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RE: What's Going On with Skagway RV Sites?

From several conversations I've had with folks in Skagway (some tourists, some local), I think the long and short of it is that campgrounds, RVs and motel rooms are just not high on the priority list there. The cruise ship passengers are the moneymakers and all of them go back to the ship to sleep. It's obvious there is a need for more (and better quality too!) campgrounds in/around Skagway, but I suspect that its just not worth the cost of creating them,...too little return on investment there compared to what you can make off the ship passengers..
johnwalkerpa1 04/21/15 08:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What's Going On with Skagway RV Sites?

We have the same dilemma. We had tickets to ride the White Pass and Yukon and had planned to spend several days in Skagway. Have been trying to get a campground reservation since February at Pullen Creek but no answer. Finally gave up and called Garden City....too late..they are full on our days in Aug as well. Between that and the uncertainty with the ferry, we decided to ditch Skagway altogether and stay longer in Haines. Disappointed, but not a huge loss as we have been to Skagway and ridden the train before. We could still take the fast ferry over for a day(I assume that won't be cut too), if we change our mind.
johnwalkerpa1 04/16/15 10:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Slimline Console for the Ford E450 sources?

I'm trying to find another source besides Winnebago dealers for the Flint Grey Slimline Console. Frankly, they're way too pricey to buy from them. Part #147623-01-01-A Flint Grey color. Anyone knowing of some stock availability, please share your information here. Occasionally they'll show up on ebay but I haven't seen any there for a while. I am looking for one as well, but in tan.
johnwalkerpa1 03/27/15 07:17am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Blue Ridge Pkwy

We've done it several times...a few end-to-end trips and some shorter stretches. In a 32 foot class C and never a bit of problem with the road. Last year we did a stretch of Skyline Drive in mid-October.....crazy busy......I had badly underestimated how many people were interested in fall leaf watching! That was the only time I didn't enjoy it...trees were beautiful but so many people had the road and all the turnoffs packed...made it tricky to find enough room to stop. Compared to mid-October, the place is deserted in July and August...
johnwalkerpa1 03/17/15 08:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bathroom Fan Not Working

Coming in late so perhaps problem is solved... But, one other idea...Some fans have moisture sensors that will shut it down if they think its raining...
johnwalkerpa1 03/17/15 08:26am Beginning RVing
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Personally I would avoid the Seward area over the 4th of July weekend, if anyone was planning on heading there. That is the weekend that Seward has their annual Mountain Marathon and folks come from all over Alaska (and the world) to run up and back down the mountain. The campgrounds are an absolute zoo, and the local entertainment has been shown on Alaska State Troopers! Just a little personal opinion from an Alaskan who enjoys the outdoors. X2. While I am not from there, I made the mistake of being in Seward over the 4th a few years back. Reminded me of a drunken college party weekend. Not my thing :) I have been in Seward several other times NOT over the 4th and it's normally a great place...just avoid the a few days around the 4th!
johnwalkerpa1 02/10/15 06:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Lake Louise - Bus or shuttles?

Thanks everyone for the feedback. It sounds like I should be ok just driving our RV to the different sites. Maybe I was just there at a particularly busy time a few years back. Then parking was packed everywhere and RVs were circling endlessly looking for spots at both Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. But, from what I am hearing that may be the exception rather than the rule? I think to put things more in our favor, we'll also try to get to each spot early in the morning to beat the "10-4" crowds too. Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 02/06/15 07:34pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Lake Louise - Bus or shuttles?

As part of a longer trip, we plan to take a week or so in the Canadian Rockies this summer. We've been there before but not in the RV. This time we'll be in our 30 foot class C, without a toad. While I don't mind driving the RV around, the last time I was there, parking at the popular spots was hard to find for a car, much less an RV. The bus works well around Banff. Is there anything similar (bus, shuttle etc.) around the Lake Louise area? My main interest is something that would go between the Lake Louise Trailer Campground and Lake Louise ( both the town and the lake itself) and Moraine Lake. Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 02/05/15 07:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Water too hot during Navy shower

Thanks as usual everyone for your responses. Always nice to get seasoned food for thought so to speak. I don't think my water heater is adjustable. Just checked. I wish it were that easy! So to those of you who "upgraded" to the oxygenic style shower head. The product claims to dribble water while water is restricted thus avoiding a hot or cold blast of water when one turns the flow restrictor off during a Navy shower. Is this reality? If so, this seems to solve my issue for about $30 if it works as advertised. Yes, the oxygenic shower head works as advertised with the dribble and does solve the issue. If you are trying to be ultra conservative with water use, you could argue it wastes some water that way. But, not much. And its uses less to begin with. Even better, though, is it gives the feeling of greater flow and pressure even while using less water. One of the best (and cheapest!)upgrades we made.
johnwalkerpa1 02/04/15 11:35am Beginning RVing
RE: Anchorage Motorhome Rentals

Ditto again on Great Alaskan. Rented from them twice and not a single issue. Also, the prices are surprisingly good when you consider what all is included that costs extra at other places.
johnwalkerpa1 01/02/15 08:50am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Made A Mistake

Agree with the others. If you are going to make payments, don't make them on that one!!!....you can do much, much better for that amount of money...in fact for just a little more you can get into a lot of new ones...
johnwalkerpa1 11/20/14 10:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winterization

I "winterized" our Pleasure Way Pursuit yesterday. I drained the water tank down to about 8 gal. and poured 3 gal. of RV anti freeze into the tank. Then I ran all the sink faucets both hot and cold, and the shower, also running both hot and cold water until a steady stream of pink water showed. I flushed the toilet a number of times to put the dilute solution into the black water tank. I did not drain the hot water heater but since I ran the hot water faucets, there is at least some anti freeze in it. I figure I ran about 8 gal. of the diluted anti freeze thru the outlets. Of course this would not work in Calgary or Minneapolis but we live near Houston, TX and 25ยบ F would be a hard freeze for us. Did I do any good or did I waste my time and money? I would especially like to hear opinions from other RV owners that live on the Gulf coast where the climate is similar to ours. What to you do? I will appreciate any feedback. My only concern would be if the antifreeze was too diluted to be effective. I've seen some brands of the "pink stuff" that will still get slushy but not expand (much). With too much water in the mix, will it get solid? I don't know. Of course, as you say, the area you are in plays a large role. Around here it can get below 0, 25 just means we switch from short to long sleeves :)
johnwalkerpa1 11/18/14 10:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is the Forest River 3010DS a relatively new model?

I love the floorplan...tons of counter space!! But, it was more than we would like to spend, so tried to find an older model of it, but did not see any older models in our price range. Is this pretty new? I thinks its been around for a couple of years..back to 2012 at least. We took delivery of a model year 2015 in May. We do like the floorplan. Have had the normal new RV bumps to work through but overall very pleased so far. When we were looking, we also did not find many used 3010DS models. There are a few 2012-2014's out there but the asking prices were too high and offers fell on deaf ears...for about 10K more than a 2012 we were able to get into a new one thru RVdirect. Beware that RVdirect is good for price, not for service...We went in with our eyes open on that front and it worked for us...for some people it has not...
johnwalkerpa1 11/14/14 01:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bathroom wall

Can I add this? If so, is there a rule on how long the screws can be? I just would not want the screws to come through the outside of the RV. Let me answer your question directly - NO. I have one of these and can tell that it will put a significant prying load on the walls of your trailer that can only be resisted by lag bolts through the walls with backing plates. Sure you don't want to do that. I mount mine on the ladder at the back of the trailer as it was intended for. Trailer walls are not strong enough for anything other than light loads. Add to that the fact that this is not a static structure - it moves and bounces down the road, and puts dynamic loads on the attachment locations. I am sure you can see where I am going with this. I agree. We also have one of those units and they are great...BUT...with several wet towels on there, it is very heavy. We put ours on the rear ladder...Works great as long as the weather is suitable and we are not in one of those campgrounds that has a "no laundry hanging outside" rules.
johnwalkerpa1 10/28/14 06:47am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Edmonton

Thanks to everyone for the ideas. Many good options there that we hadn't even thought of before. We'll look them all over and then come up with some plans..Thanks.
johnwalkerpa1 10/25/14 09:01am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Edmonton

IMHO the campgrounds in and around Edmonton are crap. Glowing Embers (west of ED) good only as a last resort. St Albert (north of Ed) is so-so and its in St Albert so hotels are close. The best alternative is Camp In Class in Stony Plain (west of ED about 20 miles) and its in town so again hotels are close. Yes, when I was looking at reviews for campgrounds around Edmonton there were not many good reports. And it seemed the few that didn't rate them low, had to really struggle to find something good to say! I just took a look and Camp N Class. Looks nice! Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 10/25/14 08:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska

I am looking for a nice campground that also has cabins or rooms available relatively close to Edmonton. We need 30amp elec and water (sewer nice but not required). The cabin/room is for travelling companions who don't have an RV. Thanks! Edit: This is for next summer...not looking to head north this time of year ;)
johnwalkerpa1 10/24/14 09:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Delaware for kids?

The campground at Delaware Seashore State Park is a decent place to stay. Nothing special about the campground itself but the key is the location. One of the few places that you can walk to the beach (about 1/4 mile) from the campsite. Also decent fishing from the shore walk.
johnwalkerpa1 10/07/14 10:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Convert a Class C to a Class B+?

Until I read the thread started by DeadeyeLefty I hadn't dared to post this as a possible mod. However if he can build an RV from scratch it might be as reasonable to do this kind of mod. My wife and I are elderly and want to do some travelling economically. We can afford to go to motels for the most part and would probably stay overnight in the rig only if stuck on the road after dark. By day we'd have cooking facilities to save on meals, have a potty, etc. The two of us would not need the cabover bed. My thought is to get a small rig that needs roof work, remove the cabover and lower the roof on the rest of the unit. The cabover would be replaced with a streamlined fairing which with the reduced height should improve fuel economy. I'd appreciate feedback! 36rascal You could but its probably going to be cheaper to buy one that is already the way you want it. Of course there are not nearly as many used ones out there without the cabover bunk so it will take more searching.
johnwalkerpa1 10/07/14 10:03am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Chicago-Alaska in April?

Don't do it. As others have said, roads may be icy and possibly snow covered in areas, and virtually nothing will be open. April and May is when the snow melts, flooding tends to occur, and everything is muddy. Plus, the new RV you'd be picking up in Chicago will NOT have winter tires on it. Despite what they say, "all season" tires are really three-season tires, and are not good on snow or ice. Coming from a desert climate, you presumably don't have experience driving on slippery surfaces, and RVs are very lumbering vehicles. The best times to visit Alaska are June and July, and then March if you want to do some winter activities. If you really want to see Alaska during your April window, consider instead taking the Alaska State Ferry up from Bellingham, Washington (no need to bring a car), or fly up. Thank you. We have decided not to go ahead with it. It was a combination of the risk and my husband's boss preference that we take our vacation in August-September. Taking an RV in August is way out of our budget, so right now the plan is just to have a nice thorough road trip in the West Coast (again!) There's always plenty to see and do, and we have a bunch of National Parks to return to. Alaska slips between our fingers once more! Some day though, I'm sure we'll get there! Have you considered flying to Anchorage and renting the RV there for say 3 weeks? Once you pass about mid-August some of the rental places consider it "shoulder season" and rates come down a good bit. But even at full rates, it would be far cheaper than doing the much longer rental up and back. You'd miss much of the Alaskan Highway and BC and the Yukon of course, but you'd still have a nice trip and get to see Alaska.
johnwalkerpa1 09/17/14 10:07am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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