14 11:58am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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
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