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RE: Buying older motorhome as first purchase

As you can see...so many thoughts. I concur with the cost of mantaining rv's. Man, they do run up bills. But...anything we do costs. There are no free rides when it comes to recreatinal things. Much of your decision making maybe should be based on what you are planning to do with it. If it's a two weeks a year drive...? rent one. Lots of folks buy then park. Sort of like that cabin...go once a year and fend of those that want to borrow it. As far as the RV itself? See it as two distinct units. The truck/chassis part and the house part. Tires are $1,500 a set and spring or shocks will cost big time too. Depending on what badge you buy..Ford or Chev...a tune-up is a grand. So...before you buy, have the tires looked at for date of manufacture. If older than 6 years? They are too old and need to be replaced. Park the truck on a flat bit of ground and go stand out front by 40 or 50 ft, turn and look at it. Does it lean? If so...likely some suspention work. Make sure all systems work..hot water tank produces hot water. Furnace blows hot. Fridge makes ice. Turn on power to the water pump and listen to hear if it comes on by itself. (just a wee rhump) Means a line is leaking somewhere. Lift up the mattress on the top bunk..looking for wetness and or stains. If there is a front window? Very often the location of leaks. Plus the front clearance lights. The putty dries out and the force of the wind against the window forces water in. By itself not un-fixable. But if there is wood rot? Major major trouble. Do not buy such a problem. Same for floor..is it soft? In the bathroom..is it soft? Wood rot, again. All that I have written here is just a heads up..to look for. Should you buy one? Hell yes. In the fall or winter tho...not now, in summer. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/24/17 10:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Extended warranty - is it worth it

You know..a 2008 with ony 30,000k's is almost a hanger queen. So..depending on the cost and duration of the plan, it is not a bad thing to consider. I bought one my last and never used it but I did kinda like the peace of mind it offered me for the year of the plan. Should you do decide to get one, if you were to look at reviews, the..THE most common reason for plan admins to reject a claim is oil changes, or apparent lack there-of. Get one as required by your documents..and have it done at a shop..even a quickie lube place...then you have documentation. You may want to do it yourself..and if you are insisting on that? then spend the 50 or 60..have it done somewhere then run home and re-do it. But get that written bill for proof of having had an oil change as specified. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/24/17 10:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: BC fires

Hey..thanks for the update. Safe travels and be well. Smithers, eh...I know a guy.... Next time you are looking for curb? Give me a shout. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/23/17 12:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Researching Class C Motorhomes

Thanks Gary, we've looked for the Triple E as we had heard they were good RV'S but to date, we haven't found any. Copy and paste into your search bar...'24 ft Triple E for sale'...with punctuation marks... I have no idea if still available. https://www.kijiji.ca/v-rv-motorhome/victoria-bc/regal-triple-e-class-c-motorhome-24-ft/1282919224?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true https://www.rvtrader.com/dealers/Johnson-RV-723523/listing/2012-Triple-E-Regency-GT24-GT24MB-122609043 Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/23/17 09:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Researching Class C Motorhomes

The Regal's from Triple E are true 3 season with Thermo glass, high R value insualtion, embeded lines, boxed tank valves, under body insulation and aluminum framing. No wood rot. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/21/17 09:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anything we can do to when people abuse overnight parking?

Ever seen Slab City south of the Salton Sea in Southern California? Just go and park. It's a haven for snowbirds from Canada (or anywhere) and for people who like to live 'off the grid'. Safe travels, MM. So..why did you have to put "Canadians" in there. You are right...from anywhere. Mind you...I am Canadian and I kinda liked the place. One thing they don't suffer there..are fools and gossips. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/19/17 07:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: BC fires

Thank you to all for sharing your thoughts and advice. I just looked at the closure map. Our original thought was to make a decision when we arrived in Prince George, but it appears a detour is definitively imminent. Gary your offer is so incredibly kind - it brought a smile to my face! Thank you! I think we’ve pretty much decided to hightail it out of this beautiful country and will likely take 5. Ahh..too bad. You will look back and cuss yourselves for not taking US #20 across to Anacortes. #5 is just...fast. #20, you get Twisp and their great smoked meats and Winthrop..which is quite the place..Western style. Then the drive up into the North Cascades n down the other side. But, you have to have the time to do it, too. It's an all day drive from Twisp to Anacortes and just getting there from Kamloops is another full day if you don't stop here to eat and shower. #5..you'll get from Kamloops to Anacortes in maybe 6 hours, not counting the welcome home at the border. Take the Sumas crossing. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/18/17 12:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How Many Miles

ssthrd...where on Haida Gwaii you be? Gary Haupt...formerly of Kitimat Where I was, I guess. Caught the ferry last August 15 from Skidegate Landing, and we have not been back there (QCC) since. We did a tour around North America and ended up in Terrace in the middle of January. Not sure how long we will be here--couple of years maybe. Was there for only a year steady, but off and on since 84. Love it there but would rather be on Vancouver Island where we lived for 25 years. After the itch is scratched......... Right right....did a couple trips over. Have friends in Massett. Greys Bay and all that. Sushi in QCC. Have you been up to Exstew yet? Or Dragon Lake? We moved down to the Okanagan last May. Oddly, have no need to head back up. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/17/17 05:16pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travel to/from Canada

I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet, but people here in the past have reported that having a DUI, DWI, or other drug/alcohol conviction on your record in the U.S. can be a reason for denied entry into Canada. This apparently goes for not only the driver but other passengers, too. Yep..and it applies in both directions. It is based on whether or not the offense was considered to be of a criminal nature in the country one is entering. And yes..it is about anyone in the vehicle. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/17/17 02:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How Many Miles

ssthrd...where on Haida Gwaii you be? Gary Haupt...formerly of Kitimat
garyhaupt 07/17/17 02:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: First time camping in bear country in popup.

We have a couple bears right in the main areas of Penticton. As a matter of fact...Wal-Mart is a haunt for one of them. For those of you that park there. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/17/17 02:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: First time camping in bear country in popup.

Yes..long before there were RV's...there were tents and even just sleeping on the ground under a tarp. Most of all..keep a clean campsite. Don't cook a bunch of meat then leave the grill just sitting there. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/16/17 02:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: BC fires

The road down through Valemount to Kamloops has been closed on and off because of fires near Clearwater. You will be able to get up to date information once at Prince George or McBride. There is a website called drivebc which will give you information. In Mcbride you could pop into the RCMP office to see if the route to Kamloops is open. If not repeat your Jasper, Banff route. Naww....the highway is open. That's how the evac'd from Williams Lake are going right this very hour. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/16/17 12:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travel to/from Canada

I am on the other side of the fence on the say nothing to the border people. I am more like..'be yourself'. If a person presents themselves all secretive and weird? Guess who gets the hairy eyeball. If you like to talk? talk..they aren't going to punish you for being friendly. If you have a license to pack..chances are you are going to get asked something..like..'do you have a weapon?' So..not only don't have that..do a look-around for shell casing or shells. That sets off alarms. Liquor..1.5 liters per person..or 24? beers...you can take as much as you like, you just get taxed to death on overages. Not a little bit over..but if you have a lifetime supply of Old Turkey? That'll cost you. Good info on not having anything in the way of groceries and plants. All this info is same same going south. Yep..it does cost more up here but that's the price for great beers. Gary Haupt...eh
garyhaupt 07/16/17 12:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: BC fires

So... wrapping up our Alaskan adventure. (It was incredible!!!) We came up through Banff and Jasper. In Haines - taking the ferry to Skagway today. We were planning on taking Route 97 going to Anacortes, through WA, OR and CA on our way home - but it seems nature has changed our plans...! Looking at the map we see some options but would love to hear suggestions on a new route from those more with more knowledge - thank you! You can still accomplish your objective using land routes. Going east at Prince George on #16 to the 16/5 Junction and turning south. Down thru Valemont and to Kamloops. At that point you can take the highspeed Coquihalla #5 to the lower mainland and head onwards to Anacortes, or wander down thru the Okanagan via #97...visit the lakes and vineyards...cross into Washington at Oroville and head west on #20..arguably one of the prettiest drives you will ever see, thru the North Cascades, right into Anacortes. Tell you what...if you do take the Okanagan scenic route...give me a note and you can fetch up on our curb for a night. Can plug you in and offer a home cooked meal and showers. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/15/17 09:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: BC fires

If you are transiting the Cariboo this weekend, be ever vigilant. The weather people are back with another bleak outlook. https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-201783-3-.htm#201783 Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/14/17 08:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: BC fires

Removed post...was time sensitive for Wednesday..and the storms forecasted didn't materialize, so all good there. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/12/17 07:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Winter Camping!

Weekend camping is one thing..a long winter trip or camp is quite another. Big Foot and Trple E's, as mentioned are both really good three season units. Thermo windows, heated tanks and well insulated and the lines are insulated or embedded in the body.. The heated tanks thing is a bit of a mis-nomer. They are heated using ducting thru the furnace system. You could add heat pads to the tanks but then you have to have power to make it work. So..if you aren't cranking the furnace..you tanks are subject to freezing. One can counter that with a dose of RV anti-freeze or a cup of course salt. If you are camped with power..you aren't likely using the furnace, so much as a heater, right? The on board fresh water is more likely to be ice free because it is inside. You can open up the settee and let it stay at room temps. Weekends are easy...much longer and you want to ask around and get some insight on how folks handle it. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/11/17 11:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: No tension in awning spring

Thanks gents...I will take it into a shop first, to determine, yes busted..and then which one. After all I have read and heard...I don't think I need to test my muscle against that spring, either. But then again...I have a bud that just doesn't know when to say no. We'll see. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/09/17 10:04am General RVing Issues
No tension in awning spring

It worked fine yesterday..and now nada. I can pull it out/down fine but it doesn't retract. I can manually wind the roller and fabric back in but the spring isn't..springing. I can hear the ratchet sound as I roll it in. I am presuming it is broken? or is it a matter of re-winding? I am looking at U-Tube stuff and there is one talking re-winding. Thanks in advance for the help. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 07/08/17 11:35am General RVing Issues
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