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Death Velley..stars and trucks

I was just directed to this Forum and I saw this thread and thought of those of you, like myself, that love being off the beaten track. Some of us have been into DV...but not like this, I bet. And, for those that like to stargaze...OMG. http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/138943-Death-Valley-February-2015 Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/04/15 02:23pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Just to up-date. I had a phone conversation with a CBSA officer from Vancouver, who really had no idea about anything. I was told that I would receive a call from someone more knowledgeable about the plan. Should I ever get that call, I will relate. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/03/15 08:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Border closing 12-8am

Just to up-date. I had a phone conversation with a CBSA officer from Vancouver, who really had no idea about anything. I was told that I would receive a call from someone more knowledgeable about the plan. Should I ever get that call, I will relate. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/03/15 08:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Gary went boom

Gary, is that guy your orthopedic surgeon?? I think we'd all be much better off with pictures of that nurse instead. ;) Santa's elf last year.. http://i61.tinypic.com/a5c6ld.jpg]http://i61.tinypic.com/a5c6ld.jpg Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/03/15 10:51am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Gary went boom

We're having a great time in La Manzanilla, Mexico. It was 85F today and sunny with a gentle breeze off the ocean. Did I mention the 100% Agave Tequila? http://i58.tinypic.com/osh5w2.jpg]http://i58.tinypic.com/osh5w2.jpg
garyhaupt 03/02/15 10:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ford E350 Handling

Okay..no sand/cement bags..how about getting five big buddies? There are seat belts at the table...4, and one at the bucket chair, that'd be about 1,000lbs. I mean, if you don't make an attempt at adding some weight and going for a test drive, you only have yourself to blame if the handling doesn't make you happy. You have said that money is an issue..well check out the cost of beefing up the suspension. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/01/15 11:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Border closing 12-8am

If the Canadian border crossing is closed, what's to stop people from driving the wrong way and going back in through the out door? ohh..nothin... http://i62.tinypic.com/2mgqnnb.jpg]http://i62.tinypic.com/2mgqnnb.jpg Herr Haupt
garyhaupt 03/01/15 11:04am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Gary went boom

Wild Sue..thanks for the note. I will go to the Blog today and launch an update ..I have been remiss. In the meantime, like that Beachboys tune...'Round 'Round, I get around...'... http://youtu.be/xrxStz-XQh4 Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/01/15 10:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ford E350 Handling

Unless and until you have road tested it with some weight aboard, you won't know the answers. Make sure the tire pressures are correct all way around, then you find some sand bags or cement adding just a whole bunch of them on the floor....cover that with a tarp, eh... You will have a pretty good approximation of your weight going down the road. Then..head for the Interstate..or at least a highway..and ensuring there is nobody close behind or beside, make a few cautious fairly low speed maneuvers. Don't be like trying to do the Grand Prix...and not a full speed assault either. Just start at a conservative speed..make a few wheel moves...does it feel like an elephant about to roll over? And you wanna be passed by a transport, going full-bore..and see what the RV feels like with the wind from it. If it feels and drives securely, you can assume that your suspension is good to go. If it is all soft and not feeling like this is a good thing...you have to decide what to do. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/01/15 09:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Just because the station is closed, doesn't mean there won't be a Canadin Customs patrol officer or RCMP officer parked out front. Unlike us, Canada takes entering the country illegally, very seriously. Going from the Canadian side to the U.S. side never required a stop anyways. Why would it be any different if the station is closed? Leaving a country is seldom a problem. We all only stop when entering, not leaving. welllll..yes, but I think there might be a maybe too. I have had occasion to be involved in a road-block on the US side of the Peace Arch border crossing, manned by US folks..and that was before getting to the CDN CBSA. And more than once, tho not often...I don't recall what the circumstances were, but it was Border people. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/28/15 02:42pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Border closing 12-8am

One of the really neat thing about the Stewart/Hyder relation is as follows...Stewart has the only medical facility, an actual hospital. Many Hyder folks are not financially okay. Meaning they are on state of fed assistance, so that means the medical plans..Medicaid? whatever. There is NO med facility in Hyder and don't forget..this a Alaska. Long ways from anywhere US. So, bureaucracy has been dealt common sense and the folks of Hyder that fall into that category, access needed care in Stewart and the BC Medical system does the paperwork. That..is just good policy. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/28/15 12:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Border closing 12-8am

Quote from the Canadian mayor seems to indicate an easy solution, time for Hyder to secede from the Union and become one with Canada. “We consider ourselves one community,” said Angela Brand Danuser, former mayor of Stewart. “We do everything together, and everything that Stewart does, we promote it as Stewart and Hyder.” Oh yeah...for sure that is gonna fly. Folks in Hyder are as fiercely Yank as any I have ever met. Maybe more so, because they are surrounded by beavers 'n mooses and good beer. Plus, we restrict the flow of Maple Syrup to their restaurants. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/28/15 12:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Border closing 12-8am

I have called the CBSA offices in Stewart and asked about closing off the US side...I don't think that they had thought of that. The guy..you could hear him sort of 'gulp'...and then plead off. I was given the area bosses E mail and phone and will follow up. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/28/15 10:56am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

So can you can drive into Hyder 24/7 and it's just the exit to Stewart that has restricted hours? Or is it restricted in both directions? This is not an interstate...it's two lane road, one direction in each. You will be able to drive to Stewart 24/7...then you drive further to Hyder. I am thinking you can cross INTO Hyder...Canada isn't going to block that, surely-to-goodness?...but apparently not back into Canada between the hours of closure. For those that don't know..there is NO US border personnel. You just drive in. Edit....I have been in phone contact with the offices in Stewart and they say they have no idea and they have asked me to contact the area boss. I have sent an E mail and have his phone #, too. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/28/15 10:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Border closing 12-8am

From the Alaska Dispatch..CDN border between Hyder Alaska and Stewart going to be a challenge for some. http://www.adn.com/article/20150227/southeast-alaska-town-bristles-over-canadian-decision-cut-border-hours It doesn't mention what about access TO Hyder. I have to presume that we are NOT closing the US access. Can you just imagine? cripes Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/28/15 09:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Monument Valley Utah

Phil...I don't really know if a lift kit is an absolute requirement for a 4x4. I don't think Scotty's are lifted. Mine was done to suit the original owner. A miner. And in truth..I like it. Takes the worry out of getting close to things on the ground. I used to use it as a girl-friend tester... Plus, one can get those cute foot steppers uppers put on. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/26/15 02:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Monument Valley Utah

Yep..Steve it is... It had an ON/OFF switch on the radio? and the driver let you touch it? cripes... And the reason I can't drive the RV..I can't get up into it. With the lift kit...it's a job even without the busted appendage. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/26/15 12:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Monument Valley Utah

Phil..we didn't see the trailer but he talked about going really wide in one corner so he didn't drop it off over the edge and the consequences of that, should it happen. And if he'd been bob-tailing, that tractor would have been bouncing and going like stink down the road. You never been in a OTR truck have you...music is like...always on. The vid..that was me in the Suzuki, and I wasn't trying to demonstrate why a person shouldn't drive an RV into VOG's..was just showing why a person would want to go and see the place. I love it there. However...if a person knows what to look for..in the vid there were 4 or 6 places where flashfloods cross. You can see the the discoloration in the road surface. And no...no can drive nuthin. Can hardly walk with crutches. Very little upper body strength so...sad sad sad. 37 years of bus driving did not do my physique any good. We are hoping that the snow melts enough to get the RV home tho, into the driveway...Sharon will drive it. http://i62.tinypic.com/otdbic.jpg]http://i62.tinypic.com/otdbic.jpg Gary haupt
garyhaupt 02/26/15 11:40am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Rent my RV out as a business. Insurance needed?

I started reading this thread, expecting to read the usual "sky is falling' comments and lo and behold...none. Yet, anyway. I cannot add a darned thing, but to say...good for you folks for adding so much, for being so helpful to the OP and others who are just interested readers. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/26/15 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Monument Valley Utah

Gary, it is one thing to take a big rig up and down the Dugway. It is quite another to have to back up so that someone can pass you! If I could be sure that I would never meet anyone on the narrow part of the road, I could take my trailer up and down, all day long. But the only room to pass is at the hairpin turns, if I recall correctly. I hope your leg is not bothering you too much! Please give our regards and condolences to the Amazing Nurse with the Red Hair. That little dinky trailer? And the trick then is to get to the side, stop and let the other vehicle go around you. Smile and wave...it's all good. Ahh yes..my nurse..she is quite amazing. I do love the sponge baths, too. I know..I know..it's only my leg, but I am a good actor. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/25/15 12:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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