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RE: Nova Star

I would hate to discourage people from using this "cruise ferry" but it's too expensive for me to use. One way would be about the same as what we paid for a round trip to Newfoundland last summer. With NFLD you have no choice but to use the ferry - this summer when we head down to Boston we will be driving around. I hope things work out for the people of Yarmouth who's economy has suffered since the loss of the CAT. Funny story: about 20 years ago I was about an hour from Yarmouth and was talking to an older couple from Boston. They wanted to know if it would be possible for them to get to Halifax (2 hours away) look around, go to Peggy's Cove (about 40 minutes out of Halifax), then drive to Cape Breton (about 5 hours from Halifax) so they could tour Fortress Louisbourg (takes at least a day) and then catch the ferry back to Maine that same day. Nova Scotia might look small on a map but you can't do all that in about 10 hours.
BigDaddyHfx 04/17/14 03:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: expired memberships ????

Stayed at the Pumpkin Patch campground in Bangor, ME last summer. My GS card card expired 2 days before check in. They even called the GS membership line to check. It was only 2 days expired but they wouldn't budge. In the end they gave me a military discount with absolutely no proof. They had lots of rules like no grills on the picnic tables, no fires (no fire pits)only walk and pee your dogs in certain areas (charged for more than 2 pets). Paid a premium to stay there and it definitely wasn't worth it.
BigDaddyHfx 04/04/14 06:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Interstate Bathroom....er....etiquette

My answer would be NO. What would they do if our TT wasn't there? Whatever that is, then do that. With the design of our TT you have to open the slide to access the bathroom. Doing that while stopped on a highway would not be desirable even if we needed it.
BigDaddyHfx 04/02/14 06:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mattress toppers?

We bought a mattress topper from Costco but that wasn't enough so we added a 3 inch memory foam under it. That seems to have fixed the problem. We now sleep very comfortably.
BigDaddyHfx 03/26/14 06:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1st Time Pulling TT Home

Probably the biggest mistake new people make is cutting corners and having the trailer run over a curb. Take them wide and watch n the rear view mirror. Go very slow at first so he can get the feel for how far out to take the corner. I started off making left turns whenever possible. They're much easier with wider turns. My first time towing was also we we bought our TT 2 years ago. The dealer set everything up and off we went. Took the much longer way home for the experience. I then practiced backing in a parking lot. Enjoy your new trailer. Stay calm & tow on!
BigDaddyHfx 03/23/14 08:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Corrugated or smooth outer finish?

I say find the trailer with the size, weight, layout, length and price you want first. If you have to choose between two trailers with different exteriors THEN decide which you want. I wouldn't limit myself to one or the other and have to pass up on a trailer that met all my wants except what was on the outside.
BigDaddyHfx 03/23/14 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: a dumb question from a senior member

I love using a drill for the stabilizers but I've broken two drills doing so. Specifically I've broken the screw that holds the chuck in place. When you break that screw the chuck unscrews from the drill when you use it in reverse. Thank goodness for warranties.
BigDaddyHfx 03/01/14 03:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Money in Canada

Well today in Sochi, Russia the exchange rate is 1 Canadian Gold medal to 1 USA (possible) Bronze medal. :-)
BigDaddyHfx 02/21/14 01:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Money in Canada

OK, I can accept that they don't want to stock US currency or coin. Then why don't they refuse to accept USD for payment? As I said, it wasn't a big deal, just a curiosity. Actually I think it is more about the exchange rate. Canada is a country visited by more than just Americans. So retailers would have to have a separate cash register for every single country. Individual retailers have to decide if they will accept foreign currency and at what exchange rate won't cost them more than accepting Canadian funds. If they do accept US funds they will usually give a less favourable exchange rate (think of it as an inconvenience fee). You will always get a better deal by using your debit or credit cards and you won't have to worry about how much to get and how to get rid of it when you get home. Try this: Come to Canada, bring back some Canadian money to the USA, try to spend it at a local store. *If* they take it, ask for change in Canadian funds. What do you think would happen? When we travel to the USA we get about $200 in US funds and rely on our credit cards and debit card. I have Ziploc bag of US coins that never seems to get smaller.
BigDaddyHfx 02/21/14 03:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: light bulbs

We replaced 6 fixtures with LEDs but only half of the bulbs. We find that with the right LED we only need 1 side of the fixture on at any one time. If we really need more light, on very rare occasions, we use both sides (a LED and an incandescent). I made a rookie mistake with the first bulbs I ordered from China - I didn't check to make sure what base was on my bulbs. You need to know what your bulb's base size is and if it is single or double contact (would guess all should be single contact). I sold the wrong bulbs to a buddy at work who wanted to try LEDs and his trailer used the type I ordered by mistake.
BigDaddyHfx 02/15/14 05:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do you use your outside kitchen?

We have a 2012 Coachmen Catalina 27FCBK. We didn't buy it for the outside kitchen. I use it to store the grill (not the one that came with it). We removed the 2nd microwave to put store the grill. My wife never uses it and I only use it for the sink and storage of BBQ supplies. Only once have we ever used the AC only outdoor fridge. Having the outside kitchen allowed for lots of storage above it (in the rear bathroom). Overall we like having it but would never buy a trailer just because it was there. This is based on our experience with just 2 people and not camping as part of a group.
BigDaddyHfx 02/15/14 05:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bringing a dog into Canada

We have crossed the border 4 times over the years. Only twice, with visible dogs in the vehicle, have we been asked if they had their shots. Neither time were we asked for any paperwork to prove it (which we always carry). We do worry about bringing dog food into the USA (but not back into Canada). We buy the smallest size bag and keep it sealed. We bring enough un-bagged dog food to get us to the border - not enough to worry about if they wanted to seize it (which they have never done). Only once have we had an Agricultural Inspection when entering the USA in Vermont.
BigDaddyHfx 02/15/14 10:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Hub odometer

I know this doesn't help you but my F150 keeps track of the trailer mileage for me. I think it will do multiple trailers. You could get an F150 instead.
BigDaddyHfx 01/11/14 10:51am General RVing Issues
RE: What did you get for Christmas?

Got a Lite Hawk XXL remote control helicopter from the DW. Truck and trailer got a 24" torque wrench, a digital temperature gun and a digital tire gauge.
BigDaddyHfx 12/27/13 03:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Costco, CDN...genny...

Says the sale is on until the 15th. DW still won't let me buy a generator.
BigDaddyHfx 12/02/13 03:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looks like a good deal

Amazon hates Canada. If you change the .com to .can you will see that the price is $100 more and instead of being 41% off its only 14% off.
BigDaddyHfx 12/01/13 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Digital Temp Gun

Told to many people about them. Sold out by the time I got there this afternoon.
BigDaddyHfx 11/28/13 03:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Digital Temp Gun

I like the propane gauge idea. Here's a link CLICK
BigDaddyHfx 11/28/13 03:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Digital Temp Gun

Canadian Tire has a digital temperature gun on sale at 80% off ($19.99 regular $99.99). It has good online ratings. Has anyone used one for RVing? I'm thinking it would be great for checking the hubs and tires.
BigDaddyHfx 11/27/13 06:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alberta to Nova Scotia

It sounds like you intend to tour the Maritimes from one base campground. While we might look small on a map the distances can be considerable. As an example its at least 5 hours from Halifax to Sidney Cape Breton. Once when the ferry was operating I met an older couple from Massachusetts who had left Yarmouth heading to Halifax. They had gotten off the ferry that morning intending to see Peggy's Cove (a must see for tourists) tour Halifax, drive up to Cape Breton to see the Fortress of Louisburg, drive around the Cabot Trail (both also must sees) and then make it back to Yarmouth that night for the ferry home. All that in less than 12 hours. There are a lot of great things to see and a lot of great campgrounds. Got some extra time and extra cash? Why not visit Newfoundland? Ferry is EXPENSIVE but sooooo worth it.
BigDaddyHfx 11/11/13 04:54pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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