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RE: Slightly different Alaska trip

Again, thanks for the replies. Much to think about. I can see we need to extend our trip by several days. Also we will look at the ferry as opposed to the cruise. The stops seem to be the same but more opportunity to see other than the tourist traps. We are still thinking of the last two weeks of May and the first part of June. But after reading all the comments and suggestions, that may change also.
jrs1871 11/20/15 06:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Slightly different Alaska trip

Thanks for the replies. You have definitely brought up things I hadn't considered. The Jeep - motel approach would probably the way to go. As for driving the RV up there, hubby absolutely refuses to even consider it. And after 50+ years, I know when to throw in the towel and go to plan B. It looks like we need to allow a little more time for sure. The cruise package we were looking at was 11 days including the train ride and 2 days in Denali. I believe there was seven stops on the way back south. Explorenorth thanks for the offer of more information. I will be contacting you by PM.
jrs1871 11/17/15 05:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Slightly different Alaska trip

We would like to go to Alaska next spring but hubby absolutely refuses to take our RV up there. So we are looking at flying into Fairbanks, renting an RV for a week of look see in that area. Dropping the RV at Anchorage and taking the inland passage cruise back to Vancouver or Seattle. The cruise packages we are leaning toward include the train ride and a couple of days in Denali park. I have checked both RV rental sites (Great Alaskan) and cruise sites but wondered if there is a single site that we could use to plan and book all of it.
jrs1871 11/17/15 10:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Salina, KS to Liberal, KS on #156

We have driven 156 on our way to or from NM. The last time was three years ago. At that time the road was in good condition. There are slow downs to pass through some towns but not a big problem.
jrs1871 11/14/15 05:34am Roads and Routes
RE: I 35W

We came through there two weeks ago on Sunday morning. There was still construction and some backup but not bad. Traffic kept moving, just very slow. However further south around Lorena and Temple, traffic came to a screeching halt. We will be looking at alternate routes for the next couple of years.
jrs1871 11/09/15 06:12am Snowbirds
RE: slideout ceiling leak

Double check around the solar panel install. It sounds like that was a new addition and it didn't leak before it was installed. As noted elsewhere, water can be getting in quite some distance from where it shows up inside the trailer.
jrs1871 11/05/15 02:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should I buy new or keep what we have?

A couple of years ago, we had nearly this identical conversation. Our fifth wheel was in good shape, because we kept it that way, and no major problems with it. However we wanted level up, double pane windows and more room. We went for it and have not regretted it at all. Was the new rig trouble free. No, but it was not a disaster either. I think we now have the bugs worked out and we look forward to how ever many more years of travel we get. Our arthritic knees definitely appreciate the level up. So we are in the go for it group.
jrs1871 10/30/15 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: KC to Rio Grand Valley

I would recommend just about any route that avoids I35 for a while. The traffic is crazy as always. But the construction around Lorena and Temple literally brings traffic to a stop. We just came through there Sunday and we had over two hours of delays. And we jumped off to the frontage road and a side road as soon as we got close to an exit to go around the jam. Definitely wears on the nerves.
jrs1871 10/27/15 06:03am Roads and Routes
RE: NM Route 3 between I-25 and I-40

We have driven both US 285 and US 84. 285 is the better road in my opinion. 84 was decent road but a lot more curves. Taking 285 would take you a little out of your way because you go further west on I25 before you get on 285 and it angles to the east. But that would be my preference out of the possibilities.
jrs1871 10/06/15 11:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Chiggers from the sky!

That is ironic that you mentioned Absorbine Jr. I finally ran out of a bottle that I had for years. I started looking for some more but never found it. I looked at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and the local pharmacy. No luck. If you google it, it shows those stores carry it but I couldn't find it. Maybe it is on a bottom shelf somewhere.
jrs1871 09/30/15 02:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Chiggers from the sky!

I was at a barbeque this weekend and I ended up with bites on my neck and shoulder from the little varmits. I have had chigger, mosquito and wasp stings and these itch far worse than any of the others. Hydrocortisone cream helps but not much. I have some Chiggertox in the camper that I am going to try today. Don't know how long they will itch but it is no fun.
jrs1871 09/30/15 05:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Passport Replacement Costs-Yeouch!

Interesting. I just mailed in my passport renewal. It cost me $110 for the passport and $15 for a photo but no processing fee. I wonder why. Not that I am complaining about not paying that fee. I thought the $110 was a little steep, but it has been 10 years and I paid $90 that time. Just hope it gets here before we head south.
jrs1871 09/27/15 06:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Dental care prices, USA vs Mexico?

From my experience with the dentists in Progresso, the cost is about 1/3 of what you would pay in the states. I have had extensive dental work done, root canals, crowns, and bridges in Mexico and have no problems. But I suggest that you get personal recommendations on a dentist. It is just like in the States, there are some that are not as good as others. The one that I use has better technology that the one I used to go to in the States and he is a graduate of a US dental college. Since we don't have dental insurance, it was a no brainer to look for a dentist in Mexico.
jrs1871 09/06/15 07:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Possable upgrade purchass....

I do know that some folks have changed out the axles for the 7,000 pound axles and larger tires after the fact. It is not an inexpensive change but in some borderline overload situations, it is a good move. You would really need to get your actual weights, including individual wheel weights, to determine if the change out is warranted. You might go to the Forest River Forum to check out comments or to post your question about your particular model.
jrs1871 08/30/15 06:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nasty Bearing Failure

You might check with Forest River. I know they have provided some financial assistance with bearing failures. You don't say but were your bearings the Nev-R-Lube. I know those bearings have been particularly problematic. Another quick and easy check on your bearings is to place your hand on the hub every time you stop for gas, breaks, etc. It may feel a little warm to touch but if you can't hold your hand on there, you have a problem.
jrs1871 08/24/15 10:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpiper thoughts/opinions/rants?

Carpetguy2, that is not correct that you have to be the original owner. I personally saw Cedar Creek repair two different trailers at the last FROG, for no charge, that were not original owner. One was a 2009 and the other a 2007. They even fixed a 2002 and a couple 2004 Creeks, but those did happen to be the original owner. These repairs were done on trailers of CCRVOC members. No club member paid anything for the repairs completed at the rally or taken back to the factory for repairs. I don't know what all they did for the other 70+ Creeks that were not club members. I do not know the other divisions' policies on repairs, but after listening to Pete Liegel, I presume it is the same or comparable to Cedar Creek's policies.
jrs1871 08/23/15 06:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpiper thoughts/opinions/rants?

Old guy, I believe that Forest River now owns/makes 82 different brands. Now that figure includes pontoon boats, park models and other non RV items. These RV's are made in many different plants that operate somewhat autonomously. So to say Forest River is bad, really doesn't say much. You may have problems with an R Pod for example but no problem at all with a Columbus. And is the problem with the construction or with the components that are under individual company warranties or service. Having just come from the FROG (Forest River Owners Group) rally, I saw first hand the commitment that Forest River makes to its customers. And I don't believe that any other manufacturer comes even close. The technicians were friendly, knowledgeable (or if they did know got someone who was) and efficient. Yes they replaced microwaves, awnings, refrigerators, etc. but that other than those components were used in the trailers is not directly Forest Rivers' problem if they don't perform properly. To answer the OP's question, the Sandpiper units that I saw at the rally seemed to be a good unit at their price point.
jrs1871 08/22/15 07:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: help with windows 8.1

Got it through safe mode. Thanks.
jrs1871 08/20/15 07:07am Technology Corner
help with windows 8.1

I am helping my grandson remove malware from his computer that is windows 8.1. In the process his log in password has been corrupted. I can't get past the log in screen to log in as another user. I tried looking up a solution online from my computer. But I run windows 7 and all the responses default to windows 7 even tho I requested help with 8.1. So how do I get past his log in to log on as another user?
jrs1871 08/20/15 06:50am Technology Corner
RE: Not happy with Forest River!

Ken, are you parked in the infield of the race track. We are over by the south end of the stage with the CCRVOC group. I will take a walk through tomorrow and try to find you. But what a better place to be. We had a couple of relatively minor things on our service list and our refrigerator shot ****s on the way here. Right now it has bags of ice in it trying to keep what we have in it from spoiling.
jrs1871 08/08/15 07:29pm Fifth-Wheels
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