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RE: Entering Canada with prior misdemeanor adjudication witihhel

I just have to say that as a retired police officer who was on the scene of many illegal alien boat landings in Florida, that the fact that my wife and I, having no other issues in our past whatsoever, are even having to address this as an issue is absurd in my opinion. I understand, from reading Canada's website that they are interested in the security of Canada but I hardly think my wife and I pose a threat to their country. Sorry to complain, but it really is how I feel about it. I do hope this turns out well for you and your vacation is not impacted - and you are right - your wife and you are unlikely threats. But what is almost always overlooked in these discussions is that the Canadian agent is not a judge - they get their information from the U.S. - that information is black and white. As angering as this is - it was - and is - in your own power to have the record expunged. I live in a chunk of the world where much of the tourism dollar comes from the U.S. - and if a person is turned back (as they have been in the past) because of an old record then not only is a vacation ruined - but the benefits of that vacation do not materialize to the local economy. The lodges, resorts, outfitters and guides in this area really encourage vacationers coming to Canada to deal with old charges well in advance of their entry into the country. I wish you the best of luck in your crossing - and trust you will have a great vacation. Jay
RangerJay 06/14/14 07:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How important are resv at campgrounds on Alaska Highway

We visited towards the end of the tourist season - late July, August and early September - the only place we needed reservations was for camping in Denali - ours were made 3 days in advance of our visit for a 4 night stay. We had no trouble at all getting a campsite in any other campgrounds. Enjoy your trip. Jay
RangerJay 04/30/14 02:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is Top of the World Hwy paved

If the reason you are hesitant about Top of the World is dust and gravel then there are fixes. A heck of a lot of folks get very creative about protecting the front of their trailer - we joined that group and duct taped 1/2 inch closed-cell sleeping pads to the front of our Airstream - they did their job and it was money well spent. The secret about Top of the World is speed (NOT). It's all one great photo-op so take your time. There were more than a few spots on the Alaska side of the highway where we were down to walking speed - I think it is fair to say that those who suffer damage on that highway ignore an obvious need to slow down. Enjoy your trip - and do take the Top of the World highway - it will be a highlight. Jay
RangerJay 04/17/14 08:09am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Sirius in AK

We have our antenna mounted on the dash and I think that was a factor in poor reception the farther north we got - I wondered whether a roof mount would have been better - think we ended up turning it off somewhere in northern BC. Jay
RangerJay 04/07/14 07:56am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 10th time across USA need ideas

It kinda sounds like you're road trip style approaches an annual endurance marathon. My own suggestion would be to put a little more "wander" in your annual travels - slow down and get off the beaten path - take in the parks that are NOT known as tourist traps, look for activities, festivals in small towns, take in theme trips. I'd agree that Newfoundland is a place like no other - it fits the bill of off the beaten path, not a tourist trap, has lots of activities and festivals, and the added bonuses are that it is among the friendliest place you will ever encounter - one that exudes culture. Jay
RangerJay 04/06/14 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Teklanika - With a dog?

When we visited there we did not find it difficult to find like-minded dog owners in the campground - we simply co-ordinated our schedules and switched off on dog-sitting duties.
RangerJay 04/03/14 07:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - is generator required

Not yet mentioned here is the price of a campsite in an RV park. With some exceptions they charge a heck of a lot of money for little more than a spot in a gravel pit. Boondocking or public parks (National, State, Territorial or Provincial) cost a heck of a lot less and gets you a lot closer to the scenery and environment you spent so long driving to. A generator gives you flexibility in making comfortable choices about where you want to stay. Have a great trip. Jay
RangerJay 03/17/14 11:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Any wet firewood tricks?

Split each piece to give you a dry surface - then start the fire with a small pile of BBQ briquettes. May take a little while to get going - but in the end works every time. Jay
RangerJay 02/25/14 07:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Canadian Border

After many years of hauling our trailer across the border in both directions it has become fairly routine. The more common questions that we have come to expect are: - where are you from? - what is your citizenship? - what will you be leaving in the U.S.? - any perishables on board? (we lost beef and citrus products on two occasions) - any alcohol or tobacco products? - any firearms? - any firewood? - what is your destination? - how long will you be in the U.S.? - value of your purchased in the U.S. (when returning home to Canada) There have been a few "one off" questions: - paperwork in order for your dog? (have never been asked to actually produce it) - do you have any fresh flowers on board? (we had made the officer aware that we had been to a funeral) - why are you crossing at this point? (a shorter alternative was available) - do you own the trailer? (we weren't asked to produce the ownership) We have never been subject to a major search but we have been delayed for: - more detailed questioning about perishable food products (found out that once a can of beef soup is opened it becomes a perishable food product) - walk through of the trailer (opened fridge and pantry cupboards several times) - complete trailer scan through some kind of large machine (kinda neat) I should point out that we have not had any additional delays in a number of years - the trailer scanning seemed to be clearly post 9/11 and has been relaxed in recent years - we've gotten smarter with the foodstuff and try very hard to not cross with any perishables at all (then do a shopping on the other side). Finally - just a feeling that may be dead wrong - but I think that over time you establish a bit of a "good guy" record (or not) - the crossing guards obviously have a ton of information on you - and information on every crossing you have made previously - if each becomes a repeat of the last then you're just another boring RV'er - but if you screwed up once - well - I think their memory is long and I don't think they are very forgiving ..... part of why I am saying this is the story of an old friend of ours - he tried to hide a purchase many, many years ago - and is still pretty much guaranteed a lot of extra attention every time he crosses. Crossing is really not a big deal if you don't have anything to hide. Jay
RangerJay 01/28/14 11:09am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Electric heaters for travel trailers

Jay, what brand of baseboard heater did you use? Check your private messages. Jay
RangerJay 01/11/14 03:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric heaters for travel trailers

We played with ceramic heaters, tower heaters, radiant heaters and oil-filled radiators ad nauseam for several years before finally installing two 120V baseboard heaters and a digital wall-mount thermostat that has very narrow and precise temperature control (+/- .15 degrees C) - the difference in comfort is night and day - there are no longer "cold" times or "hot" times waiting for the heating to cut in or out - there is no longer any fan noise. Night-time adjustment of the heater is no longer guesswork. In our case we put in two 120V 400W baseboard heaters (our trailer is only 19 feet) - one under the dinette and one in the entrance way. The total 800W serves us very well to freezing point - and in temperatures below freezing the furnace will come on - but at a greatly reduced frequency. I can't emphasize enough the difference in comfort with these baseboards and this thermostat - the inside temperature is incredibly consistent - no ups or down at all. If you plan on keeping your current trailer for a while then investigating this option is very worthwhile. Jay
RangerJay 01/10/14 03:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Semi retirement guilt You opinion

Depending on your own makeup "semi-retirement" is a great way to transition yourself - and adds to the nest egg as you do it. We both took early retirement 10 and 13 years ago - couldn't possibly think of going back - but - I had a bit of a tough time making the transition - the guilt you talk about is very real - I was lucky enough to get hired back for similar work on a 1/2 time basis for 4 years - worked out of my home on a schedule of my own choosing - it took that entire 4 years for me to wean myself of the need to be in-the-loop and involved in my chosen career. Once weaned it was clear sailing. Now fully retired both of us have developed a strong need to "give back" - my wife has become one of the pillars in our church community - and I am a strong volunteer with a major charity. Today I'd say we have achieved (for us) the perfect retirement - we spend a couple of months a year travelling, are able to spend very quality time with family, continue to contribute to our community in very enjoyable ways, each also have a hobby that we love, we have a great dog that keeps us involved in outdoor activities and we still have our health. What else is there? Sounds to me like you are on the right track for you. Jay
RangerJay 01/08/14 06:52am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Anti-Freeze Freezes

What might be helpful is for the manufacturer to label the container with information on the apparent "freezing" of the RV Anti-Freeze and what that really means. Jay
RangerJay 12/15/13 01:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wife wanted to drive new car for one hour,s0*^#$)*&

I had to be ducked tapped to my seat so I didn't jump out the window. It only took one hour, but I lose 10 lbs and my speeck box is now gone. She thinks now she will be fine. This was a hard day for me. You must be young .... Jay
RangerJay 11/27/13 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Why is Camping World so EXPENSIVE?

I've got a few favourite "go to" stores that I find hard to pass up (kinda like a kid in a candy store .....) - at home (Canada) those stores are Canadian Tire and Home Depot - and when in the U.S. those stores are Menards and Camping World (maybe throw in BassPro Shops and Cabelas as well). My own impression with Camping World is that it generally has far better prices - and a much wider selection of choice - than our own Canadian RV dealers. And for arm-chair internet shopping? - well - that's OK if I know exactly what it is that I want - but if I don't (most of the time) - then I do a lot better if I can touch, feel and compare .... Thanks, Jay
RangerJay 11/26/13 10:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Things to visit on the return trip from Alaska

This is maybe a little out in left field - but when we are returning home from any major road trip we are pretty much "sceneried out" and looking for a change of pace. Branson, Missouri should not be far off your route back home to Florida. We've been able to work Branson in at the end of a couple of road trips and found it a great place to finish off any trip - kind of like the icing on the cake. You'll need at least 3 days - 5 is better and 7 really lets you recharge your batteries ..... Jay
RangerJay 11/19/13 07:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Happy Thanksgiving

Happy thanks for giving folks, heading down to long point this morning to make a nice 5 day weekend out of it like every year, this is 14 years for us (my son and I) and 4th for my GF and her brewd. Weather is changing by the hour as yesterday was only a 20% chance of showers for monday now it seems to be increasing for sunday and monday hope it turns back or ,,,, heads south of the lake ;) Have a great weekend - we'll be joining your celebration from Northwestern Ontario - has become a solid family tradition that we head to Kakabeka Falls for the weekend - if the weather is good we BBQ the (still running around) turkey at the campsite - if the weather is bad we head to one of the kids homes - regardless - always a great time and a terrific weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, Jay
RangerJay 10/09/13 04:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Any where to fill up wiht water between Wawa and Tereace Bay

I think if you have lunch at any of the hotel/motels in Wawa or Marathon - and simply ask the question - then you will not have a problem filling up. Jay
RangerJay 09/22/13 05:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canadian American RV Culture Difference

This thread has touched on unimportant stuff about what is different in Canada, stuff like guns, "their" idea of English, medical care, etc., but the big difference, the one that almost made me stop traveling to Canada - Their KFC's don't have biscuits! (well at least the ones we tried..) I'm not joking, I know that this is almost unbelievable - particularly to one born in the deep South - any version of fried chicken, even the Colonel's "almost" fried, demands real biscuits (as in USA not cookies!)- This tremendous problem obviously preempts anything else discussed here. Action is needed! KFC has biscuits?
RangerJay 09/03/13 05:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Cell phone charges while in Canada

Whether you are from Canada heading south or from the U.S. heading north the issues seem to be the same - cellphone/smartphone/data charges in the host country seem to be exorbitant. The things we've done to pretty much eliminate any crazy charges are: - call your own service provider to make sure you understand the rules. - use wifi campgrounds for your data needs. - let everyone you would normally be in contact with know that e-mail is the best way to get hold of you - and work to stay at parks that offer wifi. - consider purchasing the services of an internet-based phone company for phone calls - we have Magic Jack and it works fine if you are tapped into a quality wifi signal - there are a number of other services. - tell the folks who might want to contact you every day to cool their jets - you're on vacation!! - if your concern is emergency communications while on the road (there are a LOT of "dead" spots in rural Canada) then consider renting a satellite phone(on our own 2 month trip to Alaska a couple of years ago we had rented a sat phone for just this purpose - cost was not at all outrageous and the peace of mind it gave was worth every penny.) Jay
RangerJay 08/29/13 03:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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