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RE: Good sam roadside assistance

I have had GS for several years, and I remember using it three times. Once for a lock out with our toad, once here in Florida, for a tire blow out and then when I got stuck on a soft road shoulder in British Columbia. We were very satisfied with each service call. The key appears to be knowing what your contact calls for, on your part as well as GS's part. In general most problems occur when the contract isn't followed. Whoever makes the call, will normally be the one that pays for the tow or service. There are a few exceptions to this, but know what these are before you call anyone but your road service company that wrote your contract. Don't assume anything about your coverage. Call GS and discuss any questions you might have, before you need help. A year or so back, one of the forum members was very upset that their RV had burned, totaled, in a parking lot. She felt very strongly that GS should tow their burned to the ground RV and shuld pay for their motel and meals. She mentioned the GS plan they had and it was the same that I had. So I got out my policy and it clearly stated that motels and meals were only for a vehicle accident involving another vehicle. The tow was to the nearest repair facility. Their RV wasn't going to be repaired by anyone as it was toast and headed to a junk yard to be crushed and melted into something new. I think they finally figured out that their RV policy was what they needed to file a claim against, not their road service plan. I will be renewing my GS Road plan in the next few weeks, for another year.
joe b. 04/18/14 11:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Buying used

You are both in one of the best areas of the country to find a used TC, but any from the PNW need to be checked closely for any water leakage damage, due to the climate. The mountain west is another good place to look, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, etc. I found my current TC, by just doing a google search for the make and model I was wanting. My plan had been to go to Colorado to buy one, or to Texas, but this one popped up on a RV dealer's lot as a consignment unit. Make my deal over the phone, subject to inspection and my final approval. He faxed me the paperwork, I sign it as did the dealer and I gave him a $500 credit card deposit. My previous TC, I found the same way, over the Internet, in eastern Tennessee. Purchased it the same way. TCs are not all that popular here in the SE part of the US, so not much of a selection but get out west and it seems about every third unit I see on the highways is a TC. Check out some of the large listing groups, if for nothing else to get a feel for what others are asking for TCs that might be of interest to you. Again just google something like "used truck campers for sale" and you will find many pages of reading material most of the time.
joe b. 04/18/14 04:16am Truck Campers
RE: Booked First Fort Wilderness trip for November

We get up to the Fort 8 or 10 trips a year, and enjoy the place greatly. It is the campground that my wife and I seem to compare all other campgrounds. It is the best, IMHO. Make sure you get your Magic Bands, which will either be sent to you or you can pick them up on checkin. These will allow you to make "fast pass" selections to rides, etc. before you arrive at the park. The Bands become your way to get into the parks, buy stuff at the parks, etc. WDW will send you material to read up on. Make a plan, subject to change, of what days you will go to which park. Some days we don't even go to a park but hang out at the Fort, just to enjoy the peace and tranquility. Get familiar with the lay outs of the different parks as some people appear to spend much of their time looking at a map, to see where to go next. This forum is a good place to get specific answers to questions, as well as several others, one mentioned above. www.disboards.com is the oldest of the private Disney sites, but many like the www.fortfiends.com site as well. As with any forums, there are always those that have a need to post an answer, whether they are qualified to answer or not. LOL We have annual Florida resident passes, so can hop around the parks, but don't do it too often other than to meet up for lunch or dinner. Even with the superb transportation system available at WDW, it takes time to move from park to park. Our young grandsons often go with us, 9 and 11 years old pair, so they will often have our schedule worked out as where they want to go and in what order. Golf carts, available to rent, are fun but not really necessary IMHO. We like to stay in one of the loops of the campground, closest to the boats you can take to the Magic Kingdom. I will sometimes take most of a day and just ride the WDW transportation system, the monorails, the trains, the buses, think that is about it. Last trip up a few weeks back I decided I wanted to walk the old track bed of the now defunct, Fort Wilderness Railroad, which ran inside the campground, mainly in the 1970s. But the old road bed is so overgrown in places that my beagle and I gave up on making the entire 2.6 mile trek. Sure wish I had gotten to ride on that train at least once, but didn't stay at the Fort till after they had closed the railroad there. A normal day at the Fort, for us, is to visit one of the parks in the morning, then return to the campsite in mid afternoon, to spend a few hours at the Meadows Swimming pool area, then dinner somewhere. After dinner, this old guy usually will head back to the RV to spend some quality time with my beagle and the wife, daughter and her sons will head back to the parks.
joe b. 04/18/14 03:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park Review deferred

If you make any despairing remarks about the owners or management of a park, it will not be posted. We went through this a few months back with one of the rvparkreviews administrators/censors, person. You are only allowed to describe the park. But most of us seem to understand that the best park in existence can be ruined by bad management. Also keep in mind that the rvparkreviews is owned by a private company and they make their money by selling ads on the site. I had a post up and running for several days and was approved by the first administrator, but then a second one didn't like it and took it off the site. I was given all sorts of excuses as to why, but generally I mentioned that the owner/manager was in way over his head and doing a lousy job with the campground. Not allowed to say that on that censored site. It is their site, so they can do what they wish. They sure need to be clearer about what can be written and what can't, IMHO. I suspect you can say all the nice things about an owner/manager that you wish. About the only things you can say on the rvparkreviews site is the same stuff the campground puts on their web pages or advertisements.
joe b. 04/16/14 07:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

Possibility the articles referenced by AKsilvereagle Not sure if I was the owner trying to sell the place I would be giving such info, to a news reporter, about how business didn't look good for the future. http://fm.kuac.org/post/paxson-lodge-closes-slow-business-mounting-fuel-and-maintenance-costs http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/paxson-lodge-shuts-its-doors/article_e46ef6ac-9f8a-503a-8515-405cb23eb480.html The reviews on the lodge, back when it was still open, would give a new owner something to work on. I have no idea of which set of owners I would have run into on my last stop there. My Dodge truck, had a large enough fuel tank to run on to Delta for diesel so that is what I did. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g31087-d1094355-Reviews-Paxson_Lodge-Paxson_Alaska.html
joe b. 04/16/14 06:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Propane Contamination

I had a problem with my 2011 Rockwood Signature 5th wheel. The street side propane tank wouldn't feed to the two way regulator, on the curb side. When I removed the street side pigtail, to check out the one way valve in it, it was all clogged up with a sticky substance that looked like tar. The high pressure regulator (30psi) was also clogged and the hose that carried the propane over to the low pressure regulator, as well at that regulator. Upon checking I found that all the parts that were clogged were stamped, Made in India. Now I know that India makes many high quality products but the ones used on my 5t wheel were not in that group. The best we could tell was that the pressure hoses used, were leaching some sticky oily substance out of them when exposed to propane. The same propane supplier was being used with both our RVs but this was the only one that was having problems. The solution was to start at the street side 30# tank and replace everything in the propane system that was stamped made in India. Two new pigtails, new cross over hose, new high pressure regulator, new Marshall brand, low pressure auto switch over regulator was put into the system. Now 2 1/2 years later not a problem with the system and still using the same propane distributer. The only contamination problems I have every had with LPG, was in growing up on a ranch in southern Oklahoma, where the distributors were prone to pump butane into your large farm tanks, for summer use. It was cheaper for them to buy than propane. The first cold snap of fall would let you know how much butane was mixed in with the propane as the butane had freezing characteristics close to the same as water. In cold weather, you could be showing a half tank and still not be able to get anything to come out of the tank.
joe b. 04/16/14 06:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2014

The last 13 years we lived in Alaska was in Nenana, where every fall a trip across the Denali Highway (using the term highway very loosely, LOL) was normally the last trip we made with our RV for the summer. Then it was put it away for the winter and get out the winter toys, the boat got pulled from use and winterized as well. The snow machines came out and the airplane got changed over from wheels to skis. Alaska weather in the Interior of the state is more controlled by the tilting of the earth and the resulting angle of the sun, than weather fronts, such as in the Lower 48. In those Nenana days, we had both a Class C bunk model and a truck camper. When the four of us were headed to camp on the Denali Hwy with my wife's two sisters and their families, we took the Class C and often pulled a small trailer to haul all the junk needed for a weeks stay. The road can be smooth or rough, dry or wet, but especially in the fall, it is one of the more beautiful drives in Alaska with the tundra vegetation turning colors, the brisk air of fall, lots of wildlife out, and good fishing in the Tangle Lakes area. The last time I stopped in to camp at Tangle Lakes, just west of Paxson a few miles, I came in from the Paxson side. Good road on that side to the free BLM campground there. As mentioned, take your bug dope and lots of it. The mosquitos are everywhere, including down in the outhouse hole, so a quick job should be planned if using them. LOL There are several campgrounds along the road, the one at Brushkana usually has a volunteer host for the summer. There are all sorts of sights to see, from the mountains to the north, the west, etc., there are pingos, that are in the process of thawing out from being cut into decades ago, and many great photo opps. A couple of lodges on the road, the Gracious House, good food and they have a bar license if you new a toddy or three. The roadhouse at Paxson, was somewhat falling apart the last time I stopped there. No diesel available, paint peeling off the main building but they did have a sign out by the gas pumps offering free religious services on request. I didn't request one, as I find, just being out on the Denali camping is one of the best religious experiences I can find. The Tangle Lakes are good grayling fishing, especially the third lake south from the road. We normally carried a Folbot kayak with us to us to get back there. Paxson Lake in the spring time just as the ice is melting will offer some good lake trout fishing as well. If a person times it right, there is also a steelhead trout run on the Gulkana River where it leaves the Paxson area, headed south. Most of the land from Paxson south to Glennallen is privately owned by the local Native Corporation but they do sell use permits at a reasonable price, IMHO. Fall time, on the Denali Hwy looking south. The 3 RVs in the center of the photo was our group and it appears I took our inflatable Zodiac on this trip. http://www.pajbcooper.com/Campground_at_Tangle_Lakes.jpg The Tangle Lakes chain together and are interconnected so great boating. Taken from a hill top north of the road. http://www.pajbcooper.com/Tangle_Lakes_on_Paxton_Hwy.jpg The Paxson Lodge http://www.pajbcooper.com/DSC_0755.JPG Ice pingo melting http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL621/2555455/5085162/64778564.jpg If a person is used to driving on gravel roads from time to time, the Denali will seem just like any other gravel road, in a beautiful wilderness area. http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL621/2555455/5085162/64778467.jpg Tangle Lakes CG sign http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL621/2555455/5085162/64778641.jpg Tangle Lakes CG sites are not well marked, no services. http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL621/2555455/5085162/64778626.jpg
joe b. 04/14/14 05:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Do the Stewart/Cassiar highway to or from AK?

We have stopped in both directions in the past and except for the bears at Fish Creek, not much difference. I am not much on bear watching, unless it is a Redfield 6X scope. My wife likes to take a few photos of them so we go out to the viewing platforms. One trip we stayed in Stewart at the Bear River Campground (name something like that) and it was real nice. They don't allow tents or soft sided popups. (known as meals on wheels for the bears) LOL. On our previous visits we had a lot of rain to contend with so in 2009 we decided to stay at the provincial park at the junction of Hwy 37 (the Cassiar, the Dease Lake, the Stewart Cassiar or what ever you wish to call it) and the turn off Hwy 37A, going into Stewart and on to Hyder. Mezeadin Lake Provincial park in one of the three provincial parks on the Cassiar Hwy and all three are just outstanding and in some of the most beautiful locations in North America. Boya Lake PP, on the north end is our favorite but the other two, Meziadin and Kinaskin are close runners up. So we stayed at Meziadin Lake PP and then drove into Stewart and Hyder from there. The weather is much nicer at Meziadin Lake PP most of the time. The coastal region of Stewart Hyder is much like SE Alaska where the sunshine arrives in liquid form. http://www.pajbcooper.com/IMG_2028.JPG The lower sites on the lake shore, we like the ones about one terrace up from there on the hillside. http://www.pajbcooper.com/IMG_2032.JPG Great campground to walk around in, host on property, just well run and peaceful. http://www.pajbcooper.com/IMG_2033.JPG There is no longer fuel at the Meziadin Junction so fill up at the south end at Kitwanga. The old, now closed, Lodge gas station at Meziadin Junction on the Cassiar Hwy. http://www.pajbcooper.com/IMG_2024.JPG The next station north is at Bell II lodge, a real nice place that caters to European heliskiers in the winter time. Bell II Lodge http://www.pajbcooper.com/IMG_2013.JPG There is fuel in Stewart, but the station operates on a daytime schedule only, so check when they are open, if you plan to buy fuel. Do stop at the Bus and have lunch, the fish and chips are the best every. The meals are cooked one at a time so it can make for a lengthy lunch but so worth it. The bus, is about one street west of the main drag in Hyder, that leads out to the bear platforms. The guy in blue at the table is my BIL and then my wife and me standing. The zip lock bags hanging around are to keep flies away, I was told. http://www.pajbcooper.com/IMG_2071.JPG
joe b. 04/12/14 02:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Do many campgrounds discriminate against TC's...?

Brad, it was the KOA where I ran into the grumpy lady.. It apparently did sell for we stopped in the following year, 2005, and they had a sign up that the place was under new mansgement. We still stop in there if we get that far on Interstate 70. However the last 4 or 5 trips we have stayed at the Limon KOA and cut south to the Springs, where my wife grew up. Then up to Woodland where she went to high school and on west to Ouray or Montrose. The last time we stopped in Strasburg, a Canadian custom wheat harvesting crew was camped there. There were about 75 workers, all young men and the bosses and their wives. It was quite the operation. The had custom built bunk house 5th wheels for the crew, a dozen or so combines, all fairly new John Deere machines and the trucks to haul them, plus mechanics, grain trucks, etc. the owner, a guy probably 35 years of age, told me he worked under contracts with farmers, starting in Oklahoma, the moving to eastern Colorado, then north to Nebraska, then the Dakotas, over to eastern Montana and finally back home to Alberta. He must have had ten to twenty million dollars tied up in equipment. My wife and I had noticed how clean cut all the young men looked, short hair, clean shaved, clean clothes, very pleasant to talk with that evening. When I mentioned this to the owner, as we were visiting, he said those were his rules. He explained them to the crew before leaving Canada, and enforced the rules all summer. He then said any of the crew that didn't wish to follow his rules were welcome to catch a bus back to Alberta. He also had a curfew time set for them and no drunkenness was allowed. They had a three beer per night limit. The crew really respected the owner and knew he was serious about their behavior.
joe b. 04/11/14 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: Tiedown stuck in mount

The slip in part of my tie downs has a bit of slack in them. So I would get a large adjustable wrench and see if a little left and then right, then left, and so forth might work the removable part loose. If it is just rust, it may break the bond loose enough to be able to squirt some lube up in there and get it to slide out. If that doesn't work, or a few good taps with a large hammer, I would take the entire part off as it would be much easier and safer to use a torch on it out from under the truck. Twisting and heating it should work. Other possibility would be to just leave it in place and use it. I keep my tie downs installed all the time, even when I an pulling our 5th wheel as they don't get in the way of anything. However they sure hurt to walk into them though. LOL
joe b. 04/11/14 06:47am Truck Campers
RE: Do many campgrounds discriminate against TC's...?

We bought our first TC about 40 years ago and are currently on our 5th one. We all need to keep in mind, that much of the general public considers us all to be trailer trash, no matter what RV we own. Now in the pile of trash, there is a hierarchy of sorts, with the Class A units at the top, (containing a much higher grade of people, then at the bottom are us TCers and us hard siders, are a bit above the popup/soft side units. Travel trailers are not much above us, but some. Then come the 5th wheels full of old people, but they go to bed early so they don't cause much of a problem. Now the Class C units often are full of kids, noisy critters that they are, lots of parents yelling so this rig is also closely watched. The Class A units are at the top of the pile, as you can tell these people have money or at least did before they purchased their Class A. Now again these are full of old people, like the 5th wheels, and sometimes drink too much and stagger around the campgrounds, but they have money. LOL We have run into less than half a dozen campgrounds that prohibit TC and usually tents. A couple of the old age type places in Arizona. We pulled into one of these in Arizona, back when we also owned a Class A rig, and found the park to be 55 and up only, and our daughters were teenagers, so we couldn't stay. My oldest daughter did comment about the cemetery located next door to the campground, about it being the most full service campground she had ever seen. LOL There was one in Colorado, up near Breckinridge, Tiger Run, I think was the name of it. (Class A rigs only here) There is one we have seen here in Florida down toward the Keys, Blue Water CG, a real nice place but no riff raff like us allowed in our TCs. Just too offensive to the fancy folks that stay there I guess. Just not enough of them to worry about though. We put in about 100 nights a year sleeping in our TC and have done so for several decades. So places don't like TCs, IMHO, but they let me stay. I ran into this in Strasburg Colorado one summer. My wife was flying into Denver International and I stayed in Strasburg to be semi close. The woman owner/manager let me know she didn't approve of my rig. This was in 2004, my TC was a 2001 and my truck was a 2002. As I was filling out the registration form, she walked outside and around my TC, then came back in, wanting to know the year of both. So I told her. Her comment was "looks a lot older to me." But she took my money. I saw she had a "for sale" sign or two posted for the business and I told her I sure hoped she found a willing buyer, as I thought she needed a break from the job.
joe b. 04/11/14 06:39am Truck Campers
RE: fuel type

There is a lot more LPG fuel used in Canada also, as many times there will be a propane pump in line with the gasoline and diesel pumps, other times it is off to the side. Doesn't seem like as much propane is used for vehicle fuel as in years past. I used to see many RVs, especially Class C units with a propane tank mounted horizontal across the back bumper. Don't know if these were added or were built that way. Canada is the largest exporter of petroleum products to the US. Approx 40% of our imported fuel comes from Canada. When you buy fuel in any of the northern states, it is almost always fuel that has been refined in Canada and shipped south. It is a strange market for them. It apparently is cheaper for them to sell us fuel from the western provinces, and then import foreign oil to fuel the eastern provinces. Mexico is the second largest supplier of petroleum to the US. So to answer the OPs question, any fuel you buy in the northern tier of US states will also be sold in Canada. Just a bit more expensive up there. And JohnnyG1, they still have some steam engines, that will run, at Fort Steele in BC. It is a recreation of the RCMP fort and is well worth a half a day or more to wander around in it. It is like going back a hundred years or more. Some good RV camping around there also.
joe b. 04/10/14 07:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ferry Costs

As I said, most people do some variation of the Skagway to Bellingham route. In 2009, my wife and I put our truck camper on in Prince Rupert to Skagway,and had a two berth cabin. The cost of the trip was $1,064usd plus food which we would eat no matter how we traveled. Not sure that is much more than the cost of driving. Can't imagine where you came up with the cost of $13,000 more than driving. But I only get about 14 mpg with my truck camper combo and not pulling anything. LOL Are those 9 trips one ways, or round trips, just curious? If you are headed outside to haul stuff back, it may be cheaper for you to leave your cargo trailer in Kenai and buy a new one in Oregon, to haul back north and then sell one of them, if you want to ride the ferry.
joe b. 04/10/14 02:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ferry Costs

The ferry rides are great for most people but very few take the Cross Gulf run to/from Juneau to Whittier. It isn't a very scenic ride, from what I have been told since the ship runs far off shore much of the time. Just not popular with tourist and probably why it runs so seldom in the summer months and not at all during the winter. You have to have a special reason to take that route. Some people don't want to do the long drive over the Alaska Highway and refuse to fly. So the Alaska ferry to Juneau and south works for them. Then they can take their RV to where ever in the Lower 48. Mostly people wanting to avoid Canada for what ever reason. If you have a prior criminal conviction such as a DUI and want to take your RV to Alaska, this run will work. You can carry your firearms with you on it and other reasons. There isn't enough interest in the cross gulf run, in the winter, both lack of tourists and the weather in the Gulf of Alaska. The ride would be much like a roller coaster, in one of the frequent storms, wind and waves. LOL Most people do the Bellingham to Skagway route or some portion of it. I am not convinced that with today's fuel prices, that the ferry is that much more than driving. Plus, short of taking your own boat on the route, it is about the only way to see South East Alaska amd coastal western Canada.. The ferry is not something we do every trip, as my wife and I both enjoy the drive through Canada on the way to Alaska. We especially enjoy the Prince Rupert to Skagway route. Just long enough, lots of great scenery, the ferry is close in, most of the time, several communities to visit along the way, etc.
joe b. 04/10/14 09:17am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tow Vehicle/Trailer Road Damage Protection

gypsies has hit it right on the head. The only thing I do to my vehicles is to put some hardware cloth in behind the grill work to stop any road debris or large bugs from getting into the radiator or the oil/transmission coolers. I will at times put a screen over the outside of the grill instead, just for the bugs. This is one of the first things I do to all my trucks, whether a trip is planned to the north country or not. If anyone sees some of the home made protection contraptions this summer, please take some photos so I can steal a few of them. Some where in our moves, I lost several thousand of my old slides and no longer have any of the chicken wire cages built by some of the folks. I have only seen these on north bound travelers, never on a south bound as they realize by the return trip, they are not needed and usually cause more damage rubbing on the vehicle than they prevent. If a person is towing a vehicle behind their RV, they may want to look into some of the protection schemes available. I broke more windshields in spring time Colorado, after they had sanded (graveled) the roads all winter, than I ever did in Alaska, while living there. Just lots of debris on the highways, no matter where a person travels it seems.
joe b. 04/09/14 04:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anyone taken Alaskan Ferry from Anchorage to Bellingham???

As another option to any of those leaving Alaska or moving to, consider using a large commercial truck trailer. When we moved from Nenana, to western Colorado, I called Sea Land Trucking and had them send a 40 or 50 ft. van to our house. They backed it up against our deck and we had it for a week. I had built some wood boxes to pack my guns in for the trip. Sea Land assured me the same trailer would be delivered, to our new home in Ouray Colorado. So I packed the guns in the boxes, put them in the very front of the trailer van and then packed in the contents of our three bedroom home into it. No way anyone was going to get to where those guns were packed. I then called Sea Land, in Anchorage and they had one of their drivers stop by with their truck and hook on, hauling it to Anchorage where it was weighed and the charge determined. The cost was about 1/3 of what the commercial movers wanted for the same service. Sea Land put it on a rail car, which went on a rail barge and headed it to the Seattle area. There the rail car with our trailer on it was connected to a train headed for Denver, to be off loaded. A truck then brought it back over the mountains to Ouray and parked it in our drive way. We were given a week, again to unload it. We did and called Denver to pick it up. Another week or so later they stopped by and got their now empty trailer. The entire process worked very well and was the best price I could figure out by a long ways. We weren't in too big a hurry to get our stuff, as we drove out in our motorhome, and other vehicle. We lived in our motorhome for about 6 weeks, while I went to work every day. By the time our trailer arrived, we had purchased a home and only had to move the junk one time. The AMHS ferry boats move much of the commercial freight in SE Alaska. So they are loading refer vans with diesel tanks, on and off all the time. Now the cross gulf ferry isn't used too much for commercial freight as most of that comes up by barge out of Washington. Barge freight charges are even less than the ferry charges commercial carriers. The ferry system normally has a place the trucking firms can drop off and pick up their trailers and then the AMHS, has yard mules to load the trailers on and off of the ferry boats. They have the system figured out for sure. Every place in the state of Alaska had subsidized transportation by the state, except for the bush areas. SE has the ferry system, the southern railbelt, the banana belt of the Anchorage bowl, has the highway system and railroad. But the bush where all the money the state receives originates, gets no subsidies on transportation. Sort of the Robin Hood operation, but in reverse, take the money from the bush, the mining, oil production and the fishing, and spend it on the urban areas of the state. Alaska is an extractive industry state, with very little added value added to any of their products. Time to put my soap box back in the closet.
joe b. 04/08/14 09:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anyone taken Alaskan Ferry from Anchorage to Bellingham???

Frank, my bad on the having to change ships in Juneau. Appears they changed that and run from Kodiak, to Chenega Bay, to Whittier, to Yakutat, to Juneau and on south putting in at Ketchikan and then Bellingham, so the guns should not be a problem as it doesn't stop at any Canadian ports. This past summer, according to the schedule, they only made one run south in September, leaving Kodiak on Sept 8 and arriving in Bellingham on the 14th in the AM. In August they ran two runs north bound and three south. They shut the route down after the run in September and don't start up till May of the following year. Giving the AMHS a call would sure be the best way to get current information and their enployees are really good and easy to work with so far as I have seen. We did the Prince Rupert to Skagway northbound in 2011 and back in 2004, we did the Skagway to Bellingham south bound. The section from Prince Rupert to Bellingham is not one of my favorite parts as they get away from shore a bit.. You will be able to leave your trailer attached most likely. They charge by the total length so they like it connected. Many people pulling a toad, will drive them on separately to cut down the total length and the cost a bit. We found the food to be good and reasonable in cost, the cabin to be plain but clean and all we needed. I have done a few day trips on the ferry system as well. I think you guys will really enjoy the ferry ride. Most everyone does it seems. Some feel it is too expensive for their budget and we all have to do what we have to do. As I mentioned before, I have been so broke on some of my trips, to Alaska, when I was young and single, I have had to stop and get work to pay for food and fuel to get to where I was going. I have eaten at more than a few Salvation Army soup kitchens, in my younger days also. Since then, anytime I have a job or now my retirement income, the SA gets a monthly donations, as I remember what they did for me and many others. According to last summer's schedule in the back of The Milepost, the charges are for Whittier to Bellingham, Passengers - $547 each cabin - varies between $493 to $838 vehicles - over 21 ft in length - $105 per foot from front bumper to real bumper. Now the do show a few two berth cabins as well that are a bit cheaper. This would be on the Ferry Kennicott which I believe due to the federal Jones Naval act, can only dock at US ports, except in emergences.
joe b. 04/07/14 06:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anyone taken Alaskan Ferry from Anchorage to Bellingham???

I take it that you are taking the cross gulf ferry to Juneau and changing ships there, for the run down to Bellingham. We have done the Skagway to Bellingham, run in the past and enjoyed the trip greatly. But have never done the cross gulf leg before. Believe the cross gulf runs very seldom, perhaps once or twice a month. As far as I know, the service dog should be able to be with you in your cabin and around the ship under the ADA rules. Hotels can't keep a service dog out, so I would guess the AMHS ferry boats would be the same. Have you given any thoughts of driving over to Haines or Skagway to get on the ferry. The cross gulf ferry stays way out in the water, a long ways from shore. Not much to see out there but water and the Gulf of Alaska is known to get very rough at times. Not unsafe with the large ferry, just uncomfortable.
joe b. 04/07/14 02:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Sirius in AK

I have the antenna mounted on the roof of our RV. In 2011, our last trip, we had satellite radio in Fort Nelson at the 3 G Campground but couldn't get a signal at the Downtown RV Park in Watson Lake Later tried it in Alaska, and as Trackrig said, it was hit and miss depending on the terrain of the area. I suspect the sesativity of your satellite receiver in your vehicle could have something to do with it also.
joe b. 04/07/14 08:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: The Milepost Tour Guide App

You won't find many differences in the 2013 and 14 editions of The Milepost. I tend to buy one every year whether I am going north or not as I collect them. You will find that is some places, the paper edition may make some comment, such as "road house on the right" and that is all they say. Whereas if the place buys an ad, then the business gets to write the ad and tell you and me how world famous they are or wish they were. LOL In the years I am sure we are heading north, I tend to buy two copies of the Milepost. One to save in my collection and one to cut up into more usable size. It has become so large that I really don't need all that info with me all the time, just the info on where I am and where I an going next. It is nice to have the info on highway to Yellowknife in there, but that is not a place I go, so I don't haul it with me. LOL But the Tour Guide app seems to only be listing the places that have a paid for ad. I am not sure where the Milepost Tour Guide is currently to where they plan it to be in finished form. My guess and that is all it is, is that it will take the purchase of two ads to be in both. The current version may be more of a Beta version looking for comments. The young lady that contacted me was from BC, so a different place than where The Milepost paper edition staff hangs out, some in Anchorage and it is owned by Morris Communications out of Georgia. Morris is a fine publishing house, has several monthly magazines, mostly horse oriented ones, etc. But the folks they call the "field editors" are also the ones that sell the ads to the businesses in the served areas. A bit of a conflict built in there it seems to me. Morris Comm is about the fourth or fifth owner of the Milepost, since I started buying them in 1962. Do wish The Milepost, would put out a flash drive or a micro SD chip to integrate the Milepost into my GPS or my copy of Streets and Trips, with a dongle, I have on my laptop. Then it would be like driving through the Milepost and letting the GPS function keep track of where I was and how far to the next, whatever. Maybe some day that will happen.
joe b. 04/05/14 12:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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