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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
RE: Towing with a Minivan

So, if any of you tow a small travel trailer with a minivan, I would really like some feedback on this travel trailer before I purchase it. Thank you ! I towed a lightweight 17' Scamp travel trailer with a 2006 Toyota Siena six cyl Mini-van. The Scamp weighed in less than 2,000 pounds and the Sienna had a 3,500 tow rating. Here's what I learned. The Sienna could easily tow the Scamp but gas mileage dropped from 22mpg to around 14mpg (on the interstate). Going through the mountains, the engine RPMs stayed high going up, and the brakes got soft going down (electric brakes on the Scamp). The big problem was with front wheel drive. With the trailer on the rear hitch, it puts the weight is on the rear tires and takes it off the front tires, which means less traction on the front drive wheels. Pulling out of a steep wet driveway, the front tires would spin - meaning I had to be very careful going up hills. Also, even with the trailer brakes you could feel the trailer pushing the minivan when stopping. So yes, while it is possible to pull a travel trailer with a minivan, it won't be fun, it won't be safe, and it will put a lot of stress on the minivan brakes, transmission and engine. If in doubt, go to your local U-haul and rent a storage trailer. Put a thousand pounds of stuff in it, and take for a two hundred mile drive. This will give you a good idea of how well your minivan will do with a travel trailer. Bill I also had a 2006 Sienna and currently have a 2014 Sienna. That is an excellent assessment and mirror my experience nearly exactly. The 2006 towed a little better than the 2014, though, for reasons I can't quite explain. The heaviest trailer I have towed with either has been 3200 pounds. But, even with something much lighter (I have a 1500 pound boat/trailer and a 7' x 12' aluminum utility trailer that only weighs 450 pounds empty), the same issues exist. Even with the utility trailer empty , I experience a drop in mpg to 15 at 60-65 MPG, largely due (I suspect) to the large tailgate ramp catching the wind.....Slower speeds (45-50) offer some improvement. The boat on a wet launch ramp is a barrel of laughs too for the same reason you mention above with the front wheel drive!
johnwalkerpa1 08/08/16 11:45am Beginning RVing
RE: Towing with a Minivan

I have a 2006 Kia Sedona minivan. The towing limit is 3500lbs. I have already installed a hitch, electric brake controller and electrical hookups on the van. I still need to add the transmission and power steering cooler. I would like to purchase the KZ Sportsman Classic 19BH. The dry weight is 2,623 lbs. I will be traveling with my pet. I may have one other person traveling with me on some trips. I weigh 135lbs and my pet is 50lbs. The other person I will travel with is about 170lbs. I am going to add a sway controller as well. Do you think the minivan & travel trailer will work? The dealers all say yes but I would like to know if anyone else out there tows with a minivan. Please don't answer saying get another tow vehicle. That is not an option. I know you mean well but this is the vehicle I own & I love it. I cannot afford to buy another vehicle. So, if any of you tow a small travel trailer with a minivan, I would really like some feedback on this travel trailer before I purchase it. Thank you ! I don't like to discourage anyone from getting out there but I'm afraid you aren't going to enjoy the experience with the setup you mention. You might be able to just barely squeak by (maybe!) with your weights but your van will struggle and it will not be an enjoyable driving experience. I have had several mini vans and they are great as people movers but not as tow vehicles.
johnwalkerpa1 08/07/16 06:26pm Beginning RVing
RE: WiFi

Is it safe to assume that pretty much all RV campgrounds, both public and private, offer free WiFi. Obviously, we wouldn't expect WiFi in primitive areas. WiFi is important to us as it is our primary source of news and TV. No, I consider good wifi at a campground to be a pleasant surprise, not something I would ever depend on. I use my own cell plan for data and voice...And, while more reliable, its not a given either depending on where we are.. Using wifi (or cell) for TV is out of the question. You'd use way too much bandwidth on WIFI. While its possible to do it on your cell data plan under ideal conditions, the cost would be enormous...In the long run, it will be much cheaper to go with satellite...
johnwalkerpa1 08/03/16 11:34am Beginning RVing
RE: Am I correct or not?

I always wonder when I see people post costs for nightly stays....I rarely find campgrounds for $25 per night or hotels for $50 per night....well, at least not hotels I'd actually want to sleep in! Either I'm really bad at finding bargains or some of these figures are 15-20 years old ????
johnwalkerpa1 07/21/16 09:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Advice traveling Albert and BC

My experience in that area is that you can usually (but not always, i.e. holiday weekends, etc.) find a spot without reservations if you don't need hookups. If you do need hookups, its much harder.
johnwalkerpa1 05/02/16 08:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tow dolly

If money is no object and you already have (or want to buy) a vehicle that can be towed 4-down, its the way to go. But, one thing I have found is that it somewhat depends on how you travel. If you tend to stay a week or two at one place, then the extra effort needed for the dolly is no big deal...i.e., load and unload once every week or two or three.... If you move every day or every few days and want to unhook your toad each time, then its much more of a pain to use the dolly.
johnwalkerpa1 05/02/16 08:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: Trip Expectations

I'm planning on taking my first trip to Alaska when I retire in 2018. I'm interested in taking photos of wildlife and scenery. Can anyone recommend the best time of the year for that type of sightseeing? How much time and money would you recommend? There are thousands of variables in your questions but I'll offer two suggestions to start.. 1. I like the fall colors (and by fall, in Alaska, I mean mid-August to late September) for general landscape and wildlife photography but that's mostly a personal preference.. 2. If you want bear pictures, time it with the salmon runs.
johnwalkerpa1 04/11/16 11:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trip Expectations

With very few exceptions (on rare occasions, a trip is just no fun for whatever reason), I ALWAYS wish I had more time on every trip I take. But, since I am not fortunate enough to be either retired or independently wealthy, I ALWAYS have a limited number of days available. My approach for now, is I'd sooner take the trip with the time I have than not take it at all.
johnwalkerpa1 04/11/16 06:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: fence post sewer hose holder

I used threaded rod with plates and lock nuts, top of the frame and bottom of the fence post. just make sure you don't over-tighten as you can crack or crush the fence post (don't ask me how I know!!) I used 1/2 inch rod which is overkill but I already had it laying around..
johnwalkerpa1 01/11/16 05:33am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Blythe Island Regional Park and Campground in Brunswick, GA has a boat launch into the South Brunswick River. For an 18' boat, it's $6. If you are camping, overnight docking is available - not sure what that costs. -Michael Thanks! That looks like a great possibility...
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Call Satterwhite Point on Kerr Lake (NC/Va). They have a campground and a marina. I'm thinking they will be what you're looking for. Big lake as well. Thanks! We are planning a 2 week trip to visit relatives not far from there this May so I'll check it out..
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Try here - - Raystown Lake Thanks! Been to Raystown many times with just the boat and truck but didn't know if they had a launch service or not..I'll check into it..
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Arrowhead Stayed here lat summer. Nice park. Thanks! On my list!
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Before we bought our boat we rented a couple. At one campground I saw a guy with a very nice Class A diesel pusher and a boat. One morning somebody came and hooked up and took his boat down to launch, later that evening same guy retrieved it. But the odd thing was he wasn't with the guy in the motorhome. I ended up talking to him and he showed me his cargo bay rather full of cases of beer. He told me in the past 5 years with that RV he'd never once launched or retrieved his boat. Instead he took the time to fine some young man with a truck that would like to earn a case of beer. Pure genius. I've kept that in mind as I launch our boat with our motorhome, but so far I've had no issues at the places we camp. Just an idea for you. Great idea! It might just be worth a try...as long as the beer stays in the truck until after the launch :)
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

They also make battery powered devices for moving travel trailers around. One of those might do what you want. I had wondered about those...Would they be able to actually pull a loaded boat trailer (2500 pounds) out of the water? Or, in the reverse, have the braking power to keep the whole thing from going into the drink during launch? I have no experience with them but it seems to me even if they had the power they would lack the weight and traction?? I'd like to be wrong as it sounds like a great idea if it would work...
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

They can help you at Association Island, Henderson Harbor, NY but only if you want to catch some of the biggest small mouths in the East! Great KOA get a sun rise or sunset site. There is a few marinas on Oneida Lake that can help you also, write to me if you want in. Consider putting a front hitch ball on your C , it works pretty well most of the time, but I have also asked other guys with trucks to launch me, without much trouble. Unloading is easier, as you can move the trailer by hand, if you are close, then hitch it up and pull straight. Thank you! That looks like a nice place...Definitely on my list for next summer..
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

I think you'll find that there aren't a lot of campgrounds with launch ramps, although they do exist. What's even rarer are campgrounds with a ramp and a launch service, much less a free one. You might have better luck finding campgrounds with a marina nearby that offers a launch service. It likely won't be free though. Yes, I haven't had much luck finding any...there are a few with attached marinas but none that offer a launch service... Oh, and I'm not looking for free....I meant "fee" :) I'd be happy to pay for the service...
johnwalkerpa1 12/16/15 01:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

I'm looking for campgrounds that are located on fresh water lakes/rivers that have boat launch services...Not just a ramp but a fee service where they'll put a boat in the water and pull it back out. I can easily tow the boat (18 foot bass boat) behind my class C , but launching (while sometimes possible depending on the ramp and surrounding room) is not something I like to do with the RV. I was thinking it would be a good trip to stay in a nice campground and do some fishing with the boat. Mostly looking for PA, NY, MD, DE, NJ, VA, WV, TN, KY, NC for shorter trips but would also be interested in other locations for future reference as well. Do any places like this exist? Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 12/16/15 01:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Wholesalers....Thoughts opinions?

We bought a class C from RvDirect in 2014. Picked it up in Buffalo, about 6 hours from us. We got a great price and the experience was good. There was only one thing I didn't like (but I chose to hold my nose and do it anyway) and that was that I had to pay before I arrived for PDI and pickup. It worked out fine but...... The other thing to consider is that unless you are reasonably close to one of their retail locations, you are on your own with service and warranty. I am fortunate to have a local dealer that had no problem working on a unit I didn't' purchase from them. Not all dealers have the same attitude.
johnwalkerpa1 12/16/15 09:39am Beginning RVing
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