We have a 2012 32CA Tiffin Allegro and are happy with it.
We did have problems with the Kwikee steps.
After a year of limited use, the step motor quit while on a trip and the steps would not go out. A local dealer replaced the step motor under warranty. Then after three months of traveling and daily use, we discovered the steps would not stay out becaue three of the four bolts holding the motor to the step frame had sheared off. My husband replaced those, and will put in grade 8 bolts soon.
We can't tell if the sheared bolts were caused by Kwikee (improper installation or low quality bolts) or by the dealer who did the emergency motor replacement for us. But I don't think it was a Tiffin problem as the Tiffin install of the steps to the frame is fine.
The steps do go down a little when stepped on, unlike the manual trailer ones we were used to. We try now to make sure the steps are all the way out before using them.
The dealer should fix any problems before deliverying the coach.
In Lake Louise, there is a little cafe Javalanche Cafe, next to the Husky gas station that offers free wifi. The signs say 15 minutes for free, but it did not seem to shut us off. The cafe has 8 stools to sit on, and sells coffee, pastries, soup and sandwiches. Be sure to buy something; the soup was very good. Wifi was pretty fast; we are using it now.
When I asked at the LL visitor center, they only suggested the post office which provides wifi for $5 a day. LL visitor center does not seem to offer it. And of course the hotels, but we were staying at the LL park campground.
With the Verizon Share Everything plan, you can add Canada/Mexico calling for $15 month, which gives you 1000 minutes calling from or to Canada. But that is calling only (plus texts, but no pictures or attachments to them).
Major cities and towns in Canada do have cell phone access, but much of the alcan does not, and there is no access along the Cassier or Stewar/Hdyer.
Verizon does have a data plan, as someone said, something like $25 for 100 meg (better than $2 a meg without it). But we met someone who had gotten it in Dawson Creek and had already found using it was not very good. They called Verizon who agreed it would not work well there and had let them cancel it.
Almost all the private campgrounds we stayed at advertized wifi access, but at best you could do email and simple surfing. It was often slower than dial-up at home.
Many had blocked sites like skype, you-tube, itunes; others asked you not to use it as their internet was satellite.
We often found even connecting hard at times; the campgrounds said the problem was someone attempting to do a large download. Wifi did work later, and I suspect they weren't successful with the download.
We were just thankful anywhere in Canada we found wifi!
We did turn off our cell phone data and location sharing well before the border, and took the batteries out of the mifi.
The library in Jasper offers free wifi access. I am on it now.
they are open M-Th 10 am to 8 pm, F-Sat 10 - 5. closed Sunday and holidays (labor day). They are in a temp location under the ice arean bleachers, 20 or so chairs to sit in.
Bring your laptop, but I think they have a few computers available for short usage. Slow, but find for email and simple surfing. Forget downloads, slower than dial up.
Also the visitor center in Jasper has free wifi, but it is very busy place with almost no place to sit. They may open earlier, but close at 7:30. The staff told me they turn wifi off shortly after they close. They are open Sundays.
There is also a cafe in Jasper that has a sign saying 20 minutes hi speed internet for $2. I did not look into that.
I also read the library in Banff offers free wifi, but have not been there yet.
I haven't found anything on the internet about free wifi in lake louise. Some hotels mention free wifi in their lobbies, but this very likely may be limited to guests. Perhaps the visitor center?
The area is so beautiful, you likely won't want to spend too much time on the internet anyway.
We have a 34 ft rig and have found issues at some forest service and state campgrounds without any length restrictions. Mostly because the roads are narrow for today's wider rigs and the trees are encroaching the roads and sites.
At some sites the trees are only cut up to about 8 ft, which means our 13 ft tall gasser gets scratched or we park on the far side to try to avoid it. And it is very site specific; there is no way to know in advance if the site you reserved is going to have a problem or not.
The other thing I've seen a lot of in Alaska is that the park may say they have sites that are over 40' or unlimited length, but unless you can reserve one, which often you can't reserve, you may find that the truck campers and small trailers have gotten them first, and none left are big enough for the 40 footer.
If you stay at private parks, you won't have this problem, they will reserve one for you that fits. But still may find tight manovering. Some people are amazing good at getting in these tight sites.
The smaller you are, the more flexibility you have. But still for full timing, it seems the space needs would likely override that.
We took the detour through town going north yesterday at about 2:30pm. Took us about an extra 30 minutes to do it. Just lots of bumper to bumper traffic. One mile backup to get off the highway.
The detour status page shows the current delay times and has traffic camera pictures updated every few minutes, also what are the average expected delays.
If you go north thru town, there are two left turn lanes to turn north. but then get into the left lane thru town as there is only one left turn lane to get to the road to go west back to the highway, and a number of cars were stuck in the right lane and had to go straight or hope someone would let them in.
A lot of medical evacuation insurance policies cover "rv return". Most aren't very clear on the criteria for this, but I've found that some of the ones that are (like I think the FMCA Seven Corners add on works) say that it applies when the driver is med evacuated from one hospital to the other.
So it appears rv return would not be covered if the only driver broke his leg (or had another injury ) that could be treated locally and he could not or the doctor would not allow driving for many weeks.
The Good Sam Travel Assist policy says "If you and your traveling companion aren't able to drive, Good Sam TravelAssist will send out a professional driver to get your vehicle home. Indeed, this is one of the most utilized benefits in the Good Sam TravelAssist program."
Am I correct in understanding that to include injuries or surgeries where the only driver is no longer capable or medically allowed to drive, regardless of whether the driver was hospitalized for a certain number of days or med evacuated?
Thanks for any feedback, it is so hard to understand for sure what would be covered.
To the Good Same Care Team...
Is that true, as Betty says, that you have to "call 911 and be in the hospital for seven days to get any benefits"?
1. You explained (and the sales brochure states)
"Vehicle Return: If illness or injury stops you from driving your RV or other vehicle and your traveling companion cannot drive it, Good Sam TravelAssist will drive it home for you. "
My question is would a broken leg set in the emergency room and not requiring hospitalization but preventing the lone driver from driving the rv qualify for the vehicle return?
2. Regarding "•Emergency Medical Evacuation: This is if you are hospitalized away from home and need to be transported to a facility that can better help you, as the current hospital is not staffed or equipped to handle your needs. "
Would that cover a situation where your needed medical care cannot be provided by the local hospital, say you are critically injured and need medical air transport to a trauma center or burn center?
Thanks for the information!
Is that per night? Do they charge extra if you are pulling a toad?
I saw the parking charge was $20 for an RV and $10 for a car this year.
Do you need to let them know you are staying over night or arrive by a certain time?
Does anyone know if the show entrance fee is for multiple days?