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RE: Yellowstone

How hard is it to get a camping spot in Sept. after school has started? Dusty Usually much easier after Labor Day...
johnwalkerpa1 02/16/17 06:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone

Hello. M'y question is how to visit Yellowstone NP with a Class C motorhome with no car or motorcycle. It's for August this summer. Is Rvs allowed in this park, where park for night....??? Every good ideas are Welcome. Hello, Yes, RVs are allowed in the park. We have travelled the park several times with a 31 foot class C, without towing a car and had no problems. At some of the pull offs and scenic features, you might have trouble finding a parking place or may have to park farther away and walk. But, we never missed seeing anything by not having a smaller vehicle along. There are campgrounds in the park and several near the various entrances. Inside of the park, you can only stop for the night at the campgrounds, not at other places. During the summer months there are times that it may be difficult to get a campsite. Yellowstone is one place that I highly recommend making advance reservations whenever possible, especially if you need hookups. Have fun!
johnwalkerpa1 02/16/17 06:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 360 Siphon sanitary roof vent

We have a rotating type but I agree that they have little value...with one exception....that is if you "flush in motion". It seems that it prevents down pressure from the movement down the highway from pushing air back down the vent stack. Otherwise, I have not ever had a smell when sitting still..other than when someone forgets and doesn't turn the fan off when flushing..
johnwalkerpa1 02/03/17 09:23am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Campground Reservations

My experience is that the Canadian Rockies, Denali and July 4 are the biggest concerns. However, I've also found that if you are flexible enough, its not an issue.. By flexible, I mostly mean the following: 1. Occasionaly, Be willing to accept a dry site rather than hookups 2. Occasionaly, Be willing to wait a day or two to get in the popular spots 3. Occasionaly, Be willing to boondock which is easier in Alaska than most any other place.. Edit...When I said "the Canadian Rockies" above, I really meant Banff to Jasper...not the Canadian Rockies farther north....
johnwalkerpa1 02/03/17 06:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alcan Hwy Alaska Cell service?

I don't know if it's still an extra charge in Canada, but years ago the charge was outrageous. It depends on your plan. I have a Verizon plan that includes Canada and Mexico at no additional charge but plans vary widely.
johnwalkerpa1 01/18/17 07:49am Technology Corner
RE: Alcan Hwy Alaska Cell service?

What works best along the Alcan Highway? Verizon? AT&T? T-Mobile? A friend is going up there for a Willy's Jeep event. On our 2015 trip, we had both Verizon and ATT phones. They both worked around some of the towns but there are long stretches where nothing has service. We didn't really use them much so I can't tell you exactly where each one worked best. But, I can tell you that you shouldn't depend on having service in many places.
johnwalkerpa1 01/14/17 09:29am Technology Corner
RE: Typical Class C GAS mileage

All, I am interested in what your true Class C gas mileage history has been. Also, any advice/guidance on our plan is appreciated. Thank you in advance, Joe T. There are many variables but (for that length Class C) experience has shown me that the following generally holds true: 1. Hope for 8 2. Don't be surprised at 6 at high speed or in the mountains. 3. Budget your gas expenses at 7 Sometimes you'll be pleasantly surprised on low speed, level trips and get 9-10 but not often. In my personal experience, weight (meaning fully loaded, full tanks and towing, versus running light) makes little difference....speed and terrain does...
johnwalkerpa1 01/11/17 09:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Current Fuel Costs in Canada (heading toward AK)?

What is the conversion for Canadian prices to U.S. prices? Today's bank rate is $1.00 US = $1.35 CND... You won't get that but could expect anywhere from $1.28 - $1.32 depending on many variables....where you do the exchange, cash, credit card, terms of credit card, etc, etc..
johnwalkerpa1 12/29/16 11:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New rig, Winter camping, everything has gone wrong

If you were heating with electric heat pumps, that could be the problem. Heat pumps only work till about 40 degrees. Then they just blow cold air. Nothing wrong with them, that is how they work by design. Always keep propane when it's cold out. Dale I work for an HVAC manufacturer, we design heat pumps to operate down to minus 20f. I suspect those are bit more advanced than the $600-$1000 units that are popped on the top of most RVs :) As an aside, in good conditions I've been able to squeeze heat out of my RV heat pump down to 30 but that is about it...
johnwalkerpa1 12/29/16 11:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Rt 40 Alberta Canada?

We took it south on the way home from Alaska in 2015. Good road for the most part and nice scenery. Do be aware of the truck traffic...much more than we saw on the Alaskan Highway but its all relative. The thing to be aware of on this stretch of road is not so much the volume of truck traffic but of the many places where trucks are entering or leaving the highway...
johnwalkerpa1 11/29/16 08:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Water Pump

Nothing to add to the original question and answers, but a tip that could be helpful.. If you are ever in a situation where your campground water connection has very low pressure, you can improve it by turning on the pump even though you are connected to the campground water. Occasionally comes in handy.
johnwalkerpa1 11/23/16 10:01am Beginning RVing
RE: Winterizing - getting tires off the ground

I've never thought it was necessary but opinions vary on the subject. Sort of falls into the "can't hurt" but not enough benefit to motivate me! I always try to run mine at least a few times over the winter anyway.
johnwalkerpa1 11/23/16 09:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Flattest route to Denver

I'm curious about what % grades we're talking about in these different routes. It's all relative; none of it is "flat." As an Easterner I'd really like to know how steep those Rocky Mt. highways are. Does anyone know? -Speak My experience has been that the grades out west are not any steeper than the grades in the east...they are just longer. As a general rule, on interstates, the max grades are the same. On the secondary roads, some of the mountain grades in the east are actually steeper. Of course there are exceptions...
johnwalkerpa1 11/14/16 09:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Can I just empty water tanks instead of winterizing?

I live in Portland, where the average lows don't usually go below freezing, but you never know. In regards to winterizing, can't I just empty the water heater tank and fresh water tanks and leave it at that? Why do I need to put antifreeze in it? Since it doesn't get too cold where I live, can I get away with doing this? I've never winterized before, and I'd like to avoid doing it if possible. Maybe (probably) but all it takes is one unexpected cold snap and......well.....
johnwalkerpa1 11/04/16 12:19pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing 2016 Silverado with golf cart??

I must admit that when I first read your subject, I had thoughts that you were asking about using your golf cart to tow your silverado :B
johnwalkerpa1 11/04/16 12:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What would you do differently "next time"?

Only one thing....get a floorplan with a larger bathroom and shower. That is the only thing that keeps our rig from being ideal for our intended use. We were fully aware that the bathroom and shower was small and spent a lot of time talking about it. But we decided it was ok since everything else in the floorplan was perfect. And it is ok, but.......... Now, I am starting a remodel project on the bathroom to give more elbow room. It should work fine. However, there is no practical way to improve the shower.
johnwalkerpa1 10/20/16 12:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: Flat Tow 6 Passenger vehicles under 5,000 lbs

Does the Ford Flex need to be a manual transmission, or can an automatic be flat towed? For the past 4 model years, the automatics are fine. I've never looked farther back.
johnwalkerpa1 10/17/16 10:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: cleaning out black tank and toilet bowl

can i dump a half gallon of vinegar in black tank and let it sit overnite when i return home for a deodorant, then dump, or do yall have a better way to freshen tank. Also what do you clean the toilet bowl and also the cavity under the toilet before it goes in the tank. thanks AS for the cleaning, we use the same cleaners as at home. The only thing to avoid is any harsh abrasives (esp powders) as that messes up the seals. After dumping we will use our blank tank flush to get any extras out, although I probably only do this every 3rd time or so. Then, every time, once empty, I'll have someone hold the toilet flush open and count to 45. Count time may vary but in our unit that will put about 3-4 gallons in the tank to prime things! Finally, we do use the drop in deodorizer packets but to be honest, its really just to make our ladies happy ;) I don't think it really makes any difference if things are working correctly. As long as someone doesn't flush while the fan is on, we don't get any odor.
johnwalkerpa1 10/13/16 12:33pm Beginning RVing

I did the winterization on my travel trailer with the anti -freeze.One question I have is when I was running water out the faucets before the color turned pink wouldn't that first bit of water sit n the gray water tank and freeze It might but shouldn't matter as long as its just a little. The very last thing I do in the process is to dump extra antifreeze in all of my traps (sink and shower) and put a gallon down the toilet. I'm not so much worried about freezing in the waste tanks but in the traps and the valves at the waste tank drains. I like to leave my tanks a little wet anyway this works for all purposes. I use a little more antifreeze then absolutely necessary that way but its not that much and it simple and works...
johnwalkerpa1 10/13/16 12:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Firearm deposit at border?

Kinda what I'm thinking...depending on what a gun store wants to charge to "clean". Gonna be a logistical issue..I want to hit Glacier NP on the way up or back, then through Bellingham WA and the coast in opposite direction. Then again, I should see what hurdles Canada puts me through to bring a Remington 870 20GA Youth model. A shotgun is simple as long as its a legal length barrel and has a traditional shoulder stock which yours does. Just get the forms ahead of time from the website and follow the instructions carefully. Its easy as long as you follow all the rules..
johnwalkerpa1 09/20/16 11:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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