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RE: Canadian Banks - Changing American to Canadian $

We do use our credit card in Canada, and we did change a small amount of money in the U.S. before coming over. We needed Canadian Coin Lunnies(?)Their version of our coin silver dollar for washing machines at our camp ground. We just needed $10 worth.
joelc 06/24/16 09:14pm Around the Campfire
Canadian Banks - Changing American to Canadian $

Just a heads up. We are currently visiting Alberta, Canada and are in a town called Cardston. I went into the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) and after waiting in line for about 1/2 hour (only 1 teller) I was told that after the beginning of May they will not exchange money unless you have a account at the bank. I Then went down the street about a half a block where there was another bank. When I entered there were 3 tellers, virtually no waiting and I was met with a friendly smile. I asked if they would exchange the money and the teller said they would be happy to. What a difference in the two banks. You now know which one do business with if you ever need to. The CANADIAN TRUST BANK of course.
joelc 06/24/16 08:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: Crater Lake - Oregon

Do NOT recommend Diamond Lake RV Resort based on past experiences. HIGHLY recommend Collier ! Have been there before and going to be there - God willing - for a week again this late summer. Get reservations! The logging museum across the road is something like you have never seen before; amazing! And not a long drive to Crater Lake. This is where we got reservations. Sad to say we made the reservations before we read your blog and they have our money. What happened. We have a 40' 5er plus the truck. Collier Lake we did not check into. If we need to we will change reservations and try to get back our money. I Thank all very much.
joelc 06/24/16 07:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crater Lake - Oregon

Thanks all. Very informative. We are going for it, as long as we can find a good CG.
joelc 06/19/16 12:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Crater Lake - Oregon

We are currently taking a cross country trip and are now in MT soon to be going into Canada, then back to the U.S. via WA and OR. We will be heading back East and met someone that suggested we visit Crater Lake, OR. This location is about 250 miles off our course. Is it worth the detour, and if so, what CG do you recommend. We have a 40' 5th wheel and long bed dually, so the CG would have to accommodate big rigs. We will be coming from the Columbia River Gorge area in OR on I-84.
joelc 06/19/16 09:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Goodyear G614 tire longevity experience?

I believe the general rule is to replace 5-7 years no matter what the wear. Is cheaper to replace the tires and be safe (hopefully) or to have a blow out risking damage to the RV or personal injury, not to mention inconvience of being stuck on the road. I am currently on a cross country trip with my 2012 Cameo and will be replacing all tires when I return Oct 2016. Expensive yes.
joelc 05/14/16 05:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Combo Washer Dryer

Thanks all. I believe my question is answered. We called the factory yesterday to see if we could get a dent model. There is nothing available for us now, but the saving would be well worth the wait. Thanks again all...:)
joelc 03/11/16 12:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Combo Washer Dryer

Our MH had one in it when I purchased it but I said, "we'll never use that" and took it out. Well, 12 year's later, I just installed a new vented 2100XC, and the wife loves it. She generally uses it every day when we have hook up's keeping the loads small. No more runs to the laundry. And since I mentioned this on the last thread regarding washer/dryer's, you can contact Splendide(Tony, in Oregon) and see about a scratch and dent unit. We got ours this way, saved close to 700.00 dollars and the slight damage is not noticeable at all. I remember your answer to my blog. We are on the waiting list for a dented unit, but I just wanted to be sure before we spent the $$ for one. See if there were any negatives other than closet space. Right now we are in Grand Isle, LA volunteering and there is no sewer, but this is the first place w/o full hook-up.
joelc 03/10/16 06:58am Fifth-Wheels
Combo Washer Dryer

We are full-timers and are thinking of getting a washer dryer combo unit. I would like to know what percentage of full-timers have a washer and or washer/dryer combo unit in there RV. I am trying to figure if it is really worth getting one. We know what we want if we get one. Also, I know that it can not be used if you are at a CG that has no sewer, and you would have to use pay anyway. Thanks for your input.
joelc 03/09/16 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Advise on Surge Protectors?

Go with Progressive Industries. Yes. I have a 50A unit that I wired into the RV and it has saved us many times. I would not just consider surge, but an EMS with Surge. You can check them all out on Progressives' web site.
joelc 02/27/16 05:59pm Tech Issues
RE: COLD! Don't Laugh

I don't know what type of rig you have, but there a lot depends on the way your rig is built and the "R" value of your insulation all over. We have had temps into the low 30's on the Gulf of Mexico with wind, and have been quite comfortable. Is your unit considered a 3 or 4 season unit? There is a difference.
joelc 02/27/16 05:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: is there any way to determine usage of a fifth wheel?

Main thing is be sure everything works and is good shape. Check date on tires, check the water heater anode, seals on the fridge, rubber on the slides, check for water damage, check the breaks. In other words check it over completely. A RV that is used and maintained properly would probably be in better shape that a unit that is not used.
joelc 02/27/16 05:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Birds in pin box

Never had the problem, but when I camp near the ocean I put a heavy duty large trash bag over the pin box and secure it with a bungie cord. Now if this was the fall, and Winter was coming, I would think they are lazy and jut wanted to hitch a ride down South. :)
joelc 02/27/16 02:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Microsoft update help

Be very careful with updates. I have found that some had hurt the operation of my computer and I had to either restore or delete the update if I could. Before you install an update, see what it's purpose is. Initiate a Restore point before you make any computer changes, this way you have it just in case. I was thinking of going to Windows 10 until I found that MS will do only automatic updates and be able to snoop on your system at will. I have now also deleted Skype and covered my camera even with Windows 7 just in case.
joelc 02/23/16 02:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Electric Drum vs Hydraulic Disc Brakes

I had a K-Z and it is a good unit for the money. We traded it in when we went full timing. I have always had the drum breaks. Here is why. 1. Some of the disk break systems will not work on factory installed breaking systems in a pick up. 2.When I purchased my Carriage, I called the company, (they were still in business) and was told that the disk are not necessary. Now, what I would check no mater what system you do get, is the wiring 1X per year and be sure you check lights,breaks before you use the trailer each time.
joelc 02/09/16 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: water heater won't run on electric

You will note that you have 2 reset buttons(black). One is for electric and the other is for gas. I had my electric one burn out, and replaced it. Note: They are NOT interchangable. So, either it is the heater or the contacts. You can look up the model heater you have and check the parts list for the proper unit.
joelc 02/09/16 03:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing on the Blue Ridge Parkway?

Been there many years ago in a 1988 Class A. I would not do it in my 5er or any other camper. I almost burnt our our transmission and breaks. DON'T GO ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WITH ANY RV UNLESS IT IS A CLASS B.
joelc 02/08/16 08:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Soon to be RV 5th owner

First of all, don't rush in your search. Many manufactures make things look good on the inside, but the quality underneath is sloppy or poor. Look under sinks, in the storage area as to how plumbing and wiring is routed. If you ever have a problem, you will have to access these areas. If you find a unit you like, and it is built well, it would be worth spending a bit more than paying for headaches down the road. There are many RV companies that have frames built for them by a 3rd party. Companies that do this may or may not have their frame built to their specs. Be sure you get a strong frame. Check into companies, although few that might build their units from the ground up. Be sure the insulation R factors are good. If a company won't give you certain specs, then they are hiding something.
joelc 02/08/16 08:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV build quality issues

Other than the fact that it is too modern looking for me, it is very interesting. We would probably have problems with repairs in the US, but I can't believe it is $75K. My Cameo was more than that. But, of course it doesn't have electric shades.
joelc 02/08/16 08:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Best time for Utah

We are planning a trip to Utah also. Hopefully, we will arrive in June or July. How is it then?
joelc 02/08/16 08:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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