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RE: Unfriendly customs officers :(

This summer we crossed the border with our cat. In the bed of the truck we had a bag with stuff from the litter box. Border agent asked if it was poop... I said yes and went to open it. He backed off of it like it was Ebola. That ended the vehicle check. You get good and bad no matter where you go. Someone could be having a really bad day. You don't know what kind of attitude the guy before you gave the agent. Sucks that he wasn't more friendly but border agents (American or Canadian) have a responsibility to protect the country they represent. Some are a little more serious when they do it. Whenever we cross back into Canada my favourite part is when they say "Welcome Home".
BigDaddyHfx 12/08/14 07:44pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trans Canada trip: Nova Scotia to Calgary

Many private RV open the beginning of May in the Halifax area. Provincial campgrounds open the Victoria Day weekend (reservations required for water and electric sites open 02 April) I recommend Graves Island Provincial Park in Chester and MacLeod's Beach Campground in Cape Breton (Near the Cabot Trail)
BigDaddyHfx 10/01/14 05:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick in late Sept, Early Oct.

Most provincial campgrounds in NS close after the Canadian Thanksgiving (2nd weekend in October) I highly recommend Graves Island Provincial Park in Chester. You may find it difficult to get a spot without a reservation for that weekend
BigDaddyHfx 09/04/14 04:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Big Time RV - travel channel

Most of it is unbelievable. I've only seen two episodes but they were choosing between just two RV's. We went to a RV show and looked at about 30 that could have been good choices. A couple of them rented for a weekend a brand new, never used RV. Only saw one bunch camping (friends who bought 2 RV'S) and they were in small terrible looking sites. I guess unless the come here to find some "real" RVers we just I just have to accept their version of reality or not watch.
BigDaddyHfx 08/23/14 05:16am General RVing Issues
RE: This just makes no sense to me

Its usually the same way if you stay at hotels. More people use more resources and cost more to the campground. Plus its a money grab that people are willing to pay.
BigDaddyHfx 08/01/14 10:14am Family Camping
RE: Credit Card Security

We are at the end of a two week trip to New England from Nova Scotia. I was very surprised that no merchants used Chip & PIN technology to secure credit / debit card transactions. We've had it in Canaada for a while now and I'm now surprised when a merchant doesn't have chip & PIN.
BigDaddyHfx 06/11/14 11:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Pay showers

One of the reasons we picked the TT we did was because it had a nice big bathroom to do everything that needs to be done. Like a lot of people we used to sleep on the ground before getting an RV. Then we were forced to use the campground faciliites. Provincial campgrounds in Nova Scotia have free showers (usually only 2 per gender). Since buying the TT we have never used a campground shower and rarely used their bathrooms.
BigDaddyHfx 06/11/14 07:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Breaking sway bar balls

I have what I think is the same sway bar. I just replaced the ball on the trailer's A frame. We had traveled a short distance between a campground and the storage facility. When we got there the friction bar was dangling. The cotter pin was still in it so I looked at the ball. I could see there were score marks made by the cotter pin at various points. Finally the cotter pin had damaged the ball enough that it slipped off. I replaced the ball but it still didn't seem to fit securely. I then looked at the sway bar itself. The ball reciever was deformed where the cotter pin went through it (was no longer round at that point). Got out a hammer and made it round again which made it fit better. I'll have to keep an eye on it but I've towed with it for about 900 miles since with no problems and no damage to the new ball. This is my second sway bar in little over 2 years. The first one was damaged when the cotter pin came out and the bar got dragged over something at a gas station. Actually had to replace both original cotter pins because they kept falling out. I didn't bother contacting the company since the ball replacement was cheaper than my frustrtion limit of dealing, as a Canadian, with an American company. And I needed it right away so no time to wait for a warranty replacement.
BigDaddyHfx 06/11/14 06:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Jury duty summons while on a long trip

How often does this happen? Here in Canada I've been only ever recieved 2 jury summons (happily attended and served on 1 jury) and I'm 54 years old. I would never have considered this as something to have to worry about if taking a trip. Like other places we can get deferials if you are out of town when you are supposed to show up for jury duty.
BigDaddyHfx 06/11/14 06:39am RV Lifestyle
RE: Water heater Problem

Thanks. Its 4 AM and we're camping 1200 km from home with only propane powered hot water. Can't wait for the sun to come up so I can check out the steps in the guide. I do have a multimeter with me but if I need to replace the element I'll have to wait until I get home next week.
BigDaddyHfx 06/06/14 03:07am Tech Issues
RE: My smoke dectector doesn't like bacon!

I just replaced our smoke detector with one with a hush button. You can even push it before it goes off to make sure it doesn't go off for 15 minutes.
BigDaddyHfx 05/27/14 02:51pm RV Lifestyle
Ceiling Television Mount - Coachmen Catalina

Hello We want to put a 24" TV in the bedroom of our 2012 Coachmen Catalina 27FCBK. There is a spot on the ceiling that is labeled "TV Backer" along with electrical and cable outlets. I tried to use a stud finder to find / confirm that there was actually something there to attach a mount to (and be confident it would stay attached as we travel) with less than convincing results. I want to install a Mor/Ryde TV1-012H mount. We have a Mor/Ryde TV1-021H for the TV in the living area and are very happy with it. Has anyone installed a ceiling mount in a similar location in a Coachmen TT? Also does anyone know who might sell this particular model mount in the Portland, ME or Boston, MA area (we are traveling thru there in a couple weeks)? The Canadian price on Amazon is $219 plus HST & Shipping while the USA price is $107 with free shipping but they won't ship it to Canada on the USA site. That works out to be about 2 1/2 times the price. Thanks
BigDaddyHfx 05/24/14 07:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where you headed for the Victoria Day long weekend?

We're at Porters Lake Provincial Park here in Nova Scotia. 2nd trip of 2014.
BigDaddyHfx 05/15/14 06:27pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: ROLL CALL! Atlantic Canada and Maritimes 2014

If going to Newfoundland go up to St Anthony to see the whales and icebergs. Just on the other side of the ferry is the nicest campground we have ever stayed at. If you get a chance stay at the Grand Codroy campground.
BigDaddyHfx 05/12/14 07:16pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ecoboost

I have the 2011 EB towing the 27' TT in my signature. We bought it before we picked out the trailer so we wanted to make sure we could easily tow whatever we bought. The loaded weight of the TT is about 7500 lbs and our tow capacity is 11,300 lbs. We've towed it 7500 miles in our first two years (Nova Scotia to Montreal, White mountains, Newfoundland and parts in between). We have our share of hills and the EB engine handled them with ease. This is our first truck and RV so I can't compare to any truck. Overall I love this truck even if the mileage may not be all it's cracked up to be.
BigDaddyHfx 05/12/14 05:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slide question

Our trailer's layout blocks access to the bathroom with the slide in. Whenever we feel the need to use the bathroom while on the road we pull into some place with a big parking lot and open the slide half way. This allows bathroom access. Our experience is that this type of access is rare. While we've only had the TT for 2 years we've towed it for 12,000 km and only needed it twice. The majority of time we are camping with the slide out with a layout we really like.
BigDaddyHfx 05/08/14 05:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thank you to my mother

So sorry for your loss. It sounds like she's responsible for a lot of happy memories. I lost my mom almost three years ago. I can't thank her for my love of RVing (I got that from my older sister) but I can thank her for the inheritance that allowed us to buy our TT and move up from tenting.
BigDaddyHfx 05/08/14 04:19pm RV Lifestyle
RE: First weekend of 2014

Where did you go around here? We are heading over your way the long weekend to Shubie. Do you think we need reservations? For around Halifax most places may be full for the long weekend. I know that for Porter's Lake Provincial Park only has un-serviced spots available. I would definitely make reservations.
BigDaddyHfx 05/07/14 09:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Nova Star

So, it would seem that our kitties could avoid their kennels. But, I didn't ask about the pet fare, and they only answered exactly what I asked. I would assume the pet fee is for the use of their kennels. No kennel - no fee.
BigDaddyHfx 05/04/14 03:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
First weekend of 2014

Just finishing our first camping trip of 2014. Still a little cool at night (2.5 c). Only Ford F150s in the campground - still to cold for Chevys & Dodges I guess. ;-)
BigDaddyHfx 05/04/14 07:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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