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RE: Stealth Camping or Layovering

Seems to me the only correlation between the O.P. and those that are having a less than fortunate life is the method of overnighting. And lets be real here..many of the people that frequent this website are NOT having an unfortunate life. It is very difficult for people that have never been without to relate to those that are 'doing without'. Without an actual home, or food, or healthcare or a decent job. And truthfully, many on here have no wish or intention of ever knowing someone like that, let alone being camped beside..or welcoming someone onto their street. And..there is no easy answer. But tolerance is a gift and it really needs to be embraced by those that have forgotten how to do that. There is no need to go overboard, but treating others in the manner that we too wish to be treated goes a long way. And..some of you need a reality check. The O.P. did nine years service in the army. You could send a pm apologizing. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/22/17 12:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Stealth Camping or Layovering

You do know you are being set up, right, mdoveri? Once they get started on you, they won't stop. The constant challenge to 'prove' and comments that will be just downright mean-spirited. There are lots of really nice people on here..and there are some that will just not let go. They will demand you 'prove' your every comment and even then, will question you. Be aware. If you get tired of it all, just start a new thread and leave this one to the hyenas. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/21/17 11:54am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Stealth Camping or Layovering

mdoverl, Where do you - go to the toilet, brush your teeth, wash up, dry your hair, change your clothes, or dump your trash? Do you pay for the maintaining of these areas and facilities where you do these activities .... or do others pay to keep them up for your use? Just curious. Phil...I think that this poster is paying pretty much the same as most, for the infrastructure he uses. All the taxes in fuel and foods. Income tax. The only thing he doesn't pay is property tax and no renter does anyway. I understand that the life he leads is suspect to many, but that doesn't make it okay to deride it. Has a way of life, pays his way. Did service for his country. What more could anyone ask? Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/21/17 09:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Stealth Camping or Layovering

The only thing I might suggest..consider getting a van. Much more comfortable and you can rig it out pretty much with everything you could ever want or need. Way to go tho. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/21/17 08:57am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: No see ums

I have replaced all of my screens with No-See-Um screening A finer mesh and it works well...'usually'. As for a natural product...you want a glass sealer, a handful of fresh crushed up parsley and bottle of Apple Cider vinegar. Into the sealer with the parsley and cider and into the fridge overnight. I have a handy dandy little spray bottle that is pocket sized..spray all over the exposed areas. Yeah..you can smell it..till it dries...then no smell and works like a hot ****. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/19/17 10:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stealth Camping or Layovering

People do get the undies in a roar over this stuff, don't they. Lots of name calling if someone is not at a fee-for-sleep RV park. To which I say..good for you. Go there. Leaves much more room for others who prefer a less regimented no fee sleeping spot. For what it is worth...I have done the no-fee plan for evah...and I have never, ever been asked to move on. Parked in industrial areas, city parking areas, near schools, in neighborhoods and by my recollection, one Wal-Mart. Granted, I don't have slides and such, but I am present and if it's a nice evening, more than likely have the door open and the animal on it's leash. I talk to anyone that gets within range..walkers, gawkers, coppers. If I am parked in a populated area I go out of my to say hello..I ask..."you think I am okay here for tonight?" Never been told no. Never been bothered. I ain't sayin no one has never received the late night knock on the door...but I haven't. And for sure, some of my motivation is money. If I am out for a month, not paying 30+ a night translates into over a thousand bucks in my pocket. If we are talking US dollars, that becomes $1,350.00 in real money. I still spend that loot..but not on a sleeping pad. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/17/17 12:18pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: What Do I need To Visit Canada

How long can you stay for vacation (no work) without visa or other special docs- just showing up with passports and your RV? They can stay till their money runs out...then we escort them back to the hole-in-the-wal..uhh border. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/11/17 03:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What Do I need To Visit Canada

You know..maybe it's a terminology thing. In Canada, we carry documentation of ownership and insurance in the vehicle. Perhaps we just figure in the US is same/same. Do you not? If not, then yes...some sort of proof of ownership and insurance would be required. If you have that, then you don't need a 'card' too. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/11/17 10:32am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What Do I need To Visit Canada

Money...a person can bring as much as they want..in either direction. But..they do have to declare it if they have more than $10,000. Border...don't get all weirded out about these things. Be yourself. Trying to do all the things people will tell you to be is such a waste of energy. Yes, for sure, dark glasses off and shut off the engine..exhaust fumes and a racket are ugly to work with all shift. But..the Border staff are looking for unusual behavior, so.a person being all stiff and kinda all shifty like? they wonder...what is this person hiding. You won't get scolded for smiling and saying hello or a thank-you. Should you run afoul of the folks at the border because you have an apple or tomato or some pet food they take away? They'll give you the evil eye and maybe twist your tail a bit..because they can, I guess...but they don't put a mark beside your name. As long as you are honest and cool? then so are they. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/10/17 05:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What Do I need To Visit Canada

Funny that this topic stays alive...no, you do not require any sort of paperwork to prove your vehicle insurance. There used to be, yes...in fact most companies no longer issue such things. You want passports for all in the RV. Not so much to enter Canada but for sure to return to the US. Yes, pets require rabies certs..for returning as well. If you own own any weapons? leave them and all gun related stuff at home. Ammo, clips, holsters. You are allowed to have those items but having them with you raises the alert levels and they will look for the guns that match those items, really hard. Do ensure that you have out-of-country medical insurance. It is a difficult question to get answered properly. You just need to know you are covered...you would pay costs up front and apply for reimbursement. There are always changing rules on what you can and cannot have with you regarding foods. The 100% easiest way is to have nothing in your fridge in the way of fruits and veggies. No onion or garlic..no apples. This applies to your return as well. Less is best. You are allowed one liter of likker or 1 doz beer per person..either way. A carton of smokes too. If anyone in the party has a criminal record they will not be allowed entry. If someone has a past history and is unsure, a phone call to the closest crossing will confirm what is what. Canadian costs are higher. Higher fuel, higher alcohol. Food costs are pretty much the same. Don't bother getting Canadian money prior to crossing because you will pay fees you have no need to. Once across, go to a banks ATM and get a couple hundred bucks. Bearing in mind, the current exchange rate is very much in favour of the US greenback. Once you have crossed over and driving down the roads? You will be hard pressed to see any difference between the US and Canada..unless you enter Quebec of course. Canada is a bi-lingual country and folks in Quebec are proudly French. Welcome to Canada Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/10/17 03:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Glacier Nat Park of Canada, bears, and group hiking

To answer a few questions, yes this is Glacier near Revelstoke, not Waterton. And we have big cans of high-powered spray on our belts, and we make noise. My question is not really about the bears (which we have indeed seen on our trips to Canada.) It's about whether it is difficult to form and maintain the required groups of four or more. My guess is that we will just have to show up at the trailhead and hope for the best! Or . . . we can bring along inflatable mannequins. When we see bears, we pull the lanyard on the CO2 canister, and voila! Instant crowd. The bears run away. We deflate and repack the mannequins and keep hiking. Bear in mind tho...yes, that was intentional...that you will need x2 as many mannequins as you had planned for. Being a bi-lingual country, you understand...have to have English AND French speaking mannequins. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/06/17 02:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Medical coverage in Canada for U.S. Resident

Gjac..I ain't arguing with you, but I think maybe one should call a CDN hospital to confirm that they would accept the card. The info I got from the Royal Columbian Financial office yesterday is that NO Canadian hospital can accept a US carriers card as they are not issued a US tax number and so do NOT have access to the network. Not that an insurance company is ever wrong..but it 'could' happen. If in fact, the card is not accepted, the customer pays and then submits the bill for reimbursement. Gary Haupt I probably spent 3 hrs on the phone with 3 different people to get an answer and finally asked for a supervisor because I could not get a good answer from the customer care people. What He told me and gave me the page to read it in my EOC is I would be charged $75/visit to the ER and if admitted that fee would be waived. The max fee would be $650 if the hospital stay was more than a week. I would have to pay up front and would be reimbursed by Aetna. My cost in the end would be the same as an in network hospital. It did not matter if I was just traveling through CN to Alaska or staying in CN for the entire summer the coverage was still the same. If I had a heart attack then a stroke etc and the bill came to $1,000,000 or more my total exposure is my max out-of-pocket which is $6700. If you are worried about a chronic health problem like a kidney disease where you need testing every week then you need some kind of travelers insurance. I had a difficult time getting a straight answers even from my insurance agent. I would assume most medicare advantage plans would be similar and would be interested in what other plans say. Yeah, phone people don't have an easy time with giving straight answers. I can see that you are taking care of business. The amazing thing is the folks that don't...whether non-US residents traveling IN the US or US folks traveling thru a foreign country (Canada). We all dislike paying the money needed to get proper coverage, but one wrong move by some other fool can ruin ones financial well-being. Or even a medical mis-step..like getting really sick from eating oysters...and it was only 3 hrs in Emerg and some tests..$2,700. That was in Oregon and yes, I have coverage. Paid up front and claimed....claim paid. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/05/17 07:15pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Medical coverage in Canada for U.S. Resident

Gjac..I ain't arguing with you, but I think maybe one should call a CDN hospital to confirm that they would accept the card. The info I got from the Royal Columbian Financial office yesterday is that NO Canadian hospital can accept a US carriers card as they are not issued a US tax number and so do NOT have access to the network. Not that an insurance company is ever wrong..but it 'could' happen. If in fact, the card is not accepted, the customer pays and then submits the bill for reimbursement. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/05/17 11:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Medical coverage in Canada for U.S. Resident

To satisfy my own curiosity I just called the major tertiary care facility in BC's lower mainland...one of the one's you get flown to if emergency care is required...and talked to their Finance/Billing people. No hospital in BC, so likely in Canada, has a US tax number, and as a result, are not in the 'Health Insurance Network' so not able to bill any US health insurance carrier. The person has to pay, up front. Cash or credit card. Then claim reimbursement from your carrier. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/04/17 01:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Medical coverage in Canada for U.S. Resident

Doesn't Good Sam sell a plan to bring you home? It seems they were bombarding me with junkmail about it for awhile I don't think they'd bring you home if you sprained your wrist, etc. :) For that you would just need a x-ray/clinic. I think that's what the OP is asking about. When we were in Canada I had a gallbladder attack and went to the clinic in Jasper. I was seen immediately, received medication and the doctor called 2x as we were traveling to see how I was doing. Fantastic service for $60 cash! We didn't buy extra insurance. However, a trip to Emergency in a hospital will NOT be a $60.00 bite. It will be a grand to get into the line-up, up front, please. Please do NOT base your decision on whether or not to buy on one person's good luck story. Just as in non-residents vising the US must have health insurance. To do anything less is so fool-hardy. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 04/02/17 09:17am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Safety

Seems like a relatively civil discussion that is relevant to a fair number of members on this site. Honestly, I'm impressed and a little proud of the support on this forum. Buuuuuut we have to protect sensitive feelings and all. I'm sure you'll have your wish and it will be locked soon. I was not advocating this being locked..not at all. Was purely an observation and if you can't handle that, block my name and then you don't need to be bothered. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/28/17 11:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Safety

Just an observation...a post about climatre change lasted 6 pages, and there was the usual amount of pro-con comments. I don't think, but I could be wrong, there was any discussion about shooting or killing of people. This thread has gone on now for 13 pages and the it is filled with refrences to that very thing. Geeez...just a little biased here, Moderator? Gary Hupt
garyhaupt 03/28/17 10:40am General RVing Issues
Global climate change...in Iceland

No question there are those that doubt..but for those of us that have crossed that particular Rubicon..... http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/vr/iceland-glaciers-climate-change-vr/index.html Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/25/17 11:55am General RVing Issues
Same attempt...different politician

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2017/03/20/anchorage-ban-on-rv-camping-in-parking-lots-makes-a-comeback/ Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/21/17 05:16pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Dreaded 460 Exhaust Manifold Leak

Thru very costly trial and error..I can tell you how to fix that manifold properly. The engine was not built with manifold gaskets so reverting to them is just going to allow the warping/tapping to recur. Once you have the manifold off, have it resurfaced properly then install it without gaskets. Torque to it's proper point..start it and let it warm up. Shut it down for 24 hrs..let it coool....no cheating. In the morning, re-torque again..start and let it come up to temp..shut down and let'r sit 24..hrs..re-torque,.repeat this 5 time..5 days. That will have your manifold seated properly and no gasket troubles 2 or 3 yrs down the road. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/21/17 10:25am Class C Motorhomes
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