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RE: CAA/AAA for roadside assistance

I have CAA and used it a few years back to have the camper flat bedded from just South of Sudbury on a Sunday afternoon after a bearing blew out and nearly lost the tire. After making a call we had to wait a few hours for the right rig to be available but they kept in constant contact with me via text and eventually a low deck showed up and towed the trailer all the way to Barrie where I parked the rig at my BIL's place. I can say without a doubt that the dispatchers for CAA were great and they showed up with the right truck in basically the middle of Nowhere Ontario on Highway 11 on a Sunday. Worth every nickle! BTW since I have learned and carry two sets of bearing with me so I won't have a repeat of that. Can R&R a bearing in less time than it took the truck to show up ;)
shum02 06/29/17 12:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do Canadians pay tolls?

Only those states who have DMV reciprocity agreements with your province could charge you. It definitely works across the border, as I drive the 407 around Toronto and I get a bill here in Michigan. x2 NY State has a reciprocity agreement with Ontario so I have to pay NY tolls as well. No agreement? You could still get a bill but if you don't pay they won't hold your licence/tags hostage at the DMV/MOT. We live in Ontario but have used an EZ-Pass transponder for years. We ordered ours on-line from New York State. Unlike Ontario's 407 transponder which we don't have and never will, EZ-Pass doesn't charge any fees except, of course, when you use a toll road in a state that uses EZ-Pass. It's really convenient to avoid fumbling for bills/change and not having to wait at the toll booths. We have a BMO US dollar MasterCard which EZ-Pass will use to fund the account. They take $25 when required. I'll assume then you don't use the 407 then? Not having a transponder and paying a couple of "video" charges more than makes up for the yearly rental. If you don't use it, the 407, no worries.
shum02 06/20/17 05:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Do Canadians pay tolls?

Only those states who have DMV reciprocity agreements with your province could charge you. It definitely works across the border, as I drive the 407 around Toronto and I get a bill here in Michigan. x2 NY State has a reciprocity agreement with Ontario so I have to pay NY tolls as well. No agreement? You could still get a bill but if you don't pay they won't hold your licence/tags hostage at the DMV/MOT.
shum02 06/19/17 05:16am Roads and Routes
RE: Windows 10 Creators Update and Windows Defender

Microsoft just installed the creators update yesterday. So far, all is OK. I was curious, though, that they made it a point to rename Windows Defender,"Windows Defender Anti-virus". I was under the impression it was already an anti-virus. Does that mean Defender is now a force to be reckoned with? I'm already using Norton Security, but when the subscription ends, I may like to try WD as long as there have been meaningful improvements. Toshiba laptop, W10 Home, version 1703 It is and has been since Window Security Essentials. Been running it since WinXP and have yet to have anything get past it.
shum02 06/18/17 11:01am Technology Corner
RE: Speaking of towing..

In a PERFECT world with no "gotcha" moments it'll work just fine.
shum02 05/30/17 11:52am Towing
RE: ordered a new truck ** Updated, with pics

That is a sweet looking truck! Congrats! When I saw the Cdn MSRP on the build sheet I think my heart stopped!
shum02 04/28/17 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: How Many Miles

Smart phone doesn't work at our place - we're too far out from the cell tower. My vintage Blackberry Curve with internal memory and no SIM card works fine though. Unfortunately, the old CDMA phones no longer work in BC or Alberta though, so we're stuck in Yukon with our cell phones. In Northern Ontario, or for the most part outside the GTA take that phone and toss it, CDMA has hit the tech bone yard. You can buy a decent new or refurb'd Android for less than $100 Cdn.
shum02 04/26/17 09:51am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: DIY: Replaced the delaminated front Filon on my trailer!

Very nice work! Did you bond the AL sheets to the framing in front or is it floating over that area?
shum02 04/25/17 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: How often should wheel bearings be repacked?

I carry an IR temp gun and read the temps after a good pull or between fuel up's. If the temps start heading about 10C North of ambient or if there are big differences between each wheel it's time to give them a look.
shum02 04/04/17 09:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Electric Blanket or Heated Matress Pad

Mattress pad! The cat's meow :) Winter camp with them in the rig and there is NOTHING quite like them. Have units with individual controls. As said heat rises...............no cold spots on the bed ;)
shum02 03/31/17 06:40pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Insulation under the bed

Reflectex under the mattress and electric dual control mattress heaters!
shum02 03/23/17 01:23pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2006 Explorer 4.6 v8 has no power to tow up mountains?

I have a 4.6L 2V Triton in a 98 F150 that I pulled a 4500lb HTT with and I'd downshift into 3rd and lay into the throttle. The Tritons love to rev, LET THEM! With good oil and clean fuel it'll work at 4k RPM all day long. BTW they also love Premium fuel with NO ethanol for towing :)
shum02 03/21/17 12:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Canadian prices too high on used units? Cheaper to import?

If you get a dealer convicted, I'll apologize and buy you a beer! FYI I have not found one reference pertaining to Ontario and motorhomes imported from US that is crystal clear in what is required as you state. Me either. I knows lots of people all over Ontario who have imported used vehicles and new/used RV's from NY and Michigan without ANY issue what so ever. Nothing has blown up, no one was arrested and all units are successfully on the road and insured. CSA approved, yea right. Take a look around your house these days and see how much stuff from Cdn Tire and Wally World that are only UL rated. That would include a lot of gear on my RIVA Cda KZ. If my insurance company is good with it, so am I.
shum02 03/19/17 05:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Canadian prices too high on used units? Cheaper to import?

Dwelling? Take it up with your insurance . Well there's another issue. A buddy of mine, who by coincidence lives not too far from you, got a nasty surprise when his insurance broker told him he couldn't have insurance on his new-to-him motorhome he'd just imported from the US until he had it certified as CSA Z240 compliant. When he objected and pointed out they'd ALREADY insured it (for the drive home) they apologized and stated he was lucky he'd not had an accident since the insurance on it was VOID. Under the Insurance Act of Canada it's not legal for Canadian insurance co's to offer insurance on vehicles owned and / or registered outside of Canada. How did they NOT know he was not driving it North? I had asked my insurance broker about this and was told I had approx 5 days to get a rig(RV) back to Canada from the US with temp insurance. I have no idea if that applies to motor vehicles but I would not be surprised if I asked that I could get that as well. As I said, it was temp insurance. The unit had to be in Canada in less than a week.
shum02 03/17/17 10:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Canadian prices too high on used units? Cheaper to import?

Check these. Government of Canada - Importing a Vehicle Registrar of Imported Vehicles More facts, less rumors and internet lore. The problem Shum, and IMHO the MAIN problem with all those types of links, is that RIV (a private FOR profit corporation under contract to the government) and the Federal DOT website don't mention that this info ONLY applies to vehicles, or in the case of this group, the VEHICLE portion of a DWELLING on wheels. This adds LOTS of confusion and leads people to believe that because the DOT says it's OK as a VEHICLE it must also be automatically OK as a DWELLING also. This is NOT the case. Kind of like saying "I have a drivers license and my car has license plates so I can legally operate my car as a taxi." Nope, you would still need a taxi plate and a taxi license. Dwelling? Take it up with your insurance Know lots of people especially when we were at par that bought in the US it is not rocket science Will more than likely do it myself Local dealers think their rigs are made of gold.
shum02 03/17/17 04:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Canadian prices too high on used units? Cheaper to import?

Check these. Government of Canada - Importing a Vehicle Registrar of Imported Vehicles More facts, less rumors and internet lore.
shum02 03/16/17 10:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford 6.0 liter

The great thing about the 6.0 I had is it changed its own oil. You just kept adding it and it leaked it out on its own. My last oil change a week ago the truck gave me back everything but 200ml of oil, about a can of beers worth, out of over 14L's put in. That's an engine with 200k miles on it. Have really never heard of these IH engines using a lot of oil.
shum02 03/05/17 02:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.0 liter

Amen I realize the reputation of the 6.0. I had a 2003 and 2005. Loved them both. My theory on the 6.0 is to check its repair history. Most are not bad if repaired correctly. Should be able to buy one cheap. Cheap yes but like any truck 10 YO the mileage on a lot of these trucks is starting to get up there. If I could find a nice dually CC 4x4 in Lariat trim with less than 100k on the odometer for a good deal I'd probably grab one. Truth is most I see are hitting the 500k mark now. Just a lot of work to rehabilitate a truck with that much mileage.
shum02 03/03/17 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.0 liter

As others have said if you can get your deposit back, get it and buy anything in that year but a ford. I'd also stay away from the 6.4 from 08-10 as it also had some of the same issues as the 6.0. There's a reason why a lot of those trucks with the 6.0 have under 100K miles...people were afraid to drive them after hearing about the issues or they had already had motors replaced. I can't find any around my area with less than 200K miles, but a lot of trucks are being bought here and then being shipped South into the U.S for resale. Makes me wonder..............
shum02 03/01/17 01:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.0 liter

I'm always amazed at the personal HATE people have for this motor, like it was responsible for the demise of a loved one. Yet around my neck of the woods I see more of them on the road than Cumins and Duramax trucks of the same years combined. Ford really must have done something wrong for almost 5 years. Oh well. Hoping for another 5-10 years out of mine yet. Sure don't see why it won't hit 500K miles. Amazed??? Have you not read of the thousands of people who have paid a fortune to keep these trucks on the road? Been on the side of the road with one? Paid dearly with resale value in the toilet? It isn't a mystery as to why there's a lot of disgust towards them. And the fact that you see more of them on the road than any other truck means nothing. The vast majority of them have had a boat load of money put into them to keep them going and a lot of owners are forced to do it because they can't afford to get out of them. Ford certainly did do something wrong and it was for more than 5 years because the 6.4L was a disaster too. They went from the excellent 7.3L to these 2 excuses for diesel engines and lost a lot of loyal customers doing so. I was one of them. I guess you should have read the whole thread, you'd have seen my fist post. 1)350K kms and never stranded me. 2)I turn my own wrenches - LABOUR is the killer on all these trucks. It takes me 4 hours to get into and out of doing 4 injectors on one side of the truck - I bet shop billing is more. Not a bad or complicated job but time consuming if you're going to do it right and I have and do. 3)I am one of those guys who drives their vehicles into the ground, so I don't give a rats behind about resale, if I did I wouldn't buy an RV either. And yea I spend a LOT of time on truck/diesel forums and yea it still is a mystery to me. BTW it's estimated IH built close to 2 million VT365 and PSD's. Bound to have some bad units with some bad owners serviced by bad dealers and tech's. Again, WORRIED about shop bills and getting stranded due to internet lore? Buy a new truck.
shum02 03/01/17 09:01am Tow Vehicles
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