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RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Made it to Tok after 28 days of driving north ever north. Leaving the Yukon was memorable driving with the road condition. Met some very nice role call folks along the way and seen many bears. The next 6 weeks will be spent between Valdez and Homer. About 60 miles west of Whitehorse I pulled to the shoulder for bear pictures and promptly sunk the right wheel to the axel. The good looking shoulder had been burrowed by ground squirrels. Unhooking the toad, I was able to back out to firm ground after a lot of tension in the cabin. The bear watched the whole time and completely circled my recovery operation laughing his bare but off. traveylin
traveylin 07/06/14 11:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Soft shoulder stuck

Yesterday about an hour west of Whitehorse Yukon, we saw a brown bear and stopped to look and photo. As I pulled to the shoulder the right wheel sunk to the axel. Unhooked the toad and backed it out without damage to hydraulic jacks or front end cap. The shoulder did look in excellent condition but it was porous do to ground squirrel burrows. Backing out assured that the rear wheels stayed on firm ground and the sunk wheel tracked well. Trying to drive it out going forward would have made it worse pops
traveylin 07/06/14 10:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Informal survey supp brakes

An update for the informal survey. I have been out of wifi access for a while. At Dick's Campground in Great Falls there was a caravan gathering for the trip to Alaska and had 12 new or relativity new diesel class a lined up with toads. Some observations. 1 all but one had small cars used as toads. 2 Three used tow bars with ball type hitches 3 None used tow bars with reactive type brake actuators(like a uhaul trailor) 4 one had an air line for air brake assist? 5 talked to two folks, one said he did not use toad brakes because his MH had plenty of brake capacity. One said he did not use toad brakes because they were prone to failure. 6 The other may have been using toad brakes activitated by brake lite systems or not. Learn a lot by listening and watching pops
traveylin 06/25/14 08:31pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Between Grand Prairie and Dawson today there was an rv'er that took the slow down approach to the extreme doing 40 in a 65 mph(klick converted) Had three class a with toad, a couple of 5th wheeler and 4 tank trucks backed up along with 6 cars. Would not pull over. His plates were European and he was a bit oblivious. its all good pops
traveylin 06/25/14 07:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

We are a little behind the crowd going north but it great just the same. We got into our first north woods campground about 40 miles north of lake louise and were with three other camper groups of two. One was a Harley biker pair from Vancouver not quite our age and great folks, another was two Europeans traveling on bicycles that took a bath in the creek and looked like a naked Aphrodite tripping through the woods and the third was two 80 year old guys from Goliad Texas that decided easter they should tent camp their way to Alaska. you meet the nicest people. Two miles down the road is a sign that sez turn here for the senic route to Alaska, and Dawson Creek is still about 150 miles ahead. pops
traveylin 06/24/14 06:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Strong caution about reading the US Custom rules for declaring goods and services bought externally when going through the border. Don't do it. Following the rules literally is an impossible task. My first re-entry was while transiting from Japan to Saudia Arabia through Louisana and the declaration for the family 15 bags of luggage was 7 pages long. Custom agent suggested that we rewrite the document to a couple items that was covered under the exclusion, create less work and not suffer import duty. Fast forward after working internationally 25 years later at the Progresso border crossing, I had two bottles of liquior declared when one was allowed. I asked to pay the duty and was told to move on, pay the state tax on the two and not create work. The rules are written to be absolutely comprehensive and are enforced to prevent the serious stuff, like money laundering, gun running and drugs. Be sure to declare something to have a conversation with the agent, for his ability to evaluate you.IE dogs, ownership paper for vehicles, absence of fresh vegies and meat etc. He/she will not be interested in how many pair of new underwear you have on board. pops
traveylin 06/17/14 07:28am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Made it to great falls mt today prior to the rain setting in. Dick's RV is well utilized tonight with two caravans assembling for about 40 rvers. Our role call Alaska signs are in the rear windows of rv and toad and sign forest sign is 40 % complete. Probably cross to Canada on wed. headed to Banff pops
traveylin 06/16/14 06:31pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Informal survey supp brakes

We are on an extended 3 month trip and I have decided to keep track of the percentage of class a toad haulers using supplemental breaking systems while walking the dogs in campgrounds. After a week it appears to be only one in three use supplemental breaking systems. Kinda interesting. I will update occasionally. pops
traveylin 06/12/14 07:34am Dinghy Towing
RE: Chev Colorado as TOAD to carry motorcycle

I am on my second thousand miles of towing a canyon 4x4 and its perfect. I had previously used an s-10 with drive disconnect and the new one is so much better. Hook up, shift transfer case into neutral and remove key from ignition. that's it... pops
traveylin 06/12/14 07:27am Dinghy Towing
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Lost day going north from Amarillo texas when the head wind started gusting to 50 mph on Monday. gas mileage went from 8 to 4.5 and bends in the road gave a huge cross wind. Hunkered down in Dalhart. Currently in Colorado Springs with plans to be in Great Falls Montana by Monday. I will hang our roll call Alaska sign at that point. pops
traveylin 06/11/14 06:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A-Fib

Took warfrin/coumaden for 4-5 years and the monthly blood test was a very necessary pain in the butt. Wears out veins in the stick needle activity. The doc switched me to Pradaxa 3 years ago and am happy as a clam now. No monthly lab work. pops
traveylin 06/05/14 08:26am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Leaving this morning.....Getting stuff ready to leave has been a large project. And it is hot in south Texas. Good to see Jasper to Dawson Creek is much cooler. Wife and I had not slept well lately due to anticipation. Gonna be good.... On the Road again.... pops
traveylin 06/05/14 06:32am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Stopping at Liard Hot Springs

Thanks for the accessibility comments it sounds very doable. Discoloration is a nonissue as she will use her spare/old braces. Metal/concrete stair sounds very good Thanks a bunch pops
traveylin 06/03/14 11:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Towed vehicle breakaway events?

I had a boat trailer come off the hitch because I had not locked it down and the safety chains did a very good job of controlling the trailer till I stopped. In the case of base plates breaking away the 2-3 reports I have seen are related to uni-body construction and workharding of the sheet metal. Having the safety chains attached to uni-body sheet metal did not provide much help. Use a toad with a true frame and attach the safety cables to it for peace of mind. pops
traveylin 06/03/14 11:34am Dinghy Towing
RE: Towmax Tires - Another One Bites the Dust !

Trailer designated tires do not have the capacity to match the performance of good vehicle tires. I never use them. pops
traveylin 06/03/14 07:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Stopping at Liard Hot Springs

Can someone describe the access to the hot springs from a handicap perspective. She can scooter from the parking lot through the board walk if there are no step or obstructions. She can go down stairs with braces on if the steps are not too slippery, and the water entrance to steps reaches the bottom. We will be there in about 3 weeks pops
traveylin 06/03/14 02:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Your Torque Wrench?

Actually the most accurate indication of torque is achieved by using indicator bolts, where a small hole is drilled the length of the bolt and a rod inserted and tack welded on one end. A caliper is used to measure the stretch of the bolt as it is tightened. Torque wrenches do not account for the variable friction on the threads and flange face do to lube or dissimilar metals. Harbor Freight is my supplier of torque wrenches pops
traveylin 06/01/14 06:26am General RVing Issues
RE: TX state inspection & being out of state for the next year

Back when I traveled 90% of the time internationally for work, I did not bother to get an international drivers permit. My Texas drivers license was recognized where ever I went in the middle east and far east. I was stopped several times driving but never had a problem due to Texas drivers license. New York is a state, Texas is a country. pops
traveylin 06/01/14 06:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Electrical Shock!!

I had a friend touch the aluminum door frame of his camper and was immediately electrocuted...dead.. Any ground should be cause for concern as the difference between a tickle and a death is simply the path taken (through the heart). Grounds do occur as a result of wires rubbing on edges as the vehicle vibrates down the road as well as improper wiring. pops
traveylin 05/31/14 06:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Small Pickups Coming Back?

Bought a 2012 Colorado 4x4 as my current Toad. Its a great application weighing in at just 4100 lbs and very simple to attach/detach. I have towed a 25 foot travel trailer with it a thousand miles. Carries all my stuff when not rving. pops
traveylin 05/29/14 09:24am General RVing Issues
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